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How to Enfold Kids With Unique Needs Into Worship – Ashley Belknap
The first question of the Westminster Shorter Catechism is, “What is the chief end of man?” The answer, “Man’s chief end is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.” This call for God’s people—to glorify God through prayer and praise and to enjoy Him as He speaks to us in worship through His Word and the sacraments—is rooted in corporate worship. As we set about to train children how to worship, we must remember that there is a greater purpose in view: when children learn to worship God, they learn to glorify and enjoy Him more fully. These truths are for typically developing children and children who have diagnosed disabilities or other unique needs. Join us in this seminar as we discuss how to teach uniquely-abled children to worship. We will focus on teaching parents, volunteers, and pastors the foundational skills that every child needs to worship. We will also explore ways to support extra needs, including movement, noise, and behaviors.
Covenant Theology and our Faithful God – Karen Hodge and Katie Flores
Covenant theology shapes everything we do in the church. It informs the way we interact with God as well as others. Scripture tells us that God has chosen His people for His treasured possession. He is “the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love Him and keep His commandments, to a thousand generations (Deut. 7:9). Join us as we connect covenant theology to why we invest in others, including the children in our churches.
Lots of Styles! (Teaching to Engage a Variety of Learning Styles) – Lisa Updike and Rebecca Griffin
All children can learn, but they may not all learn in the same way. How, then, can we teach our children in a manner that captures their attention and facilitates their ability to learn? In this workshop we will look at Jesus, the Master Teacher, as our example.
Helping Families Gain A Vision for Family Worship – Dustin and Bethany Belue
Our desire is for children to be lifelong worshippers of our Great God. As we partner with parents in the discipleship of children, families must first gain a vision for worship in the home together. Join us as we see in Scripture God’s heart for family worship and discuss practical ideas for helping our families gain a vision as well as take first steps in family worship in the home.
Creating a Classroom Experience that Invites Children to Draw Near to Jesus – Laura Tucker and Kimper Thomas
The Gospels remind us that Jesus wanted the children to draw near to Him. So, we desire to create space, time, and experiences that invite children to draw near to Jesus. Sometimes creating such inviting learning environments requires us to adapt curriculum and activities to fit our context and children’s needs. Join us as we provide some practical ideas to help you think creatively about the ways in which you invite children to draw near to Jesus.
Letting Our Great God Power the Long View of Discipleship – Jimmy Brock and B.A. Snider
This workshop will look to the scripture for our understanding of what discipleship of our children should look like over the whole of their lives (long view). We will also share some crazy fun stories of what we have seen in our years in children’s ministry as well as the covenant faithfulness of our great God. Lastly, we will look at the practical difference this long view of discipleship makes in our week to week ministry—Sunday comes every week.
Developing a Vision for Visiting Families – Justin Huensch and Lisa Young
Having someone new walk into your classroom is an exciting moment and gospel opportunity! Join Justin Huensch and Lisa Young as they explore ways to create spaces of belonging from the check-in to the classroom and everything in between.
God Hears the Little Children! – Laney Stayton and Mary Elizabeth Burton
Because worship through prayer is a correct response to our great God and a way we commune with the triune God, we must teach our covenant children to pray. For some of us, prayer was modeled daily growing up. For others, prayer was something we learned about as adults. Because our backgrounds all look a little different, it can be challenging to teach our covenant children the language of prayer. We, as humans, learn by hearing and observing. This is true for our children as well. We hope that through this workshop, you leave equipped and encouraged with the tools you need to model a life of prayer to the young ones in your life.