‘Taste and See’ workshops on children’s spirituality and all-age worship
Church of England participants in Cornwall said: “A very constructive and stimulating day with a great many new ideas.” “The workshops catered for all levels of acceptance of ideas by church congregations.” “As a person who is aware of his lack of creativity I found this workshop incredibly useful and inspirational, plus giving me confidence to express my ideas which I previously may have thought of little worth.”
Participants at the ecumenical Scottish Borders ‘Taste and See’ day said: “Really helpful, inspiring, thoughtful, tons to take away.” “The two workshops were packed with ideas.” “Great interactive nature to exchange ideas with other people.” “Inspired me to feel more energised to go and create a prayer space.” “Inspiring suggestions for prayer; storytelling ideas – fab!” “Both sessions very good and I think my church’s creche & Sunday club leaders (and minister etc etc) would get a lot out of it.”
Participants at the Edinburgh ‘Taste and See’ day for the Church of Scotland said: “One of the best conference sessions I’ve attended.” “I thought the interactive talks were excellent and then having the chance to think how we would use the techniques ourselves really consolidated that piece of learning.” “I learnt so much about storytelling. It was good to learn about all the various ways to pray.”
INSET training for schools on children’s spirituality
“Claire delivered a superb training session to around one hundred headteachers, teachers and teaching assistants at the start of the new school year. Despite the wide ranging roles of her audience, Claire pitched the content brilliantly and everybody found something in the session which was relevant to them. There were lots of very practical and creative ideas which we could take back into school and begin to use straight away with the children. Feedback from all the schools involved was very positive. This inspiring and engaging workshop was an excellent way to start the new term.” Rachel Hindle, Headteacher, Cumbria.
“The training Claire provided on children’s spirituality at our Church School Headteacher’s Conference and for clergy and teachers was inspirational. Claire not only managed to unpack and define childhood spirituality, she illustrated (with concrete examples) how to provide those essential experiences in both a school and church setting. The workshops provided an excellent balance of theory and practice within an atmosphere which also evoked personal spiritual reflection amongst delegates. I would highly recommend Claire as a trainer and facilitator. Her expertise and ability to communicate and shape this challenging subject, of nurturing spirituality in children, was outstanding.” Sue Green, Diocesan Director of Education for the Diocese of Truro.
“Inspiring.” “Very interesting, stimulating, thought-provoking.” “I liked the simplicity of explanations and facilitating the exchange of ideas.” “Good, practical ideas I could use in the future.” “I liked the interactivity and the use of ICT.” Responses from clergy and teachers
Training for clergy and ordinands
“Claire provided training on children’s spirituality at a day we held for recently ordained and experienced clergy along with other church lay workers and teachers from a range of schools across the county. Her presentations were stimulating, thought-provoking and accessible to an audience from a wide range of backgrounds. Claire’s materials were all well presented and highly professional. Her calm, pleasant, confident and encouraging presentational style engages participants and promotes quality engagement in workshop activities and discussion. Claire brings theory and practice together to excellent effect and I very much recommend her as a trainer, facilitator and enabler as she brings her highly competent expertise to the area of children’s spiritual development.” Revd Paul Arthur, Diocesan Director of Ministerial Formation and Development for the Diocese of Truro
All-age worship training weekends
“Our sessions together were very inspiring. Claire took the topic Creative Prayer and obviously had spent a good deal of time resourcing it and then transporting it!! This pre-planning was appreciated as it led to a very professional presentation over two days. Everyone who participated spoke favourably of her constructive ideas which encouraged them to be more adventurous in their own ministry. Several bought her informative books. She was quietly competent, well liked and worked with the team rather than just imposing her ideas.” Janet Tredrea, Truro Methodist Children and Family Worker, and the Cornwall District Children’s Committee