Margaret Pritchard Houston
As adults are chatting over coffee, children make friendships, start to feel at home in the church building and develop useful interpersonal skills. Margaret Pritchard Houston explores this further.
In the next post in our series on children and communion, Margaret Pritchard Houston brings the argument that communion is for all and not to be withheld from children.
Continuing the theme of learning from popular culture, Margaret Pritchard Houston ventures out to the Unicorn Theatre with her nephew and comes away with some thoughts to improve children’s ministry.
Margaret explores the role of Sunday School in an intergenerational setting. How much should we stay together and how beneficial are separate, age-specific groups? Add your thoughts to the debate.
In many churches, there’s a ‘show and tell’ time, where children display their work or talk about the story they heard. There are benefits, but a time like this can be problematic. Is it fair to ask children to make an instant response to what they have discovered about God in front of a room full of adults? Margaret Pritchard-Houston investigates the pros and cons.
No matter how experienced we might be, as parents, children’s workers or clergy, we can all get a bit thrown when a child asks the big questions about life, death, God, heaven and so on. It can be tempting to rush in with a long and complicated answer, but we might need to step back and give children a space to explore the questions themselves.
Screaming toddlers, the dreaded stink-eye, and other hazards of worshiping with children. What to do?
Celebrating rites of passage in children’s lives.