We haven’t had a Grover picture for a while. Currently he is travelling around Europe without me. Recently he was at the refurbished Rijksmusem in Amsterdam. Grover was particularly taken by Rembrandt’s masterpiece the “The Night Watch” or more correctly, “The Shooting Company of Frans Banning Cocq”. One lady commented that it wasn’t nice to take a photo of a work of art with that thing. Grover didn’t think it was polite to call “The Night Watch” a “thing”.
Monthly Archives: July 2013
They are open
eager to please,
They have no muscles
to parry attacks,
and imbibe our words
ideas and values,
play act our actions,
They grow up
and shape, mould
and, too often, warp
the next generation of
There are times
when we think the
are not enough.
In the body we
break each other
with words and venom,
attitudes and stares.
does not inflict
So when we eat
the bread and wine
and remember the
body and blood
who died and rose
We can put aside
to add our punishment
It has all been completed
… for us too.
While my better half is visiting family in the warmth of the northern Summer, I am tempering my jealousy by remembering our trip early last year.
I must extend a big thank you to all of you who have responded to my request for childhood memories of church. (The original post here which includes an email address). One thing your responses have already done is widen my thinking and planning. I have received some emails regarding various kinds abuse upon which I have to reflect deeply. Some of you have commented on excitement and others sheer boredom. Overall, however, I get the strong impression that for many, if not most, children were incidental to church life. This collection has only just begun so I continue to encourage readers to comment and to ask friends to comment
Please keep your memories and reflections coming.
I am asking readers to recall their experience of church and worship as a child. What did you connect with, what alienated you, what activities enabled you to enjoy the community of church – in all I want to hear about the good, bad and ugly. Your memories and experiences, anecdotes and stories is what I am after.
Currently I am researching material for a book I hope to write on “children and church” and your experiences will help fill out the picture
Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or add your comments below.
Fellow bloggers may I please encourage you to reblog this request so that your blog readers have an opportunity to respond as well. The greater the cultural variety the better the picture I can gather.
Thank you in anticipation.
This weekend I attended a conference on “Is the Church Past her Use-by (Sell by) Date? The Keynote speaker was Dr. Derek Thomas. I want to reflect on these lectures later. However, for the time being I just want to highlight two quotes that struck me:
“If you bear the cross willingly, it will bear you …” Thomas A’Kempis (1380 – 1471)
This quote is a most telling message for the western of our age.
“If you want to humble Christians ask about their prayer lives.” Robert Murray McCheyne (1813-1842)
But Jesus called the children to him and said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Luke 18:16
It strikes me me time and again how worship, that is, the average worship service, is largely an adult activity. There maybe a children’s talk, which in my experience is usually too abstract or allegorical for younger children to grasp and there maybe a children’s song, but for 95% of the service, or more, children are ignored or excluded.
To solve this problem churches often hive the children off to a separate room at some point. This usually comes as relief to both child and parent.
My question: What are some of the success stories out there where children have been genuinely incorporated into all age worship? That is, where has the family of God been truly visible in worship – and not just the older members?
If you have witnessed Biblical, successful strategies I would love to hear about them. Jesus’ injunction above is far too important to ignore.