Youth & Children’s Work Training & Events
If the children and young people 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 & youth 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:
Onelife Young Leaders – for the specific development of young people.
The Certificate of Higher Education in Theology, Ministry and Mission is accredited by Durham University through a partnership with Ripon College, Cuddesdon. It can be focused towards pioneer youth ministry by choosing the relevant modules. These are taught over two years. Most students complete four in the first year and two in the second. Each module is generally taught over a series of seven days in Oxford. The days run from 10.30am to 4pm to give students time to travel. There are two weekends incorporated to visit and learn from mission practice.
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This day will help us explore the fundamentals of children’s ministry, looking at children’s spiritual lives, the Bible, and a choice of workshops to explore storytelling, music, prayer, and relationship-building. The ideas are designed to be as flexible as possible – so whether you lead Junior Church, help with All-Age Worship, do assemblies, or work with schools or toddler groups, there should be something there you can take away. Led by Margaret Pritchard Houston, Children's Mission Enabler for St Albans…Find out more »
Whether in a coffee shop, school or church, working with young people 1:1 is an indispensable part of youth work. So how do we best support young people in a mentoring environment? This training day is run by Youthscape. During the course of the day they will cover different mentoring models and styles, help you put these into practice in various contexts and assist you with all the practicalities such as effective record keeping. As part of this they will…Find out more »
Delivered by the Youthscape Innovation Team How do we create new resources or models of youth ministry? When the stuff we’ve been using for years stops meeting the need, how do we work out what to do next? What do you do when you’ve got an idea but you don’t know how to turn it into reality? This workshop will take you and your ideas through the first three stages of the Youthscape innovation process, rooting your idea in genuine…Find out more »
Andrea Harrison, a certified Godly Play trainer, is running a Godly Play Introductory day for us. Participants can experience key elements of the Godly Play approach, see a carefully laid out children’s sacred space and explore many of the resources. The group size is small, so ideal for asking all of your questions and having a go yourself! Cost is £10, which includes refreshments and lunch. Clergy and Readers in St Albans Diocese may use their training allowance. Godly Play…Find out more »
Our young people's attention is being constantly hijacked by multimedia, bombarding them from the palm of their hands. So, how do we interrupt and re engage them with hope-filled values based content? The answer- story based video! Stories capture attention and communicate on a deeper level which develops lasting transformation of behaviour and belief. Video is the medium that this generation uses to gather information and learn so we need to be part of that. This interactive session is run…Find out more »
Event run by the Youthscape mental health team Mental wellbeing impacts every area of a young persons’ life - from their ability to learn, flourish socially/emotionally and make healthy choices. However, as young people navigate the often stormy landscape of adolescence their resilience can be knocked by many things. This session not only gives an overview of brain/ identity development during adolescence but also explores the impact of the digital world on mental wellbeing and how we can nurture emotional…Find out more »