Each month we hope to share a story about where we're seeing God at work. This month Kate Irvine from Chipping Camden shares the story of Charging Point
Charging Point is our weekly kids house group that used to meet at my house until we outgrew my front room and dining table!
All the 7-11s gather at the Church where we normally start with a few games. Each week we sit down for tea together – pizza one week and pasta the next – the kids can tell me which week we are on! During the eating time we go around the table and share our news from the week- it’s a great way for everyone to get to know each other- we are a rural Church and we have 21 schools represented on a Sunday morning so this is such an important tool.
After tea we gather around the sofa area and we read together and then discuss a chapter of Diary of a Disciple (SU). We take it in turns to read a page each around the group (for those that are happy to) and then we have a short time to discuss what we have read. We are now on to the second book in the series ….the kids couldn’t wait to get going on the book of Acts! The diary of a disciple books are a fantastic resource which capture the attention of both boys and girls. They come highly recommended.
Prayer time is always my favourite time – we get one of the year 6s to record in our prayer book our prayers for the week and we always go through the list the following week looking for any answered prayers or anything we need to continue to pray for. The kid's prayers are honest and to the point – there is a real sense of compassion and love for their friends and family’s needs; and a real expectancy for God to reach down and answer their prayers.
Everyone prays either out loud or quietly in their head -and then after a few more wide games we go home – normally shattered!
Questions to ponder
For those that are employed full or part time to work with children, young people and families there are 3 opportunities for us to meet throughout the year- March, June and October.
The next opportunity will be on 13th March at Abingdon Baptist Church 10-14:30.
Please email Clare on firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions and to let me know if you're coming.
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What resource have you discovered that you're finding helpful? This month Claire Johnson from Locks Heath shares her latest discovery
The resource is Go Teach – Toddlers God’s
word to under 3s.
I've found it to be a great UK resource aimed at under 3s. with a clear teaching point taken from a Bible story. There are a good choice of activities, a simple prayer and a song that runs through each mini-series.
A month ago I bought Book 2 as a trial, but already after a month I’ve bought the rest of the series!
I am the CYF mission developer for SCBA and I would love to meet with you and listen to where you think God might be leading your church regarding how it's working with, or might work with children, young people and families.
Please get in touch regarding any training needs that you have, if you're looking to employ a CYF worker, if you need to chat something through or if there's something else you think I might be able to help with.
There are many different opportunities out there that can help churches connect with those under 18. Here are a few of them which I would be more than happy to chat through with you.
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We would love to find 5 churches willing to pilot Godly Play in the park for 2018. If someone in your church is already trained in Godly Play than great; if not there is accredited training happening in Gosport 9th-11th April 2018. For those piloting Godly Play in the park SCBA can help towards the cost of this training. Please do get in touch if you'd like to chat this through. If you click on the picture below you'll find more details and you'll be able to book on to the course