For the last year, I've had the joy of leading a toddler group at our church along with two friends. Knowing that others may be wondering how to run or set up a similar group, I offer these few thoughts from my own experience - not because we've got it right, but so that you might learn from what's … [Read more...] about LEADING A CHURCH TODDLER GROUP
Discipleship for parents
As parents, we can end up investing so much time in our children that we neglect our own spiritual journey. Here are some great resources and ideas to support mums and dads as we seek to draw closer to Jesus together.
Having written about the challenges of prayer, Bible reading, meeting together and hospitality as a parent, I'm now going to focus on share something a bit personal to me: how do we find opportunities to 'minister' as parents? The pear orchard A year ago, my friend was praying and had a very clear, … [Read more...] about PARENTHOOD AND MINISTRY: SERVING WHEN YOU’RE EXHAUSTED
This is part of a mini-series on various aspects of discipleship as a parent. I've written about the challenges of prayer, Bible reading, meeting together and offering hospitality once parenthood descends - and today I'm writing about church. Where do I start on this one? Perhaps by acknowledging … [Read more...] about PARENTHOOD AND CHURCH: IS IT WORTH IT WHEN IT’S SO HARD?
When I contemplate how different my discipleship looks now compared with before I had children, it's easy to feel a little frustrated that some areas are not as substantial as they were. My prayer life as a parent is hard work, and finding time to read the Bible with kids around is about as easy as … [Read more...] about PARENTHOOD AND HOSPITALITY: HOW DOES GOD BLESS OTHERS THROUGH OUR MESS?
You know the phrase "If something's worth doing, it's worth doing well"? I have a new version, designed for parents: "If something's worth doing, it's worth doing at the first opportunity you get...you sure as hell won't get another chance". Example: my kid goes down for a nap. "Great," I think. … [Read more...] about PARENTHOOD AND BIBLE READING: WHERE CAN I FIND THE TIME?
I've shared 30 Creative Lent ideas for families and hosted the fabulous Victoria Beech from Godventure to inspire us to share the Passover meal with our families. Now I'm excited to share this super-duper resource for a creative Good Friday all age service. Feel free to use it in its entirety, or … [Read more...] about A FREE ALL-AGE SERVICE FOR GOOD FRIDAY
"And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching." Hebrews 10:24-25 What does 'meeting together' actually mean? Why is it so … [Read more...] about PARENTHOOD AND MEETING TOGETHER: THE IMPORTANCE OF A ‘TRIBE’
When my phone alerts me to a new text message I instinctively reach for it, unlock it and read the message. It's now such an intuitive reaction that I do it whilst doing something else - with the consequence that I'm only half engaging with the content of the message. Most of the time, this doesn't … [Read more...] about SEE YOU SOON: A MOTHER’S STORY OF LOSING A SON TO ADDICTION
I really don't pray enough. Of course that is the world's greatest understatement. There are many reasons why I don't, but the top three which come to mind are: * I like to feel in control. Prayer is the ultimate exercise in loss of self-control. My life is no longer being controlled the way I … [Read more...] about PARENTHOOD AND PRAYER: HOW CAN I MAKE TIME?