6th April 2017
It was a bright sunshiny day in March as children’s ministries teams and elders from across the North England Conference converged upon Pendeford Seventh-day Adventist Church, for what amounted to be a collaborative approach to Children’s Ministries Training. Disability Ministries, Family Ministries and the Children’s Ministries Departments worked together, along with other specialists, to equip teams for the mission, inspiring them to fulfil the great commission that includes making disciples of the ‘little people’ who are so easily overlooked within our congregations. Children who if prayerfully and lovingly trained will become God’s disciples, bright lights, shining within a dark world.
The program began with Janet Taylor and Jennifer Munroe-Dinham, who lead out in praise and worship and soon had everyone bellowing popular children’s songs such as ‘We are soldiers in the army …’
Pastor Cyril Sweeney, former British Union Conference Children’s Ministries Director, then shared the devotional thought, emphasising the importance of being authentic, as we introduce children to God stating that, “children aren’t fooled by pretenders”. His message resonated with everyone.
In the plenary session that followed, Disability Ministries Director, Grace Walsh and co-presenter Ayo-Ola McKenzie, They emphasised the importance of embracing and affirming all children.
The workshops that followed were varied and relevant to the theme of the day. These included:-
|God’s Special Children…||G Walsh & A McKenzie|
|The ABC of HBS||Maureen Griffiths & Co|
|KCFS Policy||Pr P Liburd|
|Smart Love||Pr Patricia Douglas|
|Youth and the Challenge of Peer Pressure||El. Mark Palmer|
|Messy Church||H. Haworth, J Taylor, J Munroe-Dinham|
|Creating a Bright Environment||J Taylor, J Munroe-Dinham|
One enthusiastic attendee stated, “I was so excited by all the workshops that were on offer and would have liked to have attended them all.”