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VAULT 2022

Cedarview Alliance Church, 2784 Cedarview Rd, Nepean, ON K2J 4J2.
Saturday Oct 22, 2022, 8:30am to 3:30pm

VAULT was born out of a desire to contribute to the equipping and encouraging of children and family ministry workers in the Ottawa and surrounding areas. Initially it began with an idea of gathering and sharing resources and experiences, from the network of churches in the area. Then, valuable resources and experiences from curriculum publishers and guest speakers were added. Together, by opening a shared vault or treasure of information, it was envisaged that a day of workshops could be organized and offered to workers (both adult & youth) that would engage and encourage those who are serving and learning how to reach children and families for Christ!

The vision is that workers would attend VAULT and experience encouragement through praise & worship & sharing; explore a time of equipping to serve in children & family ministries through workshops and resources; and engage in the opportunity to connect and build relationships. In all, it is our prayer that those who attend would be strengthened to serve The Lord in this important calling in ministry to children and families, and gain a greater Kingdom perspective of ministry.


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The Ottawa Network of Children & Family Ministries

Meeting regularly since 2002, for the purpose of sharing, encouraging, and prayer, the CFM Network is attended by leaders of children & family ministries from over a dozen different churches with the common aim of strengthening these ministries in the local church.  Over the years, the network has grown with the added purpose of planning VAULT – a day of equipping and encouraging for children’s ministry workers.

If you are helping to lead in the children’s ministries in your church, in a staff or voluntary role, we welcome you to participate in network meetings, please let us know via the contact us page.


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Workshops Rooted in Practical & Proven Ideas

Choose one Morning Workshop: Workshop Session 1
1.Panel Discussion (supporting Children and Families in times of difficulty)
2.Presenting The Good News
3.Be Prepared for Planning and Teaching Lessons
4.Preparing for a Strong Early Childhood Ministry

Choose one Afternoon Workshop: Workshop Session 2
1.Equipping and Engaging Parents and Grandparents
2.Understanding Diversity in Children & Family Ministries
3.How to Ideas- lead games, pray, find resources
4.Building a Children’s Ministry – Vision to Action

Workshop Descriptions


1. Panel Discussion – Supporting Children & Families in times of difficulty: (Kimberly Sabourin – Safe Families Ottawa; Wendy Turpin, City Kidz Ottawa; Cheryl Debanne-Smith, Plan to Protect)

The emotional, economic and psychological burdens of the pandemic have hit our Ottawa children and families hard. It has been especially tough on those in our community who were already experiencing poverty and struggling to get by. This panel will be sharing from their own experiences in their interactions with the most vulnerable. They will share insights into supporting those children and families that are struggling within your own ministry.

2. Presenting the Good News (Pam Rowntree, Bible Centered Ministries/ BCM Canada Int’l)
What is the Gospel? How do you explain it to children? Explore some simple methods and expressions to help you clearly present the Gospel message. Take away ideas for various tools and resources you can easily use to help children understand the Good News of what Jesus has done for them!.

3. Be Prepared for Planning and Teaching Lessons (Debra Jackson, East Gate Alliance Church)
Are you prepared to teach Sunday School? Let’s examine and ready ourselves together.

4. Preparing for a Strong Early Childhood Ministry (Pat Einarsson, Cedarview Alliance Church)
Preschool years are precious for laying foundations of prayer, praise, and a growing heart for God. Let’s explore some ideas to put into practice for the little ones.


1. Engaging and Equipping Grandparents (Phil Whitehead, Bible Centered Ministries)
“Grandparenting, a time of ease or of renewed purpose?” During this workshop we will consider our society’s attitude toward grandparenting and what the Scriptures have to say. We’ll give thought to ways that grandparents can serve their following generations with intention and purpose.

2. Understanding Diversity & Inclusion in Children’s Ministry (Jasmine Duckworth, Christian Horizons & Debbie Macphail, International Community of Alliance Churches)
We are all welcome in God’s family and have a place in His Church, but sometimes we need some practical ideas to help us live that out. Join us to explore simple ways to ensure your children’s ministry is welcoming to children from different cultural backgrounds and for children with special needs.

3. How To Make Memorizing and Reviewing God’s Word Enjoyable ! (Pam Rowntree, Bible Centered Ministries)
Make memorizing and reviewing God’s Word a priority in your class! Discover some practical “How To” pointers and activities for preparing, presenting and memorizing Bible verses, along with activities and game ideas for conducting reviews that are effective and fun!

4. Building a Children’s Ministry – Vision to Action – Key Elements (David Guyatt, CEF)

Key Note Speaker: Kathy Maietta

Kathy Maietta

Kathy currently serves as Director of the Children’s Ministry Major at Master’s College and Seminary. She has over thirty years experience ministering to children and families in a variety of roles including as an Early Childhood Educator, a Children’s Pastor and the Children’s Ministry Director for the Eastern Ontario District of the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada. She has travelled across Canada speaking at conferences, camps and churches addressing audiences of children, youth and adults. Her passion for ministering to the next generation is found in Psalm 71:18 “Even when I am old and gray, do not forsake me, my God, till I declare your power to the next generation, your mighty acts to all who are to come.”


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VAULT 2022 Conference Location: 
Cedarview Alliance Church, 2784 Cedarview Rd, Nepean, ON K2J 4J2.


8:30am           Registration, Resource Area Open
9:10am           Main Session with Worship and Key Note Speaker
10:00am           Workshop Session 1 (select from options)
11:00am           Group Session with Key Note Speaker
12:00pm           Luncheon and Resource Area Open
1:00pm           Workshop Session 2 (select from options)
2:00pm           Closing Session with Prizes, Prayer
3:00pm           Resource Area Open
3:30pm           Conference Closes

*onsite luncheon provided for those who pre-register

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Registration Fees for One:
$30 Student price (ages 12-17 yrs) includes lunch
$40 Early Bird registration by Sept 30th, includes lunch *
$50 Registration by Oct 15th, includes lunch **
$60 Registration onsite 8am Oct 22 (lunch not included)
Lunch is provided as an opportunity to connect with others. Lunch will include sandwich wrap, fruit, juice/water, dessert cookie, coffee/tea.
Please note online registration closes at the end of the day. Onsite registration is available. Workshop selections will depend on availability.