February 23, 2019 - St. Andrew's, Stittsville
Over 20 people attended our workshop for Christian Educators & Youth Leaders. Samples of different curricula (curriculums?) were there for people to look through and Emily Hill, the Education Program Coordinator from National Office and workshop facilitator, talked about them in her presentation, but they weren't the main focus of the workshop.
Most of the workshop focused on how important they were in shaping people's faith. As we introduced ourselves, we also shared memories of people who had influenced our faith. Most of the time, it was Sunday School teachers, or music, or people in the church. What we discovered by taking a fresh look at our own faith journey was how important relationships were.
That led to a discussion about what we needed to do to deepen our own relationship with Jesus so that we could nurture others without burning out. (You can also check out the Spiritual Growth for Leaders Page on this website for resources).
Only then did we begin to consider curriculum. The key point being made:
What is the vision/goal you want to achieve with the children or youth?
Find a curriculum that matches that vision/goal.
If you know what you are trying to achieve, then it will be easier to select a curriculum and easier to know how you can modify it if you need to.
The three take-aways:
1. Teachers and leaders shape a child's faith in so many ways- beyond the curriculum.
2. Take time for your own spiritual life and growth.
3. Decide on your vision /goals - i.e., what you what to accomplish - then pick a curriculum that matches your vision/goals.
Participants decided they wanted to keep in touch with each other afterwards. There's talk about developing their own network. We'll see what happens and I'll keep you posted.
Thanks to Emily Hill for leading the workshop, to St., Andrew's, Stittsville for hosting.
February 9, 2019
Wow! What a day!
Over 30 youth and 15 youth leaders came to our Winterlude event. After a few ice breakers and opening talk, they came together to learn more about homeless youth in Ottawa and what Restoring Hope Ministries is doing to help. There were games, videos, and lots of discussion as youth explored what could lead people to leave home and end up on the street. Where would they sleep? Where would they be safe? Where could they keep their possessions safe?
Our Bible text was Matthew 25:31-40. We talked about how faith and action are like a pair of shoes. You can get along quite well with only one but it's a lot easier to walk when you have both.
Then it was time for youth to put their faith into action - cutting food for salads, making chili, preparing humus, and putting together winter kits. Youth just took control over the whole process: chopping away, blending, packing.
After their own dinner, youth loaded up everything and walked over to First Baptist Church where Restoring Hope Ministries operates out of. A quick tour of their set up, back to Knox, Ottawa where their parents were picking them up.
Thanks to Knox,Ottawa for hosting us. Thanks to the leaders who worked so hard to make the event a success. Thanks to many leaders who came with their youth. We're really blessed to have such great youth.