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I want to ask this question.   Does the Church considers youth, children’s and families workers to be WORTH the salaries that are being set aside to pay them? I love a bit of Sam Smith, in one of his recent songs there are these lyrics, I don’t have money on my mind, money on......
The Church needs to change.  Big Style.  Something gobsmacking was said in response to recent comments about the Church of England’s practices . . . I haven’t seen any one wave a red flag or be similarly aghast – so, here goes :: We (The Church of England) have recently been criticised for talking about the need......
Every time you meet, make sure you do these three things : #1. Pray. I don’t mean you pray before the session (which you should) or at the end of the session (which you should) or during the week in preparation for the session (which you should), I mean with the children. Model prayer, show......
So, “De-bunking the Gender Stereotypes – For the sake of our children.”  I first wrote this two years ago in response to an article in Children’s Work Magazine.  The article in question : The Christian man of the future remains on their website, and – although there is a “response” piece that recognises people disagree with......
I was prompted to write this short blog by a tweet I saw from YouthworkMum (AKA Alice Smith) – if you are on twitter, well worth a follow . . . anyway’s, Alice asked . . . Recommendations for teaching resources for 16-18 year olds? Some were suggested, such as : Substance (published by SU) and......
For the last couple of years, I’ve used the following for all-age worship at Christmas and in assemblies at primary schools . . . based on three words which stand out to me from that very first Christmas Wasted, Waiting and Wonder. Feel free to use! #1.  Wasted.  Herod had the opportunity to worship (Ok,......
Working with young people is exciting, daunting, challenging . . . full of joy and sometimes frustration!  Working with young people in a rural context – a village or small town in a remote place brings a set of unique challenges AND opportunities. In this training (see the featured image for this post) I will......
In the film, “Thor – The Dark World”, we get this great quote from the lead character, I’d rather be a good man than a great king Something in what he has seen of “greatness” has made him reconsider his destiny (He is expected to be King of Asgard) . . . I love the whole......