What we can learn about Apples (part 1)

As some of you might have seen from our new Twitter feed, I have been using “Apples” as my theme for the First School Worship I have been leading. There is a lot to learn from them so I thought I’d share some of my Assembly “plan” with you. I start by talking about Autumn and the fruit we come to expect. Apples is usually one of the answers that comes up, even in the less rural schools. I then produce my Apples – one lovely “Pink Lady”, one Green “Granny Smith”, one rather small one and a rather bashed cooking apple. As you can expect the children don’t really like the look of the bruised, brown apple and usual greet it with “Urghhh!” This opens up the topic of appearances – we all look dif


On the afternoon of the 11th of September GSUS Live! Arrived at Chantry and Newminster middle schools ready for the week ahead. After a very rainy Saturday setting up and training, the team started our first of 20+ lessons first thing Monday morning and the response has been outstanding! With the help of local volunteers year 6,7 and 8 pupils have had the opportunity to explore the themes of fear, forgiveness and rejection though a series of online characters and tasks, issues that are just as relevant today as they were 2000 years ago. The GSUS Live! Encourages the students to listen to a piece of music, watch a clip of film, read a passage of the bible and hear the story of a famous person

Staying Alive 2015

This Year Mustard Tree Trust again supported Staying Alive, again it is the highlight of the youth work year! For the 9th year running we gathered at Seahouses Hostel – 40 young people and a great group of adults. Our theme this year ‘Because you’re worth it!’ based on John 3:16. We had 6 groups of young people with leaders who spent the weekend together – learning about the ways in which God’s love is shown to us and then going out into communities in Northumberland sharing that love. The young people were accommodated in the hostel and many in tents in the garden! (who’s idea was it to put the four biggest lads in the smallest 4 man tent – especially when it rained!) There were young peo

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