Association of Presbyterian Church Educators (APCE)
APCE is an association made up of those who are serving or have served in educational ministries, as ministers, professional or volunteer educators or students in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), the Reformed Church in America, The Presbyterian Church in Canada, the Moravian Church in America and the Christian Reformed Church in North America. The purpose of the Association of Presbyterian Church Educators, Inc. is to advance educational ministries in the Church and increase the ongoing witness of our faith in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. APCE encourages professional recognition through certification and/or designation, provides opportunities for improvement of professional skills, supports personal enrichment, actively advocates for church education, serves as a channel to and from denominational structures and recognizes achievements and innovative contributions of church educators.
The Association of Presbyterian Church Educators’ annual event, Deep & Wide: Boundless Hospitality, will be held in Louisville, KY from January 31 – February 3, 2018 (http://www.apcenet.org/). There are five grants of $750 available through the Creative Ministry with Children and Youth Fund to help Christian Educators (both paid and volunteer) attend this conference. Please contact Jen de Combe at jdecombe [at] presbyterian [dot] ca for more information.
Opening Doors to Discipleship (한국어 번역자료)
Opening Doors to Discipleship offers congregations FREE online volunteer training, leader development and faith formation for groups and individuals. Each online course has 12 sessions packed with engaging life stories, solid biblical material, and opportunities for group and individual reflection.
NEW: Two of its courses are offered in Korean and in Spanish, Course A: Teaching Skills and Course D: Discipleship – go to the Opening Doors to Discipleship home page and select English, Korean or Spanish language from the upper right corner. Contact Canadian Ministries to receive your Presbyterian Church in Canada login number.
Abriendo Puertas al Discipulado ahora ofrece dos cursos en línea gratuitos en español Opening Doors to Discipleship Courses in Spanish
한국어로 번역된 “제자도에로 열린문” 온라인 교육 과정의 두 과정을 무료로 이용하실 수 있습니다 Opening Doors to Discipleship Courses in Korean
The Children and Worship Curriculum
Children and Worship is an exciting way to present biblical stories through worship for children as they learn about God.
Please contact Emily Hill for more information or to arrange for an introductory workshop or training event. Email Canadian Ministries or phone 1-800-619-7301 or 416-441-1111 ext. 271.
Looking for a way to reach families who aren’t in church on Sunday mornings? Messy Church is a once a month gathering designed to reach families who are looking to explore faith and Christian community in a new way.
How to Pray in Your Own Way
How to Pray in Your Own Way is designed for youth or adult groups with lay leadership. Along with the five-session Leader’s Guide, there is a Participant’s Workbook that extends learning between sessions with information summaries and additional ideas for practicing the new forms of prayers.
Former Presbyterian Record youth columnist, Kathy Cawsey, wrote and used this resource at Knox Presbyterian Church, Waterloo, Ontario. Drawing on the work of the Anglican priest and author, Bruce Duncan, Kathy uses an experiential learning approach to introduce four forms of prayer that connect with four different psychological functions—sensing, intuition, understanding and feeling—and with two different personality attitudes—introversion and extroversion.
Each session includes poetry, scripture, hymns and prayer exercises. In the fifth and final session, participants are given suggestions on how to incorporate their learning not only into their own prayer life, but also into the prayers of their church’s worship services.
To order print copies for a small cost, use the Resource Centre online order form (in the “Worship” section)