About the Sunday School Society

The Sunday School Society was founded in 1809 and has worked to promote the work of Sunday Schools throughout the Church of Ireland.

Lydia Monds: Sunday School Society Children’s Ministry Development Officer:   email: sss@ireland.anglican.org                                   

Heather Wilkinson – Chairperson
Tel: 00353 1 4947930
Email: chair@sundayschoolsociety.ie

Committee: Kenneth Milne, Hazel Bolton, Gillian Kohlmann, Rev. Niall Sloane, Rev. Anne Taylor, Lynne Storey, Rev. Adrienne Galligan, Sarah Marry, Alanna Carter, Ken Fennelly

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Sunday School Society for Ireland appoints Ms Lydia Monds as Children’s Ministry Development Officer

Lydia Monds

Lydia Monds, new Children’s Ministry Development Officer

The Sunday School Society for Ireland is pleased to announce the appointment of a new Children’s Ministry Development Officer, Ms Lydia Monds (pictured), who will take up her new role in October 2013.
Lydia is Education Officer for The Church of Ireland Bishops’ Appeal – the Church’s world aid and development programme – a job she will continue in conjunction with her new role. After studying theology at Trinity College Dublin, Lydia obtained her teaching qualifications and worked as a second level R.E. teacher, followed by the role of International Programme Coordinator for Habitat for Humanity Ireland. In this capacity, Lydia wrote and delivered the charity’s development education programme. Lydia led and coordinated Crosslinks Children’s clubs in parishes throughout Ireland during her summers as a student. She has also spent several months volunteering on projects funded by the Bishops’ Appeal in Shyogwe, Rwanda. Lydia is a founding member of the Discovery Gospel Choir and as the choir’s Community Outreach Officer she has designed and implemented its intercultural workshops across Dublin.

Following the closure of its bookshop earlier in the year, the committee has been working hard to continue the ministry of the Sunday School Society, which is over 200 years old. The Children’s Ministry Development Officer is a new position created by the Society to develop and foster a culture within Church of Ireland parishes of prioritising ministry with children. The new Officer will work closely with the Children’s Ministry Network which was established by Standing Committee in 2011. The Network’s role is to support grass roots leaders, diocesan representatives and clergy who are engaged in children’s ministry.
On accepting the position, Lydia said, ‘I’m excited about developing a role that supports Sunday school teachers and that links societies, committees and agencies within the Church of Ireland all for the benefit and flourishing of children as they engage in church services and Sunday clubs.’

Mrs Heather Wilkinson, Chairperson of The Sunday School Society said, ‘We welcome Lydia warmly to this role. She brings to the position a wealth of experience and we look forward to working with her in what is proving to be a very exciting development not only for the Society but the whole area of Children’s Ministry within the Church.’


Building Blocks Conference 2013

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Book now to avoid disappointment!  Not only do you meet and mingle with other Sunday School teachers and Children's Ministry leaders from all over Ireland but you come away full to the brim with new ideas, resources, approaches and encouragement to bring to your work each week.

What is Building Blocks?

It is a conference to support those working with children and young people in their local church, community or school and to encourage others to be involved in this vital ministry.
The Building Blocks conferences are now firmly established as a key training event for Christian children's ministry leaders in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Since it began in 2002 over 4,000 people have attended the conferences. Keynote speakers bring a wealth of experience, knowledge and personal insight into children's ministry. Participants are also challenged by a wide range of seminars and workshops relevant to their area of work with children, whether they are just starting out or have many years of experience. There is also the opportunity to view and purchase a wide range of resources for working with children. The conferences are organised by representatives from various Christian churches and organisations in Ireland.

Keynote Speaker

John Hardwick is a singer, song writer, exciting interactive story teller, puppeteer, juggler and more.

He is a Creative Christian Communicator whose aim is to present the Christian faith in an exciting and relevant way! He’s written ten holiday club themes/books, puppet books, hundreds of Christian children’s songs and Bible Verse songs. He has produced CD’s, DVD’s and MP3 downloads of his songs! His latest venture is the ‘Big Bible Verse Challenge!’


Saturday, 16th November 2013 – Wellington Presbyterian Church, Ballymena
9.30 am Registration and tea/coffee
10.00 am Welcome and Worship
10.30 am Keynote address by John Hardwick
11.15 am Seminar Session 1
12.30 pm Lunch (including optional seminar)
1.30 pm Seminar Session 2
2.45 pm Closing thought by John Hardwick and Worship celebration
4.00 pm End
Saturday, 23rd November 2013 – All Hallows College, Drumcondra
9.30 am Registration and tea/coffee
10.00 am Welcome and Worship
10.20 am Opening Keynote address
11.20 am Seminar Session 1
12.40 pm Lunch (optional workshops)
2.00 pm Seminar Session 2
3.15 pm Closing session with John Hardwick including lots of take-away ideas!
4.00 pm End


Dublin venue: Anne Taylor on 00 353 (01) 4905543
Email: dublin@buildingblocks.ie

Ballymena venue: Donna Thompson or Kathy Brown +44 (0) 28 9032 2284
Email: belfast@buildingblocks.ie

For more information visit www.buildingblocks.ie

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