outline of modules

Aurora Children is part of St Peter's College, offering students the opportuntity to work towards either a St Peter's College Certificate or Diploma in Children's Ministry equivalent to academic level 3 or 4 (A-Level or first year degree).  On completion of the course, students in Anglican churches in the Diocese of Sheffield may also explore the option of being authorised by the Bishop as a Children's Minister in their parish, and to commit to further development in their ministry.

Students are required to complete a number of assignments and a portfolio of evidence throughout the course, showing learning and understanding of each module in full. A number of threads will weave their way throughout the modules including, creative activities, listening to children, Godly play, reflection, sharing together and fun!

1. Understanding Children and Children’s Ministry Practice

  1. Theology of the child
  2. Child development
  3. Faith development
  4. Learning styles
  5. Practical approaches to Children's ministry
    • Godly Play and story-telling
    • Messy Church (crafts and games)
    • Creative prayer
    • Drama and play
    • Schools
    • Other resources
  6. Positive tools for managing challenging behaviour
  7. Children with special needs

2. Children's Ministry and the Children's Leader

  1. What is Children’s Ministry?
    • Children today and their context
    • Ministry with children
  2. Children's spirituality and formation
    • Authentic spirituality
    • Spiritual formation and discipleship
  3. Why am I involved in Children’s Ministry?
  4. Gifts and skills of a Children’s Leader
  5. Personal growth, support and pastoral care

3. Managing the Ministry

  1. Children in the Church
    • All age (inter-generational) worship
    • Groups (Sunday and midweek)
    • Participation and influence
    • Baptism - visiting families
    • Communion, Confirmation and other rights of passage
    • Working with the church leadership
    • Transitioning to young people's ministry
  2. Programme planning
    • Making the best use of available resources
    • Setting aims and objectives, involving children
  3. Making teams work (safer recruiting, supervision and training)
  4. Schools – making connections, building relationships
  5. Safeguarding and other policies

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