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Church Life 2018

Tuesday 13 November 2018

Assembly Buildings, Church House, Fisherwick Place, Belfast


FREE Seminar Programme


During the course of our one-day event, we will be offering 18 seminars which are Free to attend. However, places must be booked in advance. Please browse the seminars below and book using the form at the bottom of the page. Enter the number of Free places you require and click 'submit' to send us your order.


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10.00 - 11.30

(Roisin Timlin: Volunteer Now)


This session will cover key information and guidance on safeguarding including:


- Who may be at risk of harm
- Categories of abuse, including online risks
- Possible indicators of abuse
- What to do if you have a concern about a child/adult at risk
- Dealing with disclosure
- Policy requirements


(Seminar presented in association with NICVA - supported by the Department for Communities faith based engagement strategy)


If you are unable to attend this session, please consider the later session ‘Creating Safer Places’ at 5.30 pm presented by CCPAS.


10.00 - 11.00

(Mark Bailie: MKB Medical Services)


Mark Bailie, from MKB Medical Services, will deliver a presentation on Public Access Defibrillators and the role your church can play in this. An informative, interactive session which will demonstrate how and when to use an AED (automated external defibrillator) and also remove any fears you may have regarding their use, including the fear of litigation. Mark will explore the different AED options available, the storage solutions to go with them and discuss what options are best for your church application.


CPR (cardio pulmonary resuscitation) will also be covered, and the opportunity will be available for you to test your skills on the manikins.


There will be a question and answer session at the end, but Mark will be available throughout the day to discuss your needs on the MKB exhibition stand.


Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) can happen anytime, anywhere and to anyone. Valuable time is often lost waiting for professional medical help to arrive. Administering a shock within 4 minutes of SCA striking can increase survival rates to up to 80%.


10.30 - 11.30

(Gail Taylor: Mark Mason Employment Law)


In this seminar, we will look at the importance for churches and faith-based organisations of compliance with legal requirements in the employment relationship. We will particularly consider matters that can be problematic if not handled with care, such as worker status and issues around equal opportunities, including when and how you can require a role to be carried out by a Christian.


Gail Taylor is Employment Lawyer at Newtownabbey-based Mark Mason Employment Law.


11.00 - 1.00

(Pamela Frazer: Alzheimer’s Society)


This session will look at the role of the church in supporting someone with dementia - and their carers. It looks at the different types of dementia, signs and symptoms and how to best communicate with, and support, someone with dementia.


Thought will be given to what style of church service you provide, what pastoral care you provide and how to tailor these to become more understanding and supportive.


Information will also be given on how your church can avail of the Dementia Friendly Communities workshops.


11.30 - 1.00

(Lynn Kennedy: NICVA)


This session will cover:


Fundraising best practice and how to follow it:


a) The Fundraising Regulator
b) The Code of Fundraising Practice


Grant funding for faith-based organisations


Other ways to generate income


Lynn Kennedy is Fundraising Advice Officer at NICVA


(Seminar presented in association with NICVA - supported by the Department for Communities faith based engagement strategy)


11.30 - 12.30

(Jonathan Smart: MKB Fire Services)


This seminar, delivered by industry expert Jonathan Smart from MKB Fire Services, will include an overview of the Fire Alarm Regulations and the Extinguisher Regulations specific to Northern Ireland, and in particular to church applications.


The requirements for fire awareness and warden training and risk assessments will also be discussed, along with the various protocols which should be implemented, such as fire drills, logs etc.


Some new products to the industry will also be introduced, such as water mist extinguishers, new sprinkler and suppression systems for kitchens and boiler rooms.


If time permits, there will be a Q&A session at the end, but there will be opportunity to engage with Jonathan throughout the day at the exhibition.


12.30 - 1.30

(Anne Coomes: Parish Pump)


A good church magazine can be a great asset to communication both within the church and in the local community. This seminar will look at how to make the most of your church magazine - printed or online. Anne Coomes of Parish Pump will look at good practice for church magazine production, the importance of including graphics and children’s material, plus where to look if you are short on material. Anne will suggest how you can audit your own church publication: examining the content, planning, production and readership.


Come and bring a recent copy of your magazine with you.


1.00 - 2.30

(Kate Clifford: Rural Community Network)


Kate Clifford will explore, using case study examples, how faith-based groups are working in the community to address social need. Kate will highlight some of the work that faith-based groups are undertaking across NI to address issues of social isolation, poverty and exclusion.


A workshop will then explore the current challenges facing communities and community groups and explore how, by working in partnership, each sector can add value and resource to those who are most vulnerable and marginalised in our society.


Kate Clifford is Director of the Rural Community Network and a partner in the delivery of the Faith Support Programme.


(Seminar presented in association with NICVA - supported by the Department for Communities faith based engagement strategy)


1.00 - 2.00

(Dawn McAvoy and David Smyth)


On the very day that the Republic of Ireland voted to repeal the 8th Amendment and extend access to abortion, pro-abortion campaigners across Ireland claimed, “The North is Next”.


If the South of Ireland follows the pattern of Great Britain, 98% of abortions will be carried out, in the name of “choice”, not because of any risk to life, but because women feel they can’t, or don’t want to, continue with their pregnancy.


Is it inevitable that Northern Ireland is next? Can we, or even should we, stand against the cultural tide and continue to say no to the “choice” of abortion?


We’d love you to join us, as we explore how together, we can all speak up for women facing pregnancy crises and offer better than “freedom” and “equality”, based on an ability to “choose” to end the lives of our unborn children.”


• Dawn works for Evangelical Alliance Northern Ireland. She is married to Peter and mum to three girls. Their eldest daughter was their “unexpected joy”. That lived experience of pregnancy crisis planted a seed. Years later that seed grew and she co-founded the Both Lives Matter campaign.


Both Lives Matter is a collaboration between Evangelical Alliance Northern Ireland, CARE NI and Life NI. It has received support from people from across the historic divides in Northern Ireland who want to help reframe and rehumanise the conversation around abortion. It is pro-woman and pro-life, standing with and for every woman who has faced having to “choose” between her life and plans, and her unborn child. Through a coherent vision for law, services and culture we want to create a society that pursues the wellbeing of both.


• David Smyth is the public policy officer of Evangelical Alliance Northern Ireland. He is a former solicitor and represents the Evangelical Alliance on a range of government, civic and charitable forums. He serves in the space where faith, law, politics and culture intersect.


1.30 - 2.30

(Brother David Jardine)


Equipping For Life is a vision given to Brother David Jardine to help the Church serve people in areas that suffered a lot during the Troubles and who are still suffering deprivation today. Through this project, he will be asking Church members to volunteer their time and talents to serve people in these areas with whatever needs they have. This could be educational, sporting, how to do a job interview, how to run a home, learning cooking skills, how to run a business more efficiently, etc. Whatever need people have, we will try to provide someone who has expertise in that area.


At the moment, David and his team are setting the foundations of the ministry. They have begun in the Shankill area, and if this initiative goes well they will move to other communities, both in Belfast and beyond, where this type of ministry is needed.


There are two important features of Equipping For Life - all of the people involved will be surrounded in prayer, those serving and those being served, and most of the activities will be done on a one-to-one basis. The main aim is to have the whole community of faith empowering the whole community.


Come and learn more about this exciting initiative - and how you, or your church, can be involved.


2.30 - 3.30

(Dave Magill: Trussell Trust)


A presentation on the Trussell Trust’s ‘More than Food’ initiatives, looking at Holiday Clubs, the need to support families with food provision during holidays - and also teach what can be made using the ingredients they will receive in a food parcel.


Come and be inspired as to how you can use your church kitchen to engage with others and be a blessing to them and their families.


2.30 - 4.00

(Sarah Travers: Bespoke Communications)


How do you, as a church, communicate who you are and what you believe? How do you see yourself as part of your local community and how do others see you? How to deal with tensions which may arise from your communications - and be confident in both your message and your delivery.


Join journalist and presenter, Sarah Travers of Bespoke Communications for an insightful session to help you both protect and project your message.


(Seminar presented in association with NICVA - supported by the Department for Communities faith based engagement strategy)


3.00 - 3.30

(Paul Scott: Church Life)


This year’s Church Life event is all about churches engaging with their local community. There will be many ways to meet people: at the school gate, attending local clubs/organisations or when you’re out shopping. All of these offer opportunities to meet people and strike up friendships which may allow you to share something of your faith.


So, how do you feel about being a bit more intentional in meeting people? In this session, drawing on his own experience, Paul Scott will open up a discussion on door-to-door visiting. This type of outreach needn’t be as traumatic as some people fear - and can be more rewarding than you could ever imagine!


4.00 - 5.00

(Precept Ministries Ireland)


Precept Ministries Ireland’s mission is to establish people in God’s Word so that they will study the Bible for themselves and will, as a result, live lives as exemplary followers of Christ. We equip people with simple skills of inductive Bible study and a wide range of study materials, designed for all ages, to enable them to go deeper in God’s Word. There are opportunities to join with like-minded people in classes in various locations across Ireland and we can help to train and establish new leaders and classes. There are a number of workshops available to explore biblical topics in a group setting, offering advanced study skills and encouraging people to disciple others. No matter who or where people are, we want to help them discover truth for themselves.


Come and find out what we can do to help you to engage with the Bible and help others to do the same.


4.30 - 5.30

Fergus McMorrow and Margaret Clarke


When your church engages with life in its local community, prayer becomes central to all your efforts. God longs to bless us and has given believers the authority to bless their community. There are local examples of the Holy Spirit moving to transform people’s lives and communities. This seminar will encourage you with real stories of the impact of prayer on businesses, crime levels and schools. Simple resources will be provided and an opportunity to practice praying for your community. This interactive seminar will be led by Fergus McMorrow, Director of Divine Healing Ministries and Margaret Clarke from Transformations Ireland.


5.30 - 6.30

(The Churches' Child Protection Advisory Service)


What is safeguarding in today's church? This session presents an overview of what is best practice, what our biblical, legal and moral obligations are, and who safeguarding is for. This seminar will also look at what it means to work in "regulated activity" and also the implications safeguarding has for leadership. We'll cover how good safeguarding brings transparency and accountability to a church’s ministries and how it should underpin every area of church life.


If you are unable to attend this session, please consider the earlier session ‘Safeguarding in Church and in Your Local Community’ at 10.00 am presented by NICVA.


6.00 - 7.00


Robin Fairbairn (The Good Book Company) will present resources to help your Church celebrate Christmas in Church and share the occasion in a meaningful way with others in your local community.


The Good Book Company will provide free copies of resources to those who attend – plus a special discount voucher which can be used when ordering materials to be used in your Church / Community.


Refreshments will be provided for those booking in to attend this session.


6.30 - 7.30

(Ian Matthews: David C Cook)


The role of the Sunday School teacher is as important as ever but as congregations change and adapt to the needs of children, they are always on the look out for the best possible resources. In this seminar Ian Matthews, the Director of UK Book Publishing at David C Cook, will discuss how publishers are working to meet the changing needs of Churches and will introduce their new 52-week curriculum, illustrating how it can be used in a variety of scenarios within a local congregation.


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Safeguarding in Church and in Your Local Community


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Health & Safety: The Use of Defibrillators in Your Church and Your Community


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Employment Law - Considerations for Churches as Employers


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Dementia Friendly Churches


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Fire Regulations for Churches


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What Makes a Great Church Magazine?


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Acting in Good Faith


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The North is Next?


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Equipping for Life


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More Than Food


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Praying For and With Your Community


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Making the Most of Christmas


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