Centre for Children’s and Youth Ministry Training Day August 2019

When: Saturday 31 August 2019, 9:30 am

Speakers: Amy Brown, Tom French, Brenton Jayatilaka, Ruth Newmarch, Georgia Niemandt, Suzie Ray, Graham Stanton, Karen Winsemius

Ridley College’s Centre for Children’s and Youth Ministry warmly invites to attend a day of training and fellowship with other Children and Youth ministry workers and volunteers from across Victoria.

You will have the opportunity to connect with other like-minded volunteers, upskill and be encouraged to keep serving in this vital ministry!

Light refreshments will be provided.


9:30 am Registration and seminar sign-up
9:50 am Opening session
10:50 am Morning Tea
11:20 am Seminar One
12:20 pm Seminar Two
1:10 pm Lunch (BYO lunch)
2:20 pm Seminar Three
3:10 pm Closing Session
4:00 pm Finish


Throughout the day, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in three Seminar, choosing from one of the sessions below in each Seminar. Please note: Seminar topics and offerings are subject to change.

Seminar One 

  • Preaching to young people that doesn’t suck – Tom French
  • Engaging children with the bible – Amy Brown
  • How faith grows from birth to young adulthood, managing the transitions of growing up – Karen Winsemius
  • Creating Kidult talks – Ruth Newmarch
  • ‘Dear God, I wish…’ teaching children to pray – Louisa Pfitzner
  • Responding to challenging or disruptive behaviour – Suzie Ray

Seminar Two 

  • Youth leadership 101 – essential skills for youth ministry noobs – Tom French
  • Discipling children and young people beyond Sunday – Amy Brown
  • Creche: more than child-care – Brenton Jayatilaka
  • Being a leader who builds leaders – Graham Stanton
  • Inspiring parents as primary disciple-makers of their children – Louisa Pfitzner
  • How to run a discussion group for teenagers that doesn’t suck – Georgia Niemandt

Seminar Three

  • Following Jesus and Social Media – Brenton Jayatilaka
  • Next steps toward being a children’s or youth pastor – Graham Stanton
  • Enabling children as evangelists – Karen Winsemius
  • From Family Circus to All-age Worship – Ruth Newmarch
  • Beyond busy-work: craft and games with purpose and meaning – Suzie Ray

Seminar speakers

  • Amy Brown: Children and Youth Minister, St. Jude’s Carlton
  • Tom French: Youth Minister, Inner North Youth Group
  • Brenton Jayatilaka: Generations Director, City on a Hill Melbourne
  • Ruth Newmarch: Generations Pastor, St Thomas’ Burwood
  • Georgia Niemandt: Youth minister, Oaktree Anglican Church
  • Louisa Pfitzner: Associate Minister, St Luke’s Frankston
  • Suzie Ray: Assistant Pastor, Oaktree Anglican Church
  • Graham Stanton: Director Ridley Centre for Children’s and Youth Ministry
  • Karen Winsemius: Assistant Minister, St Stephen’s Warrandyte

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