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A place for people who train others to exchange ideas, information and insights

Members: 65
Latest Activity: Feb 1, 2014

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Safety in Numbers 2 Replies

Started by Fiona Downs. Last reply by Wanda Parker Jul 2, 2013.

Do churches see the need for training? 3 Replies

Started by Angeline White. Last reply by Margaret Simms Jan 5, 2013.

What are you training people for? 1 Reply

Started by Dave Roberts. Last reply by Angeline White Feb 8, 2010.

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Comment by Lisa Ruth Lyall on February 1, 2014 at 20:08

Hi folks, 

My name is Lisa Lyall.
 I am involved in a Conference to train Children's Workers.  We are aiming to bring together those who work with Children from England, Wales and Scotland (that's where I come from -  I am a Children's Pastor in the North-East of Scotland).
The conference runs from Friday 21st February at 2pm - Saturday 22 February 2014 at 5.00pm at Life Church, The Christian Centre, 17-19 Bulkington Road, Bedworth, CV12 9DG.
Guest speakers including Mark Griffiths (author of One Generation from Extinction and Don't Tell Cute Stories, Change Lives) and Matthew Summerfield who is the CEO of Urban Saints.
Visit for more information and to purchase tickets. 
It would be great to see you and your team come along and join us for what is sure to be a fantastic couple of days.
If you have any questions please email me or mail me on here.
Lisa Lyall


Comment by Margaret Simms on January 5, 2013 at 19:52

Nottinghamshire/East Midlands trainers: What have you got planned for 2013? Contact me.

Comment by Margaret Simms on April 27, 2012 at 11:28

You may be interested to hear that Ci2eye's very own Judith Twani and her 'African Connections, husband Siya are leading a workshop at Happy Talk: Language and Communication in the Early Years event taking place on Saturday 12th. May 2012, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at The Albert Hall Conference Centre, Nottingham:

'Let's talk about... me!'  Supporting children's ability to communicate about their homes, families and cultures weaving in connections with the revised EYFS. Exploring identity - getting the participants involved in talking about who they think they are and how they describe themselves. Looking at how we can encourage children to talk about what is important to them using Treasure boxes/Culture boxes. Demonstrating how a box of objects and photos of things special to someone can encourage a lot of discussion.

Meet Judith and Siya along with Katrice Horsley,  National Storytelling Laureate, Michael Jones ... and be inspired to move your own training to heigher heights.


'Katalyst Tales' - Katrice Horsley has worked widely as a storyteller and educator and is a director of the Midlands-based Traditional Arts Foundation. On receiving the news and accepting her appointment as the nation’s second ever National Storytelling Laureate, Katrice Horsley said, “My toes are curled up to the sky with joy and I look forward to making my contribution.”
'Storyshaping' - Julia Damassa (as seen on Dragon’s Den, 2010). Practical Pre-School Awards, “It promoted the development of language, literacy and communication skills, as well as creativity, imagination, and personal, social and emotional development through building confidence and self-esteem." Winner of the 2009/10 Nasen Award for Inclusive Primary Classroom Resource and top in Scholastic’s "Ten of the best - Creative writing resources.”

‘Supporting quiet children' - Michael Jones, Early Years trainer and writer with a background in Speech and Language Therapy and teaching. Michael was an Early Language Consultant on the national 'Every Child a Talker' project.Why are some children confident and happy talkers at home, but very quiet or totally silent in our Early Years settings and school? Are they shy? Very quiet? Or do they have Selective Mutism? We will explore this much-neglected subject, and how making positive links with home can be the first step to confident talking.
'Double speak' how twins develop their language - Janet O'Keefe. Language development in twins from 0-5 years including tips on support and when to refer on. 
‘Ready Steady Drum!’ – supporting children and staff through music - expert percussionist Sarah Westwood, will introduce you to her highly successful drumming programme for Early Years, using nothing more than beautifully coloured washing up bowls and drumsticks for small hands.  Great fun for all, ‘Ready Steady Drum!’ provides an inspiring musical foundation for children, and is strongly linked to language development, numeracy, physical co-ordination and social skills. A very accessible programme that provides a welcome boost to staff confidence with music-leading. 

Comment by Angeline White on February 2, 2010 at 17:48
Hi everyone. I've just joined this group so I thought it would be good if I introduced myself. I work with Bible Centred Ministries (BCM) International running Bible Clubs in primary schools, taking collective worship, leading a summer camp, co-ordinating (with a co-worker) the Youth Church and Family Services in my church and, of particular interest to this group, providing training to people who teach the Bible to children. We have a wonderful course called 'In Step with the Master Teacher' which helps teachers disciple children in the way that Jesus discipled his followers: by modelling what it means to know, love and obey God; building good relationships; teaching to get a response; and using time effectively. We run a shorter course called 'Sharing Christ with Kids' which is suitable for anyone who wants to learn how to share the gospel with children in a way that they can understand. We also run Puppet Workshops: where you can make your own puppet and be taught how to use it. I am based in Somerset but (together with a colleague) have just become responsible for co-ordinating BCM's training ministry across the UK.

I would be interested to know whether other trainers think that churches see the need to train their Youth Church/Sunday School teachers? What have you found in your own ministry?

Thanks, Angeline
Comment by Phil Moore on February 11, 2009 at 14:05
I do training for London City Mission and for Churches through the Capital Kids programme. I take responsibility for developing good practice and teaching across LCM's work. I have also begun to work with Churches in helping them develop their vision for Children's work within the Church's wider vision.

I train on interactive ways to
Share the Gospel
Teach the Bible
Tell Bible stories
Teach memory verses
Run Bible quizzes
to involve Prayer with Children

I also cover Child protection, learning styles and Factors, team Building and planning events. I am looking into the whole area of communicating with children with special needs as my daughter Eleanor is Autistic and gets frustrated at my attempts to serve as a special needs assistant at my church.

I will take on anything else that people throw at me if I feel I can do the subject justice and if not I pass it on to someone else like you guys reading this comment.

be bold
Comment by julie wilson on May 3, 2008 at 16:21
yes i do a lot of 'training' on parenting - two courses called 'handling children's behaviour' and handling teenage behaviour' - they are 'courses' initially, but mostly they morph into ongoing support group networks for parents around the issues of emotional literacy, self management and stress management, additional support needs and extreme behaviour/SEBD - those parents go on to run their own courses and set up other networks locally
Comment by Anne Roche on April 1, 2008 at 13:32
I regularly do training in Child Protection, spiritual/faith development of children, leading Sunday Schools, telling stories, using games with children.
Comment by julie wilson on March 28, 2008 at 18:14
bigstuff offers training and personal/professional development opportunities for all ages in the following areas : human growth and development; children, creativity and learning; spirituality in an emerging culture; spiritual formation and faith development; leadership in christian ministry; religious and moral education; religious observance/collective worship in schools; building emotional literacy through intergenerational partnerships; raising social capital through developmental assets; handling children's behaviour and positive parenting; raising spiritually nourished children and young people; developing creative community partnerships through neighbourhood missional adventures; church planting for children and family focussed emerging ministries; church in emerging culture; mission shaped ministry; therapeutic crisis intervention; working with children with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties; teaching as the art of graceful subversion; Godly Play; leadership and management of children's and family ministries; children at risk; philosophy and community of enquiry for children; leading volunteers; intergenerational worship; fun family festivals; the bible and preschoolers; big thinking for little people; reimagining religion in an emerging culture; contemplative prayer for preschoolers, parents and carers; Christianity, the environment and outdoor learning; global citizenship for all ages; policy and practice for denominational leaders
Comment by Lorraine Darlow on March 28, 2008 at 11:58
Pretty much most areas of children's ministry including such things as: creating and sharing vision, aims and objectives for ministry; review and evaluation; developing child friendly church and including children in serving; child spirituality & faith development and exploring issues of communion, baptism and spiritual gifts (for both leaders and parents); using the bible with children; leading/facilitating small groups (including cell group models) and developing own resources/materials; developing work and pastoral care for under 5s and their parents; planning and preparing for children's residentials; developing ministry teams; planning and leading intergenerational services and events; care and protection of children and vulnerable adults.

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