The course aims to give lay people:
Baptism Authorised Lay Minister (ALM) requires:
The course is also to those who do NOT wish to become a Baptism ALM but want to continue to develop their ministry in working with Baptism Families.
More details about the course
Session 1: Sacrament
This session will look at our calling as the People of God and will consider how we both welcome and uphold those who come for Baptism. A new baptism toolkit will be offered for delegates to use and it will be modified by the cohort during the course, This session will be led by Rev. Ally Barrett, Director of Pastoral Studies at Westcott College.
Session 2: Vocation
What does it mean for us to be part of this work? As well as exploring aspects of vocation with Rev. Rob Taylor, Bishop’s Officer for Growing Vocations, two lay people from different churches with considerable practical experience in leading this ministry for their churches, will share some of their experiences.
Session 3: Millennials
Ed Olsworth-Peter, Fresh Expressions of Church & Young Adults Adviser for Ely Diocese, will help explore just who generations Y and Z are and how, through understanding their needs and expectations, we can make the most of Baptism as a missional opportunity, not only to the baptism family but also their extended families & friends.
Session 4: Special
How can the Baptism team work with the vicar in making the Baptism service a special event for the parents, families and godparents? Rev. Natalie Andrews will share her experience and suggest ideas for resources that might be used to make the event memorable for all the right reasons!
Session 5: Relationship
How can we move from an event to a relationship? Canon B26 states the church has a responsibility to give and receive instruction-how do we offer this in an attractive way? What can we do when our resources are very limited? What is the role of social media? Rev Oliva Coles, the newly appointed Baptism+ Coordinator for Ely Diocese, will suggest simple ways in which the relationship can be developed.
Session 6: Growing
Rev Ally Barrett returns to help us review the toolkit resources and to facilitate effective problem solving approaches to the difficult questions.
Course Facilitator and Host is Debbie Hill
Ely Diocesan Children’s Adviser & Regional Coordinator for Cambridgeshire Messy Churches
Bishop Woodford House
Ely CB7 4DX