Recently we had a couple of children (9 & 11) who expressed a desire to be baptised, both having come to faith a short while ago. We were thrilled, but aware that we’ve not baptised children before and that our usual ‘prep’ wouldn’t be appropriate. Ahead of the Baptism service… Read More »Exploring Baptism Together
Following a sudden death in a family in our church I’ve produced a set of cards to help the family communicate as they grieve. The idea is for a child/young person (or parent) to complete the card highlighting a particular feeling/frustration then hand it to a family member/friend to inform… Read More »Encouraging Communication
A few years ago I led an Easter Sunrise service for our Church, then a couple of years later used the same service for a city-wide service. You can download the notes & song-sheet below. Feel free to use without need to credit me. Service Notes [PDF 168k] Song Sheet [PDF… Read More »Easter Sunrise Service
[this is a re-post from Youth Ministry Geek but with updated links for UK readers – unfortunately only the Kindle versions are free. Thanks to Stuart Earl for the heads-up.] “Today and tomorrow 3 of Francis Chan’s bestselling books are free in ebook form, they are great books and I… Read More »Free Francis Chan Books
It’s Friday, but Sunday’s Coming – by Igniter Media on YouTube It’s Friday Jesus is praying Peter’s a sleeping Judas is betraying But Sunday’s comin’ It’s Friday Pilate’s struggling The council is conspiring The crowd is vilifying They don’t even know That Sunday’s comin’ It’s Friday The disciples are running… Read More »It’s Friday – but Sunday’s coming!
Last Saturday the second Youthwork Summit took place in Manchester. I attended along with about about 750 other youth workers/ministers, paid & volunteer, full & part time, along with 20+ speakers, the Rend Collective Experiment, Mark Yaconelli, and the amazing team who put the event together and served us on… Read More »In All Comes From Here*
There’s a small but steady ‘movement’ on Twitter to use Mondays as a specific opportunity to encourage others. It’s called #loveMonday and it works like this: You send an encouraging message (public or private) to three other Twitter users, and invite them to encourage three of their friends/contacts/followers. Don’t forget to include #loveMonday in the message. Simple. Of course, it doesn’t have to just be via Twitter. Feel free to do the same but on Facebook, via email, or even offline (send a postcard, leave a message scrawled on a post-it note, etc.).
On Palm Sunday, at the start of the Easter(LIVE) project, I shared my critical thoughts and fears about approach the 2011 approach was taking, and suggested an alternative project to support. There were some great comments on the post and via Twitter: many in support of my critique, and some… Read More »EasterLive Reflections
I’m a big fan of Easter. No really, I am. But this year I’m feeling a bit grumpy about it. It all started about two weeks ago, and has been building since then. Let me try to explain why: I’m also a big fan of Twitter. I find it an… Read More »Easter Live: a critical view