All Aboard Training

Thanks to everyone who came along to the training evenings for the new All Aboard programme which has been produced by Ripple -Children’s Ministry Connor.

The training took place in three venues across the diocese and it was fantastic to see so many come along and participate in the evenings. The enthusiasm and interest of all the voluntary leaders was very encouraging.

On Tuesday 14th May we were in Dunluce Parish Centre in Bushmills in the archdeaconry of Dalriada. Many thanks to Canon George Graham for hosting us and the team there for the fantastic tea and buns they provided for everyone. We had a great turn out from voluntary leaders from many of the churches in the surrounding area and further afield.

On Wednesday 15th May we were in St. John’s Parish centre in Ballyclare. A special thanks to Lynn Adams who has recently been appointed as the Children’s and Family worker in Glenavy Parish and has also joined our Diocesan Children’s Council. Lynn took part in the training on Wednesday leading some of the upfront presenting. Also, a big thanks to Rev Jonny Campbell-Smyth for the use of the venue, to Dianne Hamilton the parish’s family associate minister for being with us and helping with the technology and a HUGE thanks to Gillian Taylor who came along and made the tea and coffee for us.

On Thursday 16th May we were in St. Stephen’s Belfast. A big thanks to Josh Barr the children’s and family worker for St Stephen’s and St. Michael’s for his help and support that evening and to Heather and Jim Carson for the use of the halls. Around 70 leaders came along over the 3 evenings which was a brilliant turn out.

The All Aboard programme has 36 sessions and will be suitable for a year’s programme. It will be delivered to churches in printed form in August ready for September.  There will also be pen drives included which will contain the 36 sessions as well as digital resources. Extra resources will also be available online via the Ripple website.

The plan is that there will be 3 years of material produced. There have been 8 churches piloting the programme this year and those who wish to continue with the programme next year will receive Year 2 in August.