Conversations between parents and teenagers


A brilliant article by Susan Oh Cha and Yumi Bryana Cha from the Fuller Institue about conversations between parents and teenagers:

”As parents, we have all kinds of reasons to talk to our kids. Often we resort to talking at our kids. But how often do we really talk with our kids?”

“When we do pursue conversations with our teenagers, what is our motivation? To listen? To learn? To understand? Or are we hoping to win an argument?”

Read the whole article here.

Teenagers tell Family Lives the best and worst things about being a teenager

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A Family Lives survey revealed teenagers’ greatest fears and what their advice for parents is. They wanted to find out what teens really think about life, school and everything else in between, so they ran a survey to find out. The results are fascinating and really show us what teens care and worry about the most. Read more here


Growing churches in the digital age

social media

For many churchgoing is no longer the ‘cultural norm’. People don’t actively ignore the church: they don’t even think about it. Matthew 5:13-16 calls us to be salt and light in the world, and for thousands in the ‘digital age’, that world includes social networks such Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Pinterest. With literally billions in the digital spaces, the online social spaces presented by churches need to be appealing, welcoming, and not look like they are just an afterthought: they are now effectively the ‘front door’ to your church for digital users, and you ignore those spaces at your peril.

Read more of Bex Lewis’s brilliant article here

Real Advent Calendar?

Real Advent Calendar

First there were Real Easter Eggs, then Real Christmas Decorations – now there’s a Real Advent Calendar! Behind each door is a line of the Christmas story & a chocolate star – then behind the final door is The Christmas Story book. Costing £3.99 (with a donation from each sale going to the Children’s Society) the calendars can be bought online or from Tesco’s.


One Way UK – puppet and creative arts festival

one way UK puppets

Held at the Rugby College, Rugby on Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd November 2013

One Way UK’s biggest event of the year! The European Puppet and Creative Arts Ministry Festival is for everyone who wants to learn how to share the gospel of Christ using their creative skills. There will be lots of practical, hands-on workshops, led by Andy Holmes and Bob Hartman from the USA as well as a wide range of special UK guests including Steve Price, Messy Church, Steve & Kay Morgan-Gurr, David Hellyer, Jason Westmoreland, Amy Robinson and more! Workshops will be for both the absolute beginner and plenty of classes for those who want to enhance their abilities.

The European Festival is a great opportunity to meet and see puppeteers of all ages from many different churches, denominations, countries and cultures. Meet, share, have a drink with, pray with, inspire and encourage each other. With over 50 workshops on offer throughout the weekend, you are sure to have a fun and creative learning experience. At the Festival there will be the largest range of resources available for you to see, try and take back home with you with new ideas and many items on special offer!

Return home inspired and equipped with skills and resources to use in your services, Messy Church, outreach and work in the schools and community!

Click here for a booking form, or visit or call the events team on 01472 241068