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Mothering Sunday resources

Students and staff from St Mellitus led by Jane Williams, Assistant Dean and Tutor in Theology, have written a beautiful Mothering Sunday liturgy for Mothers’ Union which can be downloaded below: St Mellitus and Mothers’ Union Mothering Sunday Liturgy WORD St Mellitus and Mothers’ Union Mothering Sunday Liturgy PDF   The Mothers’ Union also have to offer a […]

Talking to children about terrorism

Megan, who used to belong to one of my youth groups, has written a final year project for her journalism degree course  on how to talk to children about terrorism, particularly after Manchester. If you have a spare 5 minutes feel free to have a look by clicking on the links below. Meet Racheal Austin and […]

Christmas video 25: Christmas according to kids

What happens when you ask a bunch of kids to tell the story of Christmas? Enjoy this story of Bethle-ha-ha-ham and the magical star that appeared. The natural humour of the children of Southland Christian Church describing the nativity story makes this an obvious video to show at your Christmas family service:  

Christmas video 21: The Nativity in Sand

The Bible Society produced this video of sand artist Gert van der Vijver retelling the story of the Nativity in sand.  This is a great thing to watch in an all-age service:  

Best children’s Christmas story book

One of my favourite resources for the Christmas season is Jesus’ Christmas Party by Nicholas Allan. Nicholas Allan writes and illustrates the nativity through the eyes of a grumpy inn keeper who is unexpectedly at the centre of Jesus’ birth.  The story follows him as he is woken up repeatedly by Mary and Joseph and guests visiting the […]

If Father Christmas was a woman, could she get the job done?

When the Anomaly marketing agency asked these children, “If Santa Claus was a woman, could she do the job?” they gave some brilliant answers. Via Design Taxi

What children want for Christmas: a Dad

When it comes to Christmas, it might be safe to assume children will ask Santa for an extensive list of toys, games and treats.  But a survery of their typical lists for Father Christmas has shown many have more serious concerns, requesting “a dad” instead. A study of 2,000 British parents found most children will put […]

Christmas video 15: Bethlehemiam Rhapsody

Carrying on the series of great Christmas video clips is the Bethlehemiam Rhapsody – old school but great:  

What does a registered manager at a children’s care home do?

        Great article from the Guardian, interviewing Zoey Lees, who is a registered manager at The Orchards, a children’s care home in Nottingham for five young people aged 11 to 18 who are on the autism spectrum: We are just like a family and my day starts about 8am when I transport some […]

Christmas Video 11: He Came Down

‘If you’ve ever felt rejected, excluded or a stranger Remember the One who came down in the manger.’    

Christmas video 1: An Unexpected Christmas

The story of Christmas told by the kids of St Paul’s Church, Auckland, New Zealand:

Upcoming funding deadline: Comic Relief Tech for Good 2018

Comic Relief Tech for Good 2018 funding stream has an upcoming deadline.  The fund is well worth looking at for youth work projects. Deadline: 20 December 2017 Who can apply? Not-for-profit groups in the UK How much? Between £15,000 and £47,000 What for? This programme aims to provide the opportunity for not-for-profit organisations, who already have some technological […]