Posted on Jun 12, 2012 in Christian Life & Growth, Events

Key Note Speaker: Dr. Rebecca Nye

November 22-25, 2012

Do you long for children to have a deeper experience of the Christian faith? This conference is for you. Our key note speaker is Dr. Rebecca Nye from Cambridge, England. She is a leading expert in the field of children’s spirituality.  She will  offer some of the latest theory and offer good practice tips on what children’s spirituality needs to thrive.

The Event

Children’s Spirituality: What It Is & Why It Matters

Public Lectures -for Parents, Grandparents, Sunday School teachers, Ministers and Children’s Ministry Leaders

Saturday Symposiumfor anyone interested in Children’s Spirituality 
Saturday, November 24th from 8:30am -4:30pm at the Maritime Conference Office, Sackville NB

Sunday Godly Play Enrichment Workshopfor all Godly Play Storytellers and Doorpersons  
Sunday November 25th from 8:30am -noon – at the Maritime Conference Office, Sackville NB

Registration Fees

Public Lectures: Free

Symposium + Godly Play Enrichment = $100 (includes lunch on Saturday & Sunday)

Saturday Symposium ONLY = $85 (includes lunch)

Godly Play Enrichment ONLY = $50 (includes Sunday lunch)



Important Information

Please note: There are a limited number of spaces available for the Saturday Symposium. Register soon to avoid disappointment!

With thanks: This conference is subsidized by a General Council Grant of $2800 and by the Project Fund of the Maritime Conference Christian Life & Growth Fund.

Book Display: A small book display from UCRD will be available.

Refund Policy: Your full registration is transferable to another person or to someone on the waiting list. Otherwise, there is a $50 non-refundable fee until November 15. After Nov. 15 we will consider refunds on a case by case basis.

Overnight Accommodation: You are responsible for finding overnight accommodation. Please see the Accommodation “tab” for the prices we negotiated in Sackville and Amherst. you might be able to do better!

Lunch Included: The lunch meal is provided on Saturday and Sunday. Vegetarian and Gluten Free options will be available.

Public Lectures: It is not necessary to register for the public lectures. There is no charge.

Workshop Choice: You will have a choice of attending one of four workshops. Please sign up when you arrive. Registration is “first come, first serve.”

Conference Schedule

Thursday, November 22 at 7pm Public Lecture and Question & Answer at Woodlawn United Church, Dartmouth, NS

FridayNovember 23 at 7pm Public Lecture and Question & Answer at the new Conference Office.

Saturday, November 24 from 8:30 – 4:30 Symposium with two key note presentations, workshop choice and small group conversation.

Sunday, November 25 from 9am – Noon Godly Play Enrichment Workshop led by Dr. Rebecca Nye, for Godly Play Storytellers & Doorpersons.

Biography: Dr. Rebecca Nye

Dr Nye is a researcher, consultant and trainer in the field of children’s spirituality. Originally a psychologist, she conducted a landmark empirical study of children’s spirituality in the 1990s with David Hay (The Spirit of the Child, David Hay and Rebecca Nye). Her most recent book is ‘Children’s Spirituality: What it is and Why it matters (Church House Press 2009). Between 1996 and 2004 Dr Nye was a post-doctoral researcher at University of Cambridge, Faculty of Divinity. She helped establish the ‘Psychology and Religion Research Programme’, (co-authoring Psychology for Christian Ministry, Watts, Nye and Savage, 2004 Routledge)

Much of her public work has been to address the neglect of children’s spirituality in traditional Christian nurture and education. She is particularly interested in a counter-cultural approach called ‘Godly Play’, in which she leads training for teachers in parishes and schools throughout the UK and beyond. Godly Play offers both to respect our childlike intuitive spirituality, as well as developing the use of traditional spiritual language.

In addition to her freelance work, Rebecca teaches Master level childhood studies and child psychology for The Open University, supervises Doctoral students in children’s spirituality, as well as Christian ministry students for the Cambridge Theological Federation. Her current research interests are the spiritual care of sick children and approaches to spirituality and religion in school teaching. Being a mother to 3 school age children underpins all of her work.

Workshop Descriptions

1. Faith Formation in the Church Today.  Together we’ll consider how to reach out to families who yearn for spiritual fulfillment and meaningful lives. You will leave encouraged to share our powerful story and offer authentic community to all who need it.” Leader: Amy Crawford, Program Minister for Children & Youth, The United Church of Canada.

2. More Music with Children. Exploring new ways to make music with children using our voices and imagination. We will experiement with improvisation and discuss how it can create meaningful musicial experiences. Leader: Sara (Wilson) Campbell, member of The Message.

3. Equipping Ourselves for Praying with Children. Come and discover ways to prepare ourselves for praying with children.  Explore practices to make prayerful space and create ways of praying that are engaging and meaningful to us and the children with whom we pray. Leader: Bethe Benjamin Cameron.

4. Godly Play Space: All of God is Everywhere.  Explore the basics of setting up a Godly Play room and tending to sacred space. Leaders: Janice MacLean, Anne Pirie & Shawn Redden. All are Godly Play Trainers.

Suggestions for Accommodations


Coastal Inn – $85 (single or double) – includes a continental breakfast – located at 15 Wright Street – 506 536-0000

Marshlands Inn – $79.00 + tax for single occupancy (one bed) – $94-99.00 + tax for double occupancy (one or two beds) – does not include breakfast (they said it would be approx $10 for breakfast) – located at 55 Bridge Street – 506 536-0170

Savoy Arms B&B (four rooms) – Seasonal – $85 including tax for single occupancy – $100 including tax for double occupancy (one bed) – $100 including tax for double occupancy (twin beds) – includes breakfast (served from 8 – 8:45 – arrangements could be made in advance for earlier/later breakfast) – internet access (no additional charge) – located at 47 Bridge Street – 506 536-0790 Tantramar Motel – $60 + tax for single or double occupancy – located at 4 Robson Street – 506 536-1327


Wandlyn Inn – located at TCH 104, Exit 3, Amherst, NS B4H 3Z2 – 902-667-3331 – $94 plus tax for room with one double bed (corporate rate) – $104 plus tax for room with two double beds (corporate rate) – $114 – $124 plus tax for room with king size bed or premium room (corporate rate) – continental breakfast included in above rates

Comfort Inn – located at 143 Albion St., Amherst, NS B4H 2X2 – 902-667-0404 – $89 plus tax for room with two double beds or one queen size pull out sofa (corporate rate) – includes continental breakfast

Super 8 – located at 40 Lord Amherst Dr., Amherst, NS B4H 4W6 – – 902-660-8888 – $118 plus tax for one standard room which has either one king or 2 queen size beds (corporate rate) – $127 plus tax for a suite which has one queen bed and one double pull out sofa – two separate rooms (corporate rate) – breakfast, wireless internet, pool, and parking included in above rates.

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