Children’s Ministries in Western Australia

 

Children’s Ministries in Western Australia exists to equip, empower and energize children’s ministry leaders so that they can expand the Kingdom of God. We believe that children are a crucially important part of our church, and with 71% of believers deciding to follow Jesus before the age of 14 (Barna), it’s an age group that cannot be overlooked. We are passionate about equipping communities of faith, families, schools, and churches to embrace the importance of children and assist them on their discipleship journey. Here you will find contacts and resources for everyone to help ensure our children are actively involved in corporate worship, discipleship,
community, and faith expression.

Kyle Richardson

CM Director
and Pastor

Sarah Barrett

Department Assistant

Adventurers

A christian activity-based program run by local Adventist Churches for children aged four to nine years old, designed to support parents/caregivers and provide Bible-based learning and new skills for children. 

Faith Shaper

Current statistics overwhelmingly reveal that young adolescents are leaving the church at increasing rates, so it’s important that we make children a priority. In an attempt to reduce these statistics in Western Australia, we’ve adopted ‘Faith Shaper’ – a framework designed to help churches, schools, families and individuals nurture children in their faith journey.

Resources

Spiritual Parent Coaching App
As parents, you are the key spiritual leader in your child’s life and you have the greatest influence on their spiritual formation. The Spiritual Parent Coaching App is a free resource based on seven different elements of children’s lives that are necessary for their faith to grow. These seven elements are directly based on the ‘Faith Shaper’ resource, but it’s specifically targeted at parents and the ‘home’ aspect of spiritual development. The app gives parents and grandparents of 0-14 year olds coaching questions around each faith-forming element to prompt them with practical steps they can implement at home.
5 Ways to Say 'I Love You'
We believe that we were created by a loving God, so it is only natural that children need to feel loved in order to best develop and succeed. But if you and your child speak different love languages, your display of love might get lost in translation – affecting your child’s attitude, behaviour, and development. This simple activity is based on Gary Chapman’s 5 love languages and we pray it help to build authentic relationships in your home. Download the PDF document by clicking the button on the right.
28 Bible Studies for Children
This Bible study set uses a creative kid-friendly approach to the 28 fundamental beliefs, which will introduce children to the pillars of our faith. With its easy-to-understand format and interactive approach, children will quickly grasp the concepts and have fun learning. An excellent resource, Bible Adventures for Young readers is perfect for Primary-aged children to study by themselves or with their parents, in preparation for baptism, in Sabbath Schools and Bible classes. Click the button on the right to download the full set.
Family Service and Sabbath Bucket Lists
While attending church is an important part of Sabbath, it is only a small portion of the day. Accept the challenge to be more intentional in what you do as a family on the Sabbath. Keep yourself on track by downloading and printing our Sabbath Day Bucket List. Choose one activity to do each week with your family, and check it off once completed. Alternatively during the week aim to complete the Family Service Bucket List. Choose one activity to do each day, week, or month with your family, and check it off once completed. Click on the link to the right to download.
Family Resources
Disciple.org.au has a variety of useful resources to help parents, families, and churches navigate the struggles of raising children in this day and age. Topics include technology, porn, service, mentoring and more.
The Tuis
We are super excited to let you know we are working on a brand new resource, “The Tuis”! This is a 28-part series designed to help dads and mums teach children about the core beliefs of the Adventist church, in a fun and accessible way. The Tui family are a Pacific Island family who live in Northern Australia. They live in a great neighborhood with friends and neighbors just nearby. They are involved in their local community and love to go camping. Click on the link to the right for more about The Tuis, full episodes, workbook, and much more! Or head to thetuis.tv
Fun-da-Mentals
Created by Kid’s Ministry Ideas these creative infographic posters are a fantastic way to communicate the 28 fundamentals beliefs of the Seventh-day Adventist Church to your kids in a fun easy to understand way. There are 28 separate infographic posters each one is relating to one specific fundamental. This is a fantastic resource to have at home or church. Please click on the link to the right to download all 28 lesson.
Prayer Journal
The WA Children's Ministry have created a fun, simple prayer journal to help your child express their faith through writing, drawing, colouring, and recording their prayers. Contact us at the Welshpool office to get one for personal or church use on 08 9398 7222.
Bible Timeline Posters
These Bible Timelines follow the GraceLink Lessons for the entire year. Your children can follow weekly as they do their lessons and experience the story in this wonderful bright and fun timeline. A real asset for every Sabbath School room but can also be used independently as a fun, colourful way to learn bible stories.
GraceLink Curriculum
The GraceLink Bible Study Guides are an important resource in one of our most urgent and vital tasks: leading our children to Christ. The Gracelink curriculum offers our children a balanced emphasis, featuring Grace (Jesus loves me), Community (We love each other), Worship (I love Jesus), and Service (We love you, too). Developed by the General Conference, GraceLink is a biblically based 12 year curriculum comprising of 624 lessons. Most lessons are story-based, some on scriptural references that teach a specific doctrine. Each story has been selected to develop one of the four dynamics of the GraceLink series: grace, worship, community, and service. To get the latest GraceLink Sabbath School Bible Study Guides, teacher resources, animations and puzzles visit the GraceLink Official Website.
Kids Preach
We are pleased to be able to produce this book of sermons for your children and your church. Supporting children by including them and using their gifts is important to their spiritual development and their connection to your church. It is my prayer that many adults and children will be led closer to God as they are presented.
Corporate Worship
How to include children in corporate worship without taking away it's impact on our adult membership has always been, and will continue to be a difficult topic. We understand each church is different and has different needs so we do not prescribe any one way to succeed at intergenerational worship. We do, however, encourage everyone to try different ways of including our younger attendees, continually improving and growing the way we worship. Seedbed shares some good ideas on how we can include children in corporate worship.
Children's Ministries Coordinator Handbook
The Children's Ministries Coordinator Handbook is designed to help those leading and involved in Children's Ministry. Download it here or contact us at the Welshpool office on 9398 7222 to get a hard copy for you or your church.
Faith Shaper For Worship Leaders
This download contains ideas on how the Faith Shaper principals can be used in church.
Sabbath School Training Courses
The General Conference Sabbath School and Personal Ministries Department has prepared a curriculum of official training courses to prepare teachers of Sabbath School for children. These self-guided courses provide solid, practical, creative preparation for immediate implementation in the local Sabbath School. Head to the GraceLink training website via the button on the right to get started.
AdSafe
AdSAFE Ltd (AdSAFE) is an independent service providing a centralised and consistent service for the protection of children and vulnerable persons for the Seventh-day Adventist Church across parts of the South Pacific Division. AdSAFE contributes to the mission of the Church by enabling children and vulnerable people to experience the love of God in a safe and secure church related environment. Everyone involved in children's ministry need to complete the Safe Churches Training and keep up to date with information provided my AdSafe, click on the link to visit their website.
Faith Shaper Tutorials
Some of the Children's Ministry experts in the Australian Union Conference have put together some short videos to help you implement the Faith Shaper principals. Click on the link to the right and scroll down to see them all.