We had a really great morning at Equipped Training on Saturday and thanks to all the leaders who came along to make it a success. We realize that Saturdays are precious, which is why we keep to a morning session and are finished up by 1pm.
After coffee and registration we began the morning with a short session all together looking at some resources to help us encourage our children to worship and a few ideas for teaching memory verses with signing and actions. We also prayed for each other with a balloon prayer.
After that there was a chance to attend 2 workshops broken up with brunch in the middle. Everyone was ready for the bacon and sausage baps by that stage and they went down a treat!
This year we had 6 workshops to choose from and we tried to be very practical about what we offered and gave leaders plenty of ideas to take away with them. The bible crafts workshop was really popular and everyone enjoyed the chance to have a go at the crafts and try them out. The drama workshop got great reviews from the leaders who attended and everyone participated with all the games that Chris demonstrated and had a laugh along the way. We also had workshops on how to put on a special service involving children, how to do an object lesson, how to work with the special needs child in your group and how to run a holiday bible club.
There was a great atmosphere throughout and we all enjoyed being together and learning something new to take back to our churches. Below are a few reviews given by leaders which sum up the flavour of the day.
“There were great crafting, music and song ideas relevant to what I do within my church.”
“Well prepared and informed workshops.”
“The drama workshop was particularly good.”
“Very relevant to what I was looking for.”
Great craft ideas. Easy to use and adapt. Inspired about special services. Please arrange another training for next year.”
“Really enjoyed the morning-delighted that I could bring my children. Pleased it was just a half day-easy to fit into the schedule. Loved, loved , loved the brunch!! Drama workshop was fantastic! Really relevant accessible fun…”
“First time here. Really enjoyed it and the trainers were excellent.”
Under any suggestions?
“To have it every year- Yippee!”
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