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Loving Children & FamiliesOur goal is for every church in ANiC to have a vital ministry to children and youth and be places where children are welcomed, taught, discipled and fully incorporated into church life. This will include outreach to the children and youth in our neighbourhoods, and will involve clearly presenting the Gospel, leading them to Christ, and helping them grow as disciples of Jesus.

We seek to ensure that children are provided with a safe, caring environment in the every ANiC church; that children are incorporated into the life of the church; that children are trained up “in the way they should go”; that churches are ministering to children in their neighbourhoods; and that families in the church are encouraged and supported.


Networking and community-building
The team leading this priority is eager to network with and link people doing children's ministry throughout ANiC. This will allow us to communicate and consult with others in children’s ministry across ANiC churches – sharing resources and ideas, and offering encouragement and support.


If you are involved in Children’s Ministry, please contact this Priority team via the email below.


Priority leadership
The Rev Jeremy and Kimberley Graham lead the team that is driving this priority.
Team members include Anna Spray and the Rev Jane Parent.


Contact
Email Jeremy Graham


Workshop
Watch the Loving Children and Families workshop from Synod 2015


Resources
Over time, we intend to add to the resources available to ANiC parishes and members.

Sunday School curriculum
There are several great resources available. One excellent (and free) option was developed by Saint Matthews' Anglican Church (Abbotsford, BC). Watch for more to come…
Kingdom Story Sunday School Curriculum (Saint Matthew's)

Books for parents and those serving in children's ministry
Children Matter: Celebrating Their Place in Church, Family and Community by Beth Posterski
Offering the Gospel to Children by Gretchen Wolff Pritchard
A Praying Life – by Paul Miller 
A Time to Read: Good Books for Growing Readers – by Mary Ruth K. Wilkinson & Heidi Wilkinson Tell
Read for the Heart – by Sarah Clarkson
Celebrating the Christian Year – by Martha Zimmerman

Discipleship Resources to read WITH children
Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing – by Sally Lloyd Jones
The Ology – by Marty Mackowski
Everything a Child Should Know About God – by Kenneth N. Taylor & Jenny Brake
Long Story Short – by Marty Mackowski
Old Story New – by Marty Mackowski

Music
The Kingdom of Heaven is Like This – from Rain for Roots
Big Stories for Little Ones – from Rain for Roots
Waiting Songs – from Rain for Roots
Slugs & Bugs Sing the Bible – from Slugs & Bugs
Slugs & Bugs Lullabies – from Slugs & Bugs
Songs for Saplings – from Dana Dirksen

Children's Bibles
The Jesus Storybook Bible – by Sally Lloyd Jones
The Read Aloud Bible Stories Vol. 1-4 – by Ella K Lindvall
The Gospel Story Bible: Discovering Jesus in the Old and New Testaments – by Marty Machowski
The Big Picture Story Bible – by David Helm
The Lion Bible for Children – by Murray Watts
NiRV Kids Study Bible – published by Zondervan


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