Saturday Training Days

Saturday Training Days.

We launched our Saturday Training Days way back in 2015 and they have been an excellent way to gather small group leaders, trustees and part-time staff or volunteers from across our churches.

We usually aim to host three sessions per year providing practical training on a relevant subject. These days are aimed at various different volunteers or staff within the churches we serve and are based on a variety of subjects for instance: Administration, Communications, Children & Youth Work, Pastoral Care, Safeguarding, Student Work, Trusteeship, and Worship & Musicianship.

We wanted to make our training accessible to those who are in full-time education or work who usually find it hard to attend mid-week training sessions.

Further details on how to book in to each training day will be provided as soon as they are available.

If you would like to find out more please contact:

Upcoming Subjects.

Media - Friend or Foe? - with Natalie Williams - 13th June 2020

Postponement: In light of the spreading of Coronavirus (COVID-19) we have decided to postpone this event. Our hope is to re-schedule it for a later date and we will of course update you when we have more information. With regard to other events planned for 2020 we will continue to keep abreast of NHS information and government advice and make decisions as appropriate. Graham Anns

Churches are increasingly being approached by journalists for their views on local issues, particularly as we run more projects that help the most vulnerable in our communities. This training day will help you to build good quality relationships with your local media so that you can raise awareness of your church among the local community, but also be prepared for unwelcome media attention.

Who should come? Anyone who could find themselves needing to talk to the media about tricky issues or in response to local events, as well as those who want to see their events and stories featured more frequently in the local press. This would include church leaders, trustees, social action project leaders, church building and office managers, and more!

More about Natalie...

Natalie grew up in a working-class family in the deprived but beautiful seaside town of Hastings. She was the first person in her family to go to university.  After graduating, Natalie worked as a journalist in London and Beijing. She has worked on regional and national newspapers, as well as magazines and a little radio, and for the last 15 years she has been a press spokesperson on a range of issues, from crime to food poverty. Church leaders in Newfrontiers are increasingly calling on her expertise when a media crisis hits, but Natalie believes the best approach is to prepare in advance!

Natalie now works for King’s Church Hastings, where she oversees communications and social action, and for national charity Jubilee+heading up communications and policy. Natalie is co-author with Martin Charlesworth of The Myth of the Undeserving Poor (2014), A Church for the Poor (2017) and A Call To Act (available June 2020)

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Past Subjects.

Coping With Caring - Avoiding Burnout - with Ginny Burgin

An interactive training day, for all those working in a caring environment (not just church leaders). The day will include times of didactic training as well as group work.

Spiritual Warfare Teaching & Ministry Day

A day of teaching around the area of Spiritual Warfare with Joseph Mwila, Ginny Burgin and Rob & Helen Coleman.

What is the nature of the spiritual battle which we all face? What does it look like in everyday life, and what weapons has God given us to fight and win those battles?

What strongholds might we in the UK particularly need to recognise and deal with? How can we partner with the Holy Spirit to set people free, and then strengthen them to continue to walk in that freedom? These an other questions were address at this training day.

We'll be running a LifeZone at this year's Devoted, which will focus on this subject. For more details visit the Devoted website:

Pastoral Care

Pastoral Care in the Local Church - led by Martin Charlesworth & Helen Hotchkiss. This training looks at the foundations, principles, lessons and challenges of pastoral care.

It's aimed at all those in some form of pastoral ministry in the church; whether, small group leaders, pastoral team members or others with part-time roles.

Futher dates for this training will be published in due course

Safeguarding Day

This day looks at the impact of new legislation in relation to vulnerable adults and children, the need for updated policies, practices and procedures, what the pastoral issues are and how leaders can protect themselves and those they care for.

The training is aimed specifically at church leaders, social action ministry leaders, children’s leaders, safeguarding co-ordinators and trustees.

Futher dates for this training will be published in due course

Trustees Day

Trustees carry the legal responsibility for charitable governance in our churches and so it is important that they and Elders understand clearly what their role is. It is also vitally important that we provide appropriate training to all those who are picking up this essential serving role in our churches.

We know that there is a need for this type of training as we are often asked for advice on finance and governance issues. This day is a useful resource to all Trustees, whether new to the role or experienced "old hands"!

Students - Reaching them and building them into the church

This training day was led by a variety of speakers including Chris Frost and a team from Gateway Church Leeds. The day is aimed at Student Workers or those who look after students as part of their leadership role.

It looked at why we should prioritise student ministry and some top tips for making this ministry effective. Also at what makes modern students tick.

The afternoon sesssions included two seminar sessions presented by a variety of different speakers who work with students in various different capacities. They looked at subjects such as: Reaching International Students, The Role of CUs, Student Workers, Alpha For Students

Designed to be accessible for a variety of people including small group leaders, trustees & part-time staff or volunteers

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