The proliferation of Apps offers a remarkable range of opportunities to connect, share, learn and build community on-line. But what are Omegle, Dubsmash and Tango? And what do young people (and parents) need to know about privacy settings when using them?
The following sites offer helpful advice:
The Resource Room holds a wide selection of faith-related books, artefacts, DVDs, posters and Godly Play sets that you can look at free of charge, or borrow for a modest fee. You can now browse and order online at: http://resourceroom.winchester.anglican.org
The Resource Room is located on the 1st floor of the Learning Centre, in the Cathedral Close, Winchester SO23 9LS. Enter through the main door, then use the intercom and wait for the second door to be opened.
Opening Hours: Monday and Thursday, 9.30am to 4.00pm (or by prior appointment). For further information contact William Cole on 01962 857262 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Tickets for the Thy Kingdom Come Beacon Event on 4th June at Winchester Cathedral are now available through Eventbrite. Tickets are going fast so make sure you order yours today! Don’t miss out on this exciting event!
We know it might still feel a long way away, but we’re hitting the time for Christmas planning! Here’s some of the best resources we’ve been able to find to help you make Christmas a special on in your ministry this year.
Unleash your youthgroup for justice this Christmas – why not engage with the Advent Conspiracy together.
Feeling brave? Run an advent sleep out with the young people in your parish or deanery? Get them to bring their friends – chat while you shiver about why it’s happening and what Christmas is all about. (Additional Youth Resource)
Headed to school? Here’s some ready made Chrismas Assembly resources.
Need a great Christmas video illustration? Here’s Guildford Diocese’s (2015) 12 videos of Christmas.
Looking to link with a community event or engage with your community? Why not try ‘Get in the Picture‘?
Explore Christmas through Gingerbread with family, at Messy Church, Sunday school, or somewhere else.
Not enough ideas for you here? The Evangelical Alliance have a bumper list of more here.
Keep your eyes peeled – we’ll be updating this with any more great resources we find as we countdown to Christmas!
Across October new, FREE intergenerational lectionary-based resources will be provided for each week. Suitable for use whether you are following the lectionary or not, these resources from the VCCE will include intergenerational music, prayer and Bible engagement ideas. These ideas may be used wherever liturgically appropriate in a service, including as part of an Early Word/ Children’s Talk time.
As always, your feedback on these resources will be gratefully received. Please e-mail your comments to email@example.com.
A new report on working families in the UK has just been published. It is based on a survey of 1000 families.
You can access it from the Messy Church website.
An article from the Aim Lower Journal, which originated on the Building Faith website (thanks, Matthew!):
Conversation starters for mixed age groups ? Regardless of the intergenerational program you have planned (activity, meal, study) it helps to start things off with a good question. Finding a good question is harder than we thought – the question must be interesting and answerable for ALL ages. Here are 12 questions to get you started; they can be answered by participants of almost any age.
Planning Intergenerational Ministry
Intergenerational ministry. The concept is simple: get people of multiple ages and life stages together for formation. To learn more about the theory and developments around intergenerational ministry, check out intergenerationalfaith.com.
Intergenerational ministry takes careful planning. That’s because it is often a new experience for people, and folks don’t always know what to do. As leaders, we can help “grease the wheels” with clear instructions. For example, we posted a way to split people up to have multiple ages sitting together at tables: How to Create Mixed Seating at Intergenerational Formation Events.
But what about conversation starters? Regardless of the program you have planned (activity, meal, study) it helps to start things off with a good question. Finding a good question harder than we thought – the question must be interesting and answerable for ALL ages. Here are 12 questions to get you started; they can be answered by participants of almost any age.