Practical workshops & training
Equipping you and your church to support families
Are you looking to grow your skills to better serve families in your church? These 1-hour Zoom-based webinars are aimed at doing exactly that. You might be a pastor, Sikunye champion, volunteer, or ministry leader – these workshops are focused on practical actions that you can take as an individual or church. You can attend as many as you like – each is unique.
If you can’t attend a particular workshop or want to catch up on one that was previously held, we do record them and you can access them via our YouTube channel.
Start the year strong by growing your skills and insights into topics we have covered before. We have a ‘sprint’ where we host 6 workshops across 3 evenings. This is a great way to learn about a topic for the first time, invite someone else to attend, or remind yourself of what you have learned before. You can attend as many as you want.
Tuesday 31 January from 7pm to 8pm:
How to encourage ‘Love, Play, Talk’ with families in your church
Protecting children: How to write a Child Protection Policy
Wednesday 1 February from 7pm to 8pm:
How to use key moments in your church calendar for FTD-friendly purposes
How to foster spiritual growth in young children
Thursday 2 February from 7pm to 8pm
How to set up and run a great mom’s group in your church
How to speak to parents about discipline in the household
Past topics and recordings
Reaching out to and supporting families in the First Thousand Days is not a one-person job. Every member of your congregation has gifts, strengths and experiences that are useful in supporting families inside and outside your church. If you feel like you are alone in your passion for caring for families in this stage, then this workshop is for you. You will discover new ideas and find out what other churches are doing in this space.
Every caregiver has a range of brain-building superpowers. Three of these are: Love, Talk and Play. No matter your context, your church can help caregivers know how to build brains in their young children. If you want to discover what you can do to encourage caregivers in this way, then this workshop is for you.
Throughout the year your church has moments that can be used to speak into key First Thousand Day issues. We know about Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Christmas and so on… but what about Breastfeeding week, or Child Protection week, or Preemie week? These are times that can be used to raise important topics, or surround families in new ways. Join this workshop to discover practical ways you can use these moments.
Building community around caregivers is one of the church’s greatest opportunities and strengths. One form of community is a mom’s group. These regular times of gathering can be powerfully transformative and encouraging to the members. What is a successful mom’s group? How do you get one started? How can you breathe life into a mom’s ministry or group that you already have? Join this workshop to learn from experienced mom’s group leaders about how you, in your church and community, can connect moms together and encourage them.
There are many benefits to the positive involvement of fathers in the lives of their young children. In a country with very low levels of father engagement, the church is well positioned to speak up and encourage fathers and families. This workshop will inspire and equip you to see more men actively involved in their young children’s lives.
The love that Jesus has for young children means that his followers want to see all children thrive, and be protected from harm. In addition to this motivation, there are legal obligations placed on churches, as outlined by the Children’s Act. This ensures that children in your care are protected and that any form of abuse is reported appropriately. The South African law requires that churches have a Child Protection Policy. Together with partner organisations, Sikunye is hosting this workshop to guide you in this process.
To be the modern-day village around families in the FTD, different ministries and groups within your church can be involved. Think about how to engage grandparents to play and bond with their grandchildren, speaking to youth and teens about FTD and parenting, and looking at how your children’s ministry be inclusive of FTD. This workshop covers practical ways to see the full range of ministries and activities in your church be engaging with the FTD.
There is strength in numbers! In and around your church community are organisations, government facilities, individuals and resources that can be part of the modern-day village around families. Your church doesn’t have to do it all! You can partner and collaborate with these service providers. This workshop will cover practical ways that you can do that to see a full range of care for families.
Ever heard the saying, “Spare the rod, spoil the child”? Does this mean it is ok to hit our children when disciplining them? What is the difference between punishment and discipline? The church has a powerful voice that can be used to encourage families to practice positive parenting – seeing them disciplined without violent means.
Young children are valuable in God’s eyes: He does not start caring for them when they can read the Bible, or pray or comprehend the gospel message. There are things that we can do to help children experience the love of God even when they are very young. Find out what you can do in your family and church to foster this spiritual growth.