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Children and Youth Ministry — Stories
February 2022
2022 is the Year of Stories in Scotland. Storytelling is a very important thing for us as Christians - we are part of, share and live out God's story.

This year, stories inspired by, created or written in Scotland will be showcased and celebrated. The love of stories is one of the strongest ways we connect with one another and share our experiences. Scotland has a particularly rich heritage of stories and storytelling to spotlight and celebrate. Scotland’s stories reflect who we are and shape how others see us.

"We can read stories and teach stories - but we are also living stories" — Westerhoff.

Paul says something similar: "You yourselves are our letter, inscribed on our hearts, known and read by everyone. It is clear that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts." — 2 Corinthians 3. 

Do you teach things to believe about God - or do you live your life in such a way that your faith in action speaks of God's love and goodness? Here's an interesting Facebook post on 'God's story' by Ali Campbell, a youth and children's ministry consultant. (Please note, you may need to log in to Facebook to read this post.)

We look forward to growing and sharing our stories of life, faith and ministry throughout 2022.

Every blessing,
Isobel and Suzi
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God's Story
There are so many ways to share the stories of the Bible with our children and young people. The Easter season particularly offers lots of opportunities for us.
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Sharing our stories 
"Tell the next generation what God has done." - Psalm 78.

Hearing each other's journey of faith and testimony can make a huge difference to encouraging faith in each other. How might we encourage our children and young people to also share their stories? 
  • The Kitchen Table Project has lots of ideas on how to inspire faith within our families.
  • Sharing Jesus suggests how you might communicate your Christian faith as relationships deepen.
  • Enacting your Story of Faith — this booklet explains how to help young people discover their purpose as prophetic storytellers of the divine at work.
Lifting the lid on the Bible – discovering God’s story
How do we grow a love for the Bible in our children, encouraging them to explore it, understand its authority, encounter God through it, and apply it in their lives?
Date: Wednesday 16 March, 11:30am-1pm
Cost: £7.50 
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Children, youth and family ministry conversations
Come and join with others to share stories and experiences and explore opportunities, challenges and connections in children and youth ministry for 2022.
Dates: Thursday 24 February or Monday 28th February, 7:30pm–9pm

Get in touch if you would like to discuss ways forward for children, youth and family ministry in your congregation.
Register your interest
Building and developing a culture of innovation in our churches
The founding director of TryTank, Lorenzo Lebrija, will lead two in-person workshops, to help us grow a nationwide culture of innovation. Come to dream, play and experiment with both existing and novel expressions of worship, service and mission.

Book for either the morning or afternoon workshop. The afternoon one will have a particular focus on empowering work with the under-40s.

Date: Saturday 19 March, 9am-12:30pm or 2pm-5pm
Venue: The Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh
Godly Play Storyteller and Door Person Accredited Training
This three-day course will give people a better understanding of the theory and practice of Godly Play. We will explore each of the main types of stories – sacred, parables and liturgy. 

Date: 22-24 March at Cramond Kirk Hall, Edinburgh
Cost: £315, includes course handbook, lunch and refreshments
Children and youth ministry contact database
Register your contact details today to be part of a growing support network for those in children’s and youth ministry. We would love to have a key contact in every congregation.
Fill in the sign-up form 
Opportunities for Paid Children/Youth/Family Workers
If you are a paid children and youth family worker, you are warmly invited to join our community of practice. We have a Facebook group and lots of opportunities to gather together using Zoom. Upcoming gatherings are:
  • Mondays at 9:30am — Weekly prayer gathering
  • Tuesday 8 February, 12:30pm-2pm — A conversation with Scott Shackleton
  • Wednesday 16 February, 12:30pm-1:30pm — Lunchtime drop-in
  • Thursday 24 February, 11am-12:30pm — Engaging with the Scriptures, looking at Revelation 2: 1-7
There is also the opportunity for a one-to-one conversation with one of us so please just get in touch if you'd appreciate that.

We are again planning for our annual conference to be online and this time our theme will be 'stories'.  Please save 9-11 March in your diaries and more information will be shared in due course.
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