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.
Kate Newman has been teaching arts and faith to children in the secular school system and in churches for 20 years. She grew up Anglican and stayed Anglican. Currently, with a Masters in Education, Kate teaches theatre to children and teens while taking graduate studies in theology. She is the principal developer for the Compendium of the Church Mice. She is also a mother. She enjoys walks in the woods with her and a good nap.
Recent blog posts
February 18th, 2015
Children’s misbehaviour shocks us out of our habits. A child calls its parents to consider themselves anew: that which is unnecessary must fall away.
February 4th, 2015
Followed by crowds of needy people, Jesus must have wondered about some of the things done by those who looked for him. But when the disciples came to Jesus and told Jesus that everyone was searching for him, how did Jesus respond? He said, “let’s go to more towns and find more of those needy people to search for me.” Why?
November 3rd, 2014
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?