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glad that ireland was good - sad not to be able to make it but have to feed the family etc etc - on the subject of which, i have done a lot of thinking and wondering and praying and ministering about, with and amongst children and their families in small and very emergent gatherings of folks around the world - i would be really interested in talking with anyone who has a creative passion for this area or anyone who is involved with missional cells right now where children are leading us in the way - be great if you could put me in touch with some people - thanks jonny -peace



Great Pic Jonny - as always. Good to hear about ikon - wish them well.

The cheering at the bar on Saturday would have been Patterson's kicks going over against the English - Ireland didn't play until Sunday!


Hi Julie, Jonny.

I'm a children's/families pastor at a church in Glasgow. Something we are really focussing on at the moment is our ministry to families, which I agree is something often missing from emerging ecclesiologies. One thing we're finding is that there is a lot of scope for using creative/alt. worship practises in all-age worship.

We have a monthly all-age service which often uses these kinds of ideas. Last week was one of these services. The focus was on "love" as the first of a series on the fruit of the Spirit from Galatians 5. One of the stations (video version at http://www.worshiphousemedia.com/index.cfm?hndl=details&tab=MM&id=5390) had people tearing up 'social ills' like hate and greed, and making them into something lovely. Parents were encouraged to visit this and other stations with their children and explain the significance of what they were seeing/doing to their children.

There's a key challenge here in sharing the vision for family ministry with parents, for whom a paradigm shift is sometimes needed after years of the understanding that the Youth/Children's workers are the ones who do ministry with children, and parents just kind of leave them to it on Sunday.

One other thought. We also had a station where people made "valentines" cards expressing love and encouragment to others in our church community. One adult, struggling with addiction, got a card saying "God is always there". It was made and written by a 6-year-old girl. It made the morning - seeing ministry by children and not just to them.


that is so great - i live just up the road from you jamie so will be in touch !!! i think amazing God inspired things must happen all the time through this website !! thanks jonny,

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