SMBC 2020 Children’s Ministry Conference

SMBC 2020 Children’s Ministry Conference

TOPIC: My God is so big: Helping kids discover all the character of God
WHEN: 9.00am - 3.40pm Saturday 2 May 2020
WHERE: SMBC Croydon Campus, 43 Badminton Road, Croydon and Roberts-Dale Campus, 140 Croydon Ave, Croydon Park
WHO: All those with an interest in children's ministry
COST: Early Bird: $69 (before 5pm 27 March) | Standard: $79 (before 5pm 24 April) | Late Comer: $89 (before 2pm 30 April)


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NOTE: We're delighted to announce that in 2020 we will be making a tailored livestream version of this conference available to those outside of the Greater Sydney Region. Please express your interest in hosting a livestreaming site via email

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My God is so big: Helping kids discover all the character of God

God is loving and wrathful. He forgives and condemns. He finds delight in us and is grieved by us.

Our God is wonderfully big and complex - but not contradictory. Every part of his character is necessary and good. And our kids need to know him - all of him.

Join us at the SMBC 2020 Children's Ministry Conference and be encouraged in ways to help kids discover their BIG God!


Note: This conference is held simultaneously at two campuses - SMBC Croydon Campus and SMBC Roberts-Dale Campus. The programs at each campus are identical in content, including the 'Under 5s' seminars. Each person chooses one 12.50pm seminar and one 2.25pm seminar. Please choose carefully as seminars sell out and can't be changed. 

43 Badminton Road, Croydon 2132

8.00am – CHECK IN (+ tea and coffee)
9.00am – BIBLE TALK: Psalm – Kit Barker 
9.55am – Quiz Worx 
10.10am – MORNING TEA
10.45am – TALK: My God Is So Big – Bruce Linton
11:45am – Prayer for children’s ministry
11:50am – SONG – Josh Goscombe
12.00pm – LUNCH
12.50pm – SEMINARS 1, 2, 3, 4, 10
2.25pm – SEMINARS 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
3:40pm – FINISH

140 Croydon Avenue, Croydon Park 2133

8.00am – CHECK IN (+ tea and coffee)
9.00am – TALK: My God Is So Big – Bruce Linton
10.05am – Prayer for children's ministry
10.10am – SONG – Josh Goscombe
10.20am – MORNING TEA
10.55am – BIBLE TALK: Psalm – Kit Barker 
11.45am – Quiz Worx
12.00pm – LUNCH
12.50pm – SEMINARS 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
2.25pm– SEMINARS 1, 2, 3, 4, 10
3:40pm– FINISH


Psalms - Kit Barker

My God is So Big – Bruce Linton
My God is a very, very big God. This statement is only exciting if the first word is there. There is so much to know about God but the real excitement lies in knowing him. This year we want to help children love the God that knows them so they can say. “Our Lord and God! You are worthy to receive glory and honour and power.”

Presentation - Quiz Worx

Performance - Josh Goscombe


1. Seeing My Big God – Sandy Galea
Stories make abstract concepts visible for children. Love, justice, mercy, compassion, holy, faithfulness... are all abstract concepts. Come and explore stories that help children see, know and love God in all his glory.

2. Enjoying My Big God – Kirrily Griffiths
Whether you are in a large church with many resources or a small church with limited resources this will be a very practical seminar, full of principles and ideas, to help every child in your church pray, praise and delight in the characteristics of their big God.

3. Obeying My Big God – Tim Beilharz
Jesus said that those who love him will obey his commands. Learn how to help children to obey King Jesus, while keeping grace at the centre of our discipleship?

4. Remembering My Big God – Andrew Horsefield
Recall of scripture helps God’s Word establish deep roots in our hearts. Carrying the truths of our big God with us is a daily reminder of His grace in Jesus and helps children fight the temptations around them. This seminar will dig into strategies including memory verses and catechisms that remind every child how big God is.

5. Showing And Telling My Big God – Adam Jolliffe
Some of God’s attributes stretch our minds. How then can children possibly understand how BIG God is when they are still struggling with concepts like eternity and infinity?  Come along to see some creative ways which help children discover the wonder of God for themselves!

6.  Knowing My Big God – Kerryn Rudder
Our God is big – bigger than we can understand! How can God be three and one at the same time? What does eternal mean? How can we teach children things that we struggle to understand ourselves? Come and think through some of God’s ‘trickier’ characteristics and explore ways we can help children grasp hold of them.

7. My Inclusive Big God – Kelly Peters
God loves us because we are made in his image, not because of what we can or cannot do in this world. To reflect the character of God in your children’s ministry, you need to include everyone. Come and explore how you can effectively include children with disabilities in your group.

8. Keeping God’s Character Central – Jana Koulouris
This seminar will explore ways we can draw children to see, trust and delight in God’s character when we are teaching scripture, kids clubs, holiday programs and special events.

9. Enjoying My Big God (Under 5s) – Naomi de Vries
This seminar will look at ways we can stir young hearts to express their delight in God. We will look at resources, tips and tools you can use when teaching young children to draw them to the wonder of who God is and what He is like; songs about God’s character we can sing together at church, playgroup and at home as well as tips and tools for helping young children pray.

10. Celebrating My Big God (Under 5s) – Fiona Singline
Celebrating Our Big God: how do we help under 5’s understand God's character as we celebrate key events on our calendars? This seminar explores a variety of ways to help the youngest in our church and community to celebrate God at Easter and Christmas, and at other church events like Pentecost Sunday, Baptisms and Communion.


Kit Barker
Kit lectures in Old Testament at SMBC. He has co-edited a book on the Psalms called Finding Lost Words: The Church’s Right To Lament. He lives on the northern beaches and, with his family, attends Narrabeen Baptist Church.

Tim Beilharz
Tim serves as a Children’s Ministry Consultant for Anglican Youthworks and seeks to help churches foster effective ministry to children, youth and families.

Naomi de Vries
Naomi is the Children’s Pastor at Church by the Bridge in Kirribilli. She is passionate about enabling the church family to grow children who live for Jesus and love like him.

Sandy Galea
Sandy is the Lead Children’s Minister at MBM (Multicultural Bible Ministry) in Rooty Hill and the founder of Kidswise. She loves to equip people passionate to see kids come to faith and grow in faith.

Josh Goscombe
Josh is a singer/songwriter and children’s performer who loves making Jesus famous!

Kirrily Griffiths
Kirrily has been leading the children's ministry team at EV church for 17 years. She has seen God grow children who love Jesus into adults who love Jesus.

Andrew Horsefield
Andrew has been Director of Ministry to Youth and Kids at Hunter Bible Church (HBC) in Newcastle since 2011, shifting his teacher training to that which has eternal significance - teaching kids and teens the gospel; and training others to do the same.

Adam Jolliffe
Adam is married to Kate, is a father of four children and many puppets and is the Children’s Minister of Life Anglican Church, Sydney.

Jana Koulouris
Jana enjoys sharing the treasure of the gospel with her three young sons and working together with them to share their faith in Jesus with their friends. She also works part-time training and discipling women in her evening congregation at St George North.

Bruce Linton
Bruce is the Family and Children's Minister at Vine Church. He is passionate about telling the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord.

Kelly Peters
Kelly is the Children’s Worker at St Matthews Anglican Church, Botany. She is a primary school teacher, scripture teacher, playgroup coordinator, nanny and mother of three. She is passionate about absolutely anything to do with kids, especially teaching them about Jesus.

Quiz Worx
Quiz Worx 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.

Kerryn Rudder
Kerryn is the Children’s Pastor at Crossroads Christian Church in Canberra. She loves seeing children grow in their understanding of the Bible and love for Jesus.

Fiona Singline
Fiona has been involved in kids ministry in Bega, Auburn, North Epping and now Campbelltown City Baptist Church where she has ministered with her husband and four kids for 11 years in the area of Claymore.

A bookstall will be available at both campuses.
A Certificate of Attendance will be available on the day for all attendees

SMBC, PO Box 83
43 Badminton Road, Croydon NSW 2132
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