The Reaching New Generations (RNG) Team run a series of events called ‘RNG Labs’. RNG Labs are for:
- Making space to worship God - we believe that we are to be a people focussed on the worship of God, and of calling others to discover God and do the same. We will always make space for corporate worship of different forms each time we gather.
- Including everyone - lay or ordained, paid or volunteer, old hand or newbie, if you currently work with children, young people and their families, then we would love for you to come along!
- Sharing food together, every time - we always have food together, because the best conversations happen over the dining table, not just listening to a trainer talk all the time.
- Exploring diverse but important topics - we will cover the basics of children’s, youth and families ministry, but also to explore some of the more challenging but incredibly important issues affecting children, young people, and their families today.
- Reflection - we want to make space for you to begin conversations with your team and others in the Diocese to work out how what you learn at a Lab makes a difference to your work in your context.
- Caring for others - Youth and Children’s & Families ministry can be brilliant, energising and encouraging, or it can be exhausting, lonely and painful. When we gather, we want to make space to look after each other, have fun, and ask God to re-energise us for the work that has been given us.
Upcoming Labs, Training & Events
No email. No phone. Just space to think about the big picture of the children's, youth and families ministry at church and to pray for one another.
What is balcony time, you ask? Quite simply, it's a space to 'take a step back from this week's or this month's task and look at the bigger picture of the ministry from a higher level. This is time for you to invest in the future of the ministry by strategizing, refining processes, and planning for the next few months or the next year.' (Devries & Safstrom, Sustainable Children's Ministry, 2018, 161.)
At this Lab, we'll be making space for you to:
- develop strategy for the coming year
- receive prayer
- to read that book you've wanted to catch up on
- receive coaching on that challenging issue you're facing
Where will this Lab run?
This Lab will run in 3 locations across the Diocese. They are:
- Wolverhampton Episcopal Area - 9th January
- Shrewsbury Episcopal Area - 16th January
- Stafford Episcopal Area - 22nd January
Jesus Christ asks us to love our neighbour (Luke 10:25-27), and to call others to become disciples (Matt 28:16-end). Young people need ways to fulfil these callings on their lives just as much as adults. We have developed Innovate Mission to help your 14-18s and their leaders to do this together.
Innovate Mission is aimed at 14-18s with the potential to be leaders in their local church and community, who will be accompanied by their youth leaders at each gathering. Click the button below to learn:
- Who should come
- What they'll learn
- Booking tickets
- Downloads for your young people and parents, youth leaders and the wider church
A one-day workshop led by our colleagues from Near Neighbours exploring the application process for statutory, voluntary & private grant makers. The workshop learning is both fun and informative, with lots of practical examples from a range of grant makers. You will be able to share experiences with other delegates and everyone will receive a pack full of information to take away for future use.
Who should come to this RNG Lab?
Anyone involved in a faith based community activity and is suitable for both first time grant applicants and for those who have some experience but want to improve their skills. The workshop will be relevant for those concerned with social need, environment, heritage, health, education, sport, art and most other community interests. It will explore applications for a few hundreds to many hundreds of thousands of pounds.
How much does this training event cost?
This event is free to anyone who recruits, trains, manages or works alongside volunteers, especially those in children's, youth and families work settings. We are keen to resource the wider church in the region in addition to Lichfield Diocese Churches.