Is it possible for children to experience faith before they can understand words? What would a child experience in your church as faith if they didn’t understand words? Bruce Stevens book Before Belief, discovering first Spiritual Practice -explores the space of experience in playing foundational work to a child’s encounter of the spiritual. Bruce’s understanding […]
Children in Worship
Do you or your congregation struggle with children in worship? The Whole People of God resource team have a great collection of brochures for congregations as they explore why have children in worship, being with children in worship and a welcome sheet for children in worship. They remind us that faith is caught and not […]
Every child deserves a Champion!
I am currently working on some leadership development for Children’s ministry, so I am getting to see a lot of interesting things. One of my favourite most recent discoveries is a TEDtalk from Rita Pierson. Rita is a secular teacher, from a couple of generations of teachers. She has a lovely way about her and […]
Talking Taboos – Sex
There are a couple of things that as a Church we don’t like to talk to our kids about and sex is often one of them. We know that recently in the news, there needs to be more discussion around issues like consent and expectations around sex. The best way we can support our kids […]
How we talk to Kids matters: Do they hear what we think they hear?
This week at the Gospel Yarning Conference, Stacey Wilson from Intergen, who has been researching the Theological implications of the Royal Commission into Institutional responses to child sexual abuse, came to share what the research had found out about how theological understandings informed and created cultures of which abuse is able to occur. Let that […]
Why not explore mentoring with young people?
Pulse is passionate about mentoring young people. Are you not sure where to start or how to go about it? In preparation for KCO we have created a short training video to encourage people to explore mentoring young leaders. Faith is something that is caught not taught, a mentoring relationship gives you and your congregation […]
How we talk to kids matters
When the kids are running around the Church being crazy and having a great time we can think how we talk to them doesn’t really matter, but it does. Those quick unthinking words are like loud speaker to their souls. So what are we saying? A kid I know very closely has ADHD. They can’t […]
Why should we invest in Emerging Gens?
This last week I was interviewed for Synod and one of the questions they asked was why should we invest in Emerging Gens? My answer was a pragmatic and practical one: If you want to grow the Church and have a pipeline of leaders, you need to invest in Young Adults. If you want young […]
Getting Ready for Lent
Lent is the season leading up to Easter – it is 40 days and is often connected into Jesus 40 days in the desert. It is an opportunity to put something aside to draw closer to God. This is an opportunity for the whole church, young and old, to take time and think about how […]
A word from a wise 14-year-old
“What do you fear the most… No seriously what do you fear the most? I’m asking this because we all have fears and we all have different ways of facing them. Like with having a fear of heights, you can just look away from the edge; or a fear of spiders, you could kill it […]