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Martyn speaks on the challenge of all–age worship at the Children’s Ministry Training event in St Patrick’s Parish Hall, Jordanstown.
Martyn speaks on the challenge of all–age worship at the Children’s Ministry Training event in St Patrick’s Parish Hall, Jordanstown.

Martyn Payne from Bible Reading Fellowship recently led an inspiring series of workshops for clergy and Sunday school leaders on storytelling and all–age worship.

Six events took place in Dublin, Jordanstown, Belfast and Omagh run by the Church of Ireland Board of Education in conjunction with the Children’s Ministry Network and the Sunday School Society for Ireland.

In the storytelling session, Martyn led an interactive seminar bringing the art of telling stories alive. Participants came away encouraged and enthusiastic for their work with children. In the all–age worship sessions, Martyn challenged us to look at how children are included in the whole Church and what steps can we make church more inter–generational.

The Revd Peter Ferguson, Rector of Castlederg, commented: ‘This has been a brilliant encouragement and start to our work with children this term.’  Dr Peter Hamill, from the Board of Education, added: ‘Martyn brought many years of experience working with children and yet a fresh approach to our work among children.’

  • Participants at the all-age worship training event in Jordanstown.
  • Jill Hamilton (Children's Officer, Diocese of Connor), Martyn Payne (Bible Reading Fellowship) and Dr Peter Hamill (Board of Education).
  • Jill Hamilton (Children's Officer, Diocese of Connor), Martyn Payne (Bible Reading Fellowship) and Dr Peter Hamill (Board of Education).
  • Participants at the all-age worship training event in Jordanstown.
  • The Revd Nigel Baylor (Rector of Jordanstown), Martyn Payne (Bible Reading Fellowship) and Dr Peter Hamill (Board of Education).
  • The Revd Nigel Baylor (Rector of Jordanstown), Martyn Payne (Bible Reading Fellowship) and Dr Peter Hamill (Board of Education).

Photos are also available on the Church of Ireland’s flickr page.

Contact Details

Dr Ken Fennelly

Secretary, Board of Education (Republic of Ireland)
Church of Ireland House
Church Avenue
Rathmines
Dublin 6
D06 CF67
+353 (0)1 4125 609

ken.fennelly@rcbdub.org

Dr Peter Hamill

Secretary, Board of Education (Northern Ireland)
Church of Ireland House
61–67 Donegall Street
Belfast
BTI 2QH
+44 (0)28 9082 8860

edunorth@ireland.anglican.org