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
July 11th, 2015
Do horrific stories such as the death of John the Baptist mean that the Gospels are meant for adults only? How well can our children know trauma? How much should they know?
May 8th, 2015
Somehow, there is joy. But there is also trauma here. We see it on the streets every day… in order for trauma to be understood, it must be passed through.
March 30th, 2015
The soup is starting to steam. Above the stove, I glance at the crucifix I put there. The crucifixion is an account told endlessly since it occurred. Those two familiar lines—one crossing the other. Today when I look at the cross I see one line that represents time, the other that shows me place. The truth of Christ meets us in the exact time and place in which we find ourselves. So, the way to deeply understand the Gospels is to read them and read them again.
March 10th, 2015
Who was it that helped you know that the church was really home? Be that person for some child next Sunday.
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.