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‘sloppy in the change over zone…’

When I was at school I was involved in athletics competitions around the region. One of my favourite events was the 4x400m relay due to the camaraderie of four guys slogging their guts out as a team. I also loved watched the relays on TV, tortured by the GB’s failure in almost every case to …
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‘stickyfaith’ – the book – everyday ideas to build lasting faith in your kids

A review and recommendation from Ben Baker “In our parenting and in our children’s and youth work, surely it is all aiming towards one thing: a lifelong faith that will stand the test of time, and continue when our young people come to stand on their own two feet. A faith that sticks when the going …
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‘More than one hour a week’ – where do parents ‘do faith’ with their children?

Some ideas for Lent and Easter We know that our faith is something that doesn’t just belong at church, but permeates our whole lives, our workplaces and our homes. However sometimes we can struggle to bridge this divide when there is so much else going on in our lives or for lack of seeing an …
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“God said I love you to me”

Our vision statement as a children’s ministry speaks of being a “community where children can encounter God” and it’s this conviction that leads us to provide space in our groups for children to meet with God and receive from him. Two Sundays ago, we gathered our 5 to 11 year olds together for an extended …
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Spirituality? In Church? Really?

Hello me again. This week I am reading another good book, Beyond the Fringe by Nick Spencer for a class I am doing on Evangelism – What I love about being an Ordinand is that I get to read books, listen to great lecturers and then to make the connections between my learning, my job, …
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A Cascade of Grace

I have been reading a book called Journeying Out by Ann Morisy and I feel challenged and inspired all at the same time – which is a great place to be. She is writing about the ways in which we can participate in the mission of the church. She points out that for many churchgoers …
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“What did you do today in your group?”

At St John’s we are so blessed to have the brilliant children’s ministry we do; we have over a hundred children aged 0-11 years old in our various groups every Sunday and we have a superb, dedicated team of volunteers who invest in these children week in-week out, teaching them, praying for them, supporting and …
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How does the start of a new term affect you?

It may have no impact at all. It might be a source of celebration as you just exist better in a routine. Alternatively, you could be found hiding under the duvet and wanting to pretend it simply isn’t happening. You might simply be stuck in the traffic that suddenly appears on the roads when the …
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Nepal Blog…Nine, Jon Tattersall

Now that the dust has well and truly settled on our youth mission trip to Nepal, we thought it would be fun to see how the various team members have reflected on their time away. We posed a serious of questions to each one: What was your high point (peak) and low point (pit) of …
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Nepal Blog…Eight, Sandy Jones

Now that the dust has well and truly settled on our youth mission trip to Nepal, we thought it would be fun to see how the various team members have reflected on their time away. We posed a serious of questions to each one: What was your high point (peak) and low point (pit) of …
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