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    Forming faith rituals: You’re unique

    2022-01-20T00:00:00+00:00By

    Have you ever thought about how unique your family is? Not just the individual members, but the way you are as a group? What three words would you use to describe your family?

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    Engaging children with the Bible

    2020-05-01T00:00:00+01:00

    We spoke to Dr Andrew Ollerton, a theologian and pastor who works alongside the Bible Society, about how we can help our children to engage with the Bible, how to navigate the more difficult passages and the benefits he’s seen of reading the Bible together in his children. Plus, find out about his latest lockdown resource, The Greatest Story Ever.

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    Stay at home

    2020-04-27T00:00:00+01:00By Victoria Beech runs GodVenture to help families do faith at home together. She has a series of sticker activity books and other fun resources including Bible GodVen­ture52, a pack of cards with 52 ideas on exploring the Bible together at home. Get two packs for £10 using the code ‘YCW’ at GodVenture.co.uk

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    All together now

    2020-04-27T00:00:00+01:00By Becky May is a freelance writer and experienced children’s and youth leader, and can be found at www.theresourcescupboard.co.uk

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    The prisoners, the earthquake and the midnight song

    2020-04-27T00:00:00+01:00

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    Stay at home

    2020-04-24T00:00:00+01:00By Victoria Beech runs GodVenture to help families do faith at home together. She has a series of sticker activity books and other fun resources including Bible GodVen­ture52, a pack of cards with 52 ideas on exploring the Bible together at home. Get two packs for £10 using the code ‘YCW’ at GodVenture.co.uk

    Like me, I’m sure you’ve been doing some breakneck-speed life changes over the last few weeks. As we are all spending more time at home, and not going to church services and groups, it seems like a good time to grow in our faith at home! 

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    How can we encourage our young people when they’re anxious?

    2020-04-24T00:00:00+01:00By Rachael Newham (RachaelNewham90) is the Founder of ThinkTwice and the author of Learning to Breathe, a memoir and theological reflection on mental illness – rachaelnewham.com.

    It is undoubtedly an anxious time. As I write, schools have closed, businesses have folded and uncertainty hangs in the air like fog as COVID-19 tears through the world.  

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    How to lead through crisis

    2020-04-24T00:00:00+01:00

    “We are living in unprecedented days.” It’s the most overused phrase of the moment, but with good reason…it is absolutely true.  

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    Helping young people reach their full potential

    2020-04-09T00:00:00+01:00

    We spoke to Guvna B about his new album and how we can support vulnerable young people. Plus, what does Easter look like for Guvna B? 

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    Talking to children about death

    2020-04-09T00:00:00+01:00

    Holy Week can be an opportunity to think about some of the more difficult elements of our faith. We spoke to Sam Donoghue from the Diocese of London about how to speak to young children about death and grief.

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    Children’s work in lockdown

    2020-04-09T00:00:00+01:00

    We spoke to Simon Barker from Scripture Union about how to reach out to and disciple young children in this strange time. He also suggested some ideas around Easter. 

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    Christian unity in lockdown

    2020-04-09T00:00:00+01:00

    Crises often brings out our true colours. We spoke to Hope Together’s, Dan Randall, about how Christians are coming together to reach out to young people in their communities. He also shared how to do evangelism during Holy Week and Easter, even during lockdown. 

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    Spreading Easter hope this Holy week

    2020-04-09T00:00:00+01:00

    How do we celebrate Holy Week and Easter in a fresh way with families, particularly now we’re in lockdown? We spoke to Lucy Hall from Wintershall who shared her experience as an educator and a mother. 

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    Helping young people to do evangelism

    2020-04-09T00:00:00+01:00

    We spoke to youth evangelism officer for the Church of England, Jimmy Dale, about equipping young people to do evangelism and how we can use Easter to reach out to those who have never heard the gospel. 

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    Celebrating Easter during the Coronavirus crisis

    2020-04-06T00:00:00+01:00

    The Coronavirus pandemic has forced us to think about how we do faith at home. But, how do we do that in a way that helps children explore their own faith? What does Easter look like in this setting? And how do we talk to children about difficult topics like death and resurrection? Ruth Jackson spoke to Gill Ambrose, Chair of Trustees for Godly Play UK.

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    Coronavirus: How to minimise family tensions

    2020-03-19T00:00:00+00:00

    Coronavirus has resulted in schools closing and many people going into self-isolation. Ruth Jackson spoke to Tim Alford, national director of Limitless (the youth ministry of Elim Pentecostal Church) whose family is currently in self-isolation due to his wife, Jen, displaying symptoms of the Coronavirus. To hear more from Tim on how to support young people and reach out into our communities at this difficult time, check out our social media sites @ycwmag

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    Hands-on faith

    2020-03-17T00:00:00+00:00By Victoria Beech runs GodVenture to help families do faith at home together. She has a series of sticker activity books and other fun resources including Bible GodVen­ture52, a pack of cards with 52 ideas on exploring the Bible together at home. Get two packs for £10 using the code ‘YCW’ at GodVenture.co.uk

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    New life, same faith

    2020-03-17T00:00:00+00:00By Jo Hodges is a first-time mum and is corporate relationships manager at The Children’s Society.

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    Resurrection response

    2020-03-17T00:00:00+00:00

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    You only live twice

    2020-03-16T00:00:00+00:00By Ben Jack is the head of Advance: The Evangelist Movement at The Message Trust and author of The Simple Gospel. Ben is also known as DJ and producer Galactus Jack. To find out more about advance, visit advancegroups.org.

    As we approach Easter, Ben Jack looks at what the resurrection means, why it should shape our lives and how we can share this hope with the children and young people we serve alongside  

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    Should they, shouldn’t they?

    2020-03-16T00:00:00+00:00

    In light of coronavirus and other scary news stories peppering our front pages and TV screens, should we let our children watch or read the news?  

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    Talking to children about Coronavirus

    2020-03-13T00:00:00+00:00

    Deputy editor of YCW magazine Jess Lester spoke to a trainee doctor and youth worker about how we can stay safe during the outbreak of Coronavirus, and offers up advice on how to talk to our young people and children about the virus.

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    Encouraging children to pray

    2020-02-27T00:00:00+00:00By is the editor of Premier Youth and Children's Work, head of Youth Apologetics at Premier and a contributor to Hope Rising 365 (SPCK), a devotional for girls and young women.

    Ruth Jackson spoke to the Right Rev David Williams, Bishop of Basingstoke, about prayer initiative Thy Kingdom Come. 

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    Story for home: A woman's victory

    2020-02-24T00:00:00+00:00

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    Holy Saturday

    2020-02-20T00:00:00+00:00By Patrick Regan OBE is co-founder of Kintsugi Hope (kintsugihope.com) and author of When Faith Gets Shaken and Honesty Over Silence: It’s OK not to be OK (CWR).

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    Forming faith rituals: Rhythms

    2020-02-20T00:00:00+00:00By Victoria Beech runs GodVenture to help families do faith at home together. She has a series of sticker activity books and other fun resources including Bible GodVen­ture52, a pack of cards with 52 ideas on exploring the Bible together at home. Get two packs for £10 using the code ‘YCW’ at GodVenture.co.uk

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    Supporting children struggling with their mental health

    2020-02-20T00:00:00+00:00

    Caroline Flack’s tragic suicide has reminded us how important it is to protect our children’s mental health. YCW editor Ruth Jackson spoke to Amy Sixsmith, the diocesan mental and wellbeing youth worker for the Manchester Diocese, about how we can do this.

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    In God we doubt

    2020-02-18T00:00:00+00:00By Sam Donoghue is head of children’s and youth ministry support for the Diocese of London, and consulting editor for Premier Youth and Children’s Work.

    Can we have a little chat about doubt? It’s something that tends to sit more readily in the world of youth ministry, not children’s, partly because the early stages of faith and cognitive development make children happier to just think stuff is true, especially if an adult tells them it. And partly, I guess, because we are often too happy to stick with a formula that feels like it’s working, as the kids aren’t asking many tough questions.

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    What Google can’t tell you about dealing with grief

    2020-02-18T00:00:00+00:00By Guvna B is a MOBO award-winning rapper, author and dad. He has recently launched a new podcast series, The Loss Tapes, which speaks about dealing with grief and loss with guests including the Most Reverend Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, footballer Jordan Spence and Sugababes pop star Keisha Buchanan.

    I’m not a good communicator. People assume that because I can rap I’m great at expressing my thoughts and feelings, and while I’m at the place in my life now where I’m quite comfortable with it, historically it hasn’t been my strong point. When life gets tough, I have a tendency to shut myself off – sitting at home, curtains drawn, eating junk food and feeling sorry for myself. So when my dad unexpectedly died three years ago, this is exactly where I found myself.

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    Encouraging green living

    2020-01-31T00:00:00+00:00

    Jess Lester, deputy editor of YCW Magazine, spoke to environmentalist and theologian Dr Ruth Valerio, a director at Tearfund, about ensuring we bring Jesus into the picture when talking about climate change with our children and young people, and gives top tips on how to get started with ‘living green’.

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    Answering your children’s big questions

    2020-01-29T00:00:00+00:00

    How do we input godly wisdom into our children? We spoke to father-of-two Charles Ekong, author of the blog Ramblings of a Pilgrim, about how we can help give our children the tools to serve in God’s kingdom.

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    How to help young people deal with anxiety

    2020-01-29T00:00:00+00:00

    Editor of YCW Magazine Ruth Jackson spoke to Scarlett Hiltibidal, an American author and public speaker, about how we can help young people struggling with anxiety, using tips from her book Afraid of All The Things.

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    Guvna B on dealing with grief

    2020-01-24T00:00:00+00:00

    Deputy Editor of YCW Magazine Jess Lester spoke to Isaac Borquaye, best known as rapper Guvna B, about how he coped with the death of his father – and the ways in which he plans to model dealing with grief and bereavement to his son. You can check out the rest of Guvna’s interview in the March edition of YCW magazine!

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    Forming faith rituals: Discovering saints’ days

    2020-01-23T00:00:00+00:00By Victoria Beech runs GodVenture to help families do faith at home together. She has a series of sticker activity books and other fun resources including Bible GodVen­ture52, a pack of cards with 52 ideas on exploring the Bible together at home. Get two packs for £10 using the code ‘YCW’ at GodVenture.co.uk

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    Story for home: The man born blind

    2020-01-23T00:00:00+00:00

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    Storge: We are family

    2020-01-23T00:00:00+00:00

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    Love Actually: Piccadilly Circus not Heathrow Airport

    2020-01-23T00:00:00+00:00By Ed Drew is the director of Faith in Kids, which exists to support churches and parents in raising children to trust in Jesus Christ eternally. He is the author of The Wonder of Easter, 34 family Bible times to prepare families for Easter.

    The film Love Actually has it wrong. If you want to see love, don’t go to Heathrow Airport, head to Piccadilly Circus. There, in the middle of the bright lights, confused tourists and big buses is the statue of Eros. Except it isn’t.

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    ‘I teach children with additional needs and the Church must do better’

    2020-01-23T00:00:00+00:00By

    Jesus has always been a part of my life. I grew up in a Christian home – my dad was a pastor, which meant church wasn’t just for Sunday, we lived it every day in our home. I’d always read the Bible and prayed. And I always knew that I wanted to be a teacher – it was something God had planned for me from the very beginning.

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    Keeping children safe online

    2020-01-22T00:00:00+00:00

    Editor of YCW Magazine Ruth Jackson spoke to Emma Robertson, co-founder of Digital Awareness UK, about parenting in the digital age following recent research revealing that 54% of parents aren’t aware of what their children are doing online.

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    Jesus and social justice

    2020-01-15T00:00:00+00:00

    Editor of YCW Magazine Ruth Jackson spoke to Dot Tyler, head of youth and the emerging generation at Tearfund, about the sense of justice among the current young generation and how she brings Jesus into everyday life at home.  

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    What’s special about being all-inclusive?

    2019-12-30T00:00:00+00:00

    What can church communities be doing in order to make services more accessible to children and young people with additional or special needs? And how can we educate our young people how to lovingly interact with children with additional needs? We spoke to Phoebe Guy, a teacher for children with special needs, about how we can ensure we are including children with additional needs.

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    Blue Story

    2019-12-17T00:00:00+00:00By Jessica Lester is former Deputy Editor of Premier's Youth and Children's Work magazine.

    It’s not often I come back to work after my day is over to write something – and by not often, I mean never – but when the credits started rolling on the new gang film Blue Story, I ran to the nearest bus stop. After 90 minutes of smiles and tears, it was obvious that the adaptation of director Rapman’s popular YouTube series was just too important for me to wait. This charmingly (and somewhat sickeningly) real film had shaken me to the core.  

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    Teaching gospel through music

    2019-12-13T00:00:00+00:00

    Could music be the most effective way to teach children the gospel? How important is it that parents are kind to themselves? We spoke to Paul Baloche, a father, grandfather and songwriter, about the importance of introducing children to Christian music from an early age.

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    Fruits of the Spirit

    2019-12-11T00:00:00+00:00

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    Habits: Have you set your new year goals? How about developing a habit instead?

    2019-12-11T00:00:00+00:00By Victoria Beech runs GodVenture to help families do faith at home together. She has a series of sticker activity books and other fun resources including Bible GodVen­ture52, a pack of cards with 52 ideas on exploring the Bible together at home. Get two packs for £10 using the code ‘YCW’ at GodVenture.co.uk

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    In case of an emergency: Uses for leftover Christmas paraphernalia

    2019-12-11T00:00:00+00:00

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    Identity and disappointment

    2019-11-22T00:00:00+00:00

    How do we help children find their identity? What should we say to young people struggling with disappointment? We spoke to father-of-six Stephen Kendrick, a film producer and director about his new film Overcomer.

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    Forming faith rituals: Making New Year plans

    2019-11-20T00:00:00+00:00By Victoria Beech runs GodVenture to help families do faith at home together. She has a series of sticker activity books and other fun resources including Bible GodVen­ture52, a pack of cards with 52 ideas on exploring the Bible together at home. Get two packs for £10 using the code ‘YCW’ at GodVenture.co.uk

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    Story for home: A Christmas riddle

    2019-11-20T00:00:00+00:00

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    Family mental health

    2019-11-20T00:00:00+00:00

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    Finding God in the outdoors

    2019-11-19T00:00:00+00:00

    How do we reach children outside our church walls? We spoke to father-of-four Mike Causey, chief executive of Abernethy about engaging young people with the gospel through the great outdoors

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    In Case of an Emergency: How to biblically decorate a Christmas tree

    2019-11-19T00:00:00+00:00

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    Learner Turner: Let it go

    2019-11-19T00:00:00+00:00By Rachel Turner is an author and pioneer for The Bible Reading Fellowship’s Parenting for Faithprogramme, equipping carers of all kinds to raise God-connected children and teens, including through the free Parenting for Faith video course.

    It’s been a few years since ‘Let it go’ took over our lives. Some of us loved it, while others would have paid good money never to hear it again. But every year it creeps back in. 

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    Helping children remember

    2019-11-06T00:00:00+00:00By is the editor of Premier Youth and Children's Work, head of Youth Apologetics at Premier and a contributor to Hope Rising 365 (SPCK), a devotional for girls and young women.

    As we approach a time of remembrance, how should we talk to children about war, suffering and faith? Ruth Jackson spoke to Chris Poch, company director of Artless Theatre company, about their play To War With God.

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    Kids’ big questions

    2019-11-04T00:00:00+00:00By is the editor of Premier Youth and Children's Work, head of Youth Apologetics at Premier and a contributor to Hope Rising 365 (SPCK), a devotional for girls and young women.

    Ever wondered how to tackle big questions with your children? Ruth Jackson was in California speaking to author and professor Sean McDowell.

  • Story for home: Rahab

    2019-10-22T00:00:00+01:00

    Here is a story for you to tell at home, perhaps at bedtime or as part of a God time during the day. You could also use it as part of a children’s session. To read some of Bob’s other stories, download ourFREE ebook at youthandchildrens.work/stories.

  • The adolescent brain

    2019-10-22T00:00:00+01:00

    Like toddlers, teenagers often get a bad press when it comes to their behaviour. Sweeping generalisations can be made about the adolescent years, and many unsuspecting teenagers find themselves at the receiving end of unfavourable statements. For parents, the transformation that occurs in their children can have a significant impact. While for some the changes are barely noticeable, others may endure extreme ‘personality transplants’ in their children, and the rollercoaster of emotional adjustment to this new season can be daunting for parents and teenagers alike.

  • Forming faith rituals: Faith at home at Christmas

    2019-10-22T00:00:00+01:00By Victoria Beech runs GodVenture to help families do faith at home together. She has a series of sticker activity books and other fun resources including Bible GodVen­ture52, a pack of cards with 52 ideas on exploring the Bible together at home. Get two packs for £10 using the code ‘YCW’ at GodVenture.co.uk

    Advent and Christmas are notoriously busy; so much so that there could be a case for not bothering to do anything faith-focused at home and just starting again in the new year. However, I believe it’s such a wonderful season that we would be crazy not to take advantage of the opportunities.

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    We need more BAME leaders

    2019-10-22T00:00:00+01:00

    Most of us have heard the phrase “birds of a feather flock together”, and the same can be said for Christians. It is human nature to want to be around people who identify with us, look like us or share similarities with us. But what about those who don’t?  

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    Missing Person: The male children's leader

    2019-10-22T00:00:00+01:00By Alex Taylor is the Resources Editor at YCW Magazine

    If you take a look around the children’s work at any church on a Sunday morning, chances are you won’t spot many men. But why aren’t there more male volunteers in children’s work? Alex Taylor takes a look at some of the underlying issues 

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    Music, God and Dyslexia

    2019-10-10T00:00:00+01:00By is the editor of Premier Youth and Children's Work, head of Youth Apologetics at Premier and a contributor to Hope Rising 365 (SPCK), a devotional for girls and young women.

    Andy Bodkin from Same Boat Music shares his thoughts about All Age Services, helping children to engage with God, and how music can help those with dyslexia.

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    Parenting prodigals

    2019-10-03T00:00:00+01:00By is the editor of Premier Youth and Children's Work, head of Youth Apologetics at Premier and a contributor to Hope Rising 365 (SPCK), a devotional for girls and young women.

    Do you have teenage children who have stepped away from church? Rob Parsons shares his advice about how to parent prodigals.

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    Sharing our kitchen table

    2019-09-25T00:00:00+01:00By Dr Krish Kandiah is the founding director of Home for Good, a charity dedicated to finding a home for every child who needs one. Krish has wide experience in the fields of cross-cultural mission, aid and development. He helps to catalyse a wide range of Christian and secular agencies to work together for the best outcomes for vulnerable children around the world. For more information, visit homeforgood.org.uk and homecomingproject.org

    Krish Kandiah explores how we can practise radical hospitality and encourage our children to do likewise 

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    Story for home: Fair’s fair

    2019-09-25T00:00:00+01:00

    Here is a story for you to tell at home, perhaps at bedtime or as part of a God time during the day. You could also use it as part of a children’s session. To read some of Bob’s other stories, download ourFREE ebook atyouthandchildrens.work/stories.

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    Forming faith rituals: Multimedia Bible exploration

    2019-09-25T00:00:00+01:00By Victoria Beech runs GodVenture to help families do faith at home together. She has a series of sticker activity books and other fun resources including Bible GodVen­ture52, a pack of cards with 52 ideas on exploring the Bible together at home. Get two packs for £10 using the code ‘YCW’ at GodVenture.co.uk

    What springs to mind when you hear the word ‘multimedia’? Do you think of a video projector? Smoke and lights? Complex editing suites or mixing desks? In the art world, multimedia means the artist using more than one form of content in their work, for example clay in a painting or music with a sculpture. Wikipedia puts it this way: “Multimedia is content that uses a combination of different content forms such as text, audio, images, animations, video and interactive content.”

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    In case of emergency: Ten uses for a pumpkin

    2019-09-19T00:00:00+01:00

    Pumpkins will be all over the supermarkets as we get closer to Halloween.  

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    Story for home: A fabulous feast

    2019-08-21T00:00:00+01:00

    So Jesus was at a banquet. 

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    Forming faith rituals: Food, glory-us food

    2019-08-21T00:00:00+01:00By Victoria Beech runs GodVenture to help families do faith at home together. She has a series of sticker activity books and other fun resources including Bible GodVen­ture52, a pack of cards with 52 ideas on exploring the Bible together at home. Get two packs for £10 using the code ‘YCW’ at GodVenture.co.uk

    I love food. I love making things from scratch and experimenting with new recipes. I love how something that nourishes my body can also nourish my soul and spirit, so it should come as no surprise that I love using food in our faith-at-home rituals. 

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    Building blocks to faith development

    2019-08-21T00:00:00+01:00By Rachel Turner is an author and pioneer for The Bible Reading Fellowship’s Parenting for Faithprogramme, equipping carers of all kinds to raise God-connected children and teens, including through the free Parenting for Faith video course.

    My son looked at me wide-eyed. He’d clambered up the big climbing frame but didn’t know how to get down. “Mummeeeee!” he cried. “You’re fine,” I said. “Look, there’s a safe place for your foot here...Hold on to that bit there...One step at a time.” As his feet hit solid ...

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    Incels

    2019-08-21T00:00:00+01:00By Jamie Cutteridge is the director of With, a new Christian community and retreat centre dedicated to praying for and with young people bewith.community

    When most of us were teenagers, the experience of being rejected by those we were attracted to was fairly common, and ultimately part of the adolescent experience. There was no wider narrative, no dark forces working behind the scenes to deny us the chance to get some ‘action’, just awkward teenage chat, hideous acne and the overwhelming smell of Lynx deodorant getting in our way. But no longer.?

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    SSSSHHHH

    2019-08-21T00:00:00+01:00

    Contemplative practice with children 

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    Sam Wise: The Eagle has landed

    2019-08-21T00:00:00+01:00By Sam Donoghue is head of children’s and youth ministry support for the Diocese of London, and consulting editor for Premier Youth and Children’s Work.

    Have you ever cried watching a film? How about reading a book? Or listening to a podcast? How about listening to a podcast while out running on a main road...in daylight? The answers for me to these oddly specific questions is of course yes (if you don’t cry at E.T. I worry about you), no, yes, yes and yes. Yep, that was me, running along the side of Hawk Hill listening to a podcast and having a little cry about it. Let me give you some details. 

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    Children's stories

    2019-07-18T00:00:00+01:00

    Too often we think of time away as when teenagers make a commitment, but they’re by no means the only ones God is at work in

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    The Soul story

    2019-07-18T00:00:00+01:00By is the editor of Premier Youth and Children's Work, head of Youth Apologetics at Premier and a contributor to Hope Rising 365 (SPCK), a devotional for girls and young women.

    My first experience of Soul Survivor freaked me out. I grew up in a Christian home but had never really heard of the Holy Spirit, so my 14-year-old self was utterly devoid of boxes within which to place the bizarre manifestations I saw happening all around me. What on earth was going on? Why were so many young people laughing, crying, shaking and falling over?

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    The “erm, what next? ” flowchart of post Soul Survivor options

    2019-07-18T00:00:00+01:00By Jamie Cutteridge is the director of With, a new Christian community and retreat centre dedicated to praying for and with young people bewith.community

    In the next year, hundreds of youth workers and thousands of young people are going to have to make a pretty big decision… “Erm, what next?” The end of Soul Survivor leaves a big gap in some of our diaries, but fortunately YCW is on hand with a quick, personalised guide to where you could head next summer.

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    Families on a mission

    2019-06-24T00:00:00+01:00

    Are family and mission not a dangerous combination? 

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    Listening to the Bible

    2019-06-24T00:00:00+01:00By Victoria Beech runs GodVenture to help families do faith at home together. She has a series of sticker activity books and other fun resources including Bible GodVen­ture52, a pack of cards with 52 ideas on exploring the Bible together at home. Get two packs for £10 using the code ‘YCW’ at GodVenture.co.uk

    Listening to the Bible is often seen as a second rate option to reading it. 

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    Story for home: Give a little gift

    2019-06-24T00:00:00+01:00

    Here is a story for you to tell at home, perhaps at bedtime or as part of a God time during the day. 

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    The theory of everyone

    2019-06-24T00:00:00+01:00

    If you believe that children are the Church of tomorrow, does that mean you believe that the elderly are the Church of yesterday?

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    How to have "the conversation"

    2019-06-07T00:00:00+01:00

    We must be aware that we will never be the only ones our children learn from. 

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    Story for home: A lot to do

    2019-06-07T00:00:00+01:00

    Here is a story for you to tell at home, perhaps at bedtime or as part of a God time during the day. You could also use it as part of a children’s session. To read some of Bob’s other stories, download our FREE ebook at youthandchildrens.work/stories 

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    The uniqueness of family

    2019-06-07T00:00:00+01:00By Victoria Beech runs GodVenture to help families do faith at home together. She has a series of sticker activity books and other fun resources including Bible GodVen­ture52, a pack of cards with 52 ideas on exploring the Bible together at home. Get two packs for £10 using the code ‘YCW’ at GodVenture.co.uk

    Now, think of your family of unique individuals creating a unique collection of humans that is different from any other on earth, either now or that has ever been. The funny thing is, we generally see our own families as normal. The quirks and strange words are the only thing ...

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    Story for home: A still small voice

    2019-06-05T00:00:00+01:00

    Here is a story for you to tell at home, perhaps at bedtime or as part of a God time during the day. You could also use it as part of a children’s session. To read some of Bob’s other stories, download our FREE ebook at youthandchildrens.work/stories 

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    Forming faith rituals: Lectio Divina for families

    2019-06-04T00:00:00+01:00By Victoria Beech runs GodVenture to help families do faith at home together. She has a series of sticker activity books and other fun resources including Bible GodVen­ture52, a pack of cards with 52 ideas on exploring the Bible together at home. Get two packs for £10 using the code ‘YCW’ at GodVenture.co.uk

    Lectio Divina is a practice of praying with the scriptures that can be used by anyone.

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    Home education: when your classroom is your living room

    2019-05-24T00:00:00+01:00By Emily Howarth is is project manager for Home for Good and a regular volunteer children’s worker in her church.

    The number of parents choosing to home-educate has rapidly increased in Christian and non-Christian families alike. Emily Howarth finds out why.

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    The birds, the bees and the Bible

    2019-05-23T00:00:00+01:00By Nate Morgan Locke is children’s and youth minister at St Bart’s Church, Bath.

    Some of us may be a little squeamish about sex, but as it’s part of the Bible story we should be talking about it more with children. Nate Morgan Locke explains why.

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    “People aren’t always attracted to the opposite gender”

    2019-05-23T00:00:00+01:00

    A young person (who wishes to remain anonymous) shares what he wishes children and youth workers knew about his experience.

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    Marriage and parenting

    2019-05-16T00:00:00+01:00By is the editor of Premier Youth and Children's Work, head of Youth Apologetics at Premier and a contributor to Hope Rising 365 (SPCK), a devotional for girls and young women.

    We spoke to Michaela Hyde, national coordinator of Marriage Week, about building strong foundations for children in our homes.

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    My toddler has taught me so much about faith

    2019-05-08T00:00:00+01:00

    Anna Hawken helps lead BRF's Parenting for Faith, but it was her daughter who has taught her the most about bringing faith into everyday life. 

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    How to make prayer normal

    2019-05-08T00:00:00+01:00

    Pete Grieg, founder of 24/7 prayer, shares how to make prayer a part of everyday family life. 

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    All Inclusive – Supporting families

    2019-04-29T00:00:00+01:00

    Every child and young person needs support to help them learn and engage with activities.

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    Learner Turner – Getting in step with God

    2019-04-29T00:00:00+01:00

    Ministry so often feels like a hamster wheel - it can feel like a never-ending cycle of sessions and planning and tidying up and team meetings, and never quite feeling accomplished or done.

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    Easter and transformed lives

    2019-04-17T00:00:00+01:00

    We explore the Easter story afresh, focusing on whether the resurrection actually happened and how that changes our lives.

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    Celebrating Easter with children

    2019-04-17T00:00:00+01:00

    We spoke to Ed Drew from Faith in Kids about how we can celebrate Easter with our children 

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    Praying with under 5s

    2019-04-11T00:00:00+01:00

    Anna Hawken from Parenting for Faith shares how praying with under 5s can be easier than you think. 

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    RT Kendall on grand parenting

    2019-04-03T00:00:00+01:00

    We spoke to theologian Dr RT Kendall about the joys of being a grandparent and he vulnerably told us some of his parenting regrets.

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    From the horse's mouth: “I have OCD”

    2019-03-21T00:00:00+00:00By Becca Dean is a writer and PhD researcher in Durham. She has written Be Live Pray, a book to help young people engage in prayer and spirituality in more inclusive and creative ways, and blogs at beccaislearning.com

    This month’s interview is with a sufferer of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), who wishes to remain anonymous, and her youth worker. They talk about the young person’s experience with OCD and how they began to overcome it. 

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    Backpacking to Easter

    2019-03-21T00:00:00+00:00By Alex Taylor is the Resources Editor at YCW Magazine

    Children travel around Europe exploring the events of Jesus’ life from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday in new holiday club programme Backpackers. We asked its author, Alex Taylor, to use the same themes to help us investigate the Easter story for ourselves. Use these reflections as you journey with Jesus from Palm Sunday to his crucifixion and resurrection

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    Leadership lessons from lasagne

    2019-03-21T00:00:00+00:00

    For many of us, leadership is a by-product of youth and children's work. But we want to lead well, so each month we'll unpack an issue we face as leaders, and offer some guidance to traverse it.

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    The clip-clop beat

    2019-03-20T00:00:00+00:00

    Here is a story for you to tell at home, perhaps at bedtime or as part of a God time during the day. You could also use it as part of a children’s session. To read some of Bob’s other stories, click here.

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    Passover at home

    2019-03-20T00:00:00+00:00By Victoria Beech runs GodVenture to help families do faith at home together. She has a series of sticker activity books and other fun resources including Bible GodVen­ture52, a pack of cards with 52 ideas on exploring the Bible together at home. Get two packs for £10 using the code ‘YCW’ at GodVenture.co.uk

    Why would you celebrate Passover if you’re not Jewish? That’s a good question!

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    Faith in technology

    2019-03-07T00:00:00+00:00

    Tech is tricky to balance as a family, it’s benefits and it’s pitfalls. James Poulter chats about how to use technology well and how to avoid some of the risks.

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    Parenting teenage girls

    2019-03-04T00:00:00+00:00

    Meg Cannon is author of Hope Rising 365, a devotional for teen girls. She has so much wisdom on raising confident, Jesus-loving women.

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    Story for home: Cain and Abel

    2019-02-20T00:00:00+00:00

    Here is a story for you to tell at home, perhaps at bedtime or as part of a God time during the day. You could also use it as part of a children’s session. To read some of Bob’s other stories, download our FREE ebook here.

  • Forming faith rituals: Lent, Holy Week and Easter

    2019-02-20T00:00:00+00:00By Victoria Beech runs GodVenture to help families do faith at home together. She has a series of sticker activity books and other fun resources including Bible GodVen­ture52, a pack of cards with 52 ideas on exploring the Bible together at home. Get two packs for £10 using the code ‘YCW’ at GodVenture.co.uk

    I have a dream. As my family goes downstairs on Easter Sunday morning, our noses are filled with scent and our eyes with colour as we discover that the whole of the downstairs is filled with fresh flowers! The children rush to the table, where the Bible is laid open at the story of the resurrection, and we all sit and read it together, followed by singing and dancing to some Jesus-is-alive-themed worship songs. This is followed by a hearty breakfast, and then Easter eggs.

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    Parenting a gay young person

    2019-02-14T00:00:00+00:00

    David Bennett was a gay activist but he became a Christian and felt strongly he had to put that part of his life behind him. His personal journey means he can talk with gentleness to young people struggling with their sexuality. He offers his advice on how to support your child or young person if they are LGBT+.

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    Making slave-free normal

    2019-02-07T00:00:00+00:00

    With Valentine’s Day coming up, how can we ensure that we’re buying products for our loved ones that do not have any slavery in their supply line? Molly Hodson from International Justice Mission shares her advice.

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    Open Doors

    2019-01-31T00:00:00+00:00

    Pete Hopper is part of the Open Doors youth team and a dad. He shares the influence that his work with the persecuted church has on his parenting.

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    Veggie Tales

    2019-01-31T00:00:00+00:00

    So many who grew up in church did so with the help of two animated vegetables. Emily Howarth spoke to Mike Nawroski, one half of the team behind Veggie Tales about how to engage kids with the Bible and what he’s up to now. 

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    Parenting can be grand

    2019-01-21T00:00:00+00:00By Emily Howarth is is project manager for Home for Good and a regular volunteer children’s worker in her church.

    My grandparents’ house is an art gallery showcasing our childhood. We always go in through the back door, and right through the house the walls are adorned with the artwork, poetry and photos we have produced over the years. The earliest are by the back door: faded sheets of sugar paper with a squiggle of crayon or paint. In my nan’s scrawl underneath is a name, age and date. Each one carries a memory.

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    Story for home: Love is…

    2019-01-21T00:00:00+00:00

    Here is a story for you to tell at home, perhaps at bedtime or as part of a God time during the day. You could also use it as part of a children’s session. 

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    My intergenerational journey

    2019-01-21T00:00:00+00:00By Dave Martin is a children’s, youth and families’ minister, and a lay reader in the Church of England. He is passionate about intergenerational church, loves to travel, sees life as an adventure and wears funky socks.

    It started with chicken wings. Plastic chicken wings, to be precise. They were my favourite toy at the church’s toddler group, and by far the finest item in the toy kitchen. Much to the group leader’s amusement, I would run manically around the church hall with my friend Richard each week, firing imaginary bullets from these perfectly proportionate pieces of plastic poultry as if the world was about to end, and we had been chosen to save it.

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    “What happens when Susan my sausage dog dies?”

    2019-01-21T00:00:00+00:00By is the editor of Premier Youth and Children's Work, head of Youth Apologetics at Premier and a contributor to Hope Rising 365 (SPCK), a devotional for girls and young women.

    There are many questions that stop children and young people wanting to know more about God. Rather than trying to answer questions they’re not asking, we thought we’d go straight to the source and hear from the experts themselves.

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    Levi meets Jesus

    2018-12-14T00:00:00+00:00

    Here is a story for you to tell at home, perhaps at bedtime or as part of a God time during the day. You could also use it as part of a children’s session. 

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    PNDads: New fathers and mental health

    2018-12-14T00:00:00+00:00

    Unless we have experienced a mental illness ourselves or seen it first-hand through friends or family members, we can easily think it’s not something that could happen to us; especially for us men, who are taught from a young age not to cry. We can grow up unaware of how to interact with these emotions, suppressing them well into adult life.

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    Forming faith rituals: Playmo-Bible time

    2018-12-14T00:00:00+00:00By Victoria Beech runs GodVenture to help families do faith at home together. She has a series of sticker activity books and other fun resources including Bible GodVen­ture52, a pack of cards with 52 ideas on exploring the Bible together at home. Get two packs for £10 using the code ‘YCW’ at GodVenture.co.uk

    One of the things I love to do is use toys to explore a Bible story. It’s a great way to bring faith activities into your children’s world, and it enables them to use the language of play in their faith. This is especially helpful for under-5s, who may not yet be able to express themselves through speech or writing. But it’s good for all of us, adults and children, to use play to explore our faith, as it gives us the freedom to respond to God in ways we might not attempt with words.

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    Mark my words: The three components of great youth work

    2018-12-14T00:00:00+00:00By Mark is a leading American youth ministry thinker, and regular contributor to Premier Youthwork. He is author of A Parents Guide to Understanding Teenage Brains (Group, 2012).

    Have you ever said something off the cuff, then realised afterwards there was more truth to it than you intended? That happened to me a few years back.

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    It was the first Christmas

    2018-11-22T00:00:00+00:00

    Here is a story for you to tell at home, perhaps at bedtime or as part of a God time during the day. Read the whole story at once, or split it up into verses, depending on how much time you have. You could also use it as part of a children’s session.

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    Forming faith rituals: New year, new start

    2018-11-22T00:00:00+00:00By Victoria Beech runs GodVenture to help families do faith at home together. She has a series of sticker activity books and other fun resources including Bible GodVen­ture52, a pack of cards with 52 ideas on exploring the Bible together at home. Get two packs for £10 using the code ‘YCW’ at GodVenture.co.uk

    I’ve always felt that new year isn’t really a thing. Nothing actually happens at the point at which we count down and wish each other happy new year! However, it’s good to have moments in time when we take stock, look back and plan ahead.

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    2018

    2018-11-21T00:00:00+00:00By Jamie Cutteridge is the director of With, a new Christian community and retreat centre dedicated to praying for and with young people bewith.community

    I was at a children’s work event recently, chatting to a teenager, when a slightly younger person came up behind me and hit me on the back of the head with a plastic shepherd’s crook. When I turned around and asked why he’d done that, he replied: “Fortnite.”

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    Black Friday and Christmas

    2018-11-20T00:00:00+00:00

    Nori Chesney looks at the implications of black Friday on our families and how to build Christmas traditions as grandparents.

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    Dad to three at 31

    2018-11-19T00:00:00+00:00

    Reverend David Nwogbe is the youngest black vicar in the church of England. And at just 31 he is also father of three children. He talks faith at home, and being daddy and the vicar.

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    Remembrance Sunday

    2018-11-08T00:00:00+00:00

    Tomorrow is Remembrance Sunday, and to Jo Northey that day is particularly poignant. She shares why and how she will be marking the centenary of the end of the First World War in her family.

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    Virtual reality gospel

    2018-11-01T00:00:00+00:00

    Ben Jones from Missional Generation shows how we can use virtual and augmented reality to get children and young people engaged with the gospel.

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    Soul Survivor

    2018-10-23T00:00:00+01:00

    Tom Smith is worship leader at Soul Survivor church. He shares why his relationship with God has changed so much since becoming dad that he wished he’d had kids sooner!

  • Christmas Tradition

    2018-10-18T00:00:00+01:00By Victoria Beech runs GodVenture to help families do faith at home together. She has a series of sticker activity books and other fun resources including Bible GodVen­ture52, a pack of cards with 52 ideas on exploring the Bible together at home. Get two packs for £10 using the code ‘YCW’ at GodVenture.co.uk

    Christmas is a funny time for Christians because it’s a central story for us, but the festival has become all sorts of things to all sorts of people.

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    Can you hear it?

    2018-10-18T00:00:00+01:00

    Here is a story for you to tell at home, perhaps at bedtime or as part of a God time during the day. Read the whole story at once, or split it up into verses, depending on how much time you have. You could also use it as part of a children’s session.

  • Digital detox

    2018-10-18T00:00:00+01:00By Mark Ellis is author of Digitox.

    Is your family’s digital diet out of control? Father-of-four Mark Ellis shares his family’s experiences and suggests some ideas to help us achieve a healthy balance

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    My atheist mate: Why children and young people need non-Christian friends

    2018-10-16T00:00:00+01:00By Dr Krish Kandiah is the founding director of Home for Good, a charity dedicated to finding a home for every child who needs one. Krish has wide experience in the fields of cross-cultural mission, aid and development. He helps to catalyse a wide range of Christian and secular agencies to work together for the best outcomes for vulnerable children around the world. For more information, visit homeforgood.org.uk and homecomingproject.org

    It had been an ordinary day at school, but when she walked through the front door of her home at the end of the day she found that all her belongings had been packed up and there was a taxi waiting to take her to the airport. There was no time for any goodbyes. She was on the other side of the world before anyone noticed.

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    Bricklayers united

    2018-10-10T00:00:00+01:00

    Stories are powerful, they challenge our thinking and shape who we are. And there is no story more powerful than God’s great rescue story weaved throughout the pages of the Bible.

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    Elijah meets with God

    2018-10-10T00:00:00+01:00

    Stories are powerful, they challenge our thinking and shape who we are. And there is no story more powerful than God’s great rescue story weaved throughout the pages of the Bible.

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    A shiny pearl

    2018-10-10T00:00:00+01:00

    Stories are powerful, they challenge our thinking and shape who we are. And there is no story more powerful than God’s great rescue story weaved throughout the pages of the Bible.

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    Dinner time with Eli and sons

    2018-10-10T00:00:00+01:00

    Stories are powerful, they challenge our thinking and shape who we are. And there is no story more powerful than God’s great rescue story weaved throughout the pages of the Bible.

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    King Saul’s caught short

    2018-10-10T00:00:00+01:00

    Stories are powerful, they challenge our thinking and shape who we are. And there is no story more powerful than God’s great rescue story weaved throughout the pages of the Bible.

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    American pastor commits suicide

    2018-09-20T00:00:00+01:00By Tapiwais a father of two who has fought depression. He hosts the Fathers ‘n’the Hood podcast.You can listen to it on YouTube and SoundCloud.

    Inland Hills lead pastor Andrew Stoecklein, 30, recently died after battling depression and anxiety. While I don’t know whether he was getting any help with this, I can safely say that many of us – men in particular – do not seek help when we are going through struggles.

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    Faith as trusting

    2018-09-20T00:00:00+01:00By Victoria Beech runs GodVenture to help families do faith at home together. She has a series of sticker activity books and other fun resources including Bible GodVen­ture52, a pack of cards with 52 ideas on exploring the Bible together at home. Get two packs for £10 using the code ‘YCW’ at GodVenture.co.uk

    Our family recently went on a two-month camping adventure. My husband had a contract that either meant a four-hour commute or staying away, so instead we all went and camped nearby. A few weeks in we visited my parents with clothes to wash, devices to charge and jobs to do using their Wi-Fi. It never occurred to me that they would say no. I knew they would welcome us with open arms (and a warm shower), and that they would let us use their clean towels and washing machine before sending us off to continue on our adventure.

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    Saul and Jesus

    2018-09-20T00:00:00+01:00

    Here is a story for you to tell at home, perhaps at bedtime or as part of a God time during the day. You could also use it as part of a children’s session. 

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    It’s OK not to be OK

    2018-09-20T00:00:00+01:00By Patrick Regan OBE is founder and CEO of XLP.

    You’re late for the school run. Your teenage daughter is screaming upstairs because her blazer is dirty. You had washed, dried and ironed it ready for this morning, but she has spilled foundation all over it. She knows it’s not your fault but she’s stressed about the mock exams taking place later in the day, so she lashes out at whoever is listening.

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    Music: I’ll be there

    2018-09-19T00:00:00+01:00By Becky May is a freelance writer and experienced children’s and youth leader, and can be found at www.theresourcescupboard.co.uk

    Artist: Jess Glynne

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    Mentoring: Love your ‘frenemies’

    2018-09-19T00:00:00+01:00By Joel Toombs has an MA in Christian mentoring and wrote the Grove booklet Mentoring and young people. He is a mentor in the music industry and a youth worker.

    I had a great experience of peer mentoring the other day (that’s really just a posh term for two friends chatting and encouraging each other!).

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    Reflective Journal: Reflecting God’s glory

    2018-09-19T00:00:00+01:00

    A photocopiable resource

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    Craft: Philip and the Ethiopian

    2018-09-19T00:00:00+01:00By Mina Munns is the founder of Flame: Creative Children’s Ministry www.flamecreativekids.blogspot.co.uk

    Background: This story is full of imagery about evangelism and discipleship, and has so much potential for open-ended and exploratory crafts!

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    Parable: Frankie and the football find

    2018-09-19T00:00:00+01:00By Alex Taylor is the Resources Editor at YCW Magazine

    This story is based on Matthew 13:45-46

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    Depression: struggling to breathe

    2018-09-17T00:00:00+01:00By Rachael Newham (RachaelNewham90) is the Founder of ThinkTwice and the author of Learning to Breathe, a memoir and theological reflection on mental illness – rachaelnewham.com.

    Rachael Newham tried to end her own life as a teenager. She shares her story

  • Forming faith rituals: Faith as imagining

    2018-08-30T00:00:00+01:00By Victoria Beech runs GodVenture to help families do faith at home together. She has a series of sticker activity books and other fun resources including Bible GodVen­ture52, a pack of cards with 52 ideas on exploring the Bible together at home. Get two packs for £10 using the code ‘YCW’ at GodVenture.co.uk

    What is faith? When I ask this I usually get a variety of answers including ‘belief’, ‘trust’ and ‘action’. I recently asked this during a Facebook Live session and the answers included ‘hope, trust or belief in someone or something we can’t see or feel’.

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    A shiny pearl

    2018-08-30T00:00:00+01:00

    Here is a story for you to tell at home, perhaps at bedtime or as part of a God time during the day.

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    Craft: The parable of the pearl

    2018-08-30T00:00:00+01:00By Mina Munns is the founder of Flame: Creative Children’s Ministry www.flamecreativekids.blogspot.co.uk

    Background: The parable of the pearl is tiny in terms of words, but still offers a wealth of themes to explore through creative means. Use these crafts to help children explore the themes of treasure, searching and the kingdom of God.

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    Mentoring: What would Gareth do?

    2018-08-30T00:00:00+01:00By Joel Toombs has an MA in Christian mentoring and wrote the Grove booklet Mentoring and young people. He is a mentor in the music industry and a youth worker.

    The sun sweats over a tense Russian stadium. England have just won their first ever penalty shoot-out in World Cup history. The crowd erupts.

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    Parable: Harry and the half-eaten hamburger

    2018-08-30T00:00:00+01:00By Alex Taylor is the Resources Editor at YCW Magazine

    This story is based on 2 Samuel 11 and 12. Read the passage (if you’re short on time, retell the events of chapter 11 and then read chapter 12). Compare the story with this one.

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    Reflective Journal: Back to school

    2018-08-30T00:00:00+01:00

    A photocopiable resource

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    All-age: The pearl

    2018-08-30T00:00:00+01:00By Darren Hill tells stories at thecreativeminimalist.com.

    Meeting aim: To explore how precious the kingdom of heaven is.

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    Pack up your troubles (in your pencil case)

    2018-08-23T00:00:00+01:00

    How do we prepare our children for a new school, class or educational experience? How can we ensure we’re supporting them even in the midst of their anxiety? Transforming Lives for Good’s Rae Morfin shares her thoughts

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    Taking a leaf out of the good book

    2018-08-23T00:00:00+01:00

    Youth worker Tim Gough reflects on why we need to get back to Bible basics

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    “Teaching is not an easy career but it’s really rewarding”

    2018-07-18T00:00:00+01:00

    We spoke to numerous Christian teachers working with children and young people across the greater Birmingham area. Here’s a conversation we had with one secondary school Religious Education (RE) teacher.

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    All-age worship

    2018-07-18T00:00:00+01:00By Rev Nick Drake runs Worship For Everyone with his wife Becky and is studying for a PhD at Birmingham University. He is associate pastor at St Luke’s Gas Street.

    We spoke to worship leader, songwriter and church pastor Nick Drake about his passion for intergenerational worship. 

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    I want to transform our campus

    2018-07-18T00:00:00+01:00

    I went to the Christian Union in my first year and found it quite difficult. I stopped going but felt called back, because if no one from my type of church goes to CU then that won’t be represented there.

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    Is this church?

    2018-07-18T00:00:00+01:00By Peter Dalton is youth and community pastor at St John’s and St Peter’s, Ladywood.

    Ladywood, on the western edge of Birmingham city centre, has suffered with a reputation of crime and poverty. We spoke to Peter and Isaac who run a football project there every Friday.

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    Revising old texts, learning new skills

    2018-07-18T00:00:00+01:00By Rebecca Rammell is from Worcester and is a Year Out volunteer with Youth for Christ while studying for her A Levels.

    A week in the life of a youth worker.

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    Story for home: The throne and the hot coal

    2018-06-21T00:00:00+01:00

    Here is a story for you to tell at home, perhaps at bedtime or as part of a God time during the day. Enjoy doing the actions and sound effects together! You could also use it as part of a children’s session.

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    Forming faith rituals: Growing our belief

    2018-06-21T00:00:00+01:00By Victoria Beech runs GodVenture to help families do faith at home together. She has a series of sticker activity books and other fun resources including Bible GodVen­ture52, a pack of cards with 52 ideas on exploring the Bible together at home. Get two packs for £10 using the code ‘YCW’ at GodVenture.co.uk

    In his book, Children Finding Faith, Francis Bridger says that faith can be seen in four Christ-centred dimensions: believing, trusting, doing and imagination. Having previously explored doing, I’d like to consider what we mean by believing and what we can do in our faith at home to grow our belief.

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    Reflective Journal: Overflowing

    2018-06-21T00:00:00+01:00

    A reflective resource on Psalm 23.

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    Mentoring: Virtual insanity

    2018-06-21T00:00:00+01:00By Joel Toombs has an MA in Christian mentoring and wrote the Grove booklet Mentoring and young people. He is a mentor in the music industry and a youth worker.

    Last night I cooked far too much rice for the family. Again.

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    Craft: Jonah

    2018-06-21T00:00:00+01:00By Mina Munns is the founder of Flame: Creative Children’s Ministry www.flamecreativekids.blogspot.co.uk

    Background The story of Jonah is about more than getting stuck inside a big fish! Here are some crafts to help draw out the story’s themes of journey, self-discovery, repentance and forgiveness, and storm.

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    Male suicide

    2018-06-21T00:00:00+01:00By Jamie Cutteridge is the director of With, a new Christian community and retreat centre dedicated to praying for and with young people bewith.community

    Scottish indie band Frightened Rabbit probably aren’t on the cultural radar of the children and young people we work with. Kids today have probably never lost an hour to the majestic Midnight Organ Flight album or screamed along to ‘Keep yourself warm’. But in the last month this band has become vitally important to our work with young men.

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    End of term games

    2018-06-21T00:00:00+01:00

    School is almost over, which means formal groups begin to scale down for a lot of organisations. Requiring teamwork, a good sense of humour and some physical activity, these games are a perfect way to wrap up the term before the long summer!

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    All-age service: Isaiah

    2018-06-21T00:00:00+01:00By Alex Taylor is the Resources Editor at YCW Magazine

    Meeting aim To explore something of the holiness of God and our reaction to that.

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    Parable: Tia and the wasted talent

    2018-06-21T00:00:00+01:00By Alex Taylor is the Resources Editor at YCW Magazine

    This story is based on Matthew 25:14–30. 

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    “Is the answer Jesus?”

    2018-06-20T00:00:00+01:00By Gareth Crispin is a youth, children and families’ minister in Cheshire. He is studying for a PhD in family ministry, is the co-author (along with Ed Mackenzie) of Together with God: an introduction to family worship, and co-hosts the Together with God podcast at togetherwithGod.org.uk.

    Struggling to find the answers to the big questions questions? Gareth Crispin has some ideas

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    Flying the nest

    2018-06-20T00:00:00+01:00By Katie Mclean is church relations developer at Fusion.

    Let’s get into the mindset of an 18-year-old arriving at university. You’ve packed your bags, got your fancy dress outfits and arrived in a new city. And literally no one knows your name. What now?

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    Gifts that keep on giving

    2018-06-20T00:00:00+01:00By Alex Taylor is the Resources Editor at YCW Magazine

    The end of summer term often marks a change in the lives of children and young people. It may be a time when we want to give a gift to commemorate this change. But what to get? Here’s our guide to what you could give, and when

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    From the mouths of babes

    2018-06-20T00:00:00+01:00By Pete Gardner is 0-30s pastor at Life Church in Bradford.

    Pete Gardner explores how Church can be more than just a babysitting service for under-4s

  • Forming faith rituals: Active in faith

    2018-05-24T00:00:00+01:00By Victoria Beech runs GodVenture to help families do faith at home together. She has a series of sticker activity books and other fun resources including Bible GodVen­ture52, a pack of cards with 52 ideas on exploring the Bible together at home. Get two packs for £10 using the code ‘YCW’ at GodVenture.co.uk

    Faith without works is dead. But what does it look like to develop an active faith at home?

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    A really good fisherman

    2018-05-24T00:00:00+01:00

    Here is a story for you to tell at home, perhaps at bedtime or as part of a God time during the day. Enjoy doing the actions and sound effects together! You could also use it as part of a children’s session.

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    Games: Football (ish) games

    2018-05-22T00:00:00+01:00

    The World Cup is almost upon us, so why not play some footie inspired games? If your group isn’t into the beautiful game, just kick off those summer vibes!

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    Craft: Jesus and the fishermen

    2018-05-22T00:00:00+01:00By Mina Munns is the founder of Flame: Creative Children’s Ministry www.flamecreativekids.blogspot.co.uk

    The story of Jesus calling the fishermen to follow him and become fishers of people is rich in imagery and lends itself to a range of craft activities. The following ideas explore the story’s themes of community, discipleship and, of course, fish!

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    Reflective Journal: From moonscape to glory

    2018-05-22T00:00:00+01:00

    A photocopiable resource.

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    Parable: John and the journey of jeopardy

    2018-05-22T00:00:00+01:00By Alex Taylor is the Resources Editor at YCW Magazine

    This story is based on Luke 10:25–37.

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    Mentoring: How do we measure spiritual growth?

    2018-05-22T00:00:00+01:00By Joel Toombs has an MA in Christian mentoring and wrote the Grove booklet Mentoring and young people. He is a mentor in the music industry and a youth worker.

    As a teenager, I remember being quite easily discouraged about my relationship with God. Why wasn’t he speaking to me? How could I become more ‘successful’ at putting my faith into action?

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    Mind the Gap

    2018-05-18T00:00:00+01:00By Emily Howarth is is project manager for Home for Good and a regular volunteer children’s worker in her church.

    Many young people take a year out after school or university. Some spend that time serving a church, others join a gap year programme in the UK or abroad. But are these internships and gap years life-changing experiences or is it just glorified cheap labour?

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    All-age service: Jesus and the fishermen

    2018-05-18T00:00:00+01:00By Helen Hodgson leads the children’s and youth work at Gracechurch, Bromsgrove.

    Meeting aim:To explore what it means to follow Jesus.

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    The broken road to Grenfell

    2018-05-18T00:00:00+01:00By Jamie Sewell leads the Message Hub in west London.

    A year ago, on 14th June 2017, a devastating fire ripped through a west London tower block, tragically killing more than 71 people. Youth worker Jamie Sewell shares his experience

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    Everything I learnt about community, I learnt from football

    2018-05-17T00:00:00+01:00By Jamie Cutteridge is the director of With, a new Christian community and retreat centre dedicated to praying for and with young people bewith.community

    Let’s get this out of the way at the start: World Cup month is the highlight of every four-year period. Yes, England will crash out, probably in embarrassing fashion, but to be honest who cares? Because once the emotional investment is tossed aside we get to watch multiple games a day featuring the best teams on the planet. Absolute bliss.

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    King Saul’s caught short

    2018-04-19T00:00:00+01:00

    Here is a story for you to tell at home, perhaps at bedtime or as part of a ‘God time’ during your day. Introduce the story by telling everyone that it is a whispering-shouting story, so you will tell them when and what to whisper, and when and what to shout. You could also use it as part of a children’s session.

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    Forming faith rituals: Do ministry together

    2018-04-19T00:00:00+01:00By Victoria Beech runs GodVenture to help families do faith at home together. She has a series of sticker activity books and other fun resources including Bible GodVen­ture52, a pack of cards with 52 ideas on exploring the Bible together at home. Get two packs for £10 using the code ‘YCW’ at GodVenture.co.uk

    I spoke at our church’s Easter Sunday service. It was an ‘all together’ service, so all the chil­dren were present from babies upwards, including my own. In part it was brilliant to have them there, but in part it was really tricky. Why?

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    Dunno

    2018-04-19T00:00:00+01:00By Phoebe Hill is head of research at Youthscape, a theology PhD student at King’s College London and a volunteer youth worker.

    Back in my secondary school days, I was responsible for leading the Christian Union. Each week we would gather – a random collection of ten or so young people from across various school years – to spend a chunk of our lunch break playing games, sharing food and having group discussions. 

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    An apologist’s response

    2018-04-19T00:00:00+01:00By Gareth Black is a fellow at the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics and RZIM.

    I want to commend Phoebe and her team for their research on this topic. Their findings are informative, but not completely surprising in light of my experience of working with young people – even those with a strong Christian upbringing. The article stimulates three wider considerations for understanding the faith of children and young people.

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    Mentoring: #identity

    2018-04-18T00:00:00+01:00By Joel Toombs has an MA in Christian mentoring and wrote the Grove booklet Mentoring and young people. He is a mentor in the music industry and a youth worker.

    How often have you heard someone described as a wolf in sheep’s clothing? The phrase actually originates from Jesus himself in Matthew 7:15 and refers to someone who appears harmless, but their true identity is potentially hurtful.

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    Reflective Journal: God's World

    2018-04-18T00:00:00+01:00

    A photocopiable resource.

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    Youth group games

    2018-04-18T00:00:00+01:00

    Here is a selection of games you can play (or adapt) for a youth group evening. There is a mix of active and settled games to suit your group and situation.

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    All-age service: Pentecost

    2018-04-18T00:00:00+01:00By Alex Taylor is the Resources Editor at YCW Magazine

    Meeting aim: To reflect on the holiness of God.

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    Craft: Chosen to be king

    2018-04-18T00:00:00+01:00By Mina Munns is the founder of Flame: Creative Children’s Ministry www.flamecreativekids.blogspot.co.uk

    Background: David and his whole family are taken by surprise when he is chosen by God, through Samuel, to be Israel’s king. These crafts will help children explore some of the key themes of the story in a creative, open-ended and even scientific way!

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    Parable: Ethan and the vinyl revival

    2018-04-18T00:00:00+01:00By Joel Toombs has an MA in Christian mentoring and wrote the Grove booklet Mentoring and young people. He is a mentor in the music industry and a youth worker.

    This story is based on Luke 12:13-21.

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    Walking with children through grief

    2018-04-17T00:00:00+01:00By William Taylor is a full-time, self employed counsellor workingpredominantly with primary school children and avolunteer youth worker in his local church. FollowWilliam’s blog at bigdaddywhale.com.

    At 10.31pm on Monday 22nd May 2017, suicide bomber Salman Abedi detonated a homemade explosive device in the foyer of the Manchester Arena. A few hours earlier, thousands of children and young people gathered to watch a sellout Ariana Grande performance.

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    Killings in the capital

    2018-04-17T00:00:00+01:00By Jamie Cutteridge is the director of With, a new Christian community and retreat centre dedicated to praying for and with young people bewith.community

    Enough.

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    Safeguarding: The importance of training

    2018-04-17T00:00:00+01:00

    The reality of safeguarding is that it is not a matter of whether a worker will be confronted by an issue, but when. Therefore, it is essential to ensure we have the necessary skills and knowledge and feel confident about how to effectively respond when issues arise.

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    Movie: Thor - Ragnarok

    2018-03-23T00:00:00+00:00

    Clip: The clip runs from 00:19:30 to 00:27:33.

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    All-age service: Easter Sunday

    2018-03-23T00:00:00+00:00By Alex Taylor is the Resources Editor at YCW Magazine

    Meeting aim: To encounter the risen Jesus!

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    Mentoring: Hide and seek with God

    2018-03-23T00:00:00+00:00By Joel Toombs has an MA in Christian mentoring and wrote the Grove booklet Mentoring and young people. He is a mentor in the music industry and a youth worker.

    I regularly enjoy playing a completely terrible version of hide and seek with my 3-year-old. Those of you with kids will no doubt recognise this game.

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    Drama games

    2018-03-23T00:00:00+00:00

    The word ‘drama’ may make some people shudder with fear, but these group games and exercises will be sure to warm up your children and young people, even on a sleepy Sunday morning!

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    Parable: Morgan and the missing bass riff

    2018-03-23T00:00:00+00:00By Alex Taylor is the Resources Editor at YCW Magazine

    This story is based on Luke 15:11–32.