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Children’s Work Training and Events

“We are called to provide professional support and development for all those working with children in the name of the Church demonstrating the highest qualities in the practice and personal life.”

Going for Growth January 2010

If the children in our parishes and communities are “to encounter the love and depth of the Christian faith and the person of Jesus Christ”  (Going for Growth 2010) then it is vital that those who work as children’s leaders in our churches, whether voluntarily or as employed workers, are trained and equipped for service.

There are a variety of courses available, from professional qualifications offered by recognised providers to local events designed for local leaders.

Total Training Sessions are run by the 2:67 Project. These are training and equipping evenings for youth and children’s workers, held in St Albans – click here to download 2016-17 sessions.

Pro-Action has a number of Core Skills Workforce training courses, designed to enhance the work of volunteers, youth workers and professionals – click here for details.

Events – see below:

27 to 28 February – Core Conference Overnight Retreat, in Hemel Hempstead

27 April – Messy Hospitality with Lucy Moore, in Histon Cambs.


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February 2017

SchoolsworkUK Equipping Day – Emotional Health and Well Being

24th February @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Youthscape, Bute Mills, 74 Bute Street
Luton, LU1 2EY United Kingdom
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Join us on this day to explore the impact of the current crisis in mental health provision on the life of schools. We will look at: child development, pastoral support and mental health and well-being in the whole school community. We will be joined by Dr Kate Middleton as well as other practitioners who apply up to date research and thinking into their everyday practice in schools in working with children and young people in this area. This new SchoolsworkUK…

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Core Conference Overnight Retreat

27th February @ 3:00 pm - 28th February @ 12:00 pm
Felden Lodge, Felden Lane
Hemel Hempstead, HP3 0BL United Kingdom
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An overnight retreat for paid Youth & Children's Workers - taking time to eat, share, think, rest, imagine, pray and plan. £68 - includes overnight en suite accommodation, 2 meals and all retreat resources.

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Training for work with young people – Young People’s Relationships

28th February @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Youthscape, Bute Mills, 74 Bute Street
Luton, LU1 2EY United Kingdom
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Free monthly training for everyone who helps with church youth work. Real insights into young people's lives. Practical skills you can apply straight away. Support for you to grow in your confidence and faith. Organised by Youthscape, each evening takes place at Bute Mills and is suitable for those starting out in youth work as well as established volunteers. Tuesday 28 February's training for volunteers will focus on the following - Insights into young people's experiences: Young People's Relationships. Practical…

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March 2017

Onelife Oneday

11th March @ 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
HTB Brompton Road, Brompton Rd, Knightsbridge,
London , SW7 1JA United Kingdom
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Connecting and equipping young leaders on our regional UK tour! A day to unpack the biblical call to Godly leadership with practical teaching around leadership impact. Exclusive interviews from established leaders. A chance to connect with others from the same region. Fuelling our vision to connect and equip young people and students to become exceptional leaders in every sphere of society. Cost £10 if booked online in advance, or £15 on the door.

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Getting Started with Children (YAC)(MDT)

15th March @ 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
St Andrew’s Church Biggleswade, Shortmead Street
Biggleswade, SG18 0AT United Kingdom
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Somewhere around 70% of the churches in St Albans Diocese have contact with few or no children. If this doesn’t change, we face extinction. But what can you do if you’re not sure how to begin? What if you’re terrified of children?  What if there are no schools in your parish? Margaret Pritchard Houston, Children’s Mission Enabler for the Diocese, will look at practical, personal, and cultural barriers that many churches face in engaging with children, and help you come…

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Leadership Development Day – Innovation in Youth Ministry

17th March @ 10:00 am - 2:30 pm
Diocesan House Westminster, 36 Causton Street
London, SW1P 4AU United Kingdom
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If youth ministry is going to continue to engage with a rapidly-changing culture then we’ve got to embrace creative innovation like never before. National youth organisation Youthscape has re-shaped its whole approach around a five-stage innovation process, and in this seminar Martin Saunders and Phoebe Hill explain both how it works, and how it can be applied on any scale. If you’d love to get more creative, develop new youth ministry resources or programmes or crack some of the problems…

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