Training: Recipe for Success

Training: Recipe for Success

Children’s Work Training Session A recipe for success Learn a new song After our summer break we plan on introducing Fischy Music to our Sunday morning programme. We took the opportunity to learn one of the new songs as a team. Lyrics: someone-is-with-you-lyrics Ingredients Challenge Depending on numbers split your team into 2 or 3 groups. Give each team a list of ingredients which they then need to decide what dish or meal they might make with them.  It may be interesting to note and reflect on which members of the your team stick to tried and tested dishes and who in your team thinks outside of the box and puts ingredients together that don’t normally go with each other. Group 1: Smoked Haddock, Frozen Garden Peas, Bacon, Potatoes, Plums, Rice, Onions Group 2: Chicken, Polenta, Butternut Squash, Kale, Salad, Peppers, Onions Master Chef Video http://www.childrenandyouth.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/yt-wmv-break-the-rules.mp4 Do we stick with the safe, the known, and the traditional? Or do we change the rules? Like us you might have stuck to a formula that works – but in the training session give permission to think outside the box and be creative when it  comes to planning and building sessions. It’s interesting that Heston was self-taught having received no formal training. Often churches think that hiring in a professional youth worker is the answer to growing their groups which isn’t necessarily true. A little self-belief can go a long way. Faith Development and Spiritual Development Take the opportunity to introduce some theory to the  session by exploring faith development and spiritual development in children. These terms have different meanings but are often used interchangeably. The Desmos website have this article which you might find helpful Childrens_Spiritual_Development Faith Development In his book,...
Training: What is Youth Work?

Training: What is Youth Work?

What is Youth Work? “Youth work helps young people learn about themselves, others and society through activities that combine enjoyment, challenge, learning and achievement. It is a developmental process that starts in places and at times when young people themselves are ready to engage, learn and make use of it.” www.nya.org.uk Activity Encourage each participant to take a post-it note and write down a positive experience they’ve had within a youth group. It could be a group they attended when they were younger or it could have been a group they’ve been involved in as a helper or leader. If they’ve not attended a youth group they could think of what would make it appealing or what young people would enjoy doing there. Feedback Youth Work Values Explain that youth work is underpinned by a clear set of values. These include: Young people choose to take part It starts with young people’s view of the world It treats young people with respect It seeks to develop young people’s skills and attitudes rather than remedy problem behaviours It helps young people develop stronger relationships and collective identities It enables young people to respect and value difference It promotes the voice of young people Are there any values you’d challenge? Are there any values that you hadn’t considered before? Perceptions of Young People Can you guess when these quotes were from? 1. “The young people of today love luxury. They have bad manners, they scoff at authority and lack respect for their elders. Children nowadays are real tyrants, they no longer stand up when their elders come into the room where they are...
Training: Looking to the Future

Training: Looking to the Future

Training: Looking to the Future This was a session I led recently with our Kirk Session and Board as part of a retreat we had. We also invited some of our young people to take part in the discussion as well. I hope you find it as useful as our leadership team did. Formula 1 Story – Glasgow Boys Join Ferrari The Ferrari F1 team fired their entire pit crew yesterday. The announcement followed Ferrari’s decision to take advantage of the UK government’s ‘Work for your Dole’ scheme and employ some Glasgow youngsters. The decision to hire them was brought about by a recent documentary on how unemployed youths from Castlemilk were able to remove a set of wheels in less than 6 seconds without proper equipment, whereas Ferrari’s existing crew could only do it in 8 seconds with millions of pounds worth of high tech equipment. It was considered to be an excellent, bold move by the Ferrari management team as most races are won and lost in the pits, giving Ferrari an advantage over every other team. However, Ferrari got more than they bargained for! At the crew’s first practice session, not only was the Glasgow pit crew able to change all four wheels in under 6 seconds but, within 12 seconds, they had re-sprayed, re-badged and sold the car to the Maclaren team for eight cases of Stella and a collection of knocked off mobile phones. Formula 1 Video I don’t know if any of you have ever watched Formula 1 or car racing…like our story mentioned a race can be won or lost in the...
Sunday School Training Day Ideas and Discussion Starters

Sunday School Training Day Ideas and Discussion Starters

Today I led a training session with some of our Sunday School Volunteers. I thought it might be worth sharing some of the resources we used to stimulate discussion. Session 1 A to Z As a group write down words that you would associate with ‘Sunday School’. Then select the three most important words by circling. Video: History of Sunday School Questions When people were talking about attending Sunday School in the past what were some of the things they enjoyed? Why do you think they enjoyed these parts of Sunday School? What can we learn from the Sunday School that met in the cinema? When Sunday School first started children worked in factories and didn’t know how to read – what challenges do children and young people face today? Words/phrases that come out video: Belonging, Friendship, Fun, Community, Recognition, Dignity, Special Events, Positive experiences Questionnaire: What young people want from church? Over the past few months I visited each of the youth organisations at church to speak with the children and young people and get a sense of what they enjoy about the groups. If you are planning a team day similar to ours I’d strongly encourage you to do a similar questionnaire. It could be helpful to tease out the differences in how children and adults view Sunday School. Some of questions we asked included: What are some of the things you enjoy about the groups you attend? What are some of the things you dislike? What new groups would you be interested in going to? (We gave them a list to choose from including groups like...