Children & Families Ministry Update – May 2019

RE-SCHEDULE of Stories of Childhood – Playgroup/Pre-school Ministry Training Day                NOW Saturday JUNE 22             Parkville

The annual Stories of Childhood Playgroup/Pre-school Training Day, is now taking place in Parkville on Saturday June 22, is a great opportunity for any church engaged in ministry with young families. For ministers, pastors, leaders and team members involved in activities such as Playgroup, pre-school music programs and Sunday morning activities, Stories of Childhood will assist you and your church in connecting more deeply with the children and their carers you are called to serve. Excellent electives are on offer across the day, with a particular focus on deepening conversations. Whether you and your leaders already have great listening and conversational skills or not, I’m confident you will leave this day feeling better equipped for missional conversations.

More information and Registration: Stories of Childhood 2019 (flyer available here)


Kids Hope Aus

Many will already be familiar with Kids Hope Aus, Australia’s largest early intervention, school-based mentoring program. It has been impacting the lives of children in Australian schools since 2004. Over that time thousands of disadvantaged children have been matched with mentors in primary schools. Kids Hope Aus mentored children consistently show increased self-esteem, confidence and resilience. What you may not know is that currently in Victoria there are 24 schools on the Kids Hope waiting list. That is, there are 24 state primary schools that are wanting (and waiting) to engage with a local church through the Kids Hope program. To find out whether your local primary school is on this list or to find out more about Kids Hope Aus, e-mail or


Mothers’ Day (May 12)


Pentecost Resources (June 9)


A Mixed Bag


Playgroup/Pre-school Resources




Intergenerational Ministry


Youth Stuff from Fuller


Via InterGenerate Australia

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Highlighted Opportunities

Aug 3                     Generations

Aug 24                  Make it Messy!

Sep 6                     Prayer day for Schools


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


Aug 1-3                 IAYSM Australasian Conference (Auckland)

The Australasian Regional conference of the International Association for the Study of Youth Ministry (IASYM)  gathers people involved in children’s, youth and emerging/young adult ministry as teachers, lecturers, researchers or thoughtful practitioners across Asia, Australia and New Zealand. The conference provides an opportunity to engage with the latest scholarship and research related to Christian ministry among young people as well as a forum for building stronger networks.