Children Matter have highlighted the ‘My First Message’ Bible by Eugene Peterson:

it’s brilliant!

the pages pictures and graphics are lush, the text is easy to read with a flowing style (as you expect from the message). no only that but thought prompting questions are found though out as well as suggested prayers and activities to coincide with the events.

basicly i highly recomend it since it combines everything that children need and enjoy.

Married to the amazing Sarah and raising Jakey, Daniel, Amelia, Josh & Jonah in our blended family. Passionate for Jesus, social work & sport.

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  1. Good for you, Chris! It cheers me enormously to read what you have written and know I am not alone. What you say is common sense and ordinary good manners according to you and me both. Would it shock you to know that I was told off for saying thank-you to someone for what they were doing for the church on the grounds that since I was not God it was not for me to thank them?
    I see the reasons for saying this – up to a point – but I doubt that the person whose eyes lit up at this unusual recognition of their efforts thought I was claiming to be the Almighty.
    At the time I took my rebuke (from one of the clergy) meekly, and thought I had obviously got it wrong. But the more I think about it, the more I think it is the Church (if indeed it is official doctrine) who is wrong on this point.
    We are having a discussion at the Lay Anglicana website on ‘clericalism and laicism’ ( where some clergy have said it is difficult to recruit lay helpers. I do think one of the reasons may be the universal need for appreciation if the clergy really feel prohibited from offering it.

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