Youth and Children Resources

COURSES

Alpha LogoAlpha & Youth Alpha  These two courses are so well known that little needs to be said here except that I have used the course in middle class Oxford, inner-city Wembley and the forests of Sarawak amongst Iban youth and each time with some success. I have also helped to adapt Alpha for use in Orthodox churches in Romania and Russia and I know it is used widely by Roman Catholic churches. But it is not appropriate everywhere. It did not work, for some reason, in my parish in Newcastle. For more information

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USEFUL LINKS

Parent & ToddlerParent & Toddler Groups These groups can take many different forms and can be run by churches, groups of churches or even an individual cell group. In essence they recognize that in our culture a parent who is not in work and is at home caring for a pre-school child, or children, can be very isolated. This is also a stage in life, following the birth of a child, when adults ask questions about the meaning of life and faith. The group can be held in a home, church room, community room, swimming pool, etc. but the essential elements are praying church members (who don’t need to be young – sometime a ‘grandparent’ figure is just what is needed), a welcoming and safe environment, toys, and helpers to care for the children whilst parents talk. In my last church in one period of two years 65% of new church members were first contacted through the Parent and Toddler group. Helpers need some training/advice on how to appropriately share their faith in this context. Further information

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