Project Description

Authentic Connections – growing faith with children, young people & families

Northern Synod celebrate URC’s jubilee at open-air museum

Our training day jointly organised with Newcastle diocese is focused on how we share the good news with those we connect with and help faith to grow and develop with children and young people

You can book a place here 

We are thrilled to have two top quality speakers joining us for the day.

Mary Hawes was until recently the National Children’s Advisor for the Archbishops Council. This keynote will look at  

Growing faith in all ages – how to connect with faith in the church community’

Sam Richards is the URC Head of Youth & Children’s.  This keynote will look at: 

‘What next after ‘Messy Church’ or ‘Sunday School’ – exploring new opportunities for mission’

You can choose two from the 4 workshops we have on offer

Help! we have no volunteers

Many of us are discovering that our volunteers are no longer available in the way they were prior to the pandemic.

This workshop will explore how to engage people in ways that will reflect this new situation and draw on the skills and expertise of people so that they feel valued and able to contribute to ministry with children and young people

Growing faith that lasts – my part as a leader!

It would be easy to get the impression that children’s and youth work is for the confident leader or the trendy younger person – but it’s not true!

This workshop will explore how we can be authentic in sharing our experience and faith with children and young people so that they might grow in their own faith. Age and lack of experience are no barrier – come and find out why!

Connecting Church & School

Most children go to school even though most of them no longer attend church. So learning how to connect with local schools is an obvious opportunity

This workshop will explore how we can make the most of existing connections and work together with schools in practical ways that will give the opportunity for faith to grow in children and young people in an educational setting

More than a Bible story

Telling Bible stories is a great thing to do – but it’s not enough! We need to help children and young people understand how these stories relate to their everyday lives

This workshop will look at how we go beyond storytelling to help children and young people develop a faith that equips them for everyday living. Exploring spiritual practices that help faith to grow and mature as children and young people grow older

An outline of the days programme

09.30 Arrival

10.00 Welcome and Housekeeping

10.05 Keynote address – Mary Hawes

10.50 Break

11.00 Workshop 1

12.15 Lunch & Networking

13.00 Worship

13.20 Keynote address – Sam Richards

14.15 Workshop 2

15.30 Drinks & Networking

16.00 Finish



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