Resurrection and hope in Rwanda – 20 years on

Resurrection and Hope in Rwanda
Samaritans Purse are sponsoring an inspirational evening with the Bishop of Kigali, talking about Raising Families – working to give vulnerable children and families a future.

Where:Romsey Abbey
When: Tuesday March 18 2014, 7.00pm

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Sand, anyone?

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADiane Kingston, from Romsey Abbey, has emailed me today (26/2/14):

Romsey Abbey Sundays@4 will have around 6 bags of play sand available for anyone to collect and use for week 1 of Living the Mission of Jesus – we are a week ahead with this session!

We’ll also have at least 1 baby bath which we are using to hold sand for the prayer activity.

If you’d like to take up the offer, please email


Young People and Statistics


Thanks to Mary Hawes for this round up of some of the stats regarding young people that have been in the news over the last few days.

Youth and the labour market
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has published the latest labour market statistics.

  • In the three months to December 2013, there were 3.68 million 16 to 24 year olds in employment, up 49,000 on the previous quarter.
  • There were 917,000 unemployed 16 to 24 years olds, down 48,000 from the previous quarter (and down 58,000 on the same quarter in 2012).
  • The unemployment rate for 16 to 24 year olds was 19.9%, down 1.0 percentage points from the previous quarter.
  • The number of 16 to 24 years olds unemployed for over a year decreased to 257,000 (from 281,000) and the number unemployed for over two years remained 114,000.

Young people and social action
Think tank Demos has published Introducing Generation Citizen, a report on young people’s citizenship. Demos polled 1,000 14 to 17-year-olds and 500 of their teachers and found:

  • 56% of teachers thought that 14 – 15 year olds were more engaged in social issues than previous generations and 66% of teachers thought this about 16 – 17 year olds
  • 14 to 17-year-olds see themselves as less engaged with traditional politics than previous generations, however 84% said they intended to vote upon turning 18
  • 81% of 14 to 17-year-olds considered that they were negatively presented in the media and this was having an adverse impact on their lives with 85% saying that negative stereotypes affected employment opportunities

Young people
The Department for Education has published a summary of the initial findings from the ‘Our future’ study. ‘Our future’ follows young people’s lives over a number of years to see how and why changes happen. The initial findings, following a survey of young people 13 to 14, show:

  • 29% of boys and 41% of girls strongly agreed that they work hard in school
  • 68% of boys and 60% of girls said it matters a lot to them to have a job which pays well and. 49% of girls and 31% of boys said that they wanted a job where they help people
  • 79% of boys and 80% of girls use Facebook and 31% of boys and 45% of girls use Twitter

Mental health
The BBC and online journal Community Care have used Freedom of Information requests to find out about under-18s with mental health problems in England being treated on adult psychiatric wards. They found:

  • 350 under-18s have been admitted so far to adult mental health wards in 2013-14, compared with 242 in 2012-12
  • 12 under-16s have been admitted so far in 2013-14, compared with three in 2011-12
  • of 18 NHS trusts that provided out-of-area placement data, 10 had sent children more than 150 miles away for care.


Messy meet-up in Basingstoke Deanery

messy churchWe’ve just set up our regular 6-monthly Messy Meet-up for those of you in the Basingstoke area.

Messy meet-ups are for teams who already do Messy Church to meet together, chat, share best practice and solve problems together – oh yes, and drink delicious coffee and eat scrummy cakes.

Where? St Mark’s, Homesteads Road, Kempshott RG22 5LQ
When? Monday 31 March 2014, 7.30-9.30pm
How much? £FREE

Please book through or phone 01962 710970 so that Pete knows how many scrummy cakes to provide.

Here’s the link to click on a poster.

Oasis bookshop, Romsey

I’ve just had an email from Angie at Oasis, Romsey, as follows:

Hi Lesley, 
Thanks for all the news – makes for busy reading!!
Just a memo really – we are stocking the Easter eggs as usual and anyone can place orders with us if they need extras.  Fairtrade Fortnight is in the next two weeks so we will be chocolate tasting so encourage everyone to come and join in. Oasis has a vast range of resources (or can get them fairly swiftly) so just e-mail through on  Palm crosses are now in stock and a big selection of Mothering Sunday cards and Easter cards are arriving.

Helping all ages to discuss the Bible reading

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How do we bring the Bible to life? Each week in the ROOTS materials include ideas on how to discuss the Bible reading with all ages.

Talk about encourages children to discuss the Bible reading.

Discussion questions in the Bible study help young people deepen their understanding of the reading

Thought-provoking questions form part of our sermon preparation.

All the links above come from the week for 6 April 2014 which focuses on Ezekiel.

Free resources for Lent, Holy Week and Easter

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These activities are normally only available to ROOTS subscribers, but ROOTS has provided these free for you to try.

Lent Calendar for 2014

Travel through Lent with some well-known Old Testament stories. Five famous stories lead us to Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday and prepare us for the dramas of Holy Week.

‘Only 40 days’ a Lenten service for all ages

This service explores the meaning and history of Lent.

Labyrinth kit

Labyrinth kitThis labyrinth was first run in St Paul’s Cathedral London in 2000. What was unique about it was that a series of stations are incorporated into the journey that the walker visits. Each one has an associated meditation to listen to with accompanying ritual activity. A kit was developed in a physical format to help people run their own labyrinths which proved very popular (and is still available in the USA as the Prayer Path). Proost decided that it was time they made it available as a download rather than reproduce the physical kit again in the UK. Click here for full details.