Side by Side mentoring helps church communities connect with young families

Side by Side mentoring helps church communities connect with young families

side by sideYoung families are not always seen at church on Sunday. They are not often at our meetings, our liturgies or involved in our ministries. How do we as a faith community connect with them?  The Children and Families team invites people from across the Diocese to attend an information and training session from Side-by-Side Mentoring.

Side-by-Side Mentoring trains everyday people to be the link between our young families and our church community.  Mentors connect with parents, listen to what they need to talk about, affirm them and link them to any support they need.  A Side-by-Side Mentor becomes a loving face of the faith community that assures parents they are valued and not alone in their parenting journey.

Side by Side Mentors are:

  • people who are members of a Christian faith community,
  • people who work well with others,
  • people who can listen and remain confidential, and
  • people who are able to empathise.

An information evening / first training will be held on the 20th of March at 7pm at Cardinal McKeefry School Hall, 66 Albemarle Road, Wilton, Wellington.  For more information you can email Colette Stevens or phone her on 04 471 8581, or email Rev Debbie Smith or phone her on 04 471 8586.  For brochures or application forms, email Natalie Moreno.