Children & Families Ministry Update – Christmas / New Year

Two Great February 2019 Events

Andrew McDonough, best known as the author and illustrator of the Lost Sheep books, is coming to Victoria! According to Andrew…“Jesus’ best command ever is ‘look at the birds’. It’s where to start if you’re following Jesus. Now, if you’re in ministry leadership, we recommend you pay attention to all of God’s creatures. If people drive you bonkers, if you’re exhausted from helping everyone, if your last sermon was described as ‘nice’ and if the phrase ‘fruitful ministry’ fills you with determination and despair then join the duck, an echidna, a caterpillar, a tree, Andrew McDonough and other new ministry friends in a workshop that will be fun and possibly of some value.”

See here for more information and registration, see below for venues.

Despite much talk in recent years around intergenerational ministry, a present and pressing challenge for churches and their leaders is to develop effective intergenerational practice that encourages discipleship across all ages.

Focused on those with strategic leadership responsibility in the life of a church – including ministers, pastors, ministry leaders and key volunteers –Friday will focus on Intergenerational Ministry Foundations and Saturday on Intergenerational Ministry Practicalities. Register for either day or, ideally, both!

See here for more information and registration.


Last Minute Christmas (or file for next year)


Max 7 Christmas ideas (for now or next year)


New FREE Intergenerational Resource – Growing Up Together

Growing Up Together is a FREE intergenerational resource is for multi-age households, small groups and communities of faith committed to growing up together in worship, witness and service.  Growing Up Together comprises an overview of the place of rites and rituals in the lives of young people and their communities plus liturgical resources for marking these significant occasions. Growing Up Together contains resources for recognising and celebrating, in an intergenerational way,

Download for FREE via Growing Up Together.


New FREE Multi-Age 2019 Lenten Resource

Not just containing reflections for each day, this FREE 2019 Lenten Resource contains weekly ideas for families and households (that can even be adapted for use in the multi-age worship/small group settings). From Ash Wednesday to Easter Day you will find a fresh thought and invitation for reflection for each day. May your Lenten discipleship be enriched by this resource!

Download for FREE via 2019 Lenten Resource


More Lent Resources



Ministry by the numbers


A Children & Families ministry focus


A Youth Ministry focus (via Fuller)


Key Events for 2019

Feb 21-28            Thriving Ministry Leadership*

Feb 22,23             Generate 2019 –Growing Intergenerational Ministry

Mar 8-11              Uniting Church Synod Family Camp NEW

Apr 27                   Stories of Childhood Playgroup/Pre-school Ministry

Aug 3                     Generations

Aug 24                  Make it Messy!

* =Thriving Ministry Leadership event details…

Thu Feb 21          2pm       Geelong

Sun Feb 24          2.30pm Surrey Hills

Mon Feb 25        10am     Ballarat

Mon Feb 25         7pm      Bendigo

Tue Feb 26          10am     Shepparton

Tue Feb 26          3.30pm Wodonga

Wed Feb 27        7pm      Mitcham

Thu Feb 28          10am    Murrumbeena


Jun 11-14             Leaders to Go

Australia’s premier conference for leaders of leaders of ministry with children and their families! Please save the dates and keep an eye out for more info. 

Featuring: Facilitated in-put, Workshops, Market place and expo, live-in community, individual retreat, creativity, small groups, worship and reflection, prayer and networking and more!
Venue: The Tops Conference Centre, Stanwell Tops, NSW
Dates: 11-14 June 2019
Times: 2.30pm Tuesday – 1.30pm Friday


May 3-5                Second International Messy Church Conference (UK)

May 20-22           Intergenerate Conference (US)