Palm Cross Prayer
On Palm Sunday everyone will be given a palm cross to take away. Here’s a simple prayer idea to use in the service – or for families to do at home while holding the palm cross.
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Name that tune: an Advent all age talk
​​​​​​​This talk was originally done in Gloucester Cathedral, for an all age service at Advent 2, but the approach could be adapted for any Sunday in Advent, or even on Christmas Eve/Day.
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More tea, vicar?
Repeated invitation helps families become more involved with their local church. Be ready to host events during school holidays when families will be actively looking for something to do.
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Pudding & Pamper Evening
St Mary in Charnwood Church, Nanpantan, Loughborough ran a Pudding and Pamper Evening for expectant mothers and mothers of babies under one.
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Wizard of Oz prayer idea
We had a baptism for a three year old who liked the film Wizard of Oz. For the prayers of intercession, the congregation were invited to come forward and place a picture onto a yellow brick road.
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Baptism breakfast for prep
A couple of weeks ago we had our first Baptism Breakfast and it was good!
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Cool idea for hot weather
When it’s hot, a cool church to sit in or look around might be the perfect refuge for a family with young children during the long summer holidays.
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Encouraging grandparents
Children’s Worker Ester van Dijk, from the parish of Leatherhead, has been interested in the role of grandparents in children’s faith journeys after researching it in her native Holland.
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Renewing baptism vows with rose petals
At a recent training day with Sandra Millar in Leicester, I have used an idea she shared that has been really well received
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Follow the Advent Star back to church
St Mary in Charnwood church, Nanpantan, Loughborough have used the Nativity scene invitations to personally invite our Baptism families to our Christmas services.
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