Tuesday, 21 November 2017

The Christmas Story - Movie Version

This animated version of the Christmas story might be useful as we get into the last few weeks of school and a little bit closer to Christmas.

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Monster Ad

John Lewis, a department store does a Christmas commercial every year. They are not specifically Christian but some are really quite beautiful.

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Trek into Spiritual Development

We are excited to announce that we have just published TREK - a Spiritual Formation Programme for Staff in Anglican Schools.

TREK is open to all people. It is firmly embedded in the Christian faith and is shaped by it. It focuses on the development of personal spirituality within a community and encourages participants to practice spiritually constructive action in the school.
The program is sensitive to the various spiritual starting places of school staff including the deeply spiritual, the curious but cautious seeker, the agnostic, the committed Anglican and those of other denominations and traditions.
There are four parts to the program each with a different theme: journey, growth, community and habit. Each part has five sessions. TREK is designed with a group journey in mind and can be completed over the course of a year meeting together every two weeks during term time or by meeting  more regularly.

Check it out here.

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

The Illustrated Gospel Project

The Illustrated Gospel Project brings together scripture, art and poetry in an attempt to ground the Gospel in people's own context. 

Malcolm Gordon says of the Project:

This idea of ‘bringing home’ the Gospel stayed with me. Here in Aotearoa we often end up importing our worship songs and ideas about the Bible from bigger places, as if we have swallowed the assumption that bigger is always better. But isn’t God here? Isn’t God with us too?! Over the last two years a scattered community of wordsmiths, artists and musicians has formed as we began this work based on the simple conviction that these ancient stories are playing out on our streets as the Risen Christ walks and works in our midst.

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Leadership of Character Education

The Church of England Foundation for Educational Leadership has just released a report titled: Leadership of Character Education - Developing Virtues and Celebrating Human Flourishing in Schools.

CEFEL says the report offers:

This report offers:

  • a clear definition of what we mean by character education
  • theological reflection on the Christian inspiration for the leadership of character education, in the context of a range of other starting points, including virtue ethics;
  • consideration of the importance of leadership virtues lived out in action amongst staff and their impact on the effectiveness of character education;
  • analysis and application of a range of leadership models to support leaders in developing and embedding their approach;
  • provision of a suite of practical resources to empower school leaders in using the Church of England’s Vision for Education, Deeply Christian Serving the Common Good to inform and underpin their approach.

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

A Christmas Poem

This little nativity video, produced by the Bible Society, is for the very young students.

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Awesome Advent Videos

Here are some more Advent and Christmas videos. Don't forget if you have a video to share link it in the comments section.

The Nativity Factor has produced some amazing videos over the years. Here is one from last year that captures the gritty reality of the nativity.

This is another great one from St Paul's Media and Arts

This is a more traditional depiction of the nativity that might be suitable for liturgy.