New Books for youth, children’s and families workers

This colourful book offers 68 of the best known stories from the Bible. Each one is simply retold (with the Bible reference in case you want to explore further) and would be suitable for bedtime reading with under 7s.
My Storytime Bible
Renita Boyle and Melanie Florian
pub. BRF £9.99


 The Bible isn’t just for Sunday! Snapshots encourages 8 – 11 year olds to read a short passage from the Bible every day throughout the year. There are comments, activities and prayers to help them think more about what they’ve read and how to live the Christian life.
Bible Snapshots
Scripture Union £8.99


In 2003, Mark Chester had the vision to start helping churches reach out to develop the relationships between fathers and children. This book tells the story of how the Who let the Dads out initiative grew, and offers a practical guide to help churches set up their own group for dads and under 5s.
Who let the dads out?
Mark Chester
BRF £6.99

Faith that is based on feelings and the hype of big events may not develop the roots that are needed to sustain it through the ups and downs of life. Martin Saunders has written a book which introduces the spiritual disciplines (prayer, study, simplicity, service, celebration and more) to a generation for whom they are counter-cultural. The format is adaptable and flexible, including games, reflection, discussion and journalling. Most importantly, he challenges youth leaders to engage & model the disciplines in their own lives. Looking past the title, the book is a gem and will help young people grow deep roots of faith.
The Beautiful Disciplines
Martin Saunders
Monarch £9.09 (on Amazon)


Celebrating holiness: earthing prayer in everyday life

Saturday 3 November 10 am – 2.45 pm
Romsey Abbey

For all Christians, prayer is at the centre of our lives.  Within the ordinary and humdrum events of daily living, God is to be found. This day offers an opportunity to learn more about how we might pray and grow closer to God. It will offer ways in which each of us can explore a variety of openings and encourage us to discern the Holy One at work in all our activities. The day will take place within the context of an extended Eucharist, with a choice of workshops, and the chance to explore different creative ways of praying.   The Bishop of Winchester, Tim Dakin, will preside and give the keynote address.

For more details, check out the Discipleship and Ministry team’s Spirituality page, which will be updated regularly.

Bookings can be made through me,

Romance Academy: Let’s talk about Sex roadshow

Romance Academy are bringing their roadshow to St Paul’s Church, Bursledon. It’s aimed at parents of teens, and youth/children’s workers, to equip, inform and encourage you to talk about sex with your teens/children.

When? Monday 16 July 2012, 7.30 – 10.00pm
Where? St Paul’s Church, Chamberlayne Road, Bursledon SO31 68T

Click the link for a flier giving more details:  LTAS A4 Poster

Youthwork the Conference

Plans are well under way for this year’s Youthwork the Conference planned for Eastbourne on the 23 to 25 November. Why should you go? Here’s what the website says;

If you do youth work – any type of youth work – we think you are amazing. We know how much it takes to pour yourself into the lives of young people day after day, week after week, and we want to give you something back.

Reasons why you should join us

  • Take time-out – where else can you get spiritual input just for you and leave the youth group at home!
  • Find fresh vision – space to meet with God and hear what He is saying to you
  • Hear great Bible teaching – from inspirational speakers, giving your faith real nourishment
  • Get encouraged – to persevere under pressure, no matter how high the obstacles seem
  • Pick up tips & resources – plus loads of ideas and practical advice that you can put to use straight away.
  • Meet others in the same boat – pool ideas, share advice and simply make some great friends
  • Get refreshed – personally, over and above your role as a youth worker

You’ll also become part of the growing community of leaders who want to learn, worship, create, be together and converse around the big issues facing young people, youth work and the church today.

The Theme – Lumen: Shine Brighter

Jesus said to his disciples, ‘You are the light of the world.’ Not you ought to be, or you will become, or try harder to be…But you are the light of the world. Let your light shine before others to show them who God is.

Whether we like it or not, the way that people will see what the kingdom of God is like is by looking at us, the people of God, at the way that we live, the hope that we have and the difference that Jesus makes to our lives. How can we ensure that our light shines as brightly as it could? How can we be a shining light in the lives of young people and in our communities?

At Youthwork the conference 2012as we look into what it means to be a ‘shining light’ in the lives young people, together we’ll delve deep into:

  • Leadership – what does it mean to be a leader?
  • Mentoring – how can we help young people fulfil their potential?
  • Spiritual Formation – how can we help young people become mature disciples of Jesus?
  • Church – how do we engage young people with the church?

This November we want you to be yourself equipped with new skills, inspired with renewed passion and filled with fresh energy for what God has called you to.

Messy Nativity – a new resource from BRF

Together with Liverpool Mothers’ Union and the newly formed pioneer ministry River in the City, Jane Leadbetter from BRF came up with the idea of a Nativity trail for shoppers to hunt down cuddly lost sheep hiding in department stores in Liverpool ONE, the city’s major shopping and leisure centre. She took the idea to the Centre management team and they loved it, quickly recognising the trail’s potential to increase the numbers of customers visiting the centre’s stores and creating a sense of theatre for shoppers.

Twelve large, knitted sheep were placed in twelve stores, including GAP, Debenhams, Waterstones and John Lewis, along with trail leaflets that invited families to help Liverpool ONE’s shepherd to find his sheep so he could go and see baby Jesus and tell the real story of Christmas. The leaflet also narrated the full traditional story of Christmas.

‘I never imagined how all ages could get so excited about knitted sheep! Store staff had competitions to choose a name for their sheep; some sheep “travelled” around stores daily. Many store staff bonded with their sheep and were very sad when the trail was over.’
Jane Leadbetter

‘The messy sheep trail worked very well in Waterstones. It created fun for the children to try and find our sheep, “Sheila”. It is always good for business to try new things and create as much theatre as possible within the store. We would be more than happy to be a part of this next year.’
Waterstones Liverpool ONE Branch Manager Andrew Campbell

You can read more on the BRF website here, and do take the time to look at their hilarious PowerPoint link.