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Bible

Bible commentary and bible notes / exegisis stuff

A report published yesterday by the Children’s Commissioner for England, Anne Longfield, warns that children are unprepared for the social media cliff edge as they start secondary school.  You can see a summary on the Commissioner’s website [here] and download the full report “Life in Likes” [here]. You can also hear a brief interview with......
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It is 2018. I’ve only just got used to writing “2017” as a date and yet, here we go again, another year. Maybe you have struggled to get yourself motivated – back at work; the thought of making packed lunches again; uniform for the kids shoved at the bottom of a wash basket needs to......
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I have two daughters, amazing gifts from God.  Hannah is twelve, Ellie is ten (today)!  They are a constant delight (and occasionally, challenge)!  The gift of children though, is not just for me and my wife to enjoy.  Our children have doting grandparents, cousins, uncles, aunts, godparents etc.  Children are a gift to the community......
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What follows are my brief thoughts on prayer, which I shared with a classic “three pointer” talk at a Family Service (I’ve not included the myriad illustrations and visual stuff) Practice. Firstly, prayer requires practice – we cannot pray if we do not pray.  That might seem obvious, but we need to have a go......
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“I see you”, this line in the film Avatar refers to more than just “I’m looking in your direction” or, “yeah, yeah I know you are there.”  It is about being fully present, fully aware . . . fully paying attention.  Do we do this in our ministry with children and young people?  Do we......
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Some years ago I twittered over on Frank Viola’s website (an absolutely cracking place to visit for some great thoughts, reflections and quality books etc) . . . he posted one word “Twitter” and wanted a response . . . . I replied, “All that twitters is not gold” (Ha!) . . . . Well,......
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Ever get stuck? Like, REALLY stuck in ministry. You can’t see how to move forward, where things are going so you coast along on autopilot – delivering talks, planning activities, creating rotas, going to team meetings. It isn’t that you aren’t passionate about what you are doing and the young people you are serving. But......
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Get ready for another rip-roaring saga from Luke, one of the greatest story tellers ever! Nope, this is not the latest YA blockbuster – though it is chock full of thrills, danger, laughs and crazy happenings.  Following on from the MEGA “Luke’s Story“, the first book in the “Diary of a Disciple” series from Scripture......
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The fable of the three trees is one I have used again and again in children’s ministry.  If you have never come across it have a read of the story [here]. It’s been great for Easter holiday clubs, teaching up to Christmas in junior church and after school mid week activities (I’ve used it a......
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“Exploring Emotional Health” is a fantastic blend of wisdom, vital information and sensitively structured workshop sessions for young people.  Youth workers, who might be wary or unsure about tackling topics like anxiety and depression are gently led through some introductory sessions about identifying and coping with emotions – myths are debunked, stereotypes are challenged and......
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