Ministry to children and young people promoted at conference
Published on 25 March, 2015
A new format for an event exploring how to nurture young people within the Church has proved popular.
Over 100 people from 26 presbyteries involved in ministry with children and young people attended 'The Community of Faith Conference', part of the Learn initiative being run by the Church, at the Scottish Police College in Tulliallan.
Rev Jamie Milliken, Vice Convener of the Mission and Discipleship Council, said: "Two members of my congregation attended the conference and both came back reinvigorated and full of fresh ideas.
"Once again the Congregational Learning team delivered an excellent event. Together with the ongoing success of Learn: 'Eldership' and the soon to be published Learn: 'How will our Children have Faith?' booklet the team is working hard to equip our congregations with quality and accessible resources."
The keynote speakers were a key component of the conference. Led by Barbara McDade - Programmes Development Officer for Congregational Life and Witness, Presbyterian Church in Ireland - they explored the place of children and young people in the family of God, intergenerational community, faith formation and worship.
The resource area was popular with a great atmosphere as people met with exhibitors, explored the range of resources on display and found info from a variety of organisations.
Feedback from those that attended has been overwhelmingly positive:
'It reached heights and depths I have not experienced at CofS events before: thoughtful study backed teaching on children's spiritual development, workshops that addressed practicalities of work by churches with and for children showcasing of so many organisations and initiatives whose work we can link in to or glean support from, opportunity to meet others from across the country and a beautiful communion service at the close.'
'I have so many ideas now as a culmination of all the sessions over the weekend.'
'A well thought out conference – the best I've been at for a long time.'