Pray for Schools fortnight

Let your light shine

When: 10th – 23rd May 2015

Matthew 5 v 14 “You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colours in the world.”

This year to tie up with the International Year of Light we are using this verse to focus on being light in our schools and communities.

More details here from the Pray for Schools website

Hampshire Messy Meet-up

Messy Meet-up

When: Tuesday 19 May 2015, 7.30pm
Where: Church of the Good Shepherd, Four Marks, GU34 5AA

Come and join the Messy team at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Four Marks, Lucy Moore and James Pegg on 19 May at 7.30 for a Messy Meet-up. Time to chat about how your Messy Church is going, share some great ideas (and problems!), catch up with the local and national Messy Church picture, talk with James about teenagers in Messy Churches, pray for each other and generally wallow in Messiness for an evening.

Bring an activity example that’s worked really well in your Messy Church recently if you can, but even if you can’t, just turn up and be reinspired. No need to book but a rough idea of numbers would be useful, so email Lucy if you can.

Becoming an RE teacher

becoming an RE teacher

When was the last time someone asked: “So what do you do?”

“I teach RE” will spark a reaction. Just as the subject itself generates positive reactions and inspires school children of all ages.

Beyond the Ordinary is a new campaign to find extraordinary individuals who have what it takes to train to become RE teachers.

Click here to read the full article in

8 ideas to help you connect with families


Ideas for connecting the children’s ministry at church with the children’s families and supporting parents in their role.

Children are part of families and while friends grow in their influence as children reach their teens, families are still the biggest influence on the life of a child. How do we support families as they develop the spiritual life of their children? How do we connect our children’s ministry with their families?

Click here some ideas from the Aim Lower Journal to help you connect with and involve families in the fantastic ministry you do with their children.

Bible Handling Goals for Children – 5 years old and under

child reading bible

An age-appropriate guide for children’s use of the Bible – their knowledge of its content, skills in using it and attitudes towards it.

Children of different ages approach the Bible in different ways. As their general skills grow, so does their understanding of the Bible and their skill in using it.

Click here to read the full article in the Aim Lower Journal.