It’s December, the last month in what has been a pretty dreadful year in many ways. How do we celebrate Christmas? In order to work out our answer to that question, I’ve got three questions (I’ve put each in three different ways – make your choice!): What is your family like? / What do you … Read more
Advent and Christmas are notoriously busy. So much so, that there could be a case for not bothering to try to do anything faith at home focused and just starting again in the New Year. However, I believe it’s such a wonderful season, we would be crazy not to take advantage of the opportunities. One … Read more
Grinchy The Grinch. He goes everywhere with us. You may have seen him in some of my photos. He was a last-minute gift to my then 9yo for Christmas in 2020. Her sister had one more present than she did, so we bought this as a quick extra gift to balance it out. (If you … Read more
Maybe it was because I grew up in a protestant, evangelical tradition that I always thought anything to do with the saints was kind of catholic and probably a bit wrong. A few years ago, I went on a Godly Play retreat in which we explored twelve saint’s stories. To be honest, I wasn’t keen … Read more
I’ve always thought New Year is not really a thing. Nothing actually happens at the point at which we count down and wish each other Happy New Year! However, it’s good to have moments in time when we take stock, look back and plan forward. Whether you’re brand new to the idea of doing faith … Read more
I was recently looking at the Benedictus, otherwise known as the words Zechariah says on the birth of his son, John the Baptist in Luke 1:67-79. It’s a powerful passage, although not as well-known as Mary’s song a few verses earlier in the chapter. As I looked at it, I started to see connections with … Read more
I’ve been reading gardening books in an attempt to keep more of my plants alive this year, and something which they all start with is soil care. I am not interested in soil care! I want to grow plants. Usually I flip forward to the interesting bit – seeds and seedlings and how to deal … Read more
All-age worship and faith at home are closely connected. When one works well, the other is boosted and feeds back into the first. I am passionate about people of different ages being able to grow in faith together, and one way to do this is to have all-age or inter-generational services, or groups where people … Read more
We’re four weeks in to our six week experiment with an intergenerational small group on Zoom. (Read how it started here.) Last week, as I read part of the psalm, it had nice repeats in it which I thought lent itself to singing it (obviously, as it’s a psalm!), so we agreed that each family … Read more
Sabbath starts in the evening. In Jewish tradition, all days start in the evening, because “there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.” (Genesis 1:4) This is marked with a ritual meal where candles are lit, hands are washed, bread and wine shared and blessings spoken before we tuck into our roast chicken. It’s not … Read more
This week was week 3 of our experiment. Our group: 2 adults, 5 children age 8-12 years old This week I managed to get the tech set up on time, and slightly re-arranged our lounge to give us enough seats to comfortably sit and all be able to see and be seen. This really helped … Read more
Birthdays take organising
This was my first lock down birthday, and my family did an AMAZING job of making it special for me.
My girls are 8 and 9 yo, and they had been planning with Daddy for weeks! They made presents and cards; they organised bunting and party poppers; they discussed food options, chocolate and chocolate cake; they planned places to go (for our daily walk!) and others things which would make my day special. They even considers making sushi!