Children’s work training course in West Norfolk
The Diocese of Norwich is running the popular ‘Core Skills for Children’s Work’ course over seven weeks at Dersingham Church Hall, starting on October 9.
This is a creative, interactive, inter-denominational training course for everyone who works, or hopes to work, with children in church, and who would like to improve and develop their skills; also for those who would like to get involved but want to gain some confidence.
The course is led by Children’s Task Force member and Licensed Lay Reader, Alan Crawshaw, and Children and Families Worker, Steve Lofts, both of whom have a wide variety of skills and experience in children’s ministry. The six course modules cover all aspects of children’s ministry and the course will conclude with a Diocesan Safeguarding Training session which is free for anyone to attend.
Each session will run from 7.00pm to 9.30pm, and will have the following content:
Module 1: Tuesday, October 9: Child Development
• Children’s physical, emotional, intellectual, social, moral & spiritual development
• Learning styles & approaches
• How personal faith experience affects ways of working
Module 2: Tuesday, October 16: Leadership Skills
• Evaluate current skills & identify possibilities for personal development
• Recognise the need to feel valued, equipped & supported
• Develop the skills & habit of reflecting on work with children
Module 3: Tuesday, October 23: Programme Planning
• Understand how learning styles are influenced by society & culture
• Working creatively using a variety of learning styles
• Planning original sessions, delivering published programmes, evaluating sessions
Module 4: Tuesday, October 30: Children & Community
• Reflect on stories from different contexts and distil principles of good practice
• Develop strategies for developing new areas of work
• Explore what it means to be ‘church’ with children’s active participation
Module 5: Tuesday, November 13: Pastoral Awareness
• Share insights on pastoral issues
• Explore how power is used in working with children
• Providing a safe environment
Module 6: Tuesday, November 20: Spirituality & the Bible
• Explore spirituality and its relationship with faith
• Understand the ways in which the Bible can enrich prayer and spiritual activities
• Experience spiritual reflection & develop an awareness of different style of prayer
Module 7: Tuesday, November 27: Safeguarding & Child Protection
• A free additional session, open to everyone, including leaders who have not attended the first six modules. Please book in advance.
Steve Lofts is a Children & Families Worker with 20 years experience of working with children and
teenagers, and has great passion for sharing the gospel and leading worship.
Alan Crawshaw is a Licensed Reader with management experience and qualications. He has led children’s clubs and holiday clubs for ten years and has completed the ‘Leading Children’ course at St John’s College Nottingham. He is also a member of the Diocese of Norwich Children’s Task Force who are providing this training course.
Mark Heybourne, Children, Youth & Families Development Manager for the Diocese of Norwich, highly recommends the course and said ‘This our fourth year of running Core Skills and feedback from previous courses has always been immensely positive. Those who have completed the course have gained enormous confidence, and have really appreciated being able to meet with others and share ideas and experiences. Several have also gone on to complete the More Core Skills supplementary course which will run again next year.’
The cost of the course is £30 which includes the course book worth £12.99. Individual modules can also be booked at £6 each (book not included), but completing the whole course is recommended as giving the most benefit.
Details of an optional Introductory session will be sent with the booking confirmation.
This evening is ideal to invite other people from your church to attend if you wish. It will encourage reflection on your present work and help you identify possible needs and issues. It provides a good springboard for the course.
A booking form can be downloaded at www.norwich.anglican.org/calendar/e4596
For further information contact firstname.lastname@example.org 01603 882354.