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1 What’s the Latest in Youth, Children’s & Families Ministry? Jonathan Kemp, Dir. AYCF Ministry Anglican Church SQ

2 Intro and Outline  6 June 2014: Happy Qld Day! Happy D-Day(?)   : Danger Zone 1  – 12.30: Danger Zone 2  1.00 – 2.30: Resources and the Next Step   (Housekeeping)

3 Talking Circles  Circle: 1. Who are you, where are you based and what are your hopes for today?  2. Briefly, what challenges are you experiencing in YCF ministry?

4 Say the Same Thing  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2sP1DqyagXE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2sP1DqyagXE

5 Dropping Out: Danger Zone 1  Children  Tweens  Young Teens (c. 11 – 14)  Changing schools / changing lifestyle  Too busy / too tired  Wider range of options / worldviews / inputs  Physical / hormonal changes: rebellion etc

6 A Response: Here2Stay.org.au

7 Here2stay.org.au  Information  + Formation  = Transformation  We need to provide formative experiences on top of pure information.  Website suggests10 kinds...

8 Ten areas of Formative Experience we can provide (in partnership with families)

9 A Response: Here2Stay  The 10 areas are listed up on paper around the room.  Go to an area you‘re interested in.  Add a strategy for that area, or refine one that’s already there. Use pens and/or post-it notes.  The records will be turned into a Book of Proceedings to be distributed to you.

10 Case study: “Apprentices' Guild” (handout)  Which Here2Stay strategies does this tap into?  “Mentors and Life Coaches”  “Anchors / Rites of Passage”

11 Morning tea

12 Games with no materials  (See handout)  Lateral thinking problems:  “Every workday, a man goes home past the same three men. What’s his occupation?”

13 Danger Zone 2: High School  Uni  Why?  Transition out of school / home environment  18+ = legally adult / more freedom  Driving so going more places  Experimenting with identity and the adult world  Wanting rites of passage: if we can’t or won’t provide them, someone else will e.g. Schoolies Week.

14 A Response: Stickyfaith.org faith

15 Define “Sticky Faith.” Faith that is both internalized and externalized: Faith that is both personal and communal: a faith that celebrates God’s specific care for each person while always locating faith in the global and local community of the Church. Faith that is both mature and maturing: a faith that shows marks of spiritual maturity but is also in process of growth. We don’t assume a high school senior or college freshman (or a youth worker for that matter) will have a completely “mature” faith. We are all in process.

16 Sticky Faith’s 5G Gospel:  GOOD – We are created in God’s image, and God was pleased with humankind.  GUILT/GAP – Our sin, or our guilt, has separated us from God.  GRACE – God couldn’t stand that separation, so God sent Jesus that we might have real life in the present and eternal life with God.  GOD’S PEOPLE – We live in community, experiencing and advancing the Kingdom with our brothers and sisters in Christ.  GRATITUDE – We serve and obey (and practise Lent) not to make God like us more, or love us more, but because we’re so grateful for all God has done for us.

17 Strings Attached  every-day-curriculum every-day-curriculum

18 10 Tips for Starting a Sticky Faith Youth Ministry from Scratch  Gather a team and listen closely.  Try Appreciative Inquiry.  Consider creating a ministry rhythm rather than a ministry program.  Be careful not to over-program.  Prioritize mentoring.  Lean on parents.  Set a timeframe for your experiment, and follow through on evaluation.  Work closely with children’s ministry leadership.  Look for ways to integrate with “big church.”  Involve the students in what you create.

19 Social Action for Families Jonathan Kemp Director, Anglican Youth, Children & Families Ministry Anglican Church, Southern Queensland

20 What is “Social Action”?  An umbrella heading for:  Social Service activities (serving others)  E.g. Feeding the hungry  Sheltering the homeless  Comforting the lonely  Social Justice activities (fighting for others’ rights)  E.g. Raising awareness of issues  Protesting against injustice  Missional activities (bringing Jesus to life for others; building God’s Kingdom on Earth)  Mission Trips  Service Projects (building schools, etc.)

21 Why should Christians do it? The Lord’s Prayer:  “Thy Kingdom come, Thy Will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven.”

22 Jesus: Not an ally of the rich and powerful

23 The Sermon on the Mount  Matthew 5-7  Matthew 25:31-46 (The Sheep and the Goats)

24 Other sources / reasons?  We are God’s hands, feet, etc.  If we don’t, who will? (Ever seen an atheist soup kitchen?)  Traditions / denominations

25 Why should families work and serve together?

26 Research findings  Research says it’s good for families:  Most kids who said they did at least an hour of service per week reported that their parents also did lots of service activities.  Makes ‘family time’ a priority  Reduces screen time  Builds and serves the community  Allows family members to see each other in a new light  Gives young people opportunity to lead  Gives parents stimulus to talk about and teach values

27 Research also says...

28 Making Service Projects Worthwhile  “This is lame!” Not if: Young people do actual work, not just observe Adults are accepting & don’t criticise Kids have important responsibilities Have a sense of making a contribution Have the freedom to develop their own ideas Have opportunity to reflect (debrief)

29 Before we even get started...  Think ‘Safety First!’  Legalities and policies...  Due diligence...  Risk Assessment...  Age / gender appropriate...  Blue Cards / Food handling / Cash handling / safe environment / etc...

30 How do we get started? (1)  Be clear about expectations and roles  (rotate the leadership)  Develop a cooperative atmosphere  (no-one likes having their work criticised)  Train families  (provide the right gear; use expert trainers)

31 How do we get started? (2)  Create meaningful projects and activities  (meet genuine needs; use ‘mentor families’)  Offer options in terms of commitment  (1-3 hour jobs? A week for those with more time?)  Debrief the experience  (have a discussion time; pluses and minuses of what happened)

32 Case Study: Supermarket Stake-out!  (Let’s try this process out...)  1. Expectations and roles  2. Good atmosphere  3. Gear  4. Meaningful  5. Options  6. Debrief

33 Three levels for Service  1. Church  2. Local Neighbourhood  3. State / National / Global

34 You tell me! Local Church  Some local Church projects that families could be engaged in:

35 You tell me! Local Neighbourhood  Service ideas:

36 Social Justice for Families  Real v. Realistic – realistic is OK.  Raising funds is a valid outcome  But education about the world is also important  Think about aligning with an agency (check its integrity etc)  Then decide which cause feels most deserving to you  No need to reinvent the wheel: look around at what other people are doing.

37 Stimulate some discussion...   issue)  ‘Go Back Where You Came From’ (SBS)  Movies, TV, books... Talk about the issues (values). How should Christians respond?

38 Start to start...  1. Determine greatest need (or your passion).  2. Brainstorm lots of ways to help.  3. Short list to 5 or 6 and look harder.  4. Short list again to 2 or 3 and think about logistics.  5. Pick one and do it!

39 Make it “Intergenerational”  Take existing service activities or mission trips, and ensure all ages are involved:  Food pantries and kitchens  Habitat for Humanity home building  Urban gardens to grow and distribute food (Angligreen?)  Yard work or home repair for homebound seniors  Leading worship or games at a retirement village  “Parents’ Night Out” (child-minding) for church or neighbourhood

40 Intergenerational Social Action  Baking bread and taking to shut-ins or new arrivals  Making cards and visiting a kids’ hospital, asking families what you can pray for  Graffiti / litter cleanup around your church neighbourhood  Intergenerational 40-hour famine  Sending care packs and letters to missionaries or deployed soldiers

41 Ask: “If one person can do it...  Could a family be doing it?”

42 Anticipating Objections  What could be some reasons for families not becoming involved in Service projects? ObjectionResponse

43 Q: Does becoming involved in Social Action...  imply support for a particular political party or stance?  A: No.

44

45 Americans Jim Wallis (shredded Bible) Tony Campolo Shane Claiborne

46 Red Letter Christians

47 Australians Tim Costello Jarrod McKenna

48 Resource: ABigYear.net 

49 Recap: PICS (formerly PINS)  A quick diagnostic tool for your parish:  Are your young people:  Participating meaningfully in worship and ministries?  Integrated (participating alongside other generations)?  (Doing) normative Christian things?  Having their own age-appropriate needs met with Sensitivity?

50 Let’s move!  [4 sheets: use post-it's etc] Strategy ideaMethod or processSpecific resources or training needed

51 Case study: Messy Church

52 Messy Church isn’t ‘sloppy church’!  The Messy Church values are:  1. Christ-centred  Messy Church is a church, not a craft club, that helps people encounter Jesus as Lord and Saviour.  2. All-age  It is for adults and children to enjoy together - every element should be relevant and accessible to all ages.

53 Messy Church Values  3. Creativity  It uses hands-on activities to explore Bible stories, to reflect a God of creativity and to give people a chance to play together.  4. Hospitality  It reflects a God of unconditional love and is a church for people outside church, providing an oasis of welcome and a safe space in which to thrive. Messy Church is about hospitality, expressed most evidently by eating together – whether it’s a plate of sandwiches to share, or sausage and mash.  5. Celebration  It reflects a God of joy who wants his people to have life in all its fullness.

54 Jane Leadbetter Workshops  World #2 MC expert  Sherwood parish, 6-7 September 2014

55 How do we get started?  1. Come to the Jane Leadbetter workshop and bring a team.  2. Visit a Messy Church service and see it in action.  3. Join our Facebook group: “Messy Church – Brisbane and Beyond!”  4. Contact me directly or Sue Taylor at Sherwood parish ( ) for a consultation / “Messtastic Taster”!

56 Lunch!

57 YCF Strategy  Events  Camps  Partnerships  Communication  Training, Resourcing & Formation  Aligns with Diocesan and MEC strategies

58 Strategy: Events  8 November 2014: Saturation Saturday!  Wet’N’Wild Water Park, Oxenford  Open to YGs, kids, camp reunions, Anglican schools, parishes, etc.  Book on Eventbrite

59 Strategy: Events  nights – Wynnum, Bardon, Hendra-Clayfield...

60 Strategy: Events

61 Strategy: Camps (New) Primary Ichthus  (Jan.2013; Jan 2014)  29 campers, 15 leaders

62 Strategy: Camps  Emmaus retreat  (March)  Young adults only  Overseen by “Emmaus Executive” (meets monthly)  Emmaus groups now meeting regionally Closing soon!

63 Strategy: Camps  Junior Ichthus  (September 2013)  Near Springbrook  52 campers / 15 leaders in  Brilliant evaluations!

64 Strategy: Camps Senior Ichthus 30 June – 6 July 28 campers / 15 leaders Near Peregian Springs Overseen by “Ichthus Management Group” which meets monthly.

65 Strategy: Partnerships and Projects JK Committees:  QCMN (ecumenical / SU)  MC&F Reference group  Connect 2 Church  E-Lent / Word Up project  Vocations Task-group  ALEC (ASC) JS Committees:  RENEW (Chair)  QCT RE&Chap Commission  ASRED (ASC)  REAC (Qld govt)  ALEC (ASC)  We are working with or have worked with:  Anglicare  UCA / LYQ / RC  ASC  ABM et al...

66 PARTNERSHIPS: GFS  GFS Grants:  Up to $500 per parish per year for a group.  Up to $2000 per parish per year for a special, one- off project.  Forms are available on-line at aycf.org.au  Leader needs to join GFS ($25/yr)

67 PARTNERSHIPS: GFS  In return, we support GFS Cathedral day (kids’ activities etc. on Thursday 3 October)  AYCFAB supports GFS/Kidsplus+ groups as the preferred kids’ club model in parishes.  Fiona and I presented at the GFS leaders weekend at Bribie on 25 May.  We will also explore other forms of support.

68 PARTNERSHIPS: Red Letter Projects  Developing social service projects and options to suit a range of ages  (See our website:  Parish Pantry

69 PARTNERSHIPS: ANGLIGREEN  Parish / Community Garden projects  Bushcare / bushwalking...  Angligreen.org.au

70 PARTNERSHIPS: ABM  2014 Youth Pilgrimages (Vanuatu, PNG)  Youth Ambassadors to Parishes  2014 Schoolies Week options  Other pilgrimage options for older youth.

71 Strategy: Communication  New website:  Events calendar (two-way communication)  Downloadable resources for every kind of YCF group  YCF group directory  Picture Galleries  Camp rego forms  Blogs and blog roll  Contact details  And more...

72 Strategy: Communication Social Media : Facebook Page: c.247 Likes

73 Strategy: Communication Focus Wednesday Weekly Regular newsletters to Parishes and contacts (providing links to our Website). Mailouts

74 Strategy: Training, Resourcing and Formation  Visit parishes, schools and agencies for preaching / consulting / problem-solving... On topics including:  Youth Ministry  Children’s Ministry (inc. Messy Church)  Families Ministry  Employing YCF Ministers  Social media/networking (new Social Media Policy)

75 Strategy: Training, Resourcing & Formation  Bring It! A regular meeting for youth ministers and leaders of youth groups in the Diocese, with guest speakers, free pizza, etc.

76 Strategy: Training, Resourcing and Formation  We encourage parishes to employ a YCF minister (FT/PT) and we advise on all steps of the process, in liaison with Diocesan HR.  JK currently working on new Parish Regulation for YCF Minister Appt Process.  We are seeking to create new formal pathways for the Formation of YCF Ministers.

77 Resources we offer include:   Facebook Page and Group  Camps [handout: Senior posters / rego forms]  Events [e.g. “Young Adults Strategy” event – 17 June, 5.30pm, SFC]  Training  Networking  GFS grants  Help in employing YCF ministers

78 Communication channels: What works for you?  Focus articles / ads  Wednesday Weekly – fortnightly updates  AYCF Newsletter – monthly or more  Specific s for particular events  Designated parish contact people for children and/or youth (cc: clergy)

79 Q&A

80 Where will Growth come from, if not from Youth, Children and Families?

81 Closing Circles:  (Circle with 2-3 objects each)   Closing circle: what Next Step will you take in AYCF ministry?  [evaluation forms]

82 Help? Contact the AYCF Hotline:  Visit  Borrow books from the Roscoe Library, Milton (free for Anglican SQ clergy and parishioners)  Call me: Jonathan Kemp (07) at St Francis College, Milton.  me:  


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