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 reflecting on one of them. I call it the ‘giggle factor’. I recognise that once parents take the ‘giggle factor’ seriously, churches, Sunday Schools, Christian clubs etc. simply cannot compete. There is no contest.”

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Stan is a minister at St Heliers Presbyterian in Auckland with his minister wife Pauline.  Both are renowned for the work they have done for many years to help churches welcome and value children and to cultivate intergenerational, intercultural faith communities.