Reaching at-risk children

Mimi Bullock writes on the Ministry to Children website:

“Unless your ministry is located under a rock, you’ve had firsthand experience with at risk children. Although I do not like labeling kids, we teachers need to know what challenges lay before us. Children who fall under the “at risk” category tend to act out, even dangerously, to gain attention while other children remain resolutely hidden in the background. At risk simply means the child has a likelihood to follow a negative life path, often because of a family history of abuse, addictions and the like.

In some situations, you may suspect a child is at risk by their behavior towards you or other children in your ministry. Aggression and chronic cursing are two big indicators, at least in my experience. Reaching at risk children is tough and requires a commitment from the teacher or pastor. However, we are bringers of the gospel–the good news is that Jesus saves and makes children whole!

So what are some good tips for reaching at risk children?”

Read the full article here

Element Youth event

Here’s an event for 11-16 year olds (older youth are welcome too!)

It’s at King’s Somborne Village Hall on Saturday 28 April 2012, from 7.00pm to 9.00pm.

With worship led by the team from Above Bar Church in Southampton, there will be Communion, prayer zones and food. The whole evening is on the theme of Noah’s Ark and should be awesome!

Creative ideas for Palm Sunday

Margaret Pritchard Houston, families’ pastor at St George’s Campden Hill, offers creative ideas for Palm Sunday:

“In the church I grew up in, there was one coming of age ritual for girls that was more important than any other.  Confirmation?  Rite 13?  No … it was the year you finally were deemed old enough to read the part of the Servant Girl At The Fire in the congregational reading of the Passion on Palm Sunday.  That’s when you knew it was time to put away childish things.

The reading of the Passion on Palm Sunday is often an emotional experience – we go from proclaiming Christ as King to calling for his crucifixion in a head-spinning 20 minutes.  If your children have Sunday School on Palm Sunday, here’s one way to create that experience for them in an interactive, memorable way.”

You can read more on her blog here