Vol 8 - February 2013

News & Views
7th February 2013 

Welcome to News and Views. This section offers the very latest news  from a variety of websites and blogs.

Twitter & Children's Ministry
1 post a day on children's ministry follow @SKskersys

Messy Fiesta
We're delighted to announce that we will be hosting a Messy Fiesta on Saturday 27th July 2013, in the grounds of the home of Bishop John Wraw, Bishop of Bradwell. Lucy Moore, the pioneer of Messy Church and Martyn Payne will be participating and this will be a great day for inspiring, supporting, resourcing and encouraging you in looking at fresh ways of engaging families in worship. More details to follow but please get the date in your diary now.  

Ready To Send! 
Methodist Children and Youth have just launched a brand new initiative for Lent. They  are hoping that children and young people will sign up to receive a prayer via a text to their mobiles every day. These prayers have been written by children and young people in Methodist Churches and projects across the country, as well as at 3Generate. The prayers are about things that matter to them. 

You can access these prayers by texting LENT to 66777. (initial text is charged at standard network rate, but it is free to receive the prayers which will be sent to phones automatically each day.)

Children & the media
ChildWise have just published a Prezi on Children and Media, based on their research in 2012. http://bit.ly/VpzH4b

Love Life Live Lent: Be the Change!
This excellent resource returns for 2013 with 40  new actions to help you change the world for the better. Available in Adult & Youth and Kids versions so that everyone can take part, each day has a simple act of generosity or an idea for pausing amid busy modern life. Take a look at sample pages and order the booklets on the websiteAlso, follow on Twitter @LiveLent for regular news and encouragement.

Lent Calendar from ROOTS
You can download a free Lent Calendar from ROOTS here

Lent & Easter Resources
Check out some excellent resources compiled by Mary Hawes on Pinterest here. You won't be disappointed!

Child Development
Well worth listening to this 30 minute programme with Professor Annette Karmiloff-Smith on early child development:

Changes, challenges & champions 
For many years, Vicki Shaver has headed up the International Christian College in Glasgow lecturing in children's ministry. In these short video clips she reflects on the changes she has seen in children's ministry, the current challenges and the contemporary champions who are thinking and writing about children's ministry. http://bit.ly/Ul0E9m

Engaging children in the Bible
Helping children engage with the Bible requires more than just being a good storyteller.In this article, Philip Day explores ways which will support storytelling and lead children into deeper reflection on and engagement with the biblical text.

I'm not sure I believe that...
It's a fallacy to believe that all children accept faith without questioning. Like us, they experience doubts and questions - but there isn't always a safe space to express these. On the Faith in Homes blog, Jane Butcher offers some ways to help children express and explore their doubts in a non-judgemental atmosphere.

Participation, more than just a word
It's very easy to pay lip service to the idea of participation by children and young people but much harder to put it into practice. This leaflet from TearFund, although 8 years old, offers theological imperatives and practical suggestions for beginning to turn theory into practice in your church.

Children's Spirituality
The 2013 International Conference on Children's Spirituality is being held in Belgium (10 - 13 July) - and looks as though it's shaping up to cover some interesting areas. The theme is Hidden Forms of Power in Caring for Children's Spirituality and all the details can be found here.

 Quick links 
  • Useful shorthand tips from Andrew Bouma for working with children with additional needs -good practical advice http://bit.ly/12cWC7v 
  • How on earth do we find volunteers for children's ministry? Some great ideas to use & adapt in Liz Perraud's blog http://bit.ly/127HubE 
  • Participate – great for discipleship & vocation for children & youth – section on “which task?” excellent for inclusion http://bit.ly/IIW1xV 
  • How can young children’s views shape the quality of childcare - Listening to Young Children, The Mosaic Approach http://bit.ly/VuTSxK 
  • FACT - charitable trust providing superb outdoor adventure activities for young people at Tollesbury, SE Essex http://www.fact.org.uk