Family & Childhood Studies

The purpose of the Family and Childhood Study Centre is to draw together practitioners in a place of contextualised learning with a focus on mission with children and families.  The aim is to educate and enrich all participants towards human flourishing and community transformation.  Within this context the practical outcomes are to be growing and learning together; to encourage caring and sharing; and to pursue creativity and adventure.

Since 2013 The Centre has been working within an urban community alongside the local Specialist Children’s Centre, primary schools and Baptist church to facilitate out of term time play opportunities for local children and their families; as community partners in the delivery of the Families and Schools Together programme and to host a regional hub for those churches working with Children in URBan Situations (on behalf of CURBS).

Its vision is to develop this integral mission with children and their families by resourcing a physical space for the Centre that creates a safe learning environment where local families can participate together, offers a diverse urban community based experience for students and resources a play space and Godly Play classroom.

For more information, contact the Centre director, Sian Hancock hancocks@bristol-baptist.ac.uk

The Methodist Church and the Consultative Group of Ministry amongst Children (CGMC) have recently conducted an enquiry into Family Ministry. Some of the questions they looked at include: What is Family Ministry?  Who engages with it?  How are family workers trained and equipped for their role?  They have published the results of their enquiry into the changing face of family ministry, and you can now view them online.

The ‘We are Family’ conference held in Liverpool on 11th & 12th September explained the findings of the study and launched the new Core Skills in Family Ministry book through a series of taster workshops.  At the conference Sian Hancock presented a session on ‘Biblical, Historical and Contemporary Understanding of Family’.

If you want to know more and would like to participate in a Family Ministry Core Skills course, please contact us for more information.  You can also buy the course book here.

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