Events and Training

2015 Children & family Ministry Planning Calendar

Plan for key events, training opportunities and networking gatherings by downloading the 2015 Calendar here: 

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Invigor8 Children & Family Ministry Conference


Sat 21nd Feb  9:00am-4:00pm at St John's Lutheran Primary School, Unley

This is a joint Lutheran-Uniting Church event, and our major children’s ministry training event of the year. It is for parents and those in ministry roles.

Key Speaker is Terry Williams.

With over 20 workshop topics to choose from for parents and leaders whether new to ministry or looking for new ideas and resources there’ll be something for everyone. Be quick to register and ensure your workshop preference.  There will also be an Expo with tables from a range of organisations.

For promotional brochures with details about electives, creche, conference program and more please contact us via email with the number of brochures you would like and where to post them.

Registration closes on 1th February.
Cost: individual $50, couple (Parents) $42pp, groups of 5-9 $45pp, groups of 10+ $40pp.
For more information and to register visit:

We hope to see you there!  

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Godly Play Core Training in SA

godly play

An intense three-day course, in which participants are immersed in Godly Play practice, learn and tell a story for supportive feedback. In this time two accredited trainers will work with the group to provide information and experience of the three genres of stories in Godly Play, the role of the storyteller, the role of the doorperson, the Godly Play space, materials, response time, spirituality of the child, forming and maintaining a story circle community that is safe, the history and practice of Godly Play and much more.

When: Saturday 4th, Sunday 5 th, Monday 6th July 2015
Where: Bethany Lutheran Church Bethany Road Bethany, SA 5352

For more information or to register please visit the Godly Play webpage.

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Yes We Can


In partnership with Uniting Care SA, the Uniting Church SA State Youth Team has created a simple event and resource to help your youth ministry (big or small) serve your local community. We believe that children and families can also be involved and/or lead the way in holding a Yes We Can event.

We believe Yes We Can is a great way to practically teach our young people how to engage, serve, connect with communities and share the love of Christ.

The Yes We Can event can be run at any time throughout the year. We encourage you to think about who you could partner with to make this event great (eg. your wider church community / local churches / schools / wider community / supermarket).

Step 1: Approach a supermarket & ask for permission to set up a stand outside their store to collect donations of non-perishable goods.

Step 2: With your young people spend the day outside the supermarket asking shoppers if they can donate non-perishable goods to UnitingCare for people in need.

Step 3: Deliver collected goods to your nearest UnitingCare organisation.

 Download the Yes We Can Resource Yes We Can resource (4.4 mb PDF). (Please note this has been written for youth groups.)

 Download the Yes We Can Poster Yes We Can poster (2.8 mb PDF).

 For further support or information contact

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Child-Safe Environments Training

(previously called Mandatory Notification Training)

What is it? 
Child-Safe Environments Training is the legal requirement to notify Family and Youth Services of any suspected instances of child abuse or neglect.

Why do we do it? 
Children and young people have the right to be emotionally and physically safe at all times. Churches have a fundamental role in supporting families and the community to carry out their responsibilities to care for and protect children and young people. No one organisation can effectively ensure that children receive adequate protection from abuse and neglect. In a spirit of partnership, churches need to ensure that people who work with and care for children and young people are aware of their responsibilities to protect children.

What is covered in notification training?
* What is child abuse and neglect
* How to recognise the signs of abuse/neglect
* How and when to notify
* How values, attitudes and experiences may impact on understanding and responding to child abuse and neglect 

Who should do notification training? 
Anyone who has opportunity to be alone with children, eg ordained ministers, children and youth leaders, play-group leaders, Sunday School teachers.

How do we learn about it?
Part of the Uniting Church SA's existing practices and policies is to provide training to enable people to understand their legal responsibility for Reporting Child Abuse & Neglect. Training courses are currently being conducted around the state.

The training is the accredited package from Families SA and in most cases it is the full 7 modules delivered. Refresher training will also be offered at locations marked * for those who have participated in training before (within the last 3 yrs)

To find out more about Child-Safe Environments and training opportunities visit:

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Training Resources

Useful resource for training leaders in your church:

Called to care package

Available from:
Uniting Church Duty of Care Office
L2 212 Pirie Street, Adelaide, SA 5000
P: (08) 8236 4248 E: 

The Very Essential must-have really useful Guide to Working with children.

Available from:
 Scripture Union
28 Croydon Rd  Keswick SA 5035
P: 08 8371 0811  E: W.


Other training resources and courses

A variety of other resources and people to run training courses are available through the Children & Family Ministry Team. 

Contact them on P: (08) 8236 4281 or E:

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First Aid

It is strongly recommended that anyone involved in Children's Ministry completes at least a basic level of first aid training so they can handle any emergency that may arise when caring for children. St John's SA and the Red Cross have a variety of courses on offer from a basic first aid course, to First Aid for Centres and Schools (which is required for registered teachers in SA) to a Senior First Aid course. 

Who runs this training?

St John SA:
Phone: 8306 6999

Red Cross SA:
Phone: 8293 9200

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