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CURBS Summer Newsletter
It's been a busy few months here at CURBS, squirrelling away at our new resources. We're pleased to announce that we'll be launching some of these this week, with more to come in July, ready for the summer holidays. Sara continues to travel around the country giving high quality training and workshops, and Rowena has been giving her attention to fundraising, and trying to diversify our income streams. Read on for news and updates!
TOAST Series
We're very excited to announce that we have three new resources ready to be launched into the world, and they will form the beginnings of our new TOAST series. TOAST stands for Time of Activity & Sharing Together, and follows the simple pattern of Activity Time (Crafts and Games), Sharing Time (Food), Together Time (Exploration of Faith) in each session.

In true CURBS style, the resources start in the world of the child, and bears in mind the unique blessings and challenges that are part of family work in urban contexts. 
We will be launching the first three resources of the series on International Children's Day - Thursday 1 June. We're giving you, our fantastic followers, an exclusive advance preview. Click the button below for a sneak peak sample!
TOAST Let's Party - Free Sample
Through Their Eyes
At the end of last year we ran our first training module in partnership with Crucible Course. Happily, we've been invited back to deliver the module again, and we'd encourage anyone with an interest in children's and family work in urban contexts to have a look. 

Come and experience an informal, conversational learning opportunity. As a participant you can expect to explore together what re-imagining children and families might look like where you are.
An exploration of what it means to be a child made in God’s image and how that shapes us growing together, understanding each other and living life in community.

Including the following topics:
  • Made in God’s image
  • Starting in their world
  • Spirituality
  • Celebrating urban diversity
  • Cementing in the building blocks.
There are bursaries available for those who need them, so please do get in touch for more information.
CURBS Crucible Course Webinar
In April, Sara gave her first ever Webinar as part of the Crucible series, which was a fantastic success. The title of the webinar was What have the children ever done for us?

"So often we look at children as those we need to teach. What if we saw that building relationship was mutually beneficial? How would that affect church, life, and community? Can we grow intergenerational communities that enable all to flourish? Jesus said ‘the kingdom belongs to such as these.’ In what ways can we hold space for children in and out of the church to build friendship, community and relationship with God?"

If you missed the webinar, you can catch up here: 
What Have the Children Done for Us?
This webinar is part of a series being run by Crucible Course. You can catch up on previous episodes below:

‘Post-Everything?’ Stuart Murray-Williams: 
http://brethren.adobeconnect.com/p80yedpa6yq/

‘Augmented Margins’ Juliet Kilpin: 
http://brethren.adobeconnect.com/p3kdpdag1wl/
 
Solent Hub Meet Up

A CURBS Hub Community is the gathering together of children’s workers both paid and unpaid, from full time to once a month Sunday school worker. It is an opportunity to share our best practices, our frustrations, our joys and our training needs.

At our recent Solent Hub community meeting we looked at how we ‘start in the child’s world’. Initially in small group’s we wrote on child shape pieces of paper what we thought were the joys and struggles of the children we are working with. This provided plenty of conversation and thoughts. Some thought about the added pressures children have with internet access and electronic devices. Others discussed the deprivation of time spent with family due to work commitments. Altogether people found it easier to see the struggles than the joys however there were plenty written about both. 

After sharing together our children’s struggles and joys we thought about if this is their life then how do we connect with them? Using jigsaw shaped post-it notes we decided upon four ways we might engage with or start in the child’s world. Significantly spending time and listening were in every group’s thoughts with various ideas about how we show love and acceptance.

Breakfast fed our bodies and conversation fed our souls and inspired our practice. If you live in the Southampton or Portsmouth areas and would like to join us next time we meet at Harvester Port Solent at 9am on Saturday 10th June.

We currently have Hubs in Solent, Bristol, Newcastle and Liverpool. We are looking to help facilitate new Hubs in the Midlands and North West over the coming months. If you are children's worker of any description in these areas (or any other), and you think you would benefit from the support of a group like this, please do get in touch - we'd love to hear from you. You can contact Sara Barron 07766020524 or email sarajb@hotmail.co.uk and I can advise you of what group to join or how to set one up.

Give as you Live

Did you know that you can support CURBS simply be going about your regular online shopping - and it won't cost you a penny extra?

Give as you Live donates money to your chosen cause whenever you shop with one of the hundreds of partner stores - everything from supermarkets, to clothing stores, to restaurants. You can also raise money by using Give as you Switch to switch your broadband, utilities or insurance provider. 

It costs nothing to get involved and it costs you nothing to donate, so please sign up today! Give as you live donates while you shop.

Sign up - Give as you Live
New Trustees

Do you have the drive, vision and ambition to help shape mission for children in the most difficult and disadvantaged areas of the country? We are looking to recruit 2-3 additional Trustees to help lead the organisation during an exciting period of change.

We are looking for creative, dynamic Christian professionals with a genuine and demonstrable interest in children's work and mission, to join our team of dedicated trustees. We are particularly looking for people with experience in one or more of the following areas:

  • Finance/ Accountancy
  • HR/ Legal
  • Urban Ministry
  • Fundraising
That being said, you don't have to be an expert in anything - what we need are people who are passionate about children's ministry.

We believe that the best boards are those that reflect the communities they serve and we are therefore particularly keen to hear from people from black and minority ethnic communities. 

Trustees are unpaid, although reasonable out of pocket expenses may be reimbursed. Meetings are held once a quarter. If you might be interested, please do get in touch - you can email rowena@curbsproject.org.uk for more information!

That's all for now!

The CURBS Team
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