Children & Family
last updated on: 10th Apr 2013
Encouraging Children and Family Ministry in the Diocese of Leicester
Children and Family Ministry
Welcome to the new look children and family ministry pages. They are still a work in progress, the idea is that they will continue to be so do keep checking back, but will hopefully be a useful source of information and ideas.
I'm Louise, the Children and Family Officer, and have been in post since September 2012. A few things that you might like to know about me are: I like books and have rather a lot of them and includes a number of Bibles, enough for people to comment, I like chocolate and generally most things to do with food; including Ice Cream Ministry! If you have any questions, ideas for what to include on the website (they might not all make it), I can help in anyway, or want to get in touch then feel free! Perhaps you have something going on that we can celebrate, it would be great to be able to share pictures and inspire each other.
Dates For Your Diary
On Saturday 27th April there will be a day for anyone involved in working with children and young people. The day will be at St Martin's House in Leicester from 10am-4pm and will include lunch. You can download an A4 Flyer to display and an A5 version that can be copied and passed on and it won't cost you anything!
2nd June sees the National Day of Prayer For Parent and Toddler Groups, click the for access to printable cards for people http://www.1277.org.uk/uploads/1277_Prayer_Card____labels.pdf. 1277 stands for the average number of days between birth and when a child starts school, the group is an alliance of churches and organisations that support the work of church based toddler groups. Try and join in, even if you don't have a church toddler group, as research suggests that 52% of toddlers attend a church based toddler group so you can pray for those that do.
Bishop John Pritchard wrote a prayer for National Parents' Week, 22nd-28th October 2012, which has much to offer and is well worth making use of for both personal and wider use. It is:
Thank you for the privilege and pleasure of children,
Thank you for what they represent for both the present and the future
and what they give us as they explore life and make their discoveries.
Help us to slow down, to pause and make a moment,
Help us to share their world and enjoy their wonder.
Help us to walk at their speed, and find that it's your speed,
And so lead us together into life and joy,
In the company of your son,
Jesus Christ, our Lord,
Perhaps you'll find the time to slow down and see the world through the eyes of children, it may not always be a comfortable thing to do as not everything is always positive but perhaps it will be a time of refreshment and the time you need to look at things differently.
Children and Families Officer, Leicester Diocese
St Martin's House
7 Peacock Lane