How do we share the joy of the Gospel with children and families, either in the classroom or through parish programs and initiatives?
This two day conference is for teachers, catechists and all those who minister with children and families. It will explore the many and varied ways in which we can enliven our ministry and more effectively share the Good news with children and families.
Both days will feature input from Dr Aoife McGrath along with a variety of workshop streams highlighting specific ministry areas. The first day (Friday) is aimed more at teachers and catechists who minister to children in the classroom environment.
FRIDAY 10 OCTOBER 2014 (9.30am-3.30pm) - Our Lady of Mount Carmel Retreat Centre (247 St Andrews Road, Varroville NSW) Click here for map to venue.
SATURDAY 11 OCTOBER 2014 (9.30am-3.30pm) - Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish (193 St Andrews Road, Varroville NSW) Click here for a map to venue.
Conference Program (Both Days)
9:00am - 9:30am Gather & Welcome
9:30am - 10:30am Keynote Address - Dr Aoife McGrath
10:30am - 10:50am Morning Tea
10:50am - 11:10am Keynote Responses
11:15am - 12:15pm Workshops Round 1
12:20pm - 12:50pm Lunch
12:55pm - 2:00pm Workshops Round 2
2:05pm - 3:05pm Workshops Round 3
3:10pm - 3:30pm Summary & Close
Keynote Speaker - Dr Aoife McGrath
The keynote addresses for both days will take a closer look at what Pope Francis has called “the art of accompaniment” (Evangelii Gaudium 169-173) and what this means for sharing the Gospel within the context of ministry with families and children.
CHRISTIAN MEDITATION FOR CHILDREN
Children and young people can and love to meditate. In this workshop we explore Jesus as a teacher of contemplation and how we can invite children into the stillness and silence it offers as a way of assisting them and you in the classroom.
SINGING THE GOSPEL WITH CHILDREN
We all know that children love music! In this interactive session, Michael will share pieces from his extensive repertoire which are ideal for the Religious Education classroom and sure to engage K-6 students.
USING DRAMA IN THE CLASSROOM
Join Anne in discovering ways of using drama in the classroom, with a particular focus on the religious imagination. In this fun, non-threatening and interactive workshop you will learn skills and techniques which will confirm that drama and Religious Education are indeed a match made in heaven!
CONNECTING PARISH & SCHOOL
Meredith will briefly describe the aims and objectives of the Family Educator Project, share and give practical suggestions on effective initiatives strengthening parish/school/family relationships as opportunities to connect/reconnect parents back to their personal faith and the faith life of the school and parish.
CHILDREN’S LITURGY OF THE WORD*
These two sessions uncover the meaning and rationale of celebrating a separate children’s Liturgy of the Word. We overview the celebration, exploring its nature as both proclamation and celebration as well as its ritual structure. We consider the participants and ministers involved and explore some practical issues and suggested resources.
* Children's Liturgy Ministers are advised to select this workshop for "Saturday - Workshop Round 2 and 3"
LET THE CHILDREN COME: MUSIC FOR MASSES WITH CHILDREN**
Michael Mangan & Anne Frawley-Mangan
Vibrant music is the perfect way to engage children, at their level, in full, conscious and active participation in school and parish liturgical celebrations. Come along ready to sing, move and have fun as Michael & Anne share songs which can help make your celebrations more child friendly.
** Children's Liturgy Ministers are advised to select this workshop for "Saturday - Workshop Round 1"
RESOURCES FOR CHILDREN’S INITIATION (RCIC)
Do you have enough resources to assist in initiating children of catechetical age into the life of your community? In this workshop we will explore some of the new resources available to assist RCIC teams in supporting and nurturing children on their journey towards baptism and becoming full members of the faith community.
THE DOMESTIC CHURCH: BUILDING FAITH IN FAMILIES
A range of resources that aim to assist parishes to engage and welcome families and build family faith will be presented. A focus of the workshop will be how we can bridge the gap between our parish and school communities. Discussion and questions will be encouraged!
BAPTISM PREPARATION FOR 3-8YR OLDS
Sr Sue Barker
How do we prepare children aged
3-8 years of age? It is a prime opportunity for some family evangelization? While such children are too young for the RCIC, these families need support, guidance and resources. This workshop presents a process which a member of a Baptism team might use.
ONE BODY IN CHRIST: EMBRACING PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES & THEIR FAMILIES
Many parishes ask “What can we do for….?” This workshop will assist parishes appreciate that different questions are required. Let’s ask: How is this parish community liberating for all members? How does everyone contribute? How do we build relationships in this community? How can we learn about the experience of people with disability? This workshop will assist you in developing answers to these questions.
You can register for a Single Day Pass for $20 ($18.18 for Catholic GST Religious Groups eg, parishes, schools and agencies) or register for the Full Conference for $30 ($27.27 for Catholic GST Religious Groups). Registration includes morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea.
The conference is using the TryBooking online registration system. Payment is by Visa or Mastercard. In addition to the registration fee there is a TryBooking fee of 30 cents per ticket. You will also be asked to select your Workshop preferences during the registration process. If you would prefer to download a paper registration form to complete and mail/fax/email to us, please click here to download the paper registration form. Otherwise, click the below button register online:
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