The Children's Ministry Training
The Children’s Ministry Training from this Autumn 2023 to Summer 2024 has a new look to it. The difference is that you can pick and choose which sessions you want to do, or you can commit to the whole course The focus remains the same - to explore how we keep children and families at the heart of all the ministry and mission decisions of our churches, by growing faith in the intersections between church-home and school
Come on the ‘Growing Faith Adventure’ to learn further how to connect with children and families in church flowing into our schools, households and wider community so that they can thrive in faith.
If you lead, volunteer or help in children’s groups in your church, or at the church toddler group, or at Messy Church, or Sunday School, volunteer in your local Primary School or just have a desire to connect the good news message in this ever changing world, with children this training is for you.
Who will lead the training?
The Gen2 team, with two core teams of Children’s and Families’ workers (paid and volunteers) will be running training in the north and the south of the diocese from October.
Who can come?
Anyone with a passion to build church connection with children and families, whether you are a volunteer, a paid worker, have no experience or plenty, have many children in church or none. Come as a team to gather great resources and implement them into your church and community.
Children's Ministry Training sessions are now open for booking. All sessions will be on a Tuesday evening from 7-9pm.
In the north of the diocese:
Simply Easter: 13th February 2024 at Bouverie Court, Northampton
Simply Outside: 14th May 2024 at Christ the King, Kettering
In the South of the diocese: all sessions will be at St. Michael's Parish Rooms, Silverstone
Simply Toddlers: 7th November 2023
Simply Easter: 6th February 2024
Simply School: 5th March 2024
Simply Outside: 7th May 2024
Simply Intergenerational: 4th June 2024
If you want to do the whole course for full certification, please complete an application form here
To find out more, please contact Charlotte Nobbs, email@example.com
After School Happiness Club Training
Would you like to bless your school by supporting them in developing the wellbeing of children in your community?
After a successful pilot to run After School Happiness Clubs last year, the Peterborough Diocese Gen2 Children and Youth team, in partnership with Action for Happiness, are pleased to be offering FREE training that will prepare you to run your club in school in readiness for the Autumn term in your local school.
As some of last year’s trainees said:
“The materials and resources provided were excellent and the Padlet [a shared online resources board] with additional resources meant that there is plenty of stuff to run the group without having to search for things which is fantastic, especially for those who are not children's workers, it allows everyone to share resources.”
“The children have engaged amazingly with the activities and mindful activities. One of the girls in particular has said she has used a couple of the mindful activities to help her when she became anxious on the school residential. Another child was so excited by the curious conversation task; she took the cards to help her make friends at senior school in September.”
For more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
For information and resources visit the Action for Happiness website
Youth Ministry Training 2023-2024
The WHAT, the WHY and the HOW.
Youth Ministry Training is back with a brand new series for 2023-24!
WHAT: We'll take a look at 20 crucial aspects of youth ministry over 10 events throughout the year:
- FAITH & DISCIPLESHIP
- THE BIBLE & AUTHORITY
- PEER PRESSURE & INFLUENCERS
- TECHNOLOGY & A.I.
- MENTAL HEALTH & WELLBEING
- SEX & RELATIONSHIPS
- LONELINESS & COMMUNITY
- UNITY & DIVERSITY
- IDENTITY & LABELS
- MISSION & EVANGELISM
After a keynote talk, you'll have the oppportunity to choose between two different workshops and learning styles.
WHY: Put on your theological thinking caps as we take a deep dive into the topic and ask the big questions together. Why does this matter? What does the Bible say? How should we respond? There will be the opportunity to share your thoughts with others and learn together in this interactive discussion.
HOW: How do we apply what we've learned? This experiential workshop will lead you step-by-step through key skills in youth ministry. How do I plan a Bible study that will engage young people? How do I support a young person who is being bullied? Come along for practical advice and support. We might even give away a free resource or two along the way!
And that's not all!
We know what a lifeline it can be sitting down with other youth workers and volunteers to discuss how things are going. That's why each evening begins with a hearty cooked meal and ends with a time of worship and prayer.
Email Chad Chadwick for more information.
You can borrow resources to support you in your training. For more information visit the Children and Youth Library page.