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Upcoming Events / Training in Youth and Children's Work

The Teenage Brain

Friday 12 February 2021

11am - 12.30pm

Join Brian Smith, the London District Youth and Children's Coordinator, for a journey into the minds of teenagers. We will explore how the brain works, new discoveries about the teenage brain, and consider the implications and impact all this has on our work with young people. 


We will also questions: 'How can we best 'steward' the opportunity we have to shape the brains of the teenagers in our care? How can we better support teenagers as their brains go through all these changes? How can we shape how their brains will be 'hard-wired' in adult life and help them build resilience?


This training would be useful for all those who work with teenagers including (but not limited to): lay workers, youth and children's workers and Sunday and junior church leaders.

Building Sustainable Youth Ministry

Friday 05 March 2021

11am - 12.30pm

Based on the books Inside the Mind of Youth Pastors' by Mark Riddle and 'Sustainable Youth Ministry' by Mark Devries, this webinar aims to equip all those churches, superintendents, minsters, management groups, and admin staff with the knowledge to enable them to build sustainable youth ministries with their Youth Worker or Children’s worker, Families worker, Lay Worker, Missioner, Community worker, or Young Adult worker.


Ultimately, this webinar is about helping church leaders build healthy, sustainable youth ministry whether you are in the process of thinking of employing a youth worker, or already have one in place.

Taming Gaming: Guide your child to healthy video game habits

Friday 19 March 2021

11am - 12.30pm

Video games can instil amazing qualities in our children – curiosity, resilience, patience and problem solving to name a few – but with the World Health Organisation naming gaming disorder as a clinically diagnosable condition, parents and carers (and children, youth and family workers) can worry about what video games are doing to their children.


This webinar will be led by Andy Robertson, author of the new book ‘Taming Gaming: Guide your child to healthy video game habits’. In it Andy will offer practical advice and insights – combining his own experiences with the latest research and guidance from psychologists, industry experts, schools and children’s charities – alongside a treasure trove of ‘gaming recipes’ to test out in your situation.


The session covers: 


  • Games need Parenting, Not Policing

  • The Benefits of Video Games

  • The Worries Video Games Cause

  • How to love a child who loves video games

  • How wo love a child who loves video games too much

  • Learning to love video games

  • What the (other) experts say

  • Getting ready for video games

  • Gaming Recipes


This webinar is aimed at all those working with children, young people and families.



About Andy Robertson:

Andy Robertson has been helping families get more from video games for over 15 years. As a freelance journalist for the Guardian and Forbes, and broadcaster for the BBC, his pioneering perspective balances the needs of the child and the opportunities of this new medium of video games. Andy’s work takes him into homes, schools, theatres, arts festivals and even churches to explore what video games have to offer. He has lived in Exeter with his family of five for the last 20 years.

Top Tips for Recruiting and Keeping Volunteers

Friday 26 March 2021

11am - 12.30pm

Volunteer recruitment is one of the hardest tasks that leaders have in church. This webinar will explore the process of how we can better find and recruit new volunteers and once they are recruited, the best ways of keeping them, to help build a sustainable youth and children’s ministry.


What we’ll cover:


  • The Process of Recruitment (Top Tips)

  • Barriers to volunteering

  • Keeping volunteers

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • YouTube
  • SoundCloud

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