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Snowdrop prayers

Every year I love it when I see snowdrops appear. I love their fragile beauty, intricate petals and flimsy stems buffeted by Winter winds. I love their tenacity at arriving while snow still threatens. While other bulbs keep warm below ground waiting for Spring sunshine, their scattering of white brings life to my otherwise drab garden. They tell me: Hang on, there! Spring […]

Your nativity scene

What’s your nativity scene like?

Home is the perfect place to have a nativity scene which children can play with. Often sets are so beautiful and delicate that they aren’t appropriate for children’s touch, which is a shame. There isn’t any other Bible story which has so many versions available, and play is a wonderful way for children (and adults!) […]

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Sharing love, hope and faith with hurting families

A few years ago, I worked on possibly the best set of books I’ve ever been involved with. The series is called Held in Hope, and they are Christian stories about sickness and death for young children (under 7). I worked with the experienced, wonderful and wise chaplains at Birmingham Children’s Hospital and a talented artist, Rhiannon Molart, […]

dice

Dice prayer

Take it in turns to throw the dice and pray for people in your: 1 your church 2 your family 3 your village/town/city 4 your nursery/schoo/work 5 your country 6 your world You could also make up your own code, perhaps using situations you know about from your own friends or the news. This activity […]