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1 week ago

Ali Campbell

Children's ministry doesn't end at 11 . . .
Youth ministry doesn't end at 18 . . .

Read on 🙂Children's Ministry doesn't end at 11 . . .
Youth Ministry doesn't end at 18 . . .

We work with people, not just an age group. I say this because I continue to meet children's workers who say, "I could never work with young people" and youth workers who say, "Nah, children's work - it's not my bag."

It's weird.

There isn't a switch at the back of a child's head and suddenly, even though you have worked with them for the last 8 years or so . . . they have now become a "young person" and you as a kids worker no longer relate, can understand or fathom how to work with them . . .

There isn't a switch at the back of a child's head and suddenly, even though you have never worked with them . . . they have now become a "young person" and you strike up a rapport over night, break open the Haribo and youth ministry heaven awaits . . .

Nope.

We work with people. The thing is, once we grasp this - whatever our area of ministry responsibility we begin to see the edges blur and notice similarities, we notice that young people enjoy craft activities, we notice that children can cope with silence for longer than 5 seconds, we discover that fears at 5 can still trouble at 15, we begin to see people . . .

We get a greater sense of discipleship as pilgrimage - the journey from childhood to adulthood, we begin to notice the rich potential of intergenerational ministry!

Don't think in vacuum packed age groups or activities, think in terms of community, with a multitude of ages, experiences . . . everyone (including two 11 year olds) at different stages of growth and faith - together being drawn in to the great big family of God.

Children's ministry doesn't end . . . because the kids we work with grow up, we continue to see them, share the journey - laugh and weep with them.

Youth ministry doesn't end because the young people we work with go to college, uni or work, we continue to see them, share the journey - laugh and weep with them.

Don't minister to an age group - minister to people and see how that changes your perspective.
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Childrens ministry doesnt end at 11 . . . 
Youth ministry doesnt end at 18 . . . 

Read on :-)

2 weeks ago

Victoria Beech

What do you think?What would it take... for your church to invest in a Sticker Advent Calendar for every family connected to it? To give them out in the Toddler Group, Messy Church, afterschool club, children's church? How amazing would it be for all those families to have a fun, free, accessible way of reading the Christmas story from the Bible together and exploring it using stickers?! More here... godventure.co.uk/news/what-would-it-take/ ...

What do you think?

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Great idea and alternative to another selection box!!!

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