Little Disciples #4 – Children and Worship

Question: What is the chief end of man? Answer: Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever. Hear me out before clicking away. The “Westminster Catechism” was written by the Church of England and Scotland a few hundred years ago to say what they believed. With great imaginative flair, they then shortened it to the “Westminster Shorter Catechism” (WSC). Thanks, guys. … Continue reading Little Disciples #4 – Children and Worship

How is Everyday Church planning to move out of lockdown?

Well, I’m excited. After three months of coronavirus lockdown, the British prime minister has begun to announce the easing of restrictions. We are still a long way from the new normal that awaits us, but there are plenty of positives for us to celebrate together as a church family. We have been given permission to reopen our buildings for private prayer, and from 4th July … Continue reading How is Everyday Church planning to move out of lockdown?

Little Disciples #3 – Children and Prayer

An American writer called E.M. Bounds wrote this about a 100 years ago: “To men who think praying their main business and devote time to it according to this high estimate of its importance does God commit the keys of his kingdom, and by them does he work his spiritual wonders in this world.” Obviously, as 21st century Westerners we’d want to change the “To … Continue reading Little Disciples #3 – Children and Prayer

Little Disciples #2 – Children and the Bible

I wish that I could start this post as eloquently as the following quote. But I can’t. So here it is. Tony Reinke, writer (and notorious introductory voice to the Ask Pastor John podcast) says this: “To live an abundant life in this insatiable consumer society, we must plead in prayer for God-given power to turn our eyes away from the gigs of digital garbage … Continue reading Little Disciples #2 – Children and the Bible

Little Disciples #1 – Families, Where Children Become Christians

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Freddos, action songs and “the floor is made of lava” aren’t mentioned in the Bible. Perhaps surprisingly, neither is “kids work”. I wonder how you’d feel if we shut down “Everyday Kids” entirely? Reactions would likely range from “how inconvenient!” to “how dare you!” with every flavour in between. Why am I asking this? Because in the Bible, families are seen as the … Continue reading Little Disciples #1 – Families, Where Children Become Christians

‘To The Choir Master’ #5 In Private

What comes to mind when you think about ‘worship’? Maybe it’s the gathering? Sunday services? A conference?   God sees your heart at all times. Nothing is hidden from God. Your thoughts, your daily battles and your hidden motives are no secret to God. This is an important revelation when we are considering our private life of worship. God the Father, ‘who sees what is … Continue reading ‘To The Choir Master’ #5 In Private