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A Stack of IdeasBelow you'll find a whole load of news items and resource ideas relating to work with children and families. You can filter your search by using the links on the right. Do get in contact if you have a specific request for resources.

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Parenting for a life of faith
13 November 2017
Parenting for a life of faith The average church has 40 hours per year to influence a child’s life. The average parent has 3000 hours. How much of our time and energy in churches do we put into those 40 hours?
Youthwork Ideas for Advent/Christmas
2 November 2017
Youthwork Ideas for Advent/Christmas To help you get ahead of the game this year and perhaps bring some sparkle and glitter to your youth work, we have put together a package brimming with games, creative ideas, bible studies and ...
​Everyone a Youth Worker
1 November 2017
​Everyone a Youth Worker Emma Sargeant is the new project manager for the Growing Younger Youth Project. This month she introduces us to two of her volunteers based in Lickey.
Introducing the Growing Younger Schools Project Manager
4 October 2017
Introducing the Growing Younger Schools Project Manager In this new blog from the Growing Younger Team, Ruth Hassall introduces a new team member focused on helping churches engage with their local schools.
Beginning to Grow Younger in Cotteridge
6 September 2017
Beginning to Grow Younger in Cotteridge What do you do when your children and young people disappear? Superhero Facilitators to the rescue...
Breaking Bread
5 September 2017
Breaking Bread Helena Kittle explores what we can learn about the practice of eating together.
​Talking about ‘sexting’
8 August 2017
​Talking about ‘sexting’ Young people are increasingly sending explicit messages and ‘sexting’ online. A survey by the NSPCC in 2016 reported that between 15 and 40% of teenagers have at some point been involved in so called 'sexting'.
​Book Review: Building Family friendly Churches by Mike Bossingham
28 June 2017
​Book Review: Building Family friendly Churches by Mike Bossingham This book hits the nail on the head, says it how it is, and then offers practical advice on how to make changes.
​Summer Fruits. Making the Summer Holidays work for your Children’s Ministry.
26 June 2017
​Summer Fruits. Making the Summer Holidays work for your Children’s Ministry. The sun is shining, the kids are off school. That's exciting! And then you realise that you have no Sunday School team around for six weeks. We’ve come up with a few alternatives for your ...
Introducing: Godly Play
10 April 2017
Introducing: Godly Play A creative and imaginative approach to Christian nurture that invites listeners into stories and encourages them to connect the stories with personal experience.
Transforming Church - Shaping the Future Conference
29 March 2017
Transforming Church - Shaping the Future Conference What happened at the Transforming Church - Shaping the Future Conference? Find out here...
Fruit Bowl
21 February 2017
Fruit Bowl How a group from Garrett’s Green learnt to share their faith using questions in bowl of fruit...
Asian Alpha
24 January 2017
Asian Alpha How did a team from Aston Parish Church adapt the Alpha Course for their multicultural neighbours?
Showing Hospitality to Children: Dorridge and Bentley Heath
19 December 2016
Showing Hospitality to Children: Dorridge and Bentley Heath A video showing some of the work of Revd Rachel Hill-Brown, Children's and Families' Missioner in Dorridge and Bentley Heath.
Introducing: Open the Book
19 December 2016
Introducing: Open the Book Bringing the Bible to life for every child in every primary school.
Introducing: Prayer Spaces in School
19 December 2016
Introducing: Prayer Spaces in School Prayer Spaces in Schools enable children and young people, of all faiths and none, to explore questions about life, spirituality and faith in a safe, creative and interactive way.
​Family Time Bag by Helena Kittle
19 December 2016
​Family Time Bag by Helena Kittle One tool that we often give to families who come to our YWAM Family Camp is the ‘Family Time Bag’. It’s a way of encouraging communication and connection between all the members of the family.
Jesus Without Language by Jenny Cavendish
19 December 2016
Jesus Without Language by Jenny Cavendish RESOURCES: We hear from Jenny Cavendish, Children's and Families' Missioner in Barnt Green and Cofton Hackett, as she shares one of her favourite resources.
Messy Church Magazine by Mandy Saunders
19 December 2016
Messy Church Magazine by Mandy Saunders RESOURCES: Messy Church Magazine, ‘Get Messy!’ comes to us termly... It is full of ideas to use in Messy Church but I have also used them in all age services in church or with school ...
The Best Resource Ever... by Mandy Saunders
19 December 2016
The Best Resource Ever... by Mandy Saunders RESOURCES: We hear from Mandy (Children's and Families' Missioner at St Hilda's, Warley Woods) on what she thinks is the best resource ever!
​The All-In Thing: “A body has many parts”
19 December 2016
​The All-In Thing: “A body has many parts” Jo Squires from BIG Ministries share "There has got to be something we can to do model being a true ‘family’ and show God’s love which unites us?"
​All Age Worship Ideas and Thoughts
19 December 2016
​All Age Worship Ideas and Thoughts Helena Kittle: "The basic premise behind ‘All Age Worship’ is that it is accessible for ALL – all ages, all abilities, all backgrounds and not the cliché of being just aimed at children."
Small… but mighty!
29 November 2016
Small… but mighty! The size of your church is no barrier to God using you. ​It seems that the purpose of life is to be big. Supermarkets become ginormous, shopping centres run for miles and fast food joints ...
The Dangerous Game of Ministry Comparison
29 November 2016
The Dangerous Game of Ministry Comparison God calls us to lead with confidence but too often we compare ourselves with others and compete to be the best. Thoughts to help us thrive as leaders by peering into the murky corners where ...
A-Z of Useful Websites: Children's and Youth Work
28 November 2016
A-Z of Useful Websites: Children's and Youth Work Some useful web sites for children’s and youth work to spark ideas.
Intergenerational Lectionary-based Resources
28 November 2016
Intergenerational Lectionary-based Resources The Centre for Theology and Ministry have produced some new Intergenerational Lectionary-based Resources. Suitable for use whether you are following the lectionary or not, these resources from the VCCE will include intergenerational music, prayer and ...
Advent ideas for home and church
9 November 2016
Advent ideas for home and church Jesus Storyteller Bible Advent Calendar, Reverse Advent Calendar, family activities and ideas for Advent.
Rise and Shine: Breakfast is Served in Bournville
28 September 2016
Rise and Shine: Breakfast is Served in Bournville Damian Herbert (Children’s and Families’ Missioner) blogs about the launch of 'Rise and Shine', Bournville parish church's new family-friendly Sunday breakfast service.
Claire Reid: Children's and Families' Missioner
25 July 2016
Claire Reid: Children's and Families' Missioner Find out more about Claire Reid: a Children's and Families' Missioner based at St Peter's in Balsall Common