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The Forge Gathering
The Forge Gathering is an annual residential retreat for children’s, youth and families workers (both paid and voluntary) hosted by Rachel Turner and the Parenting for Faith team. The next bookable gathering is on Monday 7 November – Wednesday 9 November 2022 at
Stirling Youth Hostel, St. John Street, Stirling.
Babies and Toddlers Online Course
We’re running five sessions on Thursday nights at 8pm, starting on 9th June, just for parents and carers of under fives. These short, weekly sessions will help you to explore how to nurture your little one’s spiritual life and connect with others. There are two ways to sign up – as an individual, or as part of a church group – so if the group option might work for you, why not chat to your church leader, children’s leader or toddler groups leader and ask them to sign up to run the course as a church? If you join as an individual we’ll ask you a few questions to put you in a small group with people at a similar age and stage. If you join as a church or group, we’ll keep you together for the discussion times.
The sessions are suitable for anyone pregnant, preparing to adopt or with a baby, toddler or preschooler. All parents and carers are welcome including grandparents, godparents and extended family. You’re also really welcome to join if you’re thinking about running some sessions like this in your church or community and want to try it out first.
Tickets are £50 for a church (unlimited screens and includes money off codes for purchasing books) or £20 for an individual/household (includes a voucher for a free book posted to you).
Parenting as a Church Leader Day
Being a church leader affects every part of our lives, including our children. We all want to be good parents and good leaders. We want to see our children flourish spiritually and emotionally. But how? Parenting as a church leader requires unique skills and choices, and it can feel like a lonely journey. Join other church leaders for an online day designed especially for you – as a parent. Hear the results of research, share your experience with others, talk honestly about your journey and hear from those who’ve walked this path before.
The Certificate in Parenting for Faith course in association with Cliff College is now available as an online course. Designed to stretch, inform and inspire those working in a professional or voluntary capacity with children, young people and families in churches, this course will equip you to successfully support parents and carers as they disciple their children and explore what parenting for faith might look like in your church and community.
Facebook Live events
There will be no Facebook Live events in April, August and December as we take a break over the school holidays.
For parents and carers
Our monthly free event for parents and carers is called Bedtime Chats and happens on the teenth Tuesday of the month at 8.00 pm (under 5s), 8.30 pm (5-11s) and 9.00 pm (11+).
- 15 March – Finding God in the ups and downs of family life with Paul Harcourt, National Leader of New Wine as he shares from his experience of parenting children with additional needs. This session won’t be age-specific, so everyone can join at 8pm to hear the full conversation.
- 24 May (a week later than normal)
- 14 June
- 19 July
You can also join our Parents and Carers Facebook group to carry on the conversation, ask questions and share ideas.
For children’s, youth and family leaders
Our monthly free events for children’s, youth and family leaders is called Lunch with Leaders and happens on the teenth Wednesday of the month from 1.00 pm – 2.00pm. Bring your questions and watch live from our Children’s, Youth and Family Leaders Facebook group. The second part of the session will be a chance to unpack the theme a bit more in area-specific breakout rooms. Get the zoom link by joining the group or signing up for email updates. Our next events are:
- 16 March – Training and development: finding your next step with special guest Ruth Bromley
- 25 May (a week later than normal)
- 15 June
- 13 July
You can view the videos of all our previous Facebook Live events on our Facebook page.
One Big Day Conference
One Big Day is taking place in partnership with the Diocese of Norwich on 30 April. It is a day of teaching, resourcing and equipping for anyone involved in ministry with children, young people and families.
Come and explore with your team what it means to develop a culture of discipleship across generations and abilities. Keynote speakers on the day will be Lauren Sheath from Parenting for Faith and Nigel Roberts from Youth For Christ.
RECONNECTING: Restoring the beauty of the intergenerationality of church
London Baptists CYF Forum are holding a training day exploring how we might better pursue church as a truly intergenerational community.
In our post-Covid world, as we seek to reconnect with one another and with our communities, how can we also better reconnect the generations, as churches? Join on Saturday 19th March as we explore what it means for the church to be a truly intergenerational community. Rachel Turner will be a guest speaker as we cast a vision for the church’s call to re-connect the generations in our communities and consider how we might begin to build a culture and strategies in order to do church intergenerationally within our own context.