KEYNOTE and CLASS DESCRIPTIONS
Unity and Diversity: Inviting the Holy Spirit into the Dance – Our children who live in a world wrestling with identity of community and who belongs in the community, and they look to us for a sense of belonging as we struggle with these same issues as adults. Unity and diversity occur simultaneously when the Holy Spirit is mentioned in the New Testament, so we need to embrace how our differences unite us. How can we help our children understand that we are not a single story, but we are woven together and made stronger through the gift of being “fearfully and wonderfully made”?
Bullying: A Christian Response – Supporting our children in a violent world – The media continues to be filled with stories of children taking their own lives in response to relentless bullying. Bullying goes against the teachings of Jesus Christ, the General Rules of the Methodist Church, and the Golden Rule that is recognized in religions the world over. This workshop will explore approaches that we can use to encourage and support healthy environments and relationships for children in the nursery, preschool, Sunday school, and in other areas of ministry with children.
Violence: A Christian Response – Supporting our children in a violent world – Sadly, we live in an unsettled world, and the media continues to be filled with stories of children caught in the crossfire of violence. Violence against anyone, especially those most vulnerable, goes against the teachings of Jesus Christ, the General Rules of The United Methodist Church, and the Golden Rule that is recognized in religions the world over. This workshop will explore the culture of violence, and offer approaches that we can use to encourage and support healthy environments and relationships for children in the church and community.
What Every Child Should Experience in United Methodist Congregations –The basics of what we should teach children – What do children need to know and experience? What is developmentally appropriate? How do you teach the Beatitudes to four-year-olds? This workshop, for leaders and teachers of children in the area of faith formation, covers scripture significant for children as they develop cognitively and theologically, and what children need and understand developmentally around the beliefs and concepts of God, Worship, The Bible, Home and Family, Everyday Life, Community and Wesleyan Heritage.
~~~~8:30 Registration (breakfast snacks)~~~~