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Play Church with Toddlers

Nov 14

  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

Life on the Estates

Oct 9

As part of the Renewal and Reform agenda, the Archbishops’ Estates Evangelism Task Group have been hard at work for the last two years*.  In the coming weeks I will post more about how things are progressing with the “commitment to action“. Our estates projects are working toward a thriving, growing, loving church on every

Stars in the Sky

Mar 12

The lectionary text this morning was Genesis 12:1-4.  This is the passage where God makes a promise to Abram that he will have descendants as numerous as the stars. So I took a trip to The Range. This is my regular Saturday afternoon haunt when prepping for Church on Sunday morning.  To make our starry

Nursery Rhyme Christingle

Dec 23

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

A Bishop Called Libby

Jan 28

One thing I’ve noticed about life is that most experiences don’t come with facts, they come with feelings. Things I’ve longed for come with the question “so how does it feel?” Like when you put on a new jumper and start fiddling with the cuffs to work out what it feels like. When Ruth decided

The “Parish System is Dead Speech”

Dec 8

Last Thursday I went to a conference called “Evidence to Action” at Cutler’s Hall in Sheffield.  The Church (TM) has recently published the report “From Anecdote to Evidence” having conducted some thorough research into church growth.  I may write about some other aspects of the research and the conference but for now I will address

Vicarious Footy

Mar 18

I was speaking with my dad the other day about the football… “Well dad, I know I don’t go to watch the Boro every week like I used to but I still believe in them. It’s just not the same since the crowd only fills a quarter of the ground. I know I used to

Pass The Nativity

Dec 12

All credit to Ellie Wilson our diocesan advisor for the under fives! Awesomeness abounds. I just happened to be sat in the children and youth department’s office being a disturber of the peace. When talking about what was going on I mentioned our toddler group and Ellie tumbled out a gazillion awesome ideas. The one