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The Canvas Story Act 2

A new year, a new team…   ‘Church…Mission’ July 5th 2015 Acts 1:8 “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Our witness to the good news is a key …
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The Canvas Story Act 1

Introducing Canvas… ‘Canvas’ is our monthly all age service held at 9.15am on the first Sunday of each month. You may be wondering what the name ‘Canvas’ is all about – is it a painting workshop, or will we be camping?! Well, the answer is both – in a way! As we’ve spent time thinking …
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Ben Baker’s Book Bargains

Ok so they aren’t bargains so much, but I would recommend them and therefore am suggesting they are good value for your money! What books, resources or ideas would you recommend for children, families and faith? Best Bible ever! The Jesus Storybook Bible – My favourite book of Bible stories, beautifully illustrated but brilliant in …
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Dear Parents with Young Children in Church

The post I’m reproducing below has been around a while, republished on sites like Huffington Post and shared regularly on Facebook and Twitter, originally posted here. I share it because it beautifully says why we embrace the noise and the messiness of church with our children. Being a church of all generations is part of …
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The 7 Principles

The vision behind the 7 principles is to be strategic about what we are teaching our young people.It is easy to fall into the trap of not planning ahead or thinking proactively about what we want to teach. Very often we start a new term and say ‘what shall we do with the next 6 …
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‘St John’s Youth exists to…’

At the Start of September 2015 St John’s Youth launched its new vision statement. I believe that Godly vision is hugely important for any ministry. It is what gives our ministry focus, a purpose and keeps us moving forward rather than staying put. In his book Courageous Leadership, Bill Hybel’s says that ‘vision is a …
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Children & the Bible: there’s an app for that

We live in a digital world where increasingly our search for both information and entertainment takes us online. Perhaps you have witnessed in your household the Minecraft phenomenon capturing children’s attentions and imaginations as they spend every moment they can immersed in a world of their making through their tablet, computer or other device. Into …
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Summer is finally here…Let’s hope it lasts!

As we move into the Summer, the pace of life at St John’s changes to reflect the number of people who may be away or are longing for a lie-in on a Sunday morning! Rather than running the two services at 9.15 and 11am, during the school summer holidays we bring the two congregations together …
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Celebrating Easter with all ages at St John’s

    At Christmas we have nativity performances and carol concerts, we enjoy the magic of the twinkling lights and the story of a baby born into the humble setting of a stable. But what do we do at Easter? What do we do when this festival of celebration in the church has at its …
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“Become like little children” – Why does all-age connect?

It is always really pleasing to hear when people say what a good time they have had in our Canvas services. It’s great that people are connecting in what we do as a worshipping community of all ages. It’s particularly encouraging when we are aware that so often the experience of churches attempting to do …
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