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Alex Taylor

About Alex Taylor

Alex Taylor has worked with the children and youth team to provide training and support churches. He is an experienced children's and youth worker and writer.

Volunteers raising hands against a blue sky
Alex Taylor / 11 September 2015

Back with a bang?

Recruiting volunteers is always difficult. Often a few members of the congregation seem to do most of the work. How can we be more intentional and effective in recruitment of people to serve with us?

Coffee and bible
Alex Taylor / 14 July 2015

Topic-based youth work is bad for your spiritual health

Looking at life issues with young people and seeing what the Bible says seems a good fit for youth work, but Alex Taylor begs to differ. In fact, he’d outlaw it immediately given the chance.

St Nicholas Church Chellington
Alex Taylor / 30 June 2015

What I learned on my youth weekend away

Despite having been involved in youth work for years, Alex Taylor has never been on a youth weekend away. Here he explores some of the things that he discovered on his first weekend.

Box of toys
Alex Taylor / 26 June 2015

Making the most of early years

Research suggests that parent/carer and toddler groups are key places to form friendships and faith in churches. Alex Taylor looks at some of the findings to see what kind of impact they can have.

A 'thank you' cake, fresh from the oven
Alex Taylor / 5 June 2015

Thank you!

It’s Volunteers’ Week! So to all our astonishing and committed volunteers, a massive thank you! You are so amazing that Alex Taylor has made you a cake. We’re just not sure how to get it to you.

A phoenix depicted in a book of mythological creatures by FJ Bertuch (1747–1822).
Alex Taylor / 22 May 2015

Rise like a phoenix

It can be hard to acknowledge that something isn’t working, and children’s work is no different. You might have to take the difficult to stop a particular ministry, but that doesn’t mean it’s the end of children’s work.

Chocolate cake
Alex Taylor / 15 May 2015

Ban the cheap biscuit

Sometimes the facilities for youth work can get very limited. Sometimes we have to do work in difficult circumstances with restricted resources. How can we offer young people the every best? Alex Taylor explores one way…

Children at St Paul's Cathedral
Alex Taylor / 18 April 2015

Children change a church

Having children in church changes its character, it’s unavoidable. In fact, it’s a change that should be welcomed. Where do children figure in your church life? At the centre? On the margins?

Alex Taylor and Liz
Alex Taylor / 27 February 2015

Who inspired Alex Taylor? His parents’ friendship group

Taking a lead from the Diocese’s Lent appeal, Alex Taylor reflects on who it was who inspired him in his faith when he was younger. And, slightly embarrassingly, it wasn’t really his Sunday School leaders…

Sticky Faith book cover
Alex Taylor / 20 February 2015

Sticky Faith

Alex Taylor explores the findings resulting from research carried out in the USA by the Fuller Youth Insititute on what makes faith stick in the lives of children and young people, as they grow into adulthood. The results aren’t rocket science, but still represent a challenge to how the Church works with those under 18.

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