Why do we suffer? Time for Reflection

Why do we suffer? Time for Reflection

Time for Reflection – Why do we suffer? During our first Time for Reflection at the high school we gathered responses from pupils about questions they might ask God if they had the opportunity. The question of suffering came up time and time again. Why do we suffer? People of faith, and of no faith, have attempted to provide an answer to the reality of suffering but logical explanations and well-crafted arguments don’t really seem to get to the heart of the problem. Our experience of suffering is felt at a much deeper level. Video: Story of the Handful of Mustard Seeds (Peter Rollins) Questions for Class discussion What do you think the story teaches about suffering and how to respond to it? Why do you think it’s easier to forget than remember? When you’re having a hard time or facing a difficult situation who are the people you’d go to first for help? Take some time to share as a class times when you’ve faced a difficult or painful situation. How did you feel? What helped most? Is there anything you’ve learned about yourself during those times/situations? You can become a patron of Children & Youth through Patreon. In return for your monthly support, we offer first access to a range of youth and children’s work resources. Thank you for being part of the C&Y team. More school based resources...
The Cost of Children

The Cost of Children

The Cost of Children I read an article this week showing the real cost of raising  children. What was interesting was that it also listed what you got for your money. The government recently calculated the cost of raising a child from birth to 18 and came up with a total of £67,716 for an average UK family. That doesn’t even touch college tuition. But it’s not too bad if you break it down. It translates into: · £3762 a year, ·  £313.50 month, or * just under £80 a week. · That’s a mere £11 a day! · Just under 50p an hour. Still, you might think the best financial advice is not to have children if you want to be “rich.” Actually, it is just the opposite. What do you get for your £67, 716 Naming rights. First, middle, and last! Glimpses of God every day. Giggles under the covers every night. More love than your heart can hold. Butterfly kisses and Velcro hugs. Endless wonder over rocks, ants, clouds, and warm cookies. A hand to hold, usually covered with jelly or chocolate. A partner for blowing bubbles, flying kites Someone to laugh yourself silly with, no matter what the boss said or how your stocks performed that day. For £67,716, you never have to grow up. You get to: finger-paint, carve pumpkins, play hide-and-seek, catch lightning bugs, and never stop believing in Santa Claus. You have an excuse to: keep reading the Adventures of Piglet and Pooh, watching Saturday morning cartoons, going to Disney movies, and wishing on stars. You get to frame rainbows, hearts, and...
Children’s Sermon: The Cake Mix

Children’s Sermon: The Cake Mix

Below is a short script I used for a recently children’s talk during the church service. How do we live life in all its fullness? What might guide us? Whose advice might we listen to? Does anyone here like cake? What is your favourite kind of cake? I love cake and I would like to bake one for you! (Take out cake mix.) This is going to be the most delicious cake ever! It says to empty the cake mix into a large bowl. (Rip open the box and pour the contents into the bowl) Now it says to add in 2 eggs. (Take the eggs shall and all and smash it into the bowl.) Next it says to add in some sugar. I have have any of that, but I’m sure that salt would be fine instead. (Dump in some salt). Let’s see, now it says to add in some flower. I don’t have any but I found this white powder in my cupboard and home so I guess I can add that. (Dump in the baking soda.) Then it says add in oil and a little water and stir, but I don’t have any water but I do have some vinegar. I love putting oil and vinegar on a salad so they are probably the same. (Pour in some vinegar and stir as the reaction occurs.) I don’t have any chocolate powder…but I do have some brown sauce. They’re both the same colour so we’ll probably be alright…. Would anyone like to come and be my taster? Oh no! This is a huge mess! I don’t understand...
Children’s Session: Creation

Children’s Session: Creation

This is the first post in a series of children’s sessions journeying through the Bible that I have called SuperSunday. It’s ideal for children’s clubs or Sunday School and it’s designed to be quite fast paced with an element of choice built into the session.  Activities are provided for before the Sunday service as a […] You can become a patron of Children & Youth through Patreon. In return for your monthly support, we offer first access to a range of youth and children's work resources. Thank you for being part of the C&Y team.This content is available to Patrons pledging $1 or more on Patreon Unlock with...