How do you teach memory verses in a fun way? Let's back track a little. I mean - er - WHY are we teaching Scripture memorisation in the first place? Doesn't it all feel a little cult-ish and brainwashed? It's certainly a contentious issue amongst church folk. There's the camp which wants … [Read more...] about How do you Teach Memory Verses in a Fun Way? (15 Ideas)
Discipleship for kids
When it comes to nurturing faith in our kids, the road can be rocky. Here are my favourite resources, alongside thoughts and ideas from our family's experience.
I'm hesitating as I start this post. Not for the reason you're thinking (which, I'm guessing, is the sensitivity of the subject matter). Sadly, recent news events have compelled me to write on this issue, and I know these words need to be written. No. I'm hesitating because if you're a … [Read more...] about HOW CAN WE EDUCATE OUR BOYS ABOUT GENDER EQUALITY?
There's nothing like a couple of messages from blog-readers to motivate you to write a blog post you've been meaning to write for a year. Talk about a kick up the backside. It has FULLY been my intention since early last year to compile a whole load of fabulous individual Bible devotionals for … [Read more...] about THE BEST CHILDREN’S BIBLE DEVOTIONALS – FROM TOT TO TEEN!
I'm writing this in 2020. Although lockdown has just ended where we are, there are still huge restrictions on what we're able to do during Advent, and I know people are concerned they won't be able to take part in their usual Advent traditions this year. Live church services, Christingles, … [Read more...] about HOW TO CELEBRATE ADVENT AT HOME
Last year, having heard about this 'Jesse Tree' thing a few times, I decided to go for it with my family. We'd tried in the past, but our children were too young to really understand what was going on - and, if I'm being honest, I was pretty half-hearted about the whole thing. After all, who … [Read more...] about JESSE TREE IDEAS FOR FAMILIES: THE WHAT, WHY AND HOW!
I LOVE Christmas. And I LOVE Advent. (I even wrote a book about Advent). I love all the fun and creative ways we can anticipate the excitement of Christmas during December with our families. One of our favourite traditions is our Advent basket. It's so simple - I just throw all our Christmas … [Read more...] about The Best Christmas Picture Books for Children (updated for 2021!)
We all want our kids to get into reading - I see loads of questions come up in Facebook groups asking for book recommendations for their children. And aren't we just so fortunate in how many wonderful authors we have available to us? I gawp every time I walk in Waterstone's and browse the kids' … [Read more...] about 30+ CHRISTIAN FICTION BOOK IDEAS FOR CHILDREN AND TWEENS
I don't think any of us thought, back in March, that online church was going to become our only way of doing church for a long time. To be honest, I thought we'd be back in our church building in June - which seems laughable now, as we face possibly another year (or two?) of Zoom/YouTube/Facebook … [Read more...] about KIDS NOT ENGAGING WITH ONLINE CHURCH? HERE’S HOW TO NURTURE THEIR FAITH
UPDATED FOR 2021 I've written a lot on this blog about how crazy our family is, especially when it comes to our noisy family devotions. Pretty much all the spiritual nurturing we do for our kids is full of chaos, mess and clutter! I say this not because I'm proud of it, but because I want you … [Read more...] about WHAT IS THE BEST CHILDREN’S BIBLE TO BUY FOR MY CHILD?