Our Father is a beautifully illustrated book which takes each line of the Lord's Prayer and explores what it might mean. It would make a great gift for a godchild.
pub. SPCK £9.99
Don't read Messy Hospitality unless you are prepared to be challenged! Lucy Moore doesn't pull her punches about the way we often limit the welcome we offer, and urges us to reconsider God's outrageous generosity as we reach out to our communities. Practical help, rooted in reality, offers churches a way to move towards becoming more hospitable spaces for all. Whether you are part of a Messy Church or not, this is well worth reading. pub. BRF £9.99
'When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.' Mr (Fred) Rogers
The killing of Jo Cox MP yesterday shocked our country. The shooting in Orlando this last weekend was the latest in a series of targeted attacks that shocked the world. Unprovoked violence, terrorism, natural disaters, plane crashes - they are no longer just reported in a newspaper or during a news broadcast. Social media, internet and 24 hour news channels mean that even young children are aware of the worst that the world has to offer. How can we approach the inevitable questions and conversations which children have as they try to make sense of what's happening? Here are some sites which give pointers: from The Washington Post Talking about tragedy Another tragedy Helping kids feel safe
How are children involved in your church? What ministries are they taking part in? Praxis East recently held a conference on the place and role of children in ministry where theology and practice came together. Read all about it here and challenge your church to explore children's ministry in new ways.
Sometimes it's just not possible to get to Conferences - which is why I'm glad Faith Forward are making the talks from previous gatherings available as podcasts. Check them out here and listen to Brian McLaren, Marcia Bunge, Phyllis Tickle, Andrew Root and more.
Images of God
2 Corinthinians 3:18 talks about how we reflect the glory of the Lord. So what reflection of God do children see in your church community? One of love and welcome, or of fear and disapproval? Explore and Express shares the artistic reflection of one child.