Praygrounds not Playgrounds

Leaders of a church proudly showed me a space (playground?) they had created especially for children by removing two back pews and installing a basket of toys.  I gently pointed out that children sitting in that space would be completely disconnected and disengaged from the worshipping community. 

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Three Messy Church Opportunities for Auckland

Going Deeper 12 and 13 June 2017   Going Deeper is a forum for conversations around the five core values of Messy Church, good practice, discipleship and mission. This event is suitable for those already running Messy Church and those considering this ministry. Monday 12 June 4–7pm

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No Contest with the Giggle Factor

Rev Stan Stewart writes our latest Kids Friendly blog: “Today the numbers attending these churches are shrinking. Many have closed and of those that remain, many have few or no children at all.  There are several reasons why this is so, but this week I have been

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Godly Play Core Training

Auckland and Wellington are the venues for this year’s Godly Play training in March. Auckland: 16-18 March 2017, Pakuranga Baptist Church Wellington: 20-22 March 2017, Karori Anglican Church In this training you will experience and tell Godly Play stories, and learn how to set up and manage

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Worship Together: ADVENT – an intergenerational resource

This resource is a collaboration between Kids Friendly and Malcolm Gordon of Knox Centre for Ministry and Leadership.  Our hope is that this is the beginning of a series of resources to encourage and facilitate intergenerational worship in our churches.  Introducing Worship Together: ADVENT Advent is a

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The Big Little Bible App

A review by Kaila and her 8 year old son Gabriel The Big Little Bible app from the New Zealand Bible Society is a great introduction to the Bible for young children and their families.  It’s also a novel approach for families who read their Bibles every day. 

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Welcome at our table

Does one need to qualify to participate at a meal of grace? Fortunately in our denomination previously churches that included children in communion had to explain their reason for doing so, now it is the reverse. Take time to explore the many resources and views we have

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