I’ve been dashing around all over the Diocese recently, so I haven’t had a chance to upload the slides from some of my talks! Please find them below:
This Saturday, I had the privilege of attending the Starburst conference in the Diocese of Peterborough, and leading workshops on All-Age Worship and Storytelling.
Below are the slides from the workshops, and all the handouts, in case you missed out. (The Worship Clock and the Elements of Worship sheet are missing – I don’t have access to them today, so I’ll post them tomorrow.)
For more on the Beulah Land “fuzzy felt” Bible storytelling, you can visit Mustard Seed Kids (be aware this is my company, so there’s a conflict of interest).
For more on Godly Play, visit Gody Play UK’s website.
Starburst All-Age Worship (presentation slides)
Starburst Storytelling (presentation slides)
This is a wonderful article on how to use the new craze for “spinners” productively, to help children focus, accept differences, and “fidget productively.”
It’s very applicable to churches – worship, including in Junior Church, often requires periods of sitting still, listening, and so on, which some children find difficult. Providing ways for children to fidget productively – with pew bags or liturgy boxes or physical prayer objects or just good old-fashioned paper and pens – can help children engage more deeply in worship and feel more at home in church.
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Here are the slides from the 6th May “Junior Church Boot Camp,” or, more gently, “Junior Church Basics” session.
We’re launching our mentorship scheme for getting started in children’s ministry in September, so now is a good time to get it on your PCC’s agenda if you’d like to take part! See below for more information – you can download these images and use them in your parish if you’d like.
When I run training sessions, I often refer people to this blog to get the slides I used – these are for the “Getting Started in Children’s Ministry” training held on 15th March 2017 at St Andrew’s in Biggleswade. Click on the link at the bottom to download.
Opportunities for mission and ministry
Creating a culture of welcome
A video clip from Rev on how NOT to manage change
Answers from lots of clergy and children’s workers on “what do you do when people complain about children making noise in the service?”
A resource list
Children’s corners (Pray and Play areas)
I’ve had the opportunity a few times recently to talk about children’s spiritual development in a more academic way.
The slides for this talk are attached – both a longer and shorter version.
The longer version includes a clip from the TV show “Outnumbered,” if you’re into that sort of thing – to find out what that has to do with children in church, you’ll just have to read the presentation!