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The outline programmes for the conferences are below. Session details will be added as they are confirmed.

In London we will have a forum on Friday from 10.45am – 4.45pm addressing two aspects of Faithfull Generation in depth – faith in the home and the big story or the Bible. Our regular conference programme will start at 5.15pm and run through to 8.30pm on Saturday.

In Bradford we will have a regular conference programme will run from 5.15pm on Friday until 2.15pm on Sunday.

Our 2018 conference streams:

Family and children’s outreach and how the principles of Faithfull Generation are still relevant including: The process of discipleship, Reaching out to the families of children connecting with the church, Bible engagement in a digital age, Running residentials, Coaching unchurhced children, What is Messy Church?, Who Let The Dads Out? (Bradford only)

Faith development in the family setting including: Ministering to the unborn, Faith in home with under 5s, Shaping a children’s ministry that resources and equips parents, Faith at home in the Bible, Supporting families to engage with faith at home (Bradford), Passing on our faith the Jewish way (London), ‘I am the son of many fathers’ (Bradford),

Basic children’s and family ministry, these sessions will incorporate adapting for children with additional needs, including: Coming alongside families, Children and church: belonging and staying, ‘Oh no! It’s storytelling time’, What is Messy Church? Creative teaching to aid inclusivity, Using puppets in children’s and family ministry, Children and the Bible, Making good connections: spiritual styles (London), The big Bible story (London), Additional Needs Alliance session.

Practical ideas for prayer and spiritual discovery including: Practical prayer ideas and spiritual discovery, Messy prayer time, Spirituality among under 5s (London), Together with God: family worship (Bradford).

LONDON

FRIDAY Forum doors open10.15
Programme

Hosted by Children Matter and addressing the two topics: Let’s Talk Family and The Big Story of the Bible

Using several speakers giving 15-20 minute impactful insights, the day will also include opportunities for discussion and feeback.

The forum will start with a shared session and then split into two streams for the rest of the day:

Let’s Talk Family
This will be a key topic in children’s ministry in 2018, with special events being promoted by Care for the Family and the New Wine network. The day will stretch your thinking and help you contribute to the conversations that will be provoked throughout the year.
Of benefit to all involved in family ministry in local churches and their trainers.

The Big Story of the Bible
Helping children understand the story of God, Jesus and The Holy Spirit and how that unfolds in the Bible is a key foundation for discipleship and a life long faith.
Of benefit to all involved in children’s ministry but will be especially helpful to trainers, writers of resource material and children’s ministry advocates.

Click on streams below for detailed timetable.

Let's Talk Family
10.45 Introduction

10.55 Joint session:
Let’s talk about God – faith transmission in the Bible family. Dave Roberts (Children Matter)
Parents, the Bible and faith at homeVictoria Beech (GodVenture)

11.35 Break

11.45 Parenting for faith
Speaker from the BRF Parenting for faith team

12.25 Break

13.30 The confidence of parents
Speaker from Care for the Family

14.15 The faith of boys
Carolyn Edwards (Cliff College)

14.55 Break

15.15 The family deficit and its impact on communities
Speaker to be confirmed

16.00 Let’s talk family
Summary of feedback from earlier sessions and discussion of where we might go next.

16.40 Finish

The Big Story of the Bible

10.45 Introduction

10.55 Joint session:
Let’s talk about God – faith transmission in the Bible family. Dave Roberts (Children Matter)
Parents, the Bible and faith at home. Victoria Beech (GodVenture)

11.35 Break

11.45 Making sense of life – how story helps a child emotionally and intellectually and contributes to wellbeing.
Suzy Pearson (Scripture Union)

12.25 Break

13.30 Why story matters – how it shapes discipleship and spiritual formation.
Dave Roberts (Children Matter)

14.15 Signposts on the faith journey of a child – key biblical truths and their impact on faith development.
Terry Clutterham (Scripture Union)

14.55 Break

15.15 Learning by playing – how does the model of Godly Play help children engage with the Bible?
Ronni Lamont (Godly Play)

16.00 The big story of the Bible
Summary of feedback from earlier sessions and discussion of where we might go next.

16.40 Finish

FRIDAY Conference doors open 16.45

Exhibition open 16.45-18.45

17.15-18.15 Seminars and workshops
Bible engagement in a digital age

Discover Guardians of Ancora and how to use it in a club setting.

Terry Clutterham

part of the OUTREACH stream


Faith in the home with under 5s

Practical ideas to share with and use to encourage parents in this vital area of ministry.

Victoria Beech

part of the FAITH AT HOME stream


Making good connections

Dave Csinos identified four spiritual avenues – Word, Action, Emotion and Symbol. Our understanding of these impacts how we prepare worship and learning with all ages. Gain hands-on experience of designing activities to appeal to different spiritual styles and discover how the ROOTS resources offer practical ideas to nurture the spirituality of each individual.

Fiona Dorman

part of the BASICS stream


Spirituality, additional needs, family and the Bible

A review of today’s Forum addressing Family and the Bible, discussing what the outcomes should look like for families where there are children with additional needs. Add to the discussion and help to form the outcomes.

Kay Morgan-Gurr and Mark Arnold

part of the BASICS stream

18.45-20.30 Main stage session

We are family
Inspiring stories of God using intergenerational relationships to bring transformation for children from unchurched families. Tim Morfin

Worship led by Noel Robinson and band

Hosted by Dave Roberts

SATURDAY Doors open 8.45

Exhibition open 9.00-10.45; 12.30-18.45

9.15-10.15 Prayer and reflection; seminars
Running residential events for non-churched young people

Just a fun filled few days away with friends? Or, a potentially life changing experience? How can a residential experience create a perfect environment for a meaningful encounter with God?

Lianne Smith

part of the OUTREACH stream


Faith at home in the Bible

Start the day by reflecting on Bible passages that help us focus on this important aspect of family ministry.

Victoria Beech

part of the FAITH AT HOME stream / PERSONAL REFLECTION stream


Messy prayer time

Engage with meeting with God through creative Messy Church prayer activities. Pop in for ideas or stay and pray with us.

Charis Lambert

part of the PRAY & SPIRITUALITY stream / PERSONAL REFLECTION stream


Jesus, the peace of God and the children of our communities

For the children of Jesus’ day, his message of was full of welcome, blessing, healing and much more. Jesus had a unique message for them. What do the Gospels teach us and how will it shape our mission today?

Dave Roberts

part of the BASICS stream / PERSONAL REFLECTION stream

10.45-12.30 Main stage session

It takes a church
If we are going to see a generation of children live God-connected lives, then we as a whole church need to work together. Rachel Turner

Worship led by Noel Robinson and band

Hosted by Dave Roberts

13.45-14.45 Seminars and workshops
Coaching unchurched children, with a focus on trauma

Using the TLG Early Intervention programme.

Rachel Morfin

part of the OUTREACH stream


Helping parents start right: ministering to the unborn

Expectant parents have time, energy, desire and motivation to be helped as new parents. It’s the best time to engage with them! The Scriptures show us that God also wants to meet with the children in the womb. This aspect of ministry should be a part of every church. Find out how you can help parents start right and minister to the unborn.

Olly Goldenberg

part of the FAITH AT HOME stream


Practical prayer ideas and spiritual discovery with 8-11s

Giving you confidence in the ministry you are already doing and practical ideas to guide your children to their own spiritual discovery.

Jenni Osborn

part of the PRAYER & SPIRITUALITY  stream


Coming alongside families

Tips for those who want to offer support to parents and don’t know where to start. Highlighting the importance of healthy family relationships in building faith and including support for couple relationships, single parents, bereaved families and those coping with additional needs.

Anita Williams

part of the BASICS stream


‘Oh no! It’s storytelling time!’

Whether you’re a seasoned storyteller or new to the caper, you’ll enjoy this entertaining and interactive workshop with Andrew, the creator of the Lost Sheep stories. Covering: the power of stories, harnessing your natural skills, and how to get into a story so the kids get something out of the story.

Andrew McDonough

part of the BASICS stream

15.15-16.15 Seminars and workshops

The process of discipleship

God has called us to make disciples. If our ministry is the only spiritual input for a child, how can we help them journey from unsaved to fully established disciples. Be inspired by stories of children being discipled and discipling their friends. Reflect on the process of discipleship and how the structure of our ministries serves this.

Olly Goldenberg

part of the OUTREACH stream


Shaping a children’s ministry that resources and equips parents

While our heart may be to create a culture where parenting for faith can flourish within our churches, we often don’t have the authority or power to shape what the church does at a whole.  So what can we do as a children’s ministry to be a powerful force in inspiring and equipping parents to be the primary disciplers of their children?  We will be exploring the practical steps that we can take to make a great impact in the lives of the families we serve, without the main church services or structures changing at all.

Rachel Turner

part of the FAITH AT HOME stream


Spirituality among under 5s

Peter Michell

part of the PRAYER & SPIRITUALITY stream


Inclusive and creative teaching for all

Practical ideas that will help teach children of varying abilities.

Kay Morgan-Gurr and Mark Arnold

part of the BASICS  stream


The big story of the Bible

Helping children discover the work of God from creation to the cross and from the resurrection to missionary journeys of the apostles is vital to their personal growth and spiritual formation. Dave will stretch your thinking and suggest great resources.

Dave Roberts

part of the BASICS stream

16.45-17.45 Seminars and workshops

How to reach hard to reach families

Many of us are involved in putting on faith based activities that reach out to children; but once we’ve done so, how can we best develop relationships with their entire families; giving everyone the opportunity to connect in with local church.

Rachel Dawson

part of the OUTREACH stream


What is Messy Church?

How can you reach families in your community who choose not to come to Sunday church? Hear about this growing all-age ministry which is supported by Bible Reading Fellowship and is now in around 30 countries. What are the values? What does a typical Messy Church session look like? Hear how God is at work.

Charis Lambert

part of the OUTREACH stream


Passing on our faith the Jewish way

This seminar will look at the Biblical principles that the Jews use to pass on their faith to their children. These simple principles work for every family alongside a busy modern life and are effective in equipping the next generation. Our parents can do this!

Olly Goldenberg

part of the FAITH AT HOME stream


Children and church: belonging and staying

Why are so many children leaving the church as soon as they are able? This session explores what we can do to help children feel deeply connected to God and his family on earth.
Carolyn Edwards

part of the BASICS stream


Using puppets in children’s and family ministry

From using hand puppets with young children, and on a one-to-one basis with children who may have additional needs but can relate to a puppet, through storytelling to performance.

Ian Jones

part of the BASICS stream

18.15-20.00 Main stage session

A Faithfull Generation
A vision for your community. Dave Roberts

Worship led by Noel Robinson and band

News of our offering

New songs from Doug Horley

Hosted by Dave Roberts

BRADFORD

FRIDAY Doors open 16.45

Exhibition open 16.45-18.45; 20.30-21.00

17.15-18.15 Seminars and workshops
Bible engagement in a digital age

Discover Guardians of Ancora and how to use it in a club setting.

Rob Steward

part of the OUTREACH stream


Who Let The Dads Out? 15 years in

Celebrating its 15th birthday as a movement that inspires and resources churches to support fathers, father figures and their children, the founder and the national coordinator of WLTDO? take time to reflect on the journey so far, on just how many bacon butties they have consumed, and on the continuing journey ahead. Come prepared to hear (and share) stories and practical examples of fathers and children’s hearts turned towards one another to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.

Mark Chester and Tony Sharp

part of the OUTREACH stream


Faith in the home with under 5s

Practical ideas to share with and use to encourage parents in this vital area of ministry.

Victoria Beech

part of the FAITH AT HOME stream

18.15-20.00 Main stage session

We are family
Inspiring stories of God using intergenerational relationships to bring transformation for children from unchurched families. Tim Morfin

Worship led by The Light Church band

Hosted by Dave Roberts & Rachel Dawson

SATURDAY Doors open 8.45

Exhibition open 9.00-10.15; 12.00-18.15; 20.00-20.30

9.15-10.00 Prayer and reflection
Faith at home in the Bible

Start the day by reflecting on Bible passages that help us focus on this important aspect of family ministry.

Victoria Beech

part of the FAITH AT HOME stream / PERSONAL REFLECTION stream


Creative prayer time

In a busy weekend, take the opportunity to reflect, read, pray and create as we engage with God in a hands-on way.

Mina Munns

part of the PRAY & SPIRITUALITY stream / PERSONAL REFLECTION stream

10.30-12.15 Main stage session

It takes a church
If we are going to see a generation of children live God-connected lives, then we as a whole church need to work together. Rachel Turner

Worship led by The Light Church band

Hosted by Dave Roberts & Rachel Dawson

13.30-14.30 Seminars and workshops
Coaching unchurched children, with a focus on trauma

Using the TLG Early Intervention programme.

Rachel Morfin

part of the OUTREACH stream


Helping parents start right: ministering to the unborn

Expectant parents have time, energy, desire and motivation to be helped as new parents. It’s the best time to engage with them! The Scriptures show us that God also wants to meet with the children in the womb. This aspect of ministry should be a part of every church. Find out how you can help parents start right and minister to the unborn.

Olly Goldenberg

part of the FAITH AT HOME stream


Creative prayer and spiritual discovery

Discover some creative ways of helping children to pray and to go deeper with God. Come prepared to get hands on as we explore practical and sensory ideas to encourage children on their spiritual journey.

Mina Munns

part of the PRAYER & SPIRITUALITY stream


Coming alongside families

Tips for those who want to offer support to parents and don’t know where to start. Highlighting the importance of healthy family relationships in building faith and including support for couple relationships, single parents, bereaved families and those coping with additional needs.

Anita Williams

part of the BASICS stream

15.00-16.00 Seminars and workshops

The process of discipleship

God has called us to make disciples. If our ministry is the only spiritual input for a child, how can we help them journey from unsaved to fully established disciples. Be inspired by stories of children being discipled and discipling their friends. Reflect on the process of discipleship and how the structure of our ministries serves this.

Olly Goldenberg

part of the OUTREACH stream


Shaping a children’s ministry that resources and equips parents

While our heart may be to create a culture where parenting for faith can flourish within our churches, we often don’t have the authority or power to shape what the church does at a whole. So what can we do as a children’s ministry to be a powerful force in inspiring and equipping parents to be the primary disciplers of their children? We will be exploring the practical steps that we can take to make a great impact in the lives of the families we serve, without the main church services or structures changing at all.

Rachel Turner

part of the FAITH AT HOME stream


Together with God: family worship

Gareth Crispin

part of the PRAYER & SPIRITUALITY stream / FAITH AT HOME stream


Inclusive and creative teaching for all

Practical ideas that will help teach children of varying abilities.

Kay Morgan-Gurr 

part of the BASICS  stream

16.30-17.30 Seminars and workshops

How to reach hard to reach families

Many of us are involved in putting on faith based activities that reach out to children; but once we’ve done so, how can we best develop relationships with their entire families; giving everyone the opportunity to connect in with local church.

Rachel Dawson

part of the OUTREACH stream


Supporting families to engage with faith at home

How can we support families to journey together to live out faith in their daily lives? How might we encourage families to get started and give additional support and ideas for those already doing it? How might families find the opportunity to explore faith in the everyday aspects of life – such as a walk to school or when providing the teenage taxi service?

Jane Butcher

part of the FAITH AT HOME stream


Children and church: belonging and staying

Helping children feel connected within the church family and grow in their faith, rather than encourage them in, just to see them go.

Dave Gidney

part of the BASICS stream


Using puppets in children’s and family ministry

From using hand puppets with young children, and on a one-to-one basis with children who may have additional needs but can relate to a puppet, through storytelling to performance.

Cameron Welsh

part of the BASICS stream

18.15-20.00 Main stage session

The power of story. Andrew McDonough

Worship led by The Light Church band

News of our offering

Hosted by Dave Roberts & Rachel Dawson

SUNDAY Doors open 9.00

Exhibition open 9.00-12.15; 13.30-14.00

9.15-10.15 Seminars and workshops
Running residential events for non-churched young people

Taking young people away gives the opportunity to create memories and allows more time for young people to encounter God. This seminar will look at the practicalities of residential events from sleepovers to longer events specifically for those who are not from church backgrounds.

John Stephenson

part of the OUTREACH stream


Messy prayer time

Engage with meeting with God through creative Messy Church prayer activities. Pop in for ideas or stay and pray with us.

Jane Leadbetter & Miriam Thurlow

part of the PRAY & SPIRITUALITY stream / PERSONAL REFLECTION stream


Children of God: a biblical and theological exploration

Ian White

part of the BASICS stream / PERSONAL REFLECTION stream

10.45-11.45 Seminars and workshops

What is Messy Church?

How can you reach families in your community who choose not to come to Sunday church? Hear about this growing all-age ministry which is supported by Bible Reading Fellowship and is now in around 30 countries. What are the values? What does a typical Messy Church session look like? Hear how God is at work.

Jane Leadbetter and Miriam Thurlow

part of the OUTREACH stream


‘I am the son of many fathers’

How can the church support and encourage Godly fathers and father figures to pass on their faith to the next generations, and how can it help men in general to explore their values and beliefs? In this seminar the Who Let The Dads Out? team will explore these challenges, drawing on their own work with the Daddy Cool! parenting programme and the Soul Man? discussion group, citing examples from other practitioners, and inviting seminar participants to also share their own ideas and experiences.

Mark Chester and Tony Sharp

part of the FAITH AT HOME stream


‘Oh no! It’s storytelling time!’

Whether you’re a seasoned storyteller or new to the caper, you’ll enjoy this entertaining and interactive workshop with Andrew, the creator of the Lost Sheep stories. Covering: the power of stories, harnessing your natural skills, and how to get into a story so the kids get something out of the story.

Andrew McDonough

part of the BASICS stream


Spirituality, additional needs, family and the Bible

A review of the London Forum addressing Family and the Bible, discussing what the outcomes should look like for families where there are children with additional needs. Add to the discussion and help to form the outcomes.

Kay Morgan-Gurr and Mark Arnold

part of the BASICS stream

12.15-13.30 Main stage session

A Faithfull Generation
A vision for your community. Dave Roberts

Worship led by the Olive Branch choir

Hosted by Dave Roberts & Rachel Dawson

It is possible that some of these sessions may be changed. Delegates should check their printed programme at the conference.