Together in Faith – an Intergenerational Invitation

I’ve just re-read Hamish Galloway’s 2013 sabbatical report “Empowering the next generation – young adults and the church”. I felt compelled to return to this report in the hope that it would add a local perspective to my bulging “kite” of research on intergenerational church . I want

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An intergenerational conversation

The story of B@TCH – Breakfast at the Coronation Hall church has long inspired me.  So it was great to recently to get a chance to chat with Barry Kelk, B@TCH minister about  their attitude towards children.  B@TCH is an intergenerational church.  Up to four generations worship

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Raising Up Young Transformers Leaders

Our latest Kids Friendly blog: A leader is a person of influence and we as children and youth leaders can encourage and teach our young people Biblical leadership which is leading by serving. This style of leadership is transformational in a world that is totally self-centred and

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Practicing the Eucharist

Have you ever intentionally observed your congregation as they participate in the sacrament of communion.  Maybe you’re too focused on the sacred act (which is what I’m meant to be too), but 12 years in the role as Kids Friendly coach has trained me to be a

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Welcoming all God’s Children – Disability and our church

Being “Kids Friendly” means extending a warm welcome to all God’s children of all ages and abilities. To help our churches reflect on how effectively they welcome children (and adults) with disabilities, we asked Antonia Hay, mother of Max, to describe her experience of church and to

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Adopt a school

Jill gave an impromptu “TED” talk entitled “Adopt a school” at the Leaders to Go conference in Sydney in April this year.  (or “Bruce Talk” as one Aussie suggested we call these unpolished presentations).  Some of the stories may hopefully inspire you to connect with your local

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The art of love by Kaila Pettigrove

What difference can art make? For many people art is a luxury, an extra, or even frivolous. What can practical benefit can artistic endeavours exact? This question was considered and answered in an amazing way by a ten-year-old girl in Auckland. When her school held a mufti

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Do you have a good children’s ministry?

A minister of a church with a once “thriving” children’s ministry shared with me today how they now only have about five children attending church on a Sunday. “We need help!” he exclaimed. It’s not an uncommon story and one that certainly challenges me in my role

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Get creative with prayer

Confuscious’ wisdom:  “Tell them and they’ll forget, demonstrate and they’ll remember, involve them and they’ll understand” is worth heeding when praying with children.  Prayer is now always central to any lesson I plan with children and takes all forms: rowdy, interactive, active, quiet, contemplative, creative and more.

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