Workshops

2019

There are three workshop slots in the day, and delegates can choose from the following interactive workshops labelled [C] for children’s work, [Y] for youth work, [F] for families work and [S] for Schools work.

Workshop slot one:

  1. Children’s Ministry  [C] – Helen Cockayne (Centenary Project Manager).  We will look briefly at the history of Sunday school, what issues face today’s children, what the Bible says about children and then look together about how we can journey together with children in a relevant, loving and nurturing way to become followers of Jesus.  Who might this workshop appeal to?  This workshop will be useful for those who work directly with children in schools, churches or informally at home.

  2. Principles and practices of Youth Ministry  [Y] – Dan Budhi. (Doncaster YFC and DSWT)  This will be a general workshop on the principles and good practice for youth ministry, looking at the importance of being relational and holistic, going on a journey with young people in the development of their faith.  Who might this workshop appeal to?  The workshop will appeal to those who are looking at sharpening their youth ministry practice; those looking for keys to development in young people’s faith, who in general want to do a better job.

  3. Family Ministry  [F] – Kirsty Rigg (Centenary Project Worker).  Practical tips on growing your family ministry, and not necessarily on Sunday mornings.  Working with the many different shapes and sizes of families. Who might this workshop appeal to?  Families workers, children’s leaders, church leaders and anyone reaching out to families in the local community.  Open to all traditions.

  4. Schools Ministry  [S] – Geoff Brown (Scripture Union).  Churches have many opportunities to make connections with, and serve, their local schools.  However, it is important that we do this really well and with integrity. This workshop will explore the ‘Why?’ and the ‘How?’ of making the most of these opportunities. We will also introduce you to many of the resources, projects and initiatives that are available to support you as you connect with local schools. Who might this workshop appeal to?  Anyone who wants to make connections with local schools, whether this is something that is brand new to them or they are in need of a refresher.

  5. Just listen?!  [C]  [F]  [Y]  [S] – Linda Gascoyne.  This interactive workshop will look at how to listen in a way that encourages people to talk, that empowers them to make decisions and demonstrates caring and empathy in a powerful way. Discover those traps we all fall into that shut people down and turn their conversations into 1-word answers. “God’s not looking for better communicators, he’s looking for better listeners.” Baz Gascoyne (30+ years’ experience working in schools.)  Who might this workshop appeal to?  Anyone who recognises that listening is the most powerful tool for working with others, regardless of age or role.  Anyone who has experienced the disappointment of not being listened to and wants to avoid doing the same to others.

  6. Gen Y  [Y] – Samantha Sheehan.  Generation Y aka the Millennials, born between 1982-1994, now the 20-30s of our day.  Also, in some cases, the missing generation from our churches.  Come and explore who they are and how we can share the Gospel with them.  Who might this workshop appeal to? Those working with young adults and those wanting to explore working with young adults.

  7. What happens now?  A personal response to bereavement  [C]  [F]  [Y]  [S] – Dave and Louise Luck.  Dave and Louise will use their personal experience of loss to talk about how to support people experiencing bereavement. This will draw upon Dave’s book: ‘What Happens Now?’  Who might this workshop appeal to?  Those experiencing grief but also more widely those who may support others who do.

  8. Godly Play  [C] – Kathryn Lord.  Godly Play is a creative and imaginative approach to Christian nurture. It encourages people to make meaning for themselves by inviting them into stories and providing the opportunity to wonder and respond. Godly Play values process, openness and discovery and recognises the human need for deep play.  It is being used by many churches in the Diocese and is welcomed in schools. Please go to www.godlyplay.uk for more information. This workshop will give you an experience of a Godly Play session, an introduction to the thinking behind it and how it can be used in different contexts.  Who might this workshop appeal to? Children’s workers, parents, grandparents, Sunday school helpers, teachers, youth workers.


 

Workshop slot two:

  1. Insights into Generation Z  [Y] – Matty Hawthorne (Scripture Union).  Who are Generation Z? What are the marks of today’s young people? What are their values and beliefs? How is the message of Jesus relevant to them and how can we, as the Church, engage them?  Who might this workshop appeal to?  Anyone who is interested in understanding and connecting with under 18s, who would like to know more about a new digitally native, globally connected and ambitious generation.

  2. Messy Church – exploring the self review toolkit  [C]  [F] – Alison Powell (Centenary Project Worker and Messy Church Co-ordinator for Doncaster). Meeting regularly as a Messy Church team can provide invaluable space to discuss, plan and pray together. Come along and explore how your team can use the Messy Church self review toolkit, reflecting on where you are, exploring new ideas and sharing our hopes and plans for the future.  Who might this workshop appeal to?  Established Messy Church teams and those considering setting up a new Messy Church to understand the values of Messy Church and how we can meet them.

  3. Funding a project  [C]  [Y]  [F] – Beth Stout (Golddigger Trust).  Do you have lots of dreams for your project… if only you have the money to make it happen? As a qualified fundraiser (IoF Dip, MSc, DChA), youth worker and charity leader, Beth will be giving us some practical top tips and insight into how we can financially resource our work so that we can see these dreams become a reality.  Who might this workshop appeal to?  Project leaders, church leaders, Youth and Children’s Workers, trustees, people with good ideas, and anyone with responsibility for vision and resources within their context.

  4. Mental health: supporting young people to develop coping strategies  [C]  [F]  [Y]  [S] – Jo Fitzsimmons.  The workshop will be a whistle stop tour through the key issues young people are facing around their emotional and mental health – anxiety, depression and self-harm. We will focus on recognising the signs and symptoms, and then focussing on developing supportive coping strategies for individuals and in your workplace.  Who might this workshop appeal to?  Anyone who works with children or young people and wants to understand the causes of anxiety, and where to access help.

  5. Using Virtual Reality in youth ministry  [Y]  [S] – Ben Jones (Missional Generation).  We believe that by connecting with current trends, such as digital innovation, we can reawaken young people to have the life-changing understanding of the Christian faith. We will highlight ways this can be done and how we have created VR and AR resources that connect with Generation Z. We will focus on our Easter Resurrection VR and our 12 Revelations of Christmas AR resources. These can both be used in schools, churches, youth groups and around the table at home. It will be an interactive, hands-on session.  Who might this workshop appeal to?  Youth leaders, Church leaders, school chaplains, teachers and parents and carers.

  6. Open the Book  [S] – Martha Flavell.  Come and find out about an exciting and ever-growing story telling programme that is already in almost 3,000 primary schools in England and Wales and reaching over ¾ of a million children. It’s easy.  It’s fun.  It’s affordable. It’s important. Children love it. You will too.  Who might this workshop appeal to? Children’s Workers and coordinators, clergy, churches that don’t have children but want to work with children, RE Coordinators and Schools’ Workers.

  7. Understanding adverse childhood experiences and their impact on children’s emotional wellbeing  [C]  [Y]  [F]  [S] – Fiona Sheikh (Hope Attachment).  Children’s early life experiences have an impact on their social and emotional development, relationships and self-esteem and in general how they view the world.  This workshop will look at all different adverse childhood experiences that can impact on the social, emotional, psychological, neurological and physiological development of the child and how this impacts on how they present in the classroom with top tips and key strategies from latest research.  Who might this workshop appeal to?  Parent/carers, school staff and other professionals who work with children who are at risk of adverse childhood experiences.

  8. Godly Play  [C] – Kathryn Lord. Godly Play is a creative and imaginative approach to Christian nurture. It encourages people to make meaning for themselves by inviting them into stories and providing the opportunity to wonder and respond. Godly Play values process, openness and discovery and recognises the human need for deep play.  It is being used by many churches in the Diocese and is welcomed in schools. Please go to www.godlyplay.uk for more information. This workshop will give you an experience of a Godly Play session, an introduction to the thinking behind it and how it can be used in different contexts.  Who might this workshop appeal to? Children’s workers, parents, grandparents, Sunday school helpers, teachers, youth workers.


 

Workshop slot three:

  1. Fun for under a fiver  [Y] – Megan Tillbrook.  When money and time are scarce but people are counting on you to deliver something amazing it can be frustrating to be the one responsible for leading your young people. Come along for some easy, enjoyable ideas to take away.  Who might this workshop appeal to?   Youth group leaders.

  2. Working with autism  [C]  [Y]  [F] – Melissa Simmonds. Countless families are turning away from the church because they feel excluded by the congregation.  I will discuss Article 9 of the Human Rights Act and the Equality Act to help you grow a more inclusive Christian community that includes families with invisible disabilities (Neurodisabilities). Who might this workshop appeal to?  Anyone wishing to work towards a more inclusive and diverse church of all abilities.

  3. Mental health – trauma  [C]  [Y]  [F]  [S] – Tim Jansen. Trauma is a normal part of life just like we study, we have hobbies we build relationships we experience trauma. However, the first time we consciously experience trauma and go through it can shape us for life. How do we as children’s and youth workers support those going through trauma and how can we assist them to build a healthy resilience that lasts for the rest of their life?  Who might this workshop appeal to? Youth workers, Children workers and other humans.

  4. Risky Relationships – avoiding abuse  [C]  [Y]  [F]  [S] – Beth Stout (Golddigger Trust).  CSE, sexting, teenage partner abuse… we are hearing more and more about the risks surrounding young people’s relationships, but what are the pressures on young people today? Join Beth for an interactive, immersive session as you journey through Golddigger Trust’s ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ session – walking in the shoes of a young person to explore these issues for yourself.  Who might this workshop appeal to?  Youth workers (working with 11+), parents of teenagers, family workers and church leaders.

  5. Developing work with toddlers (under 5s)  [C]  [F] – Helen Ward. In 2008 Helen and her husband began to develop the families work at STC Sheffield with a particular focus on Under 5s.  Starting with just 2 couples and 2 children, they saw God grow the ministry to become a Christian community of 200 adults and children, reaching another 500+ people in the local community.  This seminar will look at 3 key areas:  seeing growth (even if you are starting from scratch), bridging the gap (how can we get people from toddlers to church?), and making a commitment (how can we move people from being consumers of a service we provide to committed disciples of Christ?).  Who might this workshop appeal to?  Those working with under 5s, and those exploring ways to grow this ministry.

  6. The value and impact of School Chaplaincy  [S] – Miriam Kearney. The world of education is one of assessment. How can we assess the impact of Chaplaincy in our schools and colleges? What are the key indicators and what do they tell us?  Who might this workshop appeal to?  Those who are working in an educational context and those wishing to explore Chaplaincy further.

  7. Young People, Mission and Social Action  [Y] – Annabel Stott. This workshop is a space to get inspired and share ideas for how you can commission your young people into mission and social action in your community and wider afield. Recent Gen Z research shows that young people have a desire to make a difference in the world! So how do we empower them to be a catalyst for change, whilst also sharing the good news of Jesus with them?  Who might this workshop appeal to?   Youth workers.


  8. Godly Play  [C] – Kathryn Lord. Godly Play is a creative and imaginative approach to Christian nurture. It encourages people to make meaning for themselves by inviting them into stories and providing the opportunity to wonder and respond. Godly Play values process, openness and discovery and recognises the human need for deep play.  It is being used by many churches in the Diocese and is welcomed in schools. Please go to www.godlyplay.uk for more information. This workshop will give you an experience of a Godly Play session, an introduction to the thinking behind it and how it can be used in different contexts.  Who might this workshop appeal to? Children’s workers, parents, grandparents, Sunday school helpers, teachers, youth workers.


 

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