How can we shape learning experiences that will empower our children to explore the Christian Faith and make it their own? How can we show them that they are valued members of the church today? This forum will be a place for us to share the joys and challenges of Christian Education. Come and join us as we share ideas and resources, ask questions, and encourage each other in this vital ministry.
I was born in England and immigrated to Canada almost 30 years ago. A graduate of Gloucestershire University (B.Ed.), I have been involved in children’s ministry since I was 16. Over the past 12 years I have written for a variety of Christian Education curriculum resources. I also write a blog encouraging parents to build strong connections with their children. When I am not working I enjoy painting, reading, and pottering around the Internet.
Recent blog posts
September 26th, 2013
There’s a new generation of parents coming to a church near you. Born between 1980 and 2000 Millennials are now coming into their own. Like every generation they tend to have a group persona, with definite characteristics. What has this got to do with Christian Education? Simply put, these are the people who will be coming to our youth and young adult groups; they are also becoming parents. If we are to welcome them into our congregations we need to understand what they are looking for and what is important to them.
September 20th, 2013
If asked, most church congregations would agree that children’s ministry is very important…. The trouble is that some church congregations say they value children’s ministry, but don’t actually make it a priority. So how can you tell if your church really values children’s ministry?
September 11th, 2013
What would you do if you witnessed a parent spanking a young child for misbehaving in church?What are ways we as church can protect children from abusive behavior without also alienating parents? It sends a terrible message if child learns by silence or non-intervention that church (still) tolerates beating people in God’s name.
September 4th, 2013
Rooted in scripture, a group covenant is really helpful tools for all Christian educators. Simply stated a group covenant is a special agreement between the members of a group. It clearly states how a group will relate to each other and spells out the “rules” they will follow as they work, learn, play and worship together.
September often marks the beginning of a new year of Sunday school, so it is a good time to sit down with your learning group and discuss how you want to live and act together.
August 22nd, 2013
“Christianity takes desire seriously, far more seriously than the Stoic or the mere hedonist. Christianity refuses to budge from the fact that man was made for pleasure, that his beginning and his end is a paradise, and the goal of living is to find Life…Christianity recognizes that we have desire gone mad within us. But it does not seek to rectify the problem by killing desire, rather, it seeks the healing of the desire, just as it seeks the healing of every other part of our human being.”