Resources for making the most of your summer Whether your regular scheduling continues or Sunday School is taking a break Summer is already here in Chicago: with a vengeance! Kids break up for vacation much earlier here than we do in the UK (If you're in a school there: keep going - you're really close!) … Continue reading Summer days, drifting away…
We're not playing around They're a lot of hard work and totally worth it I've just written How to Start a Playgroup: it's not comprehensive because context will change a lot of things but it's a great starting point if you're wanting to set one up and a good checklist if you're already running one. … Continue reading Playgroups:
8 Great Rescue Stories for playgroups and crèches Last week I posted 8 rescue stories written for, and tried out on, 0-4 year olds and their caregivers. This week I thought I'd add the song powerpoints and the toys we used to fit in with the theme... Then I realised it'd be the looooooooooooongest page … Continue reading Updating 20%…
Remembrances and resolutions For the blog and for your Sunday Schools too It's nearly 2018 - in case you hadn't noticed. And everybody is in that 'fresh start' mode whether it's buying gym memberships, taking up veganuary or resolving to read their Bible more often. We're also looking back at 2017 and evaluating the good … Continue reading Happy New Year!
Thanksgiving The non-turkey variety It's about to be my first thanksgiving and we've been invited round to some friends to experience this very American tradition in all it's glory. What I've written is not at all related to the history of America - I'm not remotely qualified to do justice to that - but is … Continue reading Get ready for
Is the subject of this session but fortunately using the ideas definitely isn't stealing I've never found it so easy to think of games/songs/activities etc and so hard to write a talk! I know tonnes of burglary related games (as well as heaps of synonyms for theft - what does this say about me?!) and … Continue reading Daylight robbery
is not a lucky number but it is where we're up to in the ten commandments Check out the session for commandment number seven here. Those of you who are much more clued up than I am will have realised that the seventh commandment is 'Do not commit adultery' which is not the most straightforward … Continue reading Seven
The ten commandments even if you don't count the bonus session Yep, that's right: commandments 5 and 6 are now up! You can find the whole selection here. Including that bonus intro session I keep talking about. I've also added a very thoughtful set of truths about the ten commandments which Steve P wrote for … Continue reading More than halfway through
As promised The 10 commandments are here Find an introduction to the ten commandments, plus commandments one and two right here. Obviously there's more to come. I really enjoyed both planning and teaching these: it is hard to get that balance between obeying God yet not being legalistic about it and our personalities probably draw … Continue reading New Series!
Living a life that's different because that's what following Jesus looks like Here's another short youth work series: Distinctive Living. I adapted Vaughn Roberts book Distinctives into five short studies for teens. The idea being; it's hard as a teenager to stand out from the crowd and they need all the encouragement they can get that … Continue reading Distinctives