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.
Upcoming workshops and recording of past workshops
It’s no secret that returning to work after the birth of a child can be very overwhelming for mom. There can be many strong emotions around leaving baby in the care of someone else, fears about coping at work and home, concerns around job security. As a community of support to mom, in this workshop we will discuss how you can best care for and encourage mom as she returns to work.
It is easy to picture children growing up in a nuclear family: biological mom and biological dad in the same household. Many times, however, children in South Africa are growing up in households with other caregivers – like a grandmother or aunts. There are also adopted children, foster children and many other situations where an adult is providing care. And these adults also need care and support to ensure that young children are thriving. This webinar will explore how churches can support these various families and caregivers.
How would you finish this sentence” “our children need dads who are…” The messaging that the local church sends to fathers has to be one that encourages dads to be better fathers, and not just be reminded of all the things they are doing wrong. In this webinar we will be looking at ways the local church can engage fathers and have impactful conversations and relationships with dads to journey with them in being present and active fathers in their child’s life.
Many people will give new parents advice, tips and instructions. But sometimes this is rooted in old traditions, myths and misinformation. This advice – while it is rooted in good intention – can cause fear in parents, and may introduce parenting habits that are not good for baby. Giving mom and dad the correct information gives them the power to make a well-informed decision, rooted in good health practice. In this webinar we will be looking at some of the main myths that negatively impact mom and baby, and how you as the local church can bring truth to these myths.
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.