Events and training
The Parenting for Faith team lead and are part of a variety of events. You'll find a list of our upcoming events below.
If you're interested in training, read about the types of training we offer.
- The Forge - a residential conference for children's, youth and families leaders
- Parenting as a Church Leader days - an opportunity for church leaders to gather together to be encouraged and equipped on issues particular to parenting their own children
The Forge 2018
Local children's, youth and families leaders sharpening and encouraging each other
When: Monday 26 - Wednesday 28 February 2018
Where: Rock UK's Frontier Centre in Northamptonshire
The Forge Gathering is a residential retreat for children's, youth and families workers (both paid and voluntary) hosted by Rachel Turner and the Parenting for Faith team, beginning after lunch on Monday 26 February and finishing at 2.30pm on Wednesday 28 February.
There'll be time to worship and reflect, time to hear about new developments in children's, youth and families work, time to learn from each other and time for fun together! It's a fantastic opportunity to meet others working in the same field as you, and you'll leave with loads of contacts and some great new friends.
The price is all in, with home-cooked food, shared accommodation, adventurous activities and more posh ice-cream than you can shake a stick at!
Parenting as a Church Leader days
Being a church leader affects every part of our lives, including our children. We all want to be good parents and good leaders, seeing our children flourish spiritually and emotionally - but how can we do that well? Parenting as a church leader requires unique skills and choices, and it can feel a lonely journey.
Our Parenting as a Church Leader days offer an opportunity for church leaders to gather together to be encouraged and equipped on issues particular to parenting their own children in the context of church leadership.
What happens on the day
Hear the results of research, share your experience with others, talk honestly about your journey and hear from those who've walked this path before.
Through thinking about the four foundations church leaders' children need, we'll be exploring the parent vs church leader tension of living in the goldfish bowl, and discovering how best to position our children to flourish in their connection with God and with the church.
These days are open to all serving on church leadership teams and those training for church leadership.
9.30 - 10.00 Arrival and refreshments
10.00 - 11.00 Session 1: The four foundations church leaders' children need
11.00 - 11.30 Break
11.30 - 13.00 Session 2: The parent vs church leader tension in the goldfish bowl
13.00 - 13.30 Lunch
13.30 - 15.00 Session 3: Helping our children spiritually flourish at home and church
£20 per person including lunch.
Tea and coffee will be available throughout the day.
7 March 2018 at Trinity Methodist Church, Harrogate, HG2 9AU
17 May 2018 at St Chad's Church, Romiley, SK6 4BN
13 June 2018 at Greyfriars Church, Reading, RG1 1EH
27 June 2018 at Westwood Church, Coventry, CV4 8GN
We’re creating a qualification for church leaders and children’s and youth leaders to gain skills to equip and support those who spiritually parent. Join our email list and we'll share more information when it's available.