Learning from Others

Fall 2015 Webinars

Interactive Webinars are a great way to learn more about our work in ministry with children while in to comfort of our own homes or offices.  Each webinar features knowledgeable and experienced people in ministry who take questions at the end of the session.  Register at Discipleship Ministries – Webinars.

 

2015 WEBINARS and Tuesday Teas
Let's Learn Together!

Webinar Starting Time:
12 pm Eastern – 11 am Central – 10 am Mountain – 9 am Pacific

Tuesday Tea Starting Time:
12:30 pm Eastern – 11:30 am Central – 10:30 am Mountain – 9:30 am Pacific

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October

13 – Safe Sanctuaries with Melanie C. Gordon
Our world has changed significantly since Safe Sanctuaries was developed nearly 20 years ago. The questions, policies, guidelines, and procedures have evolved with time. Still, we want to implement healthy habits for each congregation that keeps children and adults safe and informed. Join us in this interactive webinar as we look at ways to educate and engage the congregation in reducing the risk of children sexual abuse.

20 – Tuesday Tea with Melanie                     Families with The Wilterdinks and Kara Oliver
Why are you a children’s minister? Who inspires you? Join Melanie C. Gordon, Director of Ministry with Children, Discipleship Ministries of The United Methodist Church as she welcomes Chris and Emily Wilterdink and Kara Oliver who will offer wisdom and expertise in what parents provide in the faith formation of children. Our web chat is based on the resource, What Every Child Should Experience – A Guide for Leaders and Teachers in United Methodist Congregations. Pour a cup of tea or coffee, and settle in for a 30-minute Christian conversation on children’s faith formation. Come and be inspired!

27 – Covenant Discipleship with Children with Melanie C. Gordon
Worship, Devotion, Compassion, and Devotion. Do these words sound familiar to you? Join us on this interactive webinar as we explore the new resource Covenant Discipleship with Children, and how to implement Covenant Discipleship with children in your congregation. Learn how to help the children that you serve go deeper in their relationship with God and others.

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November

3 – Tuesday Tea with Melanie                                  Worship
Why are you a children’s minister? Who inspires you? Join Melanie C. Gordon, Director of Ministry with Children, Discipleship Ministries of The United Methodist Church as she welcomes inspirational leaders who will offer wisdom and expertise in the impact of worship in the faith formation of children. Our web chat is based on the resource, What Every Child Should Experience – A Guide for Leaders and Teachers in United Methodist Congregations. Pour a cup of tea or coffee, and settle in for a 30-minute Christian conversation on children’s faith formation. Come and be inspired!

5 – Worship in Contemporary Settings with Melanie C. Gordon
Do you ever wonder what contemporary worship looks like for children, or how children might deeply engage in contemporary worship? So often we believe that we need bells and whistles to keep children’s attention, but are there other effective ways for children to participate? Join Melanie C. Gordon as she offers examples of contemporary worship in congregations who include children in developmentally appropriate ways.

23 – 51 Ideas for Children’s Ministers with Seasoned Children’s Ministers
Join seasoned Children’s Ministry Directors as we offer you 51 ideas for ministering to children without exhausting yourself! Take this time away from the logistical challenges of the Season of Advent to laugh, cry, sing, and share with other children’s ministers across the Methodist connection!

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DECEMBER

8 – Tuesday Tea with Melanie             Experiencing God with Glenys Nellyst

Why are you a children’s minister? Who inspires you? Join Melanie C. Gordon, Director of Ministry with Children, Discipleship Ministries of The United Methodist Church as she welcomes inspirational leaders who will offer wisdom and expertise in areas of the faith formation of children. This month, Glenys Nellyst will offer her expertise on encountering God, based on the resource, What Every Child Should Experience – A Guide for Leaders and Teachers in United Methodist Congregations. Pour a cup of tea or coffee, and settle in for a 30-minute Christian conversation on children’s faith formation. Come and be inspired!

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Fall Webinars – Ministry with Children

OCTOBER

What’s Trending in Ministry with Children?
October 14, 2014
with Tanya Eustace and Melanie C. Gordon
Discipleship Ministries of The United Methodist Church
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Ministry from the Beginning

Ministry from the Beginning

In this interactive webinar, we will address your questions that have appeared on our UMC Ministry with Children Facebook Group as they pertain to the formation of children. Join Melanie C. Gordon and Tanya Eustace as they tackle some tough topics facing children’s ministers today. Time will be allowed for “on-the-spot” questions!

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NOVEMBER

Holy Play!
November 5, 2014

with Melanie C. Gordon
Discipleship Ministries of The United Methodist Church
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Holy Play!

Holy Play!

Play is not a dirty word! Children learn through play. We all need a little time to play in our lives. How can we begin to look at spiritual formation for children as holy play rather than in the extremes of entertaining children or boring children? In this interactive webinar, we will explore ways to make learning playful and meaningful for children and those who guide them.

Engaging Families and Children with Special Needs
November 18, 2014

with Elizabeth Christie
New York Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church
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Setting the Classroom

Do you find yourself struggling to meet the needs of children and families with special needs? In this interactive webinar, Elizabeth Christie of the New York Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church will present a broad overview of children and families who come to us with special needs. Included will she will offer tips for setting up classrooms and activities so that everyone is successful and engaged. Please come with questions and be ready to participate!

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Technical Assistance 
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Additional Children’s Ministry Webinar Recordings 

Resources from Past Webinars

Play – It’s Good for the Soul!

Play! It's Good for the Soul!

Play! It’s Good for the Soul!

A few weeks ago, my cousin’s 4-year-old was in the hospital with pneumonia. He recovered after several requests leave the hospital, looking over at his mom one night and saying, “Mommy, let’s get out of here”! The first thing he wanted to do when he got home was go outside and play. He missed his dog. He missed the sunshine. He missed rolling around in grass. Every now and then I like to be reminded about the importance of play in our lives.  So often when we think of play, we categorize it as “childish”, but play is not at all childish.  Play can involve interaction, laughter, concentration, movement, and emotions that deepen our connection with creation and others. Children learn through play.

Stuart Brown, a physician and director of the National Institute for Play, says that pleasurable, purposeless activity prevents violence and promotes trust, empathy, and adaptability to life’s complication. He promotes cutting-edge science on human play, and draws on a rich universe of study of intelligent social animals.

Listen to his interview on Play, Spirit, and Character, for a renewed view of the positives of play!

peace,
melanie

Resources

Learning Through Play

Waldorf in the Home

Unplugged Play

 

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