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Reach out into your community

Parenting courses ... and churches

There are many parents who are struggling with the challenges of bringing up their children in today's demanding world.  As churches we can have a significant role to play in coming alongside and giving support.  Many churches run toddler groups or nursery school facilities.  A parenting course is a good way of taking this a step further.  A session on Family Values and Spiritual Development has proved very popular.  Some have commented, 'It was one of the most useful sessions of the course', 'I need to find out more' and 'Can I bring the children on Sunday?'

Where appropriate Liz Ollerton is happy to share her experiences and talk with anyone thinking of leading a course, to give some suggestions and answer questions.  You can contact her either by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone 02920 752226.  You can also download a leaflet with more details: Parenting courses ... and churches (Word, 207KB).

Using the Bible to inspire children, young people and adults to know God

Scripture Union has developed resources to inspire and equip leaders to enable growth in ministry across their communities.  There are a variety of ways you can begin to build relationships in the community both on school grounds and in your church.  One of SU's major success stories is their Easter and Christmas project developments which happen in the church during term time.  Primary schools are invited to attend these events which include interactive multimedia presentations and activities.  A resource pack has been developed to enable churches to set up a project like this relatively easily.  It includes pretty much everything you need apart from the people to run it!

Want to know more?  Please visit the SU website to see a flavour of what is available as a resource to you.

Table Talk

Table Talk is an innovative enquiry course that helps Christians share their faith with their friends.

This conversational based course explores six big questions through the use of question cards.  The producers have trialed the course with several churches and have been delighted by the response.

The course is pitched at being pre-alpha in content and far more palatable for contemporary culture - it provides opportunity for conversation rather than people being given instruction by an expert, explores how Christianity works rather than just stating that it is true and gives opportunity for people to talk about their life experiences and so makes it more engaging.

What is particularly significant is that to run the course you don't need a teacher or a leader just friends talking with their friends about the issues that matter.  A Welsh language version of the course is in preparation.

Further information about the course can be obtained by visiting http://www.table-talk.org/.

A Passion For Life 2014

AP4L was launched in England in 2010 as a way to reach out with the gospel in independent evangelical (bible believing) churches. This coming Easter Proclamation Trust is hoping that other churches across the UK will get involved. The idea is that a church or some neighbouring churches set out to 'do a mission' and the resources that AP4L are making available should help folk do that. There is a John's Gospel, a tract, and an evangelism training DVD with Rico Tice (of Christianity Explored) as the presenter. AP4L are hoping that churches will push the boundaries through these missions; going into areas of our communities that we traditionally don't usually target or meet. So that might mean having a men's breakfast targeting men between the ages of 25-40, so you might hold it in a café or a pub and invite a sportsman to share testimony? Or for young single mothers, you might get a mature mothering type in to give a cooking class making good basic meals for children and then follow it up with a short talk? Or it could be a music event for youngsters? - It could be a week long or one evening, but it's all prior to Easter so you have the opportunity to invite them to Easter services. The mission can be as big or as small as the church decides it to be. There is no set template though one could gather ideas from others who are taking part. Also, Proclamation Trust are putting together a list of well known evangelists after Christmas for churches to book for their events. For further information see apassionforlife.org.uk. Tim Hodgins is the coordinator for Wales and you can contact him on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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