Emily Howarth is an ordinand (trainee vicar) in north London after spending a number of years as a children's worker and volunteer.
We can all to easily write off formal or traditional models of church as boring, inaccessible or tired. And I admit there is potentially a little fire to the smoke of this – I know of parents who have struggled under the withering stares of congregation members as their infant wriggles, squirms and screeches in their lap. But this is not the only story of families in traditional church services.
Sung worship has always been my favourite part of a church service. I love a good sing along, but more than that, I feel a real connection when I sing truths about God as an affirmation of who he is in my life. It’s something I therefore love to fit into my children’s work. Here are my favourite songs to bounce along to, whether with NSYNC style (other 90s boy bands are available) choreography or just by grabbing a percussion instrument and having a good boogie.
Well, yes. And no.If you are in a church wealthy enough to employ staff whose role is children’s or youth work, that’s great! Giving your tithe towards the employment of an expert dedicated to reaching out and helping raise the next generation in the faith is a blessing. It means ...
It’s September and the kids are heading back to school: parents breathe a sigh of relief, teachers pull together the final few lesson plans and children’s and youth workers prep for a new term. In the spirit of it all, I thought we too could school ourselves on the basics of theology.
My Pentecost celebrations this year involved unloading a van of soggy camping gear and covering our entire church building in tents. We had just returned from Big Church Day Out (other Christian festivals are available, and probably happening as you read this). We had taken 35 or so people from our church community on the weekend, many of whom had never camped before or attended our Sunday service.
If you have listened to any conversation with tweens recently, you’ve probably heard the name Fortnite bandied about. The trending game is proving as popular as fidget spinners and flossing (dancing not dental), after being downloaded more than 40 million times since the launch of its popular extension Fortnite: Battle Royale in September 2017. But what is all the fuss about? And should we worry about the game’s impact on our children and young people?