Register for the 2014 Leading Children’s Ministry Conference

We are excited to offer the fourth annual Making it Easier to Serve: Children’s Ministry Conference on November 1, 2014!

To register for the conference, CLICK HERE

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Keynote address by Janie Robertson

Making Faith Stick! 

 Practices that Shape a Child’s Faith
Keynote Session

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Parents of faith want their children to have faith – is that an obvious statement?   At church, the context we sometimes create for our children is the formal learning environment of our school system.  But when the Bible pictures faith-building and spiritual growth it uses nurturing words like family, community, Body.   It goes beyond transmission of knowledge and talks about life transformation and Christ-likeness.  The teachings of Jesus and Biblical realities were not meant to be processed as information but to be experienced.  If we’re a parent or a Sunday School teacher, what can we do to help shape a child’s faith and make it stick?

1.  Faith formation gives children the chance to encounter God for themselves

2.  Faith formation creates the chance for children and their parents to learn together

3.  Faith formation provides opportunity for children to live their faith and participate in the ministries and activities of the congregation.


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Upcoming Workshop: Hilary Keachie: Vacation Bible Camp: A week of friendship, laughter and wilderness adventures!


Hilary is the Director of Children and Youth Ministry at Christ Church Deer Park and is also currently pursuing her Masters of Divinity at Trinity College, U of T. She is passionate about working with children and teens, and especially about providing a creative and fun environment to explore questions of faith.Last year, Hilary lived in Hannover, Germany where she was the Project Coordinator for the “Interreligious Youth Forum 2015”, an initiative aimed at bringing youth of diverse faiths and countries together to take action on the

Millennium Development Goals. She mobilized an interfaith planning team, developed the thematic programme and accompanying resources and facilitated an international Pre-Forum in July 2014 for IYF Ambassadors. Hilary continues to be involved with this project and is looking forward to returning to Germany in May 2015!Prior to this, Hilary worked as a Primary French and Physical Education teacher for 3 years in Toronto. She obtained a Bachelor of Education from the University of Toronto (2009) and a Bachelor of Arts in World Religions, Political Science, French and Italian from McGill University (2008).

Vacation Bible Camp: A week of friendship, laughter and wilderness adventures!

Experience the dramatic crossing of the Red Sea, eat miracle Manna and build a Tabernacle. These adventures and many more helped our participants to really enter into the Moses’ narrative and experience life as part of the Israelite community. This workshop will get you excited about running your own VBC by detailing some of the creative and fun ways to bring the Bible narratives to life while simultaneously building a community of learners. We will also talk about strategies for engaging the local community as well as creating intergenerational bonds between children, youth and older members of the parish.


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Upcoming Workshop: Shelly Calcagno: Creatively Partnering with Parents

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Shelly has been involved in Children and Family Ministry for the past 20 years in the Niagara Region, and currently serves as Director of Family Ministry at Crossroads Global Media Group (Producers of 100 Huntley St). She is passionate about family and about engaging the younger generation in living out their faith. Shelly loves to create and write and has been involved in projects with Godrocks! and The Salvation Army of Canada, influencing and creating content and resources for all ages and stages of life. She recently published her first children’s book, Tini’s Tangles, and is a regular blogger for Crossroads360,Fun&Faith, and Christian Family Post.

Shelly lives in Beamsville, Ontario with her husband, and two children. She loves hanging out at the beach, writing, trying new DIY projects, and drinking coffee (sometimes all at the same time!)


Creatively Partnering with Parents by Shelly Calcagno

We know that parents are the primary spiritual influence in the lives of their kids. How can we creatively connect the church to the home and support each other as we lead children in their faith journey? From weekly connection, social media engagement and creative events – this seminar will give you some ideas to make that church to home connection part of your children’s ministry strategy.


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Upcoming Workshop: Brian Suggs and Dr. Daniel Wong “Can Sunday School Be Transformational?”

Dianel Wong HeadshotRev. Dr. Daniel Wong is the Director of Modular Programs and Assistant Professor of Christian Ministries at Tyndale University College & Seminary. He is the faculty supervisor of Children Ministry internships. He was a full time pastor before assuming his position at Tyndale.  He is married and has two married children.  For more ministry resources, see

Since 2008, Brian Suggs, alongside his wife, Naomi, has been the Family Pastor at St. Philip’s on-the-hill Anglican Church in Unionville. He holds a Master of Theological Studies degree from Tyndale University College & Seminary, where he is an adjunct professor of Children’s Ministry. In addition, Brian serves as the Area Youth Coordinator for the Episcopal Area of York-Simcoe in the Diocese of Toronto.

Can Sunday School Be Transformational?
by Brian Suggs and Dr. Daniel Wong
Whether you call it Sunday School, Children’s Church, or something else, this workshop will look at strategies for making your Sunday morning ministry to children an environment conducive for transformation.

Register for The 2014 CECE Conference: “Making it Easier to Serve.”


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