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Slides to accompany Bill Drewett's talk at Bristol VIneyard on 18th November 2012.

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Children should be seen and...

  1. 1. The Place of Children in Church
  2. 2. “A picture of Bill speaking to a field of wheat. Thewheat was blown and moved as Bill was speaking.This was a picture of what was happening during theservice, the holy spirit moving.”“God is saying that he is well pleased with us as achurch.”“If we give God the time and the space, then he willbless us through it.”
  3. 3. “We are on a journey. We haven’t arrived and weneed to realise that.”
  4. 4. “Our children are the future of the kingdom of God,our future as a church, and we need to serve themwith all our hearts.”“Out of the lips of children I have ordained praise.”
  5. 5. 13 Then people brought little children to Jesus forhim to place his hands on them and pray for them.But the disciples rebuked them.14 Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, anddo not hinder them, for the kingdom of heavenbelongs to such as these.” Matthew 19: 13-14
  6. 6. Q: What can we learn from children about the qualities needed in the Kingdom of God?
  7. 7. Q: What can we learn from children about the qualities needed in the Kingdom of God?A: Their values are different…
  8. 8. Q: What can we learn from children about the qualities needed in the Kingdom of God?A: They don’t compartmentalise theirlives…
  9. 9. Q: What can we learn from children about the qualities needed in the Kingdom of God?A: They’re transparent…
  10. 10. Q: What can we learn from children about the qualities needed in the Kingdom of God?A: They don’t treat Christianity as anintellectual exercise…
  11. 11. Q: What can we learn from children about the qualities needed in the Kingdom of God?A: They’re happy to depend on others…
  12. 12. Q: What can we learn from children about the qualities needed in the Kingdom of God?A: They don’t tolerate religion…
  13. 13. What are we going to do?• More family services• Get children & youth more involved in grown- up stuff• Kid’s church…

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