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Pastoral Awareness. Aim. To explore the pastoral issues involved in working with children and reflect on practice. Learning outcomes. To share insights about a variety of pastoral issues To explore how power is used in working with children

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To explore the pastoral issues involved in working with children and reflect on practice

Aim

To explore the pastoral issues involved in working with children and reflect on practice.


Learning outcomes
Learning outcomes

  • To share insights about a variety of pastoral issues

  • To explore how power is used in working with children

  • To identify issues involved in providing a safe environment, physically, emotionally and spiritually, for children.


Opening thought
Opening thought

  • It would be terrible for people who cause even one of my little followers to sin. Those people would be better off thrown into the sea with a heavy stone tied around their necks.

  • (Mark 9:42)


Charter for children and the church
Charter for Children and the Church

Children are equal partners with adults in the life of the church.

The full diet of Christian worship is for children as well as adults.

Learning is for the whole church-adults and children.

Fellowship is for all, each belonging meaningfully to the rest.

Service is for children to give, as well as adults.


Charter for children and the church1
Charter for children and the Church

  • The call to evangelism comes to all God’s people of whatever age.

  • The Holy Spirit speaks powerfully through children as well as adults.

  • The discovery and development of gifts in children and adults is a key function of the church.

  • As a church community, we must learn to do only those things in separate age groups which we cannot in all conscience do together.

  • The concept of the ‘priesthood of all believers’ includes children.


Behaviour
Behaviour

  • What words or forms of speech would you not use in front of a child, and why?

  • In what ways do we ‘control’ children in our children’s group? e.g. Can we run a children’s group without shouting?


Children dealing with loss
Children dealing with loss

  • Remember that when a family is grieving, small acts of kindness mean a great deal.

  • Acknowledge that children grieve.

  • Children need to know that it is OK to have all sorts of strong feelings, and these feelings might last for a while.


Bullying
Bullying

  • Direct physical bullying

  • Direct verbal bullying

  • Indirect bullying


Reflection on learning
Reflection on learning

  • Share what you have learnt from this session and what action you need to take.

  • Identify the key people who have responsibility for your church or organisation and plan to ask them what they think about the pastoral awareness issues raised in this session.


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