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SMBC Children's Ministry Conference (Sydney)

TOPIC: Going The Distance: growing faith that lasts a lifetime

Sandy will be presenting a main session and a seminar.

Faith is a gift given by God. It is his work from beginning to end.
Yet God calls on us to be careful not to cause little ones to stumble. We can impact a child’s faith for good or ill. In a world that tries to pulls us away from God, what are the key things we can do which will help establish in children a faith that is deep and strong – a faith that will weather the storms - a faith that lasts a lifetime?

We'd love you to come and join us as we explore ways of helping grow our kids’ faith - because we long to see them Going the Distance.


Note: This conference is held simultaneously at two campuses - SMBC Croydon Campus at 43 Badminton Road, Croydon 2132, and SMBC Roberts-Dale Campus at 140 Croydon Avenue, Croydon Park 2133. The programs at each campus are identical in content, except for the 'Under 5s' seminars being held only at the Roberts-Dale Campus. Each attendee chooses one 11.40am seminar and one 1.30pm seminar.

8.00am - REGISTRATION (tea + coffee)
9.00am - Bible Talk – David Starling
9.40am - Presentation – Quiz Worx
10.00am - MORNING TEA
10.30am - Talk: Going the DistanceSandy Galea
11.30am - Break
11.40am - Seminars 1a, 2a, 3, 5 
12.45pm - LUNCH
1.30pm - Seminars 1b, 2b, 4, 6
2.50pm - Panel Discussion
3.35pm - CLOSE 

8.00am - REGISTRATION (tea + coffee)
9.00am - Talk: Going the DistanceSandy Galea
10.05am - MORNING TEA
10.35am - Bible Talk – David Starling
11.10am - Presentation – Quiz Worx
11.30am - Break
11.40am - Seminars 1a, 2a, 4, 6, 7 
12.45pm - LUNCH
1.30pm - Seminars 1b, 2b, 3, 5, 8
2.50pm - Panel Discussion
3.35pm - CLOSE 


Sandy is the Lead Children’s Minister at MBM (Multicultural Bible Ministry) in Rooty Hill and the founder of Kidswise. She loves to equip people passionate to see kids come to faith and grow in faith. 

David teaches New Testament at Morling College. He worked as a high school English teacher before completing theological studies and serving as a pastor in Sydney’s inner-western suburbs. He is currently writing commentaries on Colossians, Ephesians and 1 Corinthians.

Quiz Worx is a team of humans and puppets who present the good news of the Bible through creative live shows for kids, especially in state schools.


Seminar 1a + 1b: Kids ask the best questions
Kids' questions can intimidate. But questions reveal what kids are thinking - what is curious to them. So come and join us as we learn how to celebrate questions kids ask and how learn how to help them find answers to their questions. (Note: seminars 1a and 1b go together)
Bruce Linton at Croydon Campus
Sarah Lancaster at Roberts-Dale Campus

Seminar 2a + 2b: Kids need more than kids
How can we shape our church culture to maximise the intergenerational relationships that exist? And what are the surprising benefits for both children and the older generations in the church? (Note: seminars 2a and 2b go together)
Naomi de Vries at Croydon Campus
Tim Beilharz  at Roberts-Dale Campus

Seminar 3: Using gifts to serve
God is at work in his people, changing them to be more like Christ. And one of the ways he grows his people is when they use their gifts to serve others. This seminar will explore how to identify gifts in children, equip them to use these gifts and create opportunities for them to serve.
Sandy Galea

Seminar 4: Safe places for every doubt
This seminar will explore how to create a culture where children feel comfortable to express doubts to adults they trust. It will also explore how to effectively address doubts so that children's faith grows strong.
Adam Jolliffe

Seminar 5: Transitions that strengthen
Times to transition - into our groups, from group to group and into youth groups - can be times of fear and uncertainty, as well as times of excitement. How can we equip children to make these transitions in ways that strengthen their faith?
Kirrily Griffiths

Seminar 6: Kids knowing and serving kids younger than themselves
Children's ministry that seeks to serve the child and never asks the child to serve others limits the growth of that child’s faith. Come and explore how to grow kids faith by creating serving opportunities for kids of all ages.
Stephanie Kyme

Seminar 7: Growing faith in the very young (Under 5s)
Making our children 'good' is not good enough. The gospel transforms the way parent's parent and the way leader’s teach and pastor kids. It’s in this environment of grace faith grows strong.
Jenny Cooke

Seminar 8: Opening our front door (Under 5s)
Come and explore different models of playtimes and get a hands on taste of what a music program could look like.
Jenny Cooke


Bruce Linton is the Family and Children's Minister at St Paul’s Anglican Church, Carlingford.

Sarah has been at Christ Church Gladesville for over ten years, enjoying the many questions kids ask every week in her role as Kids' and Families' Minister.

Naomi is the Children’s Pastor at Church by the Bridge in Kirribilli. She is passionate about enabling the church family to grow children who live for Jesus and love like him.

Tim serves as a Children’s Ministry Advisor for Anglican Youthworks and seeks to help churches minister well to children, youth and families.

Sandy is the Lead Children’s Minister at MBM (Multicultural Bible Ministry) in Rooty Hill and the founder of Kidswise. She loves to equip people passionate to see kids come to faith and grow in faith. 

Adam is the Children’s Minister of Life Anglican Church, Sydney.

Kirrily has been leading the Children's Ministry team at EV for 16 years. She has seen God grow children who love Jesus into adults who love Jesus.

Steph is the Pastor for Children at St Mark’s Anglican in Northbridge. She has been involved in teaching K-12 and School Chaplaincy. She loves sharing Jesus with big and little kids, karaoke and all things Lego.

Jen lives in Orange and runs an under fives music playtime. She enjoys having a house filled with the sound of creative kids playing. She also enjoys watching her flowers grow and playing string instruments in a local orchestra.

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Event date 05-May-2018 09:00 am
Event End Date 05-May-2018 03:30 pm
Capacity Unlimited
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Individual Price Free
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