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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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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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Growing with God 2017

  I do love a good conference.  Or training day.  Or general gathering…  In fact any opportunity to get together with peers and explore the issues of the day.  So, it was a pleasure to attend the Birmingham Diocese ‘Growing with God’ conference with a couple of the children’s ministry team last Saturday.  This is …
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