There were almost 70 leaders who took part in the Equipped Training Day on Saturday 16th May at All Saints Parish Antrim. There was a great buzz in the air as people arrived and chatted to each other and had some refreshments.
We began all together with some child friendly worship – a chance to focus on God and praise him together but also introduce some resources which could be helpful in All Age or children’s ministry settings. The dance number “Shackles” from the Go Fish guys with the karate high kicks had everyone up and moving and we learned some sign language to accompany “You need not Fear” from the BIG Ministries Unstoppable album.
We then split up into our workshop groups which were Storytelling and Drama, Messy Church, Puppets and Creative Prayer. Everyone had a chance to go to two workshops and we split this up with some brunch in the middle.
As important as the training, is a chance to have a morning with your team and get chatting to leaders from other churches about what is going on in their groups and how they organise things. It’s a chance for us all to realise that there is a Connor family to be connected to. We want you to feel part of that family and receive support and encouragement from us in the Diocesan and Children’s council team as well as from each other. There is so much expertise in one place when we all come together.
A big thank you to our workshop leaders, Karen and Amy Webb who led the puppet workshop, Andrew Neill and Chris Neilands who led the Storytelling and Drama workshop and Aimee Jess who led the Creative Prayer workshop.
Some feedback from the evaluation sheets:
“Really enjoyed the training today! Found it relevant and informative and am excited to apply everything to our setting.”
“Thank you for a great and useful day”.
“I really enjoyed the training day –the ideas were so useful and relevant. The trainers were well prepared and engaging.”
“The workshops were great and I have left with lots of ideas! A very enjoyable and well organised day.”
“When you give us ideas that are realistic, that is very helpful. Today was FANTASTIC!”