Child In The Midst


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Slides from a presentation/training delivered in Fareham Deanery, Portsmouth Diocese on Saturday 14th November 2009. The slides cover interactive work on child development and then moves on to look at Dr. Rebecca Nyes framework SPIRIT for auditing spirituality within our children's work/ministry.

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Child In The Midst

  1. 1. “ child in the midst” Saturday 14 th November 2009 Fareham Deanery
  2. 2. Introduction <ul><li>Aim: </li></ul><ul><li>To reflect on how children grow and develop. To consider how to enable our programmes to allow children to flourish spiritually. </li></ul><ul><li>Learning Outcomes </li></ul><ul><li>To explore how children develop and how that might impact our ministry with them </li></ul><ul><li>To engage with key “faith development” models. </li></ul><ul><li>To know the six main areas the spiritual quality of work with children. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Session One <ul><li>How children grow and develop </li></ul><ul><li>Faith development </li></ul>
  4. 4. Then and now THEN NOW
  5. 5. Then and now <ul><li>When you were seven: </li></ul><ul><li>What was your favourite food? </li></ul><ul><li>What was your favourite toy or game? </li></ul><ul><li>What was your favourite story? </li></ul><ul><li>What was your favourite TV or radio programme? </li></ul><ul><li>Did you know any Christians? </li></ul><ul><li>What did you know about Christianity and Christian faith? </li></ul><ul><li>Did you feel part of a church? Why/why not? </li></ul><ul><li>Now they are seven: </li></ul><ul><li>What foods are popular with seven-year-olds today? </li></ul><ul><li>What toys and games do they play with? </li></ul><ul><li>What sorts of stories do they like? </li></ul><ul><li>What TV programmes are the most popular with this age group? </li></ul><ul><li>Do the children in your group know any Christians other than you? </li></ul><ul><li>What do they know about Christianity and Christian faith? </li></ul><ul><li>Do they feel part of your church? Why/why not?  </li></ul>
  6. 6. How children grow and develop <ul><li>Draw the outline of a child and write on the main characteristics of the age group. </li></ul><ul><li>Think about all aspects of a child’s being: physical, social, emotional, spiritual intellectual. </li></ul><ul><li>When finished, compare and contrast your diagram with the ‘Child development’ charts. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Reflections <ul><li>Do the charts help you to understand better how children develop? Why/why not? </li></ul><ul><li>To what extent are they relevant to children with special needs? </li></ul><ul><li>What insights has this exercise given into understanding the children you work with? </li></ul>
  8. 8. Motivation & Needs Hello, I am Abraham Maslow
  9. 9. <ul><li>Mia Keller Pringle </li></ul><ul><li>Significant needs in the development of Children: </li></ul><ul><li>The need for love and security </li></ul><ul><li>The need for new experiences </li></ul><ul><li>The need for praise and recognition </li></ul><ul><li>The need for responsibility </li></ul> 
  10. 10. Focus on faith <ul><li>Faith is…? </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>How does your view of faith affect the way you work with children? </li></ul><ul><li>How does your experience of faith affect the way you work with children? </li></ul>
  13. 13. Faith Development <ul><li>Westerhoff’s Stages: </li></ul><ul><li>EXPERIENCED FAITH (preschool & early childhood) </li></ul><ul><li>AFFILIATIVE FAITH (childhood & early adolescent years) </li></ul><ul><li>SEARCHING FAITH (late adolescence) </li></ul><ul><li>OWNED FAITH (early adulthood) </li></ul>
  14. 14. Faith Development <ul><li>David Hay’s four fundamental questions: </li></ul><ul><li>Who am I? </li></ul><ul><li>Where have I come from? </li></ul><ul><li>Where am I going? </li></ul><ul><li>What am I meant to do? </li></ul>
  15. 15. Biblical thought
  16. 16. Session Two <ul><li>Nurturing Children’s Spirituality </li></ul><ul><li>Audit Tool? </li></ul>
  17. 17. S.P.I.R.I.T.
  18. 18. Space <ul><li>Physical Space </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What do spaces say to children? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Spaces say something about us </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Spaces display value </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Emotional Space </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Space to be apart - Space to be close </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Auditory Space </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Talk less, listen more </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Taking silence seriously </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. Process <ul><li>More about process than product </li></ul><ul><li>Less concerned with fixed outcomes –teaching product </li></ul><ul><li>Task orientated or person orientated? </li></ul><ul><li>Limit rewards for products </li></ul>
  20. 20. Imagination <ul><li>Give permission to imagine </li></ul><ul><li>Children need to develop of habit of using imagination </li></ul><ul><li>Do adults leave enough room for children to be imaginative </li></ul>
  21. 21. Relationship <ul><li>Relationships can set parameters for how relate spiritually </li></ul><ul><li>A listening respectful ethos will develop better relationships </li></ul><ul><li>The space between individuals can be seen as Holy Ground </li></ul>
  22. 22. Intimacy <ul><li>Spirituality thrives on intimacy </li></ul><ul><li>It is not about privacy, small groups and cosiness </li></ul><ul><li>Feeling safe is important </li></ul><ul><li>Some factors threaten intimacy </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Leaders on rotation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Irregular attendance by children </li></ul></ul>
  23. 23. Trust <ul><li>Essential to the maintenance of spiritual life </li></ul><ul><li>Concerned with process over product </li></ul><ul><li>Trust evident in how we view our adult roles </li></ul><ul><li>Trust is not about having the right answers… it’s more about how we answer, if at all. </li></ul>
  24. 24. Audit <ul><li>S </li></ul><ul><li>P </li></ul><ul><li>I </li></ul><ul><li>R </li></ul><ul><li>I </li></ul><ul><li>T </li></ul><ul><li>Key Questions in handout! </li></ul>
  25. 25. Any Questions
  26. 26. Worship