The 4th annual Jump Conference took place on Saturday April 28th 2018, and this was a wonderful day exploring our theme of: ‘God’s Story, Our Story, My Story’. Our main speaker this year was acclaimed children’s author and performance storyteller Bob Hartman, and he challenged us all to re-tell God’s story passionately and playfully, whilst also engaging the parents. As the conference drew to a close Bob sent us out to tell the whole story so that the children we serve might come to claim their part in God’s story.
Here are details about the workshops we also had available throughout the day:
Practical Storytelling Techniques (Bob Hartman) With professional author and storyteller Bob Hartman, we will look both at the philosophy behind storytelling and talk about practical tips and techniques to try out in your context!
Communicating the Gospel with Children (Lisa Lyall) As children’s workers, it’s important to know how to share the gospel in a way children can grasp. Lisa will share about how we can communicate through stories and illustrations, ways to empower children to discover who Jesus is for themselves and how to partner with parents in dealing with faith at home.
Praying With Children (Heather Blair) This will be an interactive workshop looking at ways we can pray with our children in a life changing way. We will look at the importance of an active prayer life which we can model for the children, explore practical examples and take time to discuss new ways to pray with children.
30 Ideas in 30 Minutes (JUMP Team) It may sound ambitious, but this workshop aims to give you 30 great children’s ministry ideas in just 30 minutes! Every idea has been tried, tested and loved by our team in our own ministries. We will be sharing our favourite resources, games, memory verse activities, behaviour management strategies, intergenerational tips, crafts, bible engagement and storytelling methods, warm-up ideas and prayer activities.
Panel Discussion: Intergenerational Ministry (Bob Hartman, Lisa Lyall, Dottie Plummer, Vijay Pillai) Are you keen to see your church become more intergenerational? For youth of all ages to receive encouragement and support from older role models, and for the whole church to grow in faith as one church family? Come and hear good news stories of how others ‘do church together’ and ask your own questions to our experienced panel.
Leading from the Front (Sarah Chirnside, Archie McBean)Getting in front of any group – even a group of kids – can be a bit daunting! This seminar will give you tools and tips for how to lead from the front, whether you have 8 kids… or 100! Get tools and tips for how to engage a group, to present clearly and confidently, and how to make Bible stories and lessons come alive!
“We’ve Told the Story; Now What?” (Sue Thomson) Packed with great ideas and take-aways, Sue will be sharing simple activities that can be used with any Bible story. Learn methods to encourage good discussion and equip children to discover God in the Bible for themselves.