We are very excited to offer a LIVE STREAM of tomorrow’s Children’s Ministry Conference. If you wanted to attend but couldn’t make it this is your chance to learn about children’s spirituality, creative Sunday School ideas, and more! The stream will launch at 9AM tomorrow morning! You can tweet along to the conversation using the hashtag #CECE.
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We are excited to offer the fourth annual Making it Easier to Serve: Children’s Ministry Conference on November 1, 2014!
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Making Faith Stick!
Practices that Shape a Child’s Faith
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.
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.