Moving overseas as a family is an exciting and challenging experience!
The popular ‘Preparing Families’ day at Redcliffe College is specially designed to equip parents and children understand and prepare for life as a family in another culture.
The separate adult and children’s programmes give
you the tools to not just survive – but thrive living overseas. Each session draws on the expertise of Marion Knell (Global Connections TCK Forum, European Member Care Network), Janet Chapman (Global Connections TCK Forum, OMF International) and Stephen and Yolanda Jerrard (New Tribes Mission).
For the adults:
Parents will be helped to understand the dynamics of bringing up children in another country, and the effects of cross-cultural living on family life.
For the children:
Primary school-aged children will participate in a parallel pre-field orientation programme run by Janet Chapman and Yolanda Jerrard, where they will be able to explore their own feelings about the move and be given strategies to cope.
Please note that we are unable to offer child care for children under the age of 5 at this event.
What participants think
"I just wanted to write and say how much we enjoyed the day on Saturday. The best thing to come out of it was that my 9-year old daughter said that she now didn't mind about the possibility of the move. She had been quietly apprehensive about it and the leaving of friends etc., but is now clearly not so worried about it as she had been. Please pass on our thanks to the leaders of the children's ministry for helping the children get a clearer picture of what they can expect in the next few weeks and months."
Cost and to book
The day costs £45 per adult or £80 per couple and £25 per child (aged between 5 and 11 years). Cost includes a two course hot lunch. Please indicate on the booking form if you have any special dietary requirements.
To book please visit our website.
Marion Knell leads the adult sessions. A trained teacher, she became involved in the care of missionary families while working for Arab World Ministries, and lectures on the subject at UK Bible Colleges and International Conferences. Marion is also involved with the European Member Care Network and works for a secular international relocation company as a youth and adult trainer. Her book, Families on the Move was published in 2001 and her latest book Burn-up or Splash Down - surviving the culture shock of re-entry is now available.
Janet Chapman has worked in Third Culture Kids ministry with OMF International since 1984, living in Malaysia, The Philippines, Singapore and now Preston. Her work has included teaching year 2, advising families, giving homeschool support, developing orientation material for children, debriefing TCKs, co-ordinating teams running TCK programmes at conferences and leading rekonnect, an annual re-entry camp for TCKs. In 2009 she qualified as a counsellor.
Stephen and Yolanda Jerrard work with NTM (New Tribes Mission). They served as house parents for several years in West Africa and Papua New Guinea. Now based at NTM’s headquarters, their ministries involve serving missionaries through working in personnel, member care and MK/TCK care.