Training for mission becomes child’s play

Training for mission becomes child’s play

About 250 of us gathered in Palmerston North for our second Team Training Day on Saturday the 7th of September, and one workshop attracted our youngest participants yet.  The workshop was entitled “Celebrating Creation’s Colours,” and was led by Rev Andy Hickman and the All Saints’ “Glory Gang.”  Using plenty of potting mix and interactive challenges, Andy and his team led the group, with some participants as young as pre-school age, through activities that helped them to find new ways to care for God’s environment.

One such challenge was a “Minute to Win It” challenge, whereby the participants were challenged to separate recycling into paper and plastic piles in under a minute: “Seeing the pre-schoolers so enthusiastically playing the game was a real highlight from this workshop,” Andy says.  The Glory Gang seemed to be an intriguing name, so Andy explained to us who was involved.  There was Ben, a teenager; Sarah, the mum of a pre-schooler; and Rod and Irene, at the complete opposite end of the age spectrum.  However despite there being more young people recruited to lead the workshop, the range of workshops on offer throughout the day presented more of a drawcard: “They wanted to go off and visit the other workshops, so I let them!” Andy explained.

Indeed, there were more than a few workshops offered during the day that appealed to a diverse generational spread.  Developing our intergenerational offering at Team Training Days is becoming a great way to involve future leaders and team members at a younger age, and to acknowledge that in the Body of Christ, everyone has a part to play, no matter their age.  Keep an eye out next year for our Team Training Day schedule, and look at who on your local church communities would benefit from coming along to one of our training events.