The Scripture Union is running three FREE training courses in September and October with individual sessions within each topic which enable you to 'pick and mix' those you find most relevant to you.  

BiteSize Schools Ministry – Thursday 17th September
An introduction or refresher for those working in Primary or Secondary schools

About the session:

A free one-day BiteSize Schools Ministry course which is split into four sessions covering four key topics/areas for both Primary and Secondary schools. You can book into any combination of them separately, though we would encourage any who are entering into Schools Ministry as a significant part of their role to commit to the full day.

Each session will, of course, be mindful of the COVID situation which is impacting on school life so significantly, but the principles and resources covered will look to the medium and longer-term too so are ideal for anyone who is new or would like a refresher on these topics.

Introduction to schools ministry  
(9:15 -10:30 am)
Looking at the world and culture of schools, working within guidelines, making priorities and adopting a strategy. 

Collective Worship  
(11:00 – 12:00 pm)
Looking at the requirements, exploring the value of leading them, plus an overview of resources and approaches. 

(1:30 – 2:30 pm)
Exploring the place and value of lunchtime or after-school clubs, themes, resources, approaches and more. 

Year-Round ministry 
(3:00 – 4:00 pm) – looking at key touchpoints across the school and church calendar with a focus on resources and a joined-up, strategic approach. 

Rooted – Thursday 24 September
An overview of this innovative outreach approach to both children and youth

About the session:

Rooted - ‘Creating space for young people and children to explore who they are, why they matter and the difference Jesus can make in their life.’

Rooted creates ongoing opportunities for young people to reflect and celebrate themselves in relevant and engaging ways whilst exploring the big questions of life, well-being and God. This training will unpack the various tools created for you to explore how Rooted can be used to impact the lives of young people and children in your local school or community. 

Links for booking:
Thursday 24th September, 2pm - 3pm
Thursday 24th September, 7:30pm - 8:30pm 

Bringing Light to Darkness – Thursday 1st October 
Alternative ideas and resources for churches to explore around Halloween with children and youth

About the session:

What can churches offer for children and youth as a positive, alternative way of engaging around Halloween?

We will be looking at a number of resources that can be used in schools or in churches (including an overview of Light Parties) as well as hearing some innovative approaches that churches have adopted in their communities that are tailored to children and youth. The session also explores how events at this time can fit into a wider pattern of connection and outreach.

Links for booking:
Thursday 1st October, 2pm - 3pm
Thursday 1st October, 7:30pm - 8:30pm