Topic: Children

December 4, 2017
What Should I Tell My Kids About Santa?

In a recent conversation with another church planter’s wife, she asked me the question “What did you tell your girls about Santa?” I thought this would make a good blog for this time of year. Christmas has become so commercialised, and in lots of ways totally over the top. People overspend, overeat, over-drink, and if […]

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February 27, 2016
Youth Work in Hard Places

Session 4 of the 20schemes 2016 Weekender—Andy Prime chairs a discussion on Youth Work in Hard Places with other youth work practitioners from schemes around Scotland.

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February 4, 2016
A Review of a Dangerous Children's Book

Well, the title seems innocuous enough. It has some nice things said by (semi) influential/important people on the back. One of whom can’t wait to read it with his grandchildren, apparently! According to the blurb, this is a children’s book about thankfulness. After careful reading, I think there are some other issues going on underneath […]

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July 24, 2014
Child Abuse, Women, and the Local Church

Just this past week, a Scotsman was sentenced to 15 years in prison for shaking a 15-week old baby so hard that it is brain damaged and will need full time care for the rest of its life. For those who can stomach it, the story can be read here. It’s easy to picture these […]

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December 7, 2013
What Every Young Christian Needs to Know About the Bible

Our Youth leader is making a series of videos for young people in the scheme who have little to no idea about biblical Christianity. Here is their first offering. The young lady in the clip is my eldest daughter, Keziah.

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May 28, 2013
What's the Difference Between a Social Worker and a Dangerous Dog

So went the (so-called) joke when I was growing up in a council estate in Yorkshire in the late 80’s. The answer? ‘At least you get a part of your kid back from a dangerous dog’. The point? In housing schemes, Social Workers are viewed as the Gestapo, with the power to turn up at […]

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March 29, 2013
How Do You Minister to a Child Whose Father Has Abandoned the Family?

One of these partners has been with an American Pastor, Brian Croft, from Kentucky who is also the founder of Practical Shepherding Ministries. As regular readers and subscribers are aware, this is a blog largely aimed at men and women currently working in, or hoping to work in, areas of urban deprivation in the UK. I […]

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