BASS

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BASS

A Conference for Northern California Churches
March 4-6, 2021
Hosted at Redwood Chapel
19300 Redwood Rd.
Castro Valley, CA

BASS Convention Presenter: Linda Weddle

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Linda Weddle
Linda Weddle

Senior Instructional Designer, Awana Leadership Development
Awana
Aurora, IL
LindaW@awana.org
awana.org/blog

For the past twenty years, I have been a writer/program designer for Awana. I am now Senior Content Developer on the Awana Leadership Development Team ... and also a frequent blogger for Awana




2017 Workshops

Children - Elementary: 11 Ways to Develop a Biblical Worldview in Kids

3/3/2017

Our kids are navigating a culture whose messages often contradict the truths of Scripture. In this session we will explore practical ideas for guiding children/teens toward a biblical worldview.

Children - Elementary: The World of Fifth and Sixth Graders

3/3/2017

Motivating them and making them part of your club (and church) ministry. We’ll look at some staggering statistics, but also provide encouraging good news as we talk about how you can give them a feeling of belonging. (Statistics are updated from last year.)

Children - Early Childhood: Big Truths for Little Kids

3/4/2017

Kids can understand more than we think they can, but sometimes the barriers come in our explanations. We struggle to explain complex words and concepts. In this workshop, we'll discuss ways to enable kids to comprehend what we're teaching. Appropriate also for Elementary ages.

Children - Elementary: Developing Thinking Kids

3/4/2017

We want kids to be thinkers. We don't want their faith to be toppled by the challenges they'll meet head on in the world. We spend little time challenging them to be thinkers. What are the barriers to kids becoming thinkers? What can we do to encourage them to think more? The workshop will also include a discussion, sharing activities to get kids to think.

2016 Workshops

Children - Elementary: Teaching Kids to Be Thinkers

3/4/2016

We want kids to be thinkers. We don't want their faith to be toppled by the challenges they'll meet head on in the world. We spend little time challenging them to be thinkers. What are the barriers to kids becoming thinkers? What can we do to encourage them to think more? The workshop will also include a discussion, sharing activities to get kids to think.


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Children - Elementary: Before You Teach ...

3/4/2016

Your turn to do a lesson and you want to do a great job - how can you teach with passion, confidence ... and be ready for the moment the projector crashes, the object lesson fails and some little kid falls off his chair.


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Children - Elementary: Tweens - Working with Fifth and Sixth Graders

3/5/2016

Motivating them and making them part of your club (and church) ministry. We’ll look at some staggering statistics, but also provide encouraging good news as we talk about how you can give them a feeling of belonging. (This is an update from the workshop I did a few years back – with new, current statistics.)


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Children - Elementary: 11 Ways to Develop a Biblical Worldview in Your Child

3/5/2016

Our kids are navigating a culture whose messages often contradict the truths of Scripture. In this session we will explore practical ideas for guiding children/teens toward a biblical worldview.


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2014 Workshops

Children - Elementary: 10 Ways to Instill a Biblical Worldview in Your Kids

3/7/2014

Teach children/teens to be students of the Bible ...Encourage good friendships ... Make sure you stand firm yourself - just three of the ten reasons we'll talk about in this workshop. No, there aren't guarantees (we all make our own choices before God), but there are things we can do to direct kids to the right path. (Hopefully this workshop will go along with our booth giveaway - depending how many we have left over after CPC.)


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Children - Elementary: Teaching Kids To Be Thinkers

3/7/2014

If we want kids to be strong in their faith, we need to teach them how to be thinkers. Unfortunately, we often focus on entertainment instead of truth. We stress application, but give them nothing to apply. How can we teach them to think through what they believe, to become spiritually strong? This workshop repeats on Saturday @ 12:45 in Room WC214.


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Children - Elementary: How 4,000 Kids Questions Developed into Five Life Threads (Biblical Foundation Characteristics)

3/7/2014

We asked 4,000 kids "What's your biggest question about God and the Bible?"and received 4,000 answers. We categorized and prioritized and then summarized to discover the "trending" questions for each age group and are striving to meet the challenge - to answer those questions so kids are sure of what they believe and why they believe it.


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Children - Elementary: Storytelling With a Twist

3/7/2014

Many ministry workers want to be storytellers, but don't know where to get the stories! In this workshop we talk about the value of sharing experiences from one's own childhood. The workshop includes storytelling techniques and gives the class opportunity to practice. This workshop repeats on Saturday at 3:45 in Room WC214.


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Children's Ministry Leadership: The Parent Connection

3/8/2014

What do you talk about when you meet a parent for the first time? How do you invite a nonchurched parent to a church event? Practical ideas for reaching out to the parents of the kids/teens in your ministry.


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Children - Elementary: Teaching Kids To Be Thinkers

3/8/2014

If we want kids to be strong in their faith, we need to teach them how to be thinkers. Unfortunately, we often focus on entertainment instead of truth. We stress application, but give them nothing to apply. How can we teach them to think through what they believe, to become spiritually strong? This workshop repeats on Friday @ 10:30 in Room C8.

Children - Elementary: Storytelling With a Twist

3/8/2014

Many ministry workers want to be storytellers, but don't know where to get the stories! In this workshop we talk about the value of sharing experiences from one's own childhood. The workshop includes storytelling techniques and gives the class opportunity to practice. This workshop repeats on Friday @ 4:30 in Room C8.

2010 Workshops

Children's Ministry Leadership: Practical Ideas for Raising a Modern-Day Joseph

3/5/2010

Here's an 18 year plan for raising kids to become modern-day Josephs. This workshop will give an abundance of ideas for parents and churches to work toward the common goal of raising kids who know, love, and serve the Lord.


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Children's Ministry Leadership: Don't Let Them Get Away - Connecting with 5th and 6th Graders

3/5/2010

Ten ways to push your fifth and sixth graders OUT of the church. Wait! How about 25 ways to keep them interested and connected to learning about the Lord and being involved in ministry.


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2009 Workshops

Children's Ministry Leadership: Awana What?

3/6/2009

Have you heard about Awana but have no idea what its all about? Is it just a Bible memory program for kids? Does it have something to do with circles? Come find out about "puggles", "home base", and "24/7 ministries"!


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Children's Ministry Leadership: Driveway for the Church

3/6/2009

Developed around 5 life principles which help to develop a child/youth into a modern-day Joseph, this workshop will provide ways a church can help the parents through encouraging commitment, provide training, and participate in celebrations.


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Children's Ministry Leadership: Awana What?

3/7/2009

Have you heard about Awana but have no idea what its all about? Is it just a Bible memory program for kids? Does it have something to do with circles? Come find out about "puggles", "homebase", and "24/7 ministries"!


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