Friends and Heroes, Click, Messy Church , Roots and Curbs you would have been forgiven a quizzical look if you had arrived late to the Children’s Ministry evening on Monday the 23rd April. But to those attending these words were music to their ears for behind these strange titles were resources that would benefit the listeners in their earnest desire to nurture children in the love of God.
Julie Currie, Children’s Ministry Development Officer for the Down and Dromore diocese was visiting to talk on the resources available and what she had to say proved very welcome to all those gathered on both evenings. The first event in the Cathedral Hall Enniskillen saw 38 attend representing 19 parishes and the second evening in the YMCA Hall, Monaghan on the Tuesday evening saw 41 present covering 9 parishes from the south of the diocese.
Our newly appointed Children’s Ministry Network representative Mrs. Wendy Houston, welcomed all who attended on both evenings and thanked them for all their great work in ministry to children in the diocese. She pointed out that the new Children’s Ministry Certificate, which she and others were completing shortly was a very worthwhile qualification and that she would be keen to see others well resourced and trained in the diocese.
Both evenings were filled with interactive group discussions, guidance and examination of the many good resources available. We saw DVD content, listened to wisdom on the management of children and their teaching and were able to spend time perusing the resources brought by Julie over a cup of tea at the end of the evening.
In all, these two evenings proved to be of great worth to all those who attended. Written feedback showed that all found the events extremely worthwhile and that there was a need for more similar events organised for parish ministry teams such as Sunday school teachers.
If you would like further information or assistance in developing children’s ministry in your parish please contact Mrs Wendy Houston at the Rossorry Parish Office, 12 Drummee Road, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh, BT74 5JX. Tel: 028 66329889