IMYC is available to provide training in many areas of youth and children’s ministry as well as in safeguarding! The staff here have a wealth of expertise they are willing to share with you and if they don’t know they will sign post you to someone who does! Below are the upcoming training dates, they include safeguarding training and district training events.

Members of staff are also available on request so please do feel free to contact our Training and Development Officer for availability and details at leannehill@imycd.org.

CHILDREN

The Basics of
Children’s Work

Looking at resourcing, team work, bible learning, communication skills, programme planning, worship leading, small group discussion, puppet use, game playing, learning styles and anything else that comes under the banner of Children’s Work.

Key Learning

> Introduction to children’s ministry
> Matching programmes and needs
> Using team gifts

Engaging Children in
Mission

Or to use it’s subtitle: Twenty-Five Simple Ways to Engage Children, Two Complicated Ones and Ten Rules for Talking Mission with Children.  We look at the elements involved in bringing Mission to the forefront of children’s minds and how we can engage them in being campaigners & pray-ers.

Key Learning

> Making mission relevant
> Creating whole-church interest
> Developing new initiatives

Faith development &
learning styles

Understanding where we come from as leaders helps us to understand the child’s journey of faith as well and so this is explored in the session and how we can lead the child on this journey.  We’ll look at life for children in today’s world, and how we can meet all the needs of those in our care. We look at teamwork and how to plan a session with children using different approaches and recognising learning styles.

Key Learning

> The theoretical underpinning of faith development
> Relevance to contemporary church & society
> Practical applications in children’s ministry
> Identifying learning styles and communication techniques

Under 5’s

Looking at the different aspects of ministry to this vital age, making it so much more than a baby sitting service.  This session includes Ideas and resourcing for the Under 5s, working with Parents and Tots (or Grandparents & Tots), All-Age gatherings and principles for working with leaders as well as children.

Key Learning

> Communication tips
> Best-practice programming
> Developing faith & belonging

Messy Church

Messy Church is growing! Since it began in 2004, many churches have picked up the idea of drawing people of all ages together and inviting them to experience fun-filled Christian community outside Sunday Worship. If you are looking to explore this expression of Church this session is for you. We will look at where to begin, how to develop the programme and provide various resources that will enable you to make this happen.

Key learning

> Why Messy Church?
> How to engage all ages
> Resources and getting started