“Social distancing” will surely be a contender for the word / phrase of 2020. While for some of us, it might still have novelty value or provide us with a welcome excuse for more family time, for many single people in our church communities it is bad news indeed. There were already plenty of challenges around connecting with couples and families before the pandemic, but now there are legal and health-related reasons for people to be closing doors to each other. The coronavirus lockdown may be a hard time for some single people.
There’s a lot to say about being single at a time like this and as a married guy I won’t add too much.* However, I do want to give encouragement and ideas to married people as to how they might care for single people during a time of physical distancing. Continue reading “Caring for Single People During COVID-19”
So your kids are at home.
As well as the general stress of the COVID-19 pandemic, now you suddenly you need manage schooling? How is that even possible?
Apart from a few ideas I really don’t know. So I’ve asked some experts: three homeschooling mums from our church. The question: What tips can you give the rest of us for managing schooling at home? Continue reading “Schoolkids at Home. What do I do?”
Psalm 1 describes the blessing of the person who does not “walk in the counsel of the wicked” but “delights in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night” (Ps 1:1-2).And just like we want our kids to have all sorts of good things in life, we want them to have the spiritual blessing of knowing God’s word. But sometimes it’s hard work getting into the Bible and especially the Old Testament. Here’s a few ideas to get you started (or refreshed) with reading the Old Testament with your kids.
Continue reading “Reading the Old Testament: Reading with kids”
Coming home after work is a danger time for blokes. We’ve had a hard day dealing with stress, conflict and tension. All we want to do is relax. But our home can also be a place of stress, conflict and tension.
Here’s some things to think about and do before you open that door… Continue reading “Before you open that door…”
Here’s an illustrated Bible we’ve been using lately with our kids: The Action Bible. It’s basically the Bible illustrated in the style of superhero comics. If you’ve got kids of primary school age or early high school I’d recommend it. Here’s why: Continue reading “Make family Bible time easy”