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.

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


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

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:



Job Opportunity at Care for the Family


Care for the Family are looking for a Befriending Manager to lead their befriending support to hurting families. This is a part time post (22 1/2 hours per week) in the Service Delivery Team. The successful candidate will be responsible for managing three existing befriending projects, Bereaved Parents Support, Widowed Young Support and Parent Support for Additional Needs.
If you are interested in applying you can download the information from their website, the address for which is www.careforthefamily.org.uk/jobs.




Why Christians should build family instead of a ministry


Daniel Vogler writes in Revival Lifestyle:
Sometimes I feel like there’s a lot of confusion in the charismatic revival scene.

How do you measure success in life & ministry?
How do we measure the success of our churches, ministries and individual lives?

Is it the number of sermons we’ve preached or listened to?
Is it the level of God’s presence felt during worship, the revelation released in a teaching, or the amount of souls saved at an outreach?
How about at attendance of our worship gatherings? That should count, right?
Throughout my past as worship artist, evangelist, school of ministry student, conference speaker & house church planter I have discovered that much of what I considered “success” is completely irrelevant in God’s eyes. Let me explain.

Read the full article here.

Children on what God’s like


In Childrenswork magazine, British children’s ministry expert Ronni Lamont explores how children comprehend and relate to God at different developmental stages:

When my children were young, we attended a very high Anglo-Catholic church for a while. I used to say that at least if I couldn’t hear the service I could smell it. When we took the children up for their blessing, the priest held a consecrated wafer in his fingers as he blessed the children. As we walked back down the aisle, our son Jim, in his none too-quiet voice piped up: ‘You got your bread in your mouth, but I had mine through my head.’

There are many more insights in this month’s magazine, together with the chance to get a free copy.