Quiet day – Stones in the desert

Stones in the desert

Thursday 21 February 9.45 am – 4.00 pm
Old Alresford Place
Cost £15

This Quiet Day is based on two stories – The Great Family (Abraham and his descendants) and Faces of Easter (the life of Christ) – told as Godly Play presentations. These have a strong accompanying visual element and are followed by a time of reflection during which participants can make use of creative materials if they wish.  The method was developed for use with children, but adults also find it a powerful way of experiencing the Bible and our faith.

The day is led by Sue North-Coombes.  Sue has been an FE Lecturer, primary school teacher and a youth and children’s worker. She is now one of the UK Godly Play Trainers and runs the Guildford Diocesan Godly Play classroom in Ottershaw, Surrey, doing training in both schools and parishes across the south east.

Please contact ian.knight@winchester.anglican.org if you would like to come on this day.

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Lost in Transition

Krish Kandiah.pjgI’m a big fan of Krish Kandiah and what he has to say; here’s the link to his blog, http://krishk.com/

(don’t forget the k after krish, or you’ll get some dental website which was a bit puzzling to me when I tried it!)

Krish writes on his blog about how we can avoid losing young people in the transition time between “Sunday school” and the “adult” services – all good stuff, and he asks for your opinions and input – click here to read the article.

Why kids stop coming to church

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Written by Zac Veron for Youthworks.net

One of the great pleasures about being at the same church for a long time is that you get to see children grow up from infants into young adults.

As a member of the same church for seventeen years, many of which I originally served as the Senior Minister, I baptised many babies who grew to become leaders of the children’s and youth ministries. I saw a church with hardly any kids in Sunday School and youth group grow into a Christian community with hundreds of young people.

How did the church grow? Well, under God’s grace and sovereignty, Christian parents did the most important thing they could ever do – they led their children in Christ.

Yet in these seventeen years at St George North Anglican, I have also seen some children drop out of church. This sad outcome happens for many reasons, both theological and practical.

But of these reasons, two stand out, http://www.youthworks.net/articles/why-kids-stop-going-to-church/

Children and youth events planning

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If you’re planning a large event for youth, children or families, you’d do well to download and save the Methodist Church’s new how-to guides. They’re in pdf format, ready to save and print:

http://www.childrenandyouth.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/Children-Youth-Guidance-Pack-Residential-events.pdf

http://www.childrenandyouth.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/Children-Youth-Guidance-Pack-Large-events.pdf