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Engage: exploring together, engaging with God

A new vision for all age worship. There are seasons for everything and a right time for everything… there is a right time to hold on and another to let go… Sometimes a particular event triggers the need for change, sometimes it just feels like the right time.  So it happened with the Canvas team …
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A Busy Summer!

You might be forgiven for thinking things go a bit quiet in the children’s ministry over the Summer. Not so! During the first week of the break, church was transformed into our Under the Sea holiday club.  A hundred children between the ages of 5 and 11 joined of for 3 days of fun, games …
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Reaching un-churched children

Research by Scripture Union states that 95% of children and young people in the UK have no church contact. Reaching some of that 95% is a key motivator behind The Christmas Tour. For those new to St John’s or if you’ve not come across the Christmas Tour before …. it’s a nativity play with a …
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‘with sadness and excitement…’

It is with both sadness and excitement that I find myself writing. As you may or may not be aware, over the last 8 months we have been praying as a youth team and staff team, alongside parents and other church members into the future of Friday Night Club. There are several factors that have …
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Toddle and Tunes

Over the past academic year, the Toddlers toddled to Field House again to sing and play with the elderly residents there. The children have really grown in confidence with their older friends now and happily share out the instruments and chat to them when we play. As well as singing we have built Lego together, …
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All You Need is Love – And a Smile…

Toddlers finished for the summer early in July. The team were given instructions to rest, the parents instructions to ‘Toddle to the Park’ with friends and Chris and Pattie to enjoy the peace and quiet that the summer break affords them! We had a good year with a steady number of 70/80 families each day. We …
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Summertime… and the kids are home!

After reading Lisa Lakey’s blog, 7 Ideas for Engaging with Your Kids This Summer, I began thinking about the plans I’ve made (or not) for spending time with my family this Summer. I live in a cul-de-sac. The advantages of this are that my kids can play and ride their bikes and scooters pretty safely …
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Getting involved as a family

Our Building for Mission project is not just about our church building.  It’s also about seeking God’s will for our future and how He wants us to grow as a church.  This is a journey that will involve the whole church family, so this is a great opportunity to explain to our children what the …
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Let’s Talk About Faith (in our Families!)

In the last 48 hours, from my kids, I’ve had two disproportionate hissy fits, one refusal to go to school in trousers that did not have holes in, an ongoing monologue about why we should get rats (already named) as pets, three complaints over lunch or dinner menus, but also more cuddles than I can …
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Christmas Joy with Bells and a Knitted Nativity.

One Wednesday in December a small group of our Toddlers, and parents, spent a very special half an hour sharing the Christmas story at Field House. We have been visiting each month to sing nursery rhymes and actions songs with the residents and every time we visit the children and the elderly get to know …
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