Some time ago my wife recorded a CD with 12 tracks of improvised piano music titled "A MOMENT IN TIME". Each track was composed (while she was playing) and all the tracks were recorded in the one session. I think it's an amazingly inspired collection for personal reflection, contemplation, healing or worship. Some people who have been ill in hospital have found this music very soothing. I have recently posted this on YouTube and added some of my photos.
Some resources to start your thinking, planning and praying about children in worship, faith development and the many challenges facing children and children's ministers in the future.
Faithfully Different, Regaining Biblical Clarity in a Secular Culture by Natasha Crain , Harvest House Publishers, 2022
Being the Bad Guys, How to live for Jesus in a world that says you shouldn't by Stephen McAlpine ,The Good Book Company, 2021
Evangelism in a Skeptical World, How to make the unbelievable news about Jesus more believable by Sam Chan , Zondervan Academic, 2018
Christians, The urgent case for Jesus in our world by Greg Sheridan , Allen&Unwin, 2021
The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry, How to stay emotionally healthy and spiritually alive in the chaos of the modern world by John Mark Comer
Hodder & Stoughton, 2019
Going the Distance, How to stay fit for a lifetime of Ministry by Peter Brain
The Good Book Company (UK) and Mattias Media (Aust), 2004
Articles and Web Links
The Decline and Renewal of the American Church. Four articles by Dr.Timothy Keller
Ministering to Generation Z and The Future of Children's Ministry
The Future of Kid's Ministry
7 Current and Future Trends of Children's Ministry
The Future of the Church is in your Kid's Ministry
A few years ago I created a website as a resource for Christian Education teaching (children aged 8-12 years). I'm now a retired teacher but I have maintained the site for those who might find some of the pages or the activities helpful.
Check it out here - http://RE33.net
See also the Sunday School website I created during COVID lockdown in Melbourne Aust.
2020 which may be of interest for those who still can't meet as a Sunday School http://kidsvine.blogspot.com
Are you lost?
A grandfather was out walking with his grandson one day. "How far do you think we are from home?" he asked the grandson.
The boy said, "Grandpa, I don't know."
The grandfather asked, "Well, where are you?"
Again the boy said, "I don't know."
Then the grandfather chuckled and said, "Sounds to me as if you are lost."
The young boy looked up at his grandfather and said, "I can't be lost, I'm with you."
Ultimately that is the answer to all that worries or threatens us too. We are never lost; we are always safe- safe in the truest sense of the word when we are with God.
This short video is worth watching to the end. it brings a different perspective to the crucifixion of Jesus.
Don Stott- 'Aussie' teacher, pastor and children's worker.