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Alex Taylor

About Alex Taylor

Alex Taylor is part of the children's and youth team at the Diocese of London. He is an experienced children's and youth worker and writer.

Two doors - one open and one closed
Alex Taylor / 13 October 2015

When one door closes

When numbers decline and don’t recover, difficult decisions need to be confronted. Alex Taylor recounts what is happening at his church and sees God at work in the closing and renewing of ministries.

A pile of fiction books
Alex Taylor / 25 September 2015

More than just a Sunday School prize

In these days of smartphones, tablets and PS4s, what value is there in children’s fiction with a Christian element? Would children read it, or is it just too last century? Alex Taylor investigates.

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?

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