Flare lights the way with children and youth work resources and advice

There is a wealth of resources, help and advice on offer for those involved in children and youth work at an event in Swansea in January.

Flare – Faith, Leadership and Resources Exhibition – will feature a series of workshops and a chance to network with others and will be held at Teilo’s Community Cwtch on January 26 from 10am-4pm.

The workshops will be provided by:

Youth for Christ: As well as providing termly youth group materials for 7-25s, Youth for Christ also provide ongoing support for your youth group at the end of a phone, residential weekends that you can plug into as well as training videos on their training wall and regular blog posts.

The diocese’s children, youth and families officers: Rachel, Clare, and Sian (pictured)  will let you know what they offer and what resources there are to support you within the diocese. It’s also your opportunity to let them know what they can do to help.

The Eden Bus is a hi-tech mobile youth centre providing a safe ‘off the street’ environment for young people. The Eden Bus partners with local churches in areas of deprivation to bring the love of God to young people and the wider community. By working consistently in the same places week by week, they see transformed lives and a reduction in crime and anti-social behaviour.

Mark Griffiths is part of St Padarn’s Institute, the training arm of the Church in Wales.  He is responsible for newly-licensed ministers, development of ministry with children, young people & families and research into evangelism and mission across Wales.

Mark will be leading two workshops:
The Art of the Story: A seminar designed to equip you in storytelling. Mark offers insights from his book “Hanging on Every Word” to show that Jesus told truth to all ages through the medium of story. Get equipped to do likewise through this workshop.
Outreach Kids Clubs: 95% of children are not in church on Sundays.  We have to learn afresh how to connect with this rising generation of boys and girls.  This seminar will give you some ideas on how to establish children’s outreach that will reach, communicate to, and disciple a new generation.

The Kitchen Table Project: Did you know that just 50% of children growing up in Christian homes will keep their faith as adults? Mums, Dads, and carers are the most important influence on children developing a faith that lasts. The Kitchen Table Project raises awareness of the role mums and dads play and provides the tools and support to help parents succeed in inspiring faith at home.

TLG is a Christian charity that helps churches to bring hope and a future for struggling children. From school exclusion, to poverty and holiday hunger, there are children across the UK facing some of the toughest starts in life. They’re all about believing change is possible and that’s why in all their work lies an unchanging resolve to transform lives for good. TLG Early Intervention gives the church a practical solution to support children, families, and schools in their community.

TLG Make Lunch enables and equips churches to bring hope to struggling children through holiday lunch clubs. Through TLG Make Lunch, your church can provide vital support to some of the most vulnerable children in your community and, in addition, build relationships with families in desperate need of the loving support of your compassionate church family.

Scripture Union helps you to invite children and young people to explore the difference Jesus can make to the challenges and adventures of life. They offer resources for working with schools such as It’s Your Next Step, It’s Your Move, and It’s Your Church.

They provide resources for working in the church community including resources for Holiday clubs- including the hugely popular Guardians of Ancora; seasonal activities such as Light parties and Christmas parties; as well as Lightlive- a lectionary based resource for preparing Sunday school or All-Age worship. Scripture Union also support pioneering mission through sport, whether in schools, in church or the community; offering hope, building meaningful relationships, and sharing God’s good news.

Rev Steven Bunting and Russ Dwyer, headteacher of St Thomas Community Primary School: In a society where public meeting places are disappearing, primary schools are a constant in every community. A good relationship with your local primary school can result not only in access for assemblies and collective worship, but a place in the heart of the community. Rev Steven and Russ will explain how the relationship between the church and the school developed to a level where they work together on an almost daily basis- highlighting the benefits for both parties.

For more information and to book your place download the information and booking form.