In the UK it is estimated that there are 27,000 church based toddler groups., with over 50% of under 4’s attending one in their local community. The impact of these is immense with increased opportunities for relationships to start and grow, and for community life to be strengthened. But how do church based groups stand out? Do they? Should they? Using Romans 12 v1,2 we will be exploring how our groups are different and how we can build on this .
The conference will provide an opportunity to:-
• be encouraged and envisioned regarding the work of parent and toddler groups
• hear our key note speaker – Rev Tessa Rust (under 5’s mission adviser in London Diocese)
• participate in workshops (see details below in FAQ)
• network with colleagues
• enjoy our exhibition including craft ideas, bookstall
“Toddler Groups are one of the great ways that churches can serve their communities. They provide a place where families can be nurtured, children given stimulation and learning, and the values of the Christian faith can impact on peoples’ lives. Come to a day that is a really worthwhile place of cross-fertilisation, encouragement, prayer and support.” Bishop Pete Broadbent, Bishop of Willesden
The event is open to all leaders and volunteers of groups based in Greater London and beyond.
Tickets and cost
Please book your ticket via Eventbrite. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/born-to-stand-out-tickets-17510990845
The event costs £12
What are the workshops?
You will have the opportunity to sign up for two workshops on the day
1. Art and craft practical session
Bringing the Bible alive
2. How does your group stand out?
Exploring how we can make our group more visible in the community – publicity, activities, ethos etc
3. Next steps
Do you have good relationships with local families? Are people bringing their friends to your group?Are you wondering how you can build on those positive contacts? Would you like to be more open about knowing Jesus? Would you like to help people grow in faith?
In this workshop we’ll be thinking about ways we can build on the trust and relationships that we have with the families and volunteers who come to our groups.
4. Where do parents fit it?
Attachment theory and how this effects our children. What can we do to take a stand? Valuing and supporting stay at home parents
5. How safe is your group?