‘Together, we want to make these days count for the children, for their families, and for the toddler groups they attend.’ (1277)
In this post you will find information on a range of Christian early years initiatives, research, resources and events:
1277 National Strategy for Christian Toddler Groups: On 15 June the MFL team attended the annual gathering of 1277 the cross-denominational national strategy forum in support of faith-based toddler groups, which raises awareness of the value of those precious 1277 days between conception and nursery school. 1277’s vision is see universal access to excellent, safe, Christian toddler groups which demonstrate God’s love at the heart of our communities. 1277 is a collective of people, with national roles of responsibility in Children and Family Ministry, who listen, learn and share effective strategies for developing spirituality and faith for toddlers and their families. Having a happy, friendly church-based toddler group is fundamental to being a welcoming, family friendly community. For information about resources and training, ideas, encouragement and insights on good practice go to: www.1277.org.uk or 1277 Make Them Count.
Toddler Project Top Tips
The Church of England’s Education Office have produced a series of downloadable leaflets from their Toddler Project including: Top Tips for Encouraging Faith at Home,Prayer, Inclusion and Worship. For more ideas and links to the resources, including the Toddler Project Research Findings, visit www.going4growth.com
Who Let The Dads Out? is an initiative that crosses the denominational divide and reaches out to dads, father figures, and their children. ‘We want to see churches creating spaces where dads, father figures and their children can have fun together, and is founded on the Christian principle of wanting to demonstrate God’s love to communities.’ Who Let The Dads Out? provides a ideas and resources to ‘journey’ with dads and their children in the context of family support, ministry and mission. For more information visit: https://www.wholetthedadsout.org.uk/
‘Playtime’ Care for the Family National Conference 2017: This year the annual conference for resourcing family ministry in church toddler groups will be held from 9.30 to 4.30 on Saturday 30 September at the University of Sheffield’s, Octagon Centre. Organised by Care for the Family, the conference will offer workshops on: the dynamics in toddler groups; the leap from ‘group’ to ‘church’ and ‘church’ to ‘group’; helping the church to own and support toddler groups and understanding safeguarding in relation to toddler groups. For more information see: www.careforthefamily.org.uk/playtime or ring 029 2081 800. Conference fees: £28 if booked before 9 August (£31 thereafter).
‘All Together Now’: Bringing Generations Together Conference 2017
The Methodist Church in Britain is hosting a one day live-streamed conference ‘All Together Now’ from 10am to 3pm on 10 October 2017. The conference will explore what it means to be an inter-generational Church community and offer opportunities to think about theory and practice and see inter-generational ministry in action. It is suitable for anyone engaging in different generations in church life, from Children’s liturgy and Godly play, to St Vincent de Paul and visiting the housebound. For more information visit www.methodist.org.uk/altogethernow