The Bishop of Durham, Paul Butler, Chair of the Churches National safeguarding committee, made the following comments to the Press Association in response to Home Secretary Theresa May's announcement yesterday that there will be two inquiries into alleged child abuse and cover up in Westminster in the 1970s and 80s. The Hillsborough-style inquiry, not e
Throughout the book are ideas using all our senses and having already used several of the ideas I can testify to the fact that they work well with different age groups. So I would highly recommend this book for people who lead prayers in their church, house groups, schools or in youth and children’s ministry. There is a wealth of different ideas here and for
Do you want to reach entire families? I believe the best way is to reach kids. When you reach kids...you reach parents. When you take a child by the hand...you take a parent by the heart. I have seen it happen countless times.
Figures collated by the NSPCC following a Freedom of Information request to police forces in England and Wales show that in 2013/14, 4,209 children were accused of sexual offences compared to 3,868 in 2012/13. That represents an increase of 8.8 per cent. Peter Wanless, chief executive of the NSPCC, said easily available online pornography appears to be a fac
We need to understand a few things first. Your children probably know a lot more about technology than you and they have many ways of communicating with different people. You cannot stop them from doing what they want to do because they will always find a way. You need to learn to give your children space and some opportunities to show there maturity as they
I've been thinking of how we can turn learning into games wherever possible and this idea came to me! Last term we did some work on the nature of God and it never hurts to consolidate who God is! I've chosen some of the attributes we discussed and turned them into domino pieces
A "Jesus on the cross" scarecrow hung on a lamppost for a Cambridgeshire festival was removed amid a flurry of complaints online. Radka Shaw and her children made the figure for Godmanchester's musicals-themed scarecrow festival to represent Jesus Christ Superstar. Comments on the town's Facebook page ranged from "offensive" to
Britain is becoming a more religious country, historian Simon Schama has said. After years being relegated to the sidelines, religion has once again become part of mainstream life, he told Radio Times.
Does your church or group wonder what to do for children at Halloween each year? Do you find the day raises lots of tricky questions that can be tough to answer? Do you want to run a 'Light' party that kids will love, without the need for lots of preparation?
Third grade boys...never a dull moment. Looking for volunteers...everyone is running away. Four-year-old crying...separation anxiety showing. Child needs bathroom break...ten friends following. Last day of VBS...out of energy.
1 in 68 children has an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Behind the numbers are real kids who are part of our ministries. It is vital that we are knowledgeable and prepared to minister to them. Look through the eyes of a child with autism and be reminded of the privilege you have to serve these precious children.
It’s easy for the faith of children to go unnoticed. But here are four spiritual things kids do better than adults: They Ask Questions: Nobody asks more — or better — questions than children. “Who?” “What?” “Where?” “When?” and “Why?” are expressions patented by kids everywhere. They’re obnoxiously curious and want to know everything about everything.
RE:Quest is produced by British Youth for Christ as a FREE resource to Teachers and Schools to support the teaching about Christianity in Religious Education. It is designed to fit with the National Curriculum and is structured to include a range of teaching methods to take into account learning styles. The sessions are interactive well planned and include
Inspiring kids to hone their bible-studying skills is a dream we all have, isn’t it? My kids are pretty good about showing up to church with a bible (I do offer incentives) but I notice that sometimes the books don’t make it home. That tells me that during the week, kids aren’t opening the bible at all. That’s not good. You know me–I’ve developed a plan to e
When I hear parents embarrass their kids regularly, I feel sad for the children but equally sad for the parent. You might be reading off a mental laundry list of all your child’s issues but you are also telling a lot about yourself. Here’s what I hear: