12 ways to share the Easter story with under 5s

I know lots of people do things as a family to celebrate Jesus at Christmas, but what about Easter? In some ways, Christmas is harder as there’s so much else going on, but the Easter is trickier to tell, especially to younger children. Here are some ideas to help you: Tell the story with toys … Read more

Ten years ago I helped make the best books I’ve ever made

Ten years ago I help make the best books I’ve ever made: the Held in Hope series. At the time I was working for Christian Education, and Paul Nash contacted us to ask if we could work with them to produce a book for sick children. I went to visit him at Birmingham Childrens’ Hospital, … Read more

How to run a fun Online Advent Party

I ran a couple of really fun parties during Lock Down and it’s definitely possible to keep it simple and therefore easy to run! Here are some keys to keeping it fun: Be intentional Before you start to plan your party, as with a face to face event, it’s crucial that you clarify what you’re … Read more

Sabbath is a time to re-boot

Each week, on a Friday just as we start our Shabbat  dinner, we take it in turns to wash our hands as a symbol of our hearts being washed clean.  We say words from Psalm 24:3-4:   “Who can go up to the temple on the mountain of the Lord? Who can stand in his … Read more

Exploring the Bible together experiment week #1

For a long time now I’ve been in favour of adults and children growing in faith together. I’ve led all-age services, done training for family and childrens’ workers and even run family activity days all with the intention of helping people experience and understand the joy which comes from intergenerational church done well. For me … Read more

Grieving with children

Last week a tragedy happened in a town near us when two young boys were killed in a hit and run. One mother whose daughter knew the boys contacted me asking if I knew of any resources to help them. As it happens, we’ve had a family bereavement this week, as my Grandad died at … Read more

Review: On That Easter Morning

Title: On That Easter Morning Author: Elena Pasquali Illustrator: Alison Jay Price: £9.99 Published by: Lion Children’s Available here Good for: children age 3-8 years old Best bit: stunning artwork and gentle, Biblically accurate storytelling, and the wonderful two-page spread picture of the last supper aka Passover Worst bit: doesn’t mention Pentecost, which I hoped … Read more

A simple Sabbath ritual

Would you like a way to mark you Sabbath, to make it different from the other days of the week? In our home, we mark it with a weekly Shabbat meal, a simple ritual we do together as we begin our Friday evening meal (which is always roast chicken!!). You can find out more about … Read more

10 Great Things about Shabbat

We’ve been celebrating Shabbat as a family each Friday for over a decade now. We love it, and couldn’t imagine our week without it. We’ve shared it with lots of different people, and we’ve adapted it as we’ve gone along to keep it accessible and relevant to everyone present. I’ve made a version of our … Read more

Hand washing prayers

I love active sorry prayers which use a forgiveness metaphor from the Bible. This one takes the metaphor of forgiveness being like being washed clean. All you need is a bowl of water and a towel. Take it in turns to slowly wash your hands. As you wash, either silently or out loud, say sorry … Read more

Breath Prayer Guided Meditation

You may well have come across Sarah Bessey and her Breath Prayers for Anxious Times. I love using this myself, so I’ve adapted it into a guided meditation which I use with my children to help them connect with God and find peace and calm. Below is a script you can use to do the … Read more