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Children and Families @ Central
What does our Children and Families Coordinator do?
Colin Watson’s role is to support the children and families of CBC. He works closely with Pastors Jim and Stuart as part of the pastoral team. Aspects of his job include:
- Pastoral support for families.
- Supporting our volunteers who work with children eg. Training, practical administration tasks
- Oversight of the Children’s Ministries.
- Evaluating and developing the resources and materials we use to teach our children.
- Organising events for children and families which will build relationships and at times have an outreach focus.
- Developing links with groups, children and families in our community.
What can we pray for?
All of the above, but particularly . . .
- Pray for God’s leading in how we ‘get better’ in our ministries.
- Pray for good relationships with our children, families and volunteers.
- Opportunities to connect with our local community
CHILDREN AND FAMILIES MINISTRIES
Creche: for 0-2s. Our wee ones are introduced to Jesus through song, play and stories.
Sparklers: for 3-4 years. We use the Go Teach material to share the Gospel in an age appropriate way. We have a high ratio of volunteers to children with many of our helpers having experience in Early Years education. There are two teams who have a month on, month off rota.
P1-3 Sunday School: The Go Teach Primary material is used with the children enjoying a soft start to their lesson. Games, video clips, songs and engaging resources are used to teach the children the themes in the Bible and the way they link together. We have at least three adults helping using a flexible rota.
P4-6 Sunday School: Our older children meet in an area with a more ‘café vibe’. Using the Bible is central in our lessons which use the Junior Go Teach resource as a framework. On occasion we will ask some of our senior folk to share their testimony with the children. In all that we do we want to be honest with our young folk about what it means to be a disciple of Jesus ie. dying to self and living for Him.
P7s are incorporated into our Bible Class and Youth Fellowship.
Club Central meets once a month, usually on the 1st Friday 6pm – 7:30pm. This is primarily an opportunity for relationship building through fun and food. Primary age children come and enjoy games, craft, snack and a short talk with a Christian message. Many of our children bring school friends and neighbours who don’t come to church. Parents and carers are welcome to stay for a chat and a coffee in relaxed surroundings whilst they wait for their kids.
Who let the Dads Out?
A Saturday morning chill out for dads and kids aged 0 – 7. Again, an opportunity to enjoy fellowship and food hopefully leading to meaningful friendships. This is an ideal time to invite those who don’t come to church to be introduced to Jesus through our hospitality. We are at an early stage in this ministry but hope to meet on the second Saturday of each month.
A quarterly, Saturday night, get together for those who want to rewind the clock and relive their youth! We have access to excellent facilities with an abundance of superb ‘youth club’ resources. Healthy competition and pathetic performances are excellent catalysts for superficial and also deeper conversations.
We can’t ‘run the race’ alone so times when we get together and enjoy one another, laugh and cry together are important. We plan a variety of events throughout the year in the hope that there will be something that will appeal to everyone at least once!
Examples include: Loadsalego @ CBC, Light Party at Halloween, Christmas Fayre, God Who Made the Heavens – visit to Mills Observatory, Easter Egg Hunt, Baptist Union of Scotland 150th Big Birthday Bash, Faith & Friendship for Toddlers.
Prayer Partner Programme
Prayer partners are linked with individual children or siblings, praying in an informed and focused way. Quarterly Cuppa and a Catch-Up events gives families and their (usually more senior) partners a chance to share and give updates regarding the children.
We acknowledge the experience and expertise our volunteers bring to our Children’s Ministries. However, from time to time we have in house events that help develop and shape how we best can serve our young people eg. Improving Communication with children who have Additional Support Needs. On other occasions we may attend conferences organised by other organisations eg. 2019 Jump Conference organised by Aberdeen Children’s Ministry Network.
Children’s Support Group
The CSG meets quarterly and has representatives from all the children’s ministries. They meet to support and plan our children’s work and also act as a ‘sounding board’ for Colin our full time Children and Families Coordinator.
A week’s long activities for primary age children; this usually occurs in the last week of the Dundee school holidays. Timing can vary, sometimes it is held in the morning and at other times in the evening. We try to involve our Youth Fellowship as leaders as this develops their skills and abilities as well as encouraging them to have a ‘servant heart’ attitude.
Songs, crafts, games, drama etc are used to share the gospel as we encourage our church family to use the Holiday Club for outreach.
You can contact Colin at firstname.lastname@example.org