Road Trip

26.1.2017 | Training for Leadership, Training for Ministry, Youth and Children,

Who is it for?

Road Trip has been bringing training to youth and children's leaders throughout the Presbyterian Church in Ireland for several years. These  events are designed for Sunday school leaders, children's leaders, all youth leaders, elders, ministers or anyone who wants to understand or work with 0-18s in their local congregation.

Where and when?

This year we will be in two venues on the following dates, both of which are free to attend – please circulate these dates to anyone in your congregation who would benefit from attending:

  Venue Date Time
2017 New Row Presbyterian Church, Coleraine Tuesday, 7th March 2017 7.30pm
  Ballydown Presbyterian Church, Banbridge Tuesday, 14th March 2017 7.30pm


Each event will start with everyone together promptly, so please try to get to the venue in good time. The programme will run according to this timetable.

7.30pm Welcome & Introductions
7.45pm Session 1
8.45pm Refreshment Break
9.00pm Session 2
10.00pm Close

Session 1 (choose 1 of 3)

Encouraging Healthy Online Relationships

Perhaps the world in which our teenagers grow up today is best defined by their online existence. As adults we can be freaked out by Facebook, ignorant about Instagram, useless at YouTube or wary
of Warhammer.

This seminar will explore young people’s use of social media, some of the online risks out there and also the positives that social media can bring. We will consider practical steps for leaders and parents to
help them support our young people when using social media. We will consider how the church can encourage healthy use and how they can protect young people and leaders in doing so.

This seminar is for parents, ministers or leaders working with teenagers.

How to be inclusive of every child in your children's ministry

There are many children that are within our children’s ministry who do not come from typical backgrounds or ideal situations. There are children from broken or fractured families, those dealing with illness or mental health issues, those with additional needs and increasingly those who come from other cultures. How can we as the church include all these children within our ministry and cater for their needs? In this seminar we will look at some of these issues from a pastoral point of view and think about the inclusion of every child.

This seminar is for anyone involved in children's ministry.

Growing faith at home

“Parents are… the primary disciple makers in their children’s lives”
(Timothy-Paul Jones).
Do we believe that statement? If so, is it reflected in the reality of faith development in our congregation and families? If not, what do we believe and why?

In this seminar we will consider the role of Christian parents, but not in a way that should make any parent feel guilty. We will also think about the role of leaders and how they can build partnership with
parents. Finally, we will think about the role of everyone in the local congregation to fulfil their baptismal vows to stand with parents as they nurture faith in their children.

This seminar is for leaders with young people or young adults.

Session 2 (choose 1 of 3)

The mystery and myths surrounding self-harm

1 in 10 young people today self-harm. Some of them are in your church. Do you know them and what should we be doing to help them?
In this seminar we will consider what defines self-harm, why it is so widely practiced by young people and how parents and leaders can support them in their journey through practical help and advice.
There will also be information available regarding resources and organisations who can help in this area.

This seminar is  for parents, ministers or leaders working with teenagers.

How to care for the volunteers in your ministry

The greatest resource that we have in any ministry is the volunteers that help to run it. In this seminar we will look at how to care for, train and inspire these volunteers to give of their best to the ministry
they are involved in. We will also look at longevity within your ministry volunteers and how you can plan for the future. There will also be the opportunity to look at some different models of placing volunteers
within your church ministry.

This seminar is particularly for main leaders, ministers and coordinators with church ministry but can be for anyone who cares about the wellbeing of volunteers within your church.

Keeping them Close to Home: a church where young people love to be

Imagine this. Young people regularly bring their friends to church on a Sunday evening as they have told them how good it is. The girls from senior Bible Class turn up at the PW because they heard how
good the speaker was going to be. The teenagers drag their parents
to church.

Is this a fantasy? Or is it possible? We tend to think that young people hate church and we should do anything we can to make them stick around, even if it means them only going to youth programmes
that keep them away from the rest of the church. But what if young people actually loved being part of a church of all ages…?

This seminar is for anyone (not just daydreamers) who longs for church to be a place where teenagers love to be.

Any enquiries to the Congregational Life and Witness Office:

Or phone:  +44 (0)28 9032 2284

Click on the link below for this information as a PDF file:

Download the PDF file for Road Trip – New Row

Download the PDF file for Road Trip – Ballydown