Kathryn Copsey has a wealth of experience as a community children’s worker in East London; a writer and trainer for Scripture Union and now project leader for Children in Urban Situations (CURBS). Her latest book, From the Ground Up: Understanding the Spiritual World of the Child, deals with how we should be working with children in the 21st century and engaging with their spiritual world.
This is not a quick fix book, but looks at deeper issues. She tackles children’s spirituality, how it is damaged and how to repair that damage, nurturing it and making the child receptive to God’s Holy Spirit. Her thesis doesn’t just apply to the urban context, but, is, valid wherever children are.
Christian Research has shown that we are critically losing children from the ages of seven to nine, before the secondary school transition when many perceive the loss to take place. There is something wrong with the way we have been approaching children’s work. This book goes a long way to addressing the foundation issues that affect how we plan our programmes and deal with children.
She uses a biblical perspective to underpin all she says following in Jesus’ attitude to children. Copsey uses insights from theology, psychology, therapy and practical experience, weaving the different strands together into a brilliant piece of art.
This book is a must for all who work with children. from Sunday school teachers to youth workers and ministers. For too long the church has focussed on teenagers as the way to turn around the decline in church attendance, teenagers are important, but we must realise that this decline happens several years before then, children’s work should be as important if not more important.