SMBC 2017 Children’s Ministry Conference

SMBC 2017 Children’s Ministry Conference

TOPIC: Go Tell The World - Inspiring Kids with the Book of Acts
WHEN: 9.00am - 3.30pm Saturday 6 May 2017
WHERE: SMBC Croydon Campus, 43 Badminton Road, Croydon and Roberts-Dale Campus, 140 Croydon Ave, Croydon Park
COST: Early Bird: $60 (before 5pm 31 March), Standard: $70 (before 5pm 28 April), Late Comer: $80 (before 5pm 4 May)
SPEAKERS: Dr Alan Thompson, Scott Warner, Bruce Linton, QuizWorx and others
WHO: All those with an interest in children's ministry


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Go Tell The World - Inspiring Kids with the Book of Acts

The risen Lord Jesus, the coming of the Holy Spirit, the unstoppable spread of the gospel, the growth of the suffering and persevering church – the Book of Acts is full of wonder and challenge to share with our kids.

How do we explain Pentecost? What should we say about persecution? How can we excite them about world mission?

Join us for the day as we look at ways to bring the Book of Acts alive for kids – to give them the assurance and the vision to go tell the world!


Note: This conference is held simultaneously at two campuses - SMBC Croydon Campus at 43 Badminton Road, Croydon 2132, and SMBC Roberts-Dale Campus at 140 Croydon Avenue, Croydon Park 2133. The programs at each campus are identical in content, except for the 'Under 5s' seminars being held only at the Roberts-Dale Campus. Each attendee chooses one 1.05pm seminar and one 2.35pm seminar.

9.00am - Welcome
9.05am - Bible Talk - Scott Warner
9.40am - 'Creative Acts' – Quiz Worx    
10.00am - MORNING TEA    
10.30am - 'The Acts of the Risen Lord Jesus' –  Dr Alan Thompson
11.30am - 'Acts in Action' – Bruce Linton
12.25pm - LUNCH
1.05pm - Seminars 1, 2, 3, 4 or 9a
2.35pm - Seminars 5, 6, 7, 8 or 9b
3.35pm - FINISH

9.00am - Welcome
9.05am - The Acts of the Risen Lord Jesus –  Dr Alan Thompson
10.05am - Acts in Action – Bruce Linton
11.00am - MORNING TEA    
11.30am - Bible Talk - Scott Warner
12.05am - Creative Acts – Quiz Worx
12.25pm - LUNCH
1.05pm - Seminars 5, 6, 7, 8
2.35pm - Seminars 1, 2, 3, 4
3.35pm - FINISH


Dr Alan Thompson lectures in New Testament at SMBC and is the author of ‘The Acts of the Risen Lord Jesus: Luke’s Account of God’s Unfolding Plan’ (NSBT commentary series).

Bruce Linton is the Family and Children's Minister at St Paul’s Anglican Church, Carlingford.

Scott Warner works for the Australian Fellowship of Evangelical Students at Macquarie University Christian Union.

QuizWorx is a team of humans and puppets who present the good news of the Bible through creative live shows for kids, especially in state schools.


1. Kids On Mission
Equipping kids to know and tell the gospel. 
Paul Dudley, School Chaplain, Shore Sydney Church of England Grammar School.

2. Big Gospel, Big World, Big Mission
Encouraging and inspiring kids to support, pray and give to God's local and global mission.
Kelly Peters, Children’s Worker, St Matthew’s Anglican Church, Botany.

3. ‘Acts one, scene one...’
Acts one, scene one... making the stories in the book of Acts come to life using puppets, sketching, drama and more! 
Adam Jolliffe, Children’s & Family Minister, Life Anglican, Quakers Hill.

4. Packaging a Program: Acts
Putting together a program of lessons for kids on the Book of Acts that engages and challenges them.
Naomi de Vries, children’s pastor at Church by the Bridge, Kirribilli.

5. We are the Persecuted Church
Being creative in teaching children it costs to follow Jesus locally and globally.
Fiona Singline, Campbelltown City Baptist Church.

6. Introducing Kids To God The Holy Spirit 
Considering the identity and work of the Holy Spirit in the book of Acts and today.
Kirrily Griffiths, Leader of Children’s Ministry, EV Church, Erina.

7. Making Acts Memorable
Arranging memory verses and choosing songs that make the gospel truths from Acts stay in kids’ hearts and minds.
Irene Samuels, K-12 music teacher.

8. Big Ideas, Great Games
Teaching the big ideas in Acts using games kids love.
Sarah Lancaster, Children's & Families' Pastor, Christ Church Gladesville.

9a & 9b. Teaching Gospel Truths To Under Fives*
Helping our very young children grasp big gospel truths through storytelling, movement and play.
Lisa Donnelly, MBM Rooty Hill
*Seminars 9a and 9b must be selected together



Children’s ministry resources and books will be available for purchase at each campus from 8am (during the conference breaks).

Note: Images, info and talks from the 2016 Children's Ministry Conference are available here

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