Monday, 28 November 2016

Helping young people stay connected to church

What helps young people connect with the church and stay connected? This is the focus of the latest Church of England report "Rooted in the Church".  I always find the C of E reports well researched, written and informative. This one is no different, although many of the conclusions have been discussed in youth ministry circles for some time.

The key findings in this summary report are:

Following this research, the evidence suggests that:
  • Churches should aim to build a culture of intergenerational relationships
  • Churches should be inclusive of all ages in both leadership and worship
  • Churches should recognise young people and young adults as equal members of the Body of Christ
  • Churches should be encouraged to explore the possibility of admitting baptised children to Communion before Confirmation
  • Churches should become unconditionally welcoming places for young people
  • Churches need to do more to support their youth workers and leaders

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Heard of Messy Church? What about Mossy Church?

Many people report particular feelings of spirituality and connected when they are in creation. So why not take worship to where the (inner) action is.

Apparently Mossy Church is a thing. Check it out. There is a Facebook page as well.

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Awesome creation!

This is a slightly random post with a big shout out to Angligreen. As schools in Southern Queensland inch closer to the end of the year, a hint that next year will be a year for thinking about how we "safegaurd the integrity of creation, and sustain and renew the life of the earth".

...and check this out for some inspiration: National Wildlife Photographer of the Year.

There are some amazing photos here and you can look at the winners from previous years. All the beauty and terror of creation!

Oh and this too. Enjoy!

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

The Principal as Spiritual Leader

Last year Anglican EdComm in Sydney published a discussion paper written by Graham Stanton called "Spiritual Leadership". 

"Developed through interviews with a number of principals, council chairs, council members and chaplains, this discussion paper provides guidance for leaders of Anglican schools to think about how spiritual leadership is exercised (or could be exercised) within a particular school community"

The section titled: Articulating an approach to Christian Education has a great summary of some of the issues that Principals face as spiritual leaders and the different ways  the spiritual aspects of the school may be conceived and implemented.

There are some great "Conversation Prompts" throughout the paper. It would be a very helpful document for all new Principals to read and for experienced ones to discuss with their chaplain.

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Doing Justice

The Social Responsibilities Committee of the Anglican Church Southern Queensland has started producing some great little videos of the different ways people Do Justice around the Diocese.

Be inspired by the video below that profiles the Senior Pen Pals Project run by All Saints Anglican School.