Saturday 29th May (Online)

10am – 1pm

Join us as we think about raising children and teens who change the world, with seminars from Mel Lacy, Vicky McEvoy, and Seán Mullarkey.

Over the past year, many children’s ministries haven’t been able to invest in the lives of children as significantly as usual. And so one of the things the Lord providentially reminded us of in 2020, whether we have children or not, is that church and children’s ministries aren’t the primary disciplers of our children.

For Christian parents, teaching children God’s Word begins in the home, or at least it should. But habits of Bible reading, prayer, even just talking about our lives from a Christian worldview can be difficult to form. And like most new habits, harder to stick to!

We want to spend some time online on the morning of Saturday 29th May thinking through these issues at our first ever CEF Family Conference. We’ll be hearing from Mel Lacy, Vicky McEvoy and Seán Mullarkey, as we think carefully about the world of the child, the world of the young person, and the world of the parent.

We’ll also be joined by a number of like-minded organisations who will be able to equip us as we think about raising children and teens who change the world.

Mel Lacy originates from Dublin but has been enjoying the hospitality of the U.K. since 2005! Mel has been in fulltime ministry for 22 years and many of those years have been dedicated to families, children’s, and youth ministry. Mel has taught and trained in many contexts and countries and is passionate about equipping the local church to raise the next generation for Jesus. Mel served as the Director of the Children’s and Youth Ministry Course at Oak Hill College for 11 years and now is on the faculty of Crosslands Seminary, heading up the children’s and youth ministry track. Mel regularly has the opportunity to teach at gospel partnership training courses, conferences and events, and a number of theological training institutions in the U.K. and Europe. When not working you’ll usually find Mel on or in water!

Vicky McEvoy is a trained Counsellor and Pastor’s wife and has been living in Ireland for the past 43 years. She and John have three married children and seven grandchildren, with another on the way! Vicky has a Training Consultancy called Vital Connexions which has a heart to train Christian counsellors in Ireland, Scotland and around the world. Check out her website for more details.

Seán Mullarkey is the Senior Pastor of St Marks Church, Dublin. Seán is married to Susan for 23 years now. They have four children: John and Daniel (21), Rebekah-Joy (19) and Rachel-Grace (17). He started out as a secondary school teacher before entering into full time ministry. He has been in full time ministry now for over 25 years. Five and a half years as a Youth worker with Scripture Union and the rest as a Pastor in St Marks. Seán is the National Leader of Christian Churches Ireland. Seán has a Degree in theology and sociology, a teaching Diploma from Maynooth University and a Masters in Missional leadership from Bangor University in Wales. His passions are Jesus, Susan, the children, the church, the nation, the Bible, music, good books, great movies, his apple devices and Arsenal football club!