This is an idea I have shamelessly stolen from @revleahvs. Play is such an important part of learning. One Sunday night I watched a ten year old from Holy Nativity put her arms up in the air and recount the words of invitation I use at the eucharist. We learn through playing. So we
The Works Publisher’s Outlet currently has some really good resources that are ridiculously cheap! Over the course of the last week or so I’ve been tentatively ordering copies to give them a read. My experience is that when books like this appear in outlets they often stray far and wide from the source material. So
As we have journeyed together through lent as a community at Holy Nativity, people have been asking how we can grow as disciples. One thing I keep being asked about is prayer. There is a universal truth about all people who believe; every single one of us thinks we’re rubbish at praying. By listening to
I’ve just been in ASDA and they’re sellinglamb of God who takes away the sins of the world finger puppets for a pound. They also have sheep bags and baskets for £1.50. Go and sort out all of your Easter toddler worship needs!
Since the late 19th century, The Church has been held hostage to one of the most theologically facile songs that has ever been sung during a service. All of the accusations of “pie in the sky when you die” and a “bearded man in the sky” can be found in this universal favourite. When combined
The Nursery Rhyme Mass is one of the most interesting developments in sacramental ministry with children that I’ve come across. Fr Simon and other contributors like Mtr Leah have been using familiar tunes to engage the young and old with the sacraments. I haven’t yet had time to be able to incorporate a regular worship
This isn’t my idea, credit belongs with Fr David Teasdel in Altofts. We were talking about how we were both doing an all age harvest that week in school with 400 children from age 4-11. He said “Easy! BIGATRON” as though that is a satisfactory answer to any harvest question. This is tried and tested.
I’m in the midst of running numerous Messy Christingle afternoons for our local school. I was thinking of ideas to engage slightly older children (Years 5 and 6) so went to my happy place – The Range (UK shop). I came across these empty baubles (£1.99 for 6) which gave rise to this… I cut
Today, I’m in the middle of leading group sessions as part of the Year 7 retreat programme in a large Church of England secondary school. The children and youth department from WYAD hand me the activity and then it evolves as the day proceeds. With groups of ten pupils we started exploring the changes in