So we are calling on parents to help halt declining Bible literacy in Britain by taking the five day Bible Bedtime Challenge. We’ve launched a free app to help them share a Bible story with their children at bedtime. The App is written by children’s author, Martin Coleman, and is his unique take on five Bible stories with occasional cheeky asides which may s
Godly Play is an approach to telling Judaeo-Christian stories in a carefully scripted way using engaging story figures and a variety of creative activities and wondering questions as children seek to find their own answers to questions of faith, meaning and purpose. This booklet seeks to explore how Godly Play as a methodology might be used in both school an
Many families follow a call toward adoption with the very best intentions, seeking to serve God and be parents to the parentless. They welcome children into their homes with high hopes of igniting God's love into lives that might otherwise be hopeless. But not all adoption stories turn out so picturesque. For some families, adoption brings broken relati
Creating opportunities for all to be a part of gathered worship is really important. Having a selection of words printed out for people to come and colouring in, within a time of praise and worship can be a great way of engaging people, starting discussion and reminding us who we’re praising and why.
The TED talks are talks about Technology, Entertainment, and Design. Only the most engaging, thought provoking talks make it to the TED stage. Carmine Gallo, author of Talk Like TED, has watched over 150 hours of TED talks. He recently shared the top 3 things the most engaging presentations have in common.
At Building Faith we are continually grateful for the work and ministry of Sharon Ely Pearson. Some years ago she developed clear and effective charts for comparing various curricula. Thanks to the magic of the internet, these crucial resources will always be available on this site… forever.
Teaching kids about the love of God is a privilege and a joy but what happens when your group includes a negative child? Everyone has a down day occasionally but this little one sees the glass half empty all the time. If it’s snack time, he bemoans the cookie and cracker selection. During the teaching time, he interrupts to infuse his negativity into your le
In 2013 Mount Paran Church (Atlanta, Georgia) created a staff position to oversee special needs inclusion for all of its family ministry environments. Jillian Palmiotto, a former special education teacher and longtime children’s ministry volunteer, became the church’s first Family Ministry Special Needs Ministry Coordinator. A couple of weeks ago the newly n
Using big words with kids (and adults) hurts your communication instead of helping it. Great communicators know how to take the complex and communicate it with simplicity. Simple words = effective communication. Complex words = ineffective communication.
If your family’s calendar is indeed full, the chances are that your family is coming into close, regular contact with those who do not have faith in Christ. Your son’s soccer team, your daughter’s theater class, your PTA meeting, your Gymboree class – these are all mission fields ripe for the harvest. What most families need is not to do more things, but to
Here are some highlights from Wright’s 3d chp, one asking if we (think we) are losing our youth. 1. Young adults are less religious, but what does this mean? 2. 12% in the 70s and 80s were unaffiliated; now 25% are. But this is the same number as with other age groups. 3. Currently, 22% of young adults are evangelicals; that’s up from 21% in the 70s but down
VeggieTales creator Phil Vischer and the cast of Buck Denver Asks...What's in the Bible? explain what Easter is, why Easter matters, and how to share the Gospel with children in this bible video series.
BUT we have a BIG problem. Every day, the Bible is kept shut for children all over the world. Misunderstanding, negative messages in the media, some poor teaching in schools, poverty, illiteracy, disability and persecution are just some of the reasons why. Time is running out. Children are growing up fast, without the Bible.
Earlier this week, we wrote an outline of our vision – resourcing parents on mission to and with their children. Today, we want to take a moment to dive deeper into the first half of that vision: being on mission to your children.