Discipling the Next Generations

Children and Families Ministry Update JUNE 2020

Photo from Intergentate Conference 2019: https://www.intergenerate.com.au

This monthly update is collated by Chris Barnett from the VIC/TAS Synod Intergenerational Ministry team to help resource those involved in ministry with Childrens and Families across the UCA. Thanks to Chris for sharing this excellent resource!

A note from Chris: In addition to resources related to ministry in the time of Covid-19, I especially want to draw you attention to Connecting Families, Nurturing Faith (UCA) (a new, free resource), Understanding Generation Alpha (McCrindle) (an excellent overview) and the not-to-be-missed 2020 Intergenerate AUS On-line Conference. If you only click on three links this month, make sure they are these ones! As always, feel free to pass this on to others you think might be interested, post it wherever you like and generally raise awareness of the links/articles most relevant to your context. 

 1. New, Free and Very Worth Opening

Connecting Families, Nurturing Faith (UCA)

Understanding Generation Alpha (McCrindle)

The impact of Covid-19 on emerging generations (McCrindle)

Returning to church: a trauma-informed approach (UCA)

Covid-19 and current church FAQs (UCA VicTas)

2. Some Practical Ideas

 20 Zoom game ideas for households

35 ways to love your neighbours right now

155 animated Bible stories (Saddleback Kids)

5 tips for on-line ministry with younger generations

1 Story to consider: The Great Realisation (Tomfoolery)

 3. Tools You Might Find useful

Kahoot – free game-based learning

Sribbl.io – free drawing game

Slido – free polling platform

Menti – free quizzes and polls

Wordle – free tool for generating word clouds

5. Covid-19 Corner

Pulse mail for families (Pulse)

Quizworx home delivery (Quizworx)

Faith at home through play (GodVenture)

Pentecost ideas for worshiping at home (CRCNA)

How your children & families ministry can emerge from Covid-19 stronger (CRCNA)

6. Brilliant Ideas from Messy Church

 Messy Round-the-World Adventure (youtube)

Messy Church at Home: ideas (Pinterest)

Messy Church at Home: science (Messy Church)

Messy Church at Home: resources (Messy Church)

Messy Church at Home: Get Messy! (Messy Church)

6. Children, Church & Worship

Inclusion of children in on-line worship (Tori Smit)

Where did all the children go (Rachel Schilling)

What keeps me up at night? (Tammy Tolman)

Going to church differently (Multivocality)

Little liturgies (Marilyn Sharpe)

 7. Thinking about Communion

Waiting for communion (Grow Ministries)

Holy Communion and Covid-19 (Jason Goroncy)

Resources for thinking about Communion at this time (UCA)

Come and have breakfast: a table liturgy for home (Sally Douglas)

Liturgy of Empty Hands” a Communion alternative (Hy.phenated Faith)

 8. Reconciliation Week Resources plus

Reconciliation Week resources (Common Grace)

Reconciliation Sunday resources (UCA SA)

NATSICC Liturgy Resources (Catholic)

Day of Mourning resources (Pilgrim, SA)

NAIDOC Week resources (Common Grace)

9.  2020 InterGenerate Australia Conference June 16,17 – ONLINE!

 In a brilliant initiative, no matter where you are located, you will now be able to join in with this intergenerational ministry conference. Featuring an amazing line-up of international presenters that includes Dr Holly Allen, Christina Embree, John Roberto, Caesar Kalinowski, Don McLafferty and Liz Perraud, this is arguably the most significant intergenerational learning opportunity for 2020 . Suitable for individual ministers, pastors, practitioners and for ministry leadership teams.

Connect in anytime during the two days for speakers live online with a combination of Input/Questions and for break-out rooms to discuss the topics. Whatever you miss during this time you can watch later at your convenience.  Conference fees includes access to all sessions afterward as a resource to share with your team. All this for only $50!

More information and registration: 2020 Intergenerate AUS

 10. 2020 Children & Families Ministry Unit, July 15-17, 20-22,          Parkville, Melbourne

Check out the latest information on the upcoming Children & Families Ministry intensive and the Graduate Certificate in Children & Families Ministry. These are excellent professional development opportunities for ministers, pastors, chaplains, Christian educators and those in paid children & families ministry roles. Even if this not for you at this time, let me encourage you to forward the information on to at least one person who you think might (or even should) be interested. E-mail chris.barnett@victas.uca.edu.au to express interest or find out more.

 Nb. Well worth the travel (presuming it is allowed by then), on-site accommodation available at Maclean House.


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Intergenerational Ministry – Children & Families
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