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Respecting cultural heritage?

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Comment by Ruth Kenward on February 6, 2013 at 21:22

p.s. the website is primarily aimed at the secular world,  i.e. it isn't designed to point out Biblical threads to Christians!!! 

Comment by Ruth Kenward on February 6, 2013 at 21:19

Hi Melinda, I don't know if it is of any interest to you as it's performing arts focus, but I write/publish musicals for children to perform (pre-teens), with a focus on dramatising stories that aren't necessarily Biblical but contain 'seeds of truth' that can prepare un-churched children to receive/understand the Gospel.  Stories like our 'Pied Piper' and 'Tattybogle' have very strong parallels with aspects of the Gospel, so good for helping kids get their heads around things, e.g. as a reference point in conversation... plus the shows usually model kingdom values/principles very clearly.  Check out - if it's of interest, feel free to message me :-)

Comment by Tim Hoof on February 6, 2013 at 17:24


Don't know what age you are looking at but for younger (under 6) the various things by Justin such as Something Special, Justin's House are popular.  There good for looking at what sort of things children find funny but also how they relate to differences between people.

Comment by Brenda Lord on January 31, 2012 at 10:19

Hi Melinda

Although kids like the Narnia films, I wouldn't say that they are 'into' Narnia' in a big way.  Which age group do you want to focus on and which culture? I notice that you are in Ohio.  Most issues that concern children in the UK relate to school, family, friends, acceptance, value, finding something that you are good at etc.  Tracy Beaker is a popular TV programme about a girl in a children's home. Talk to some of your kids.  Hope that helps a bit

Comment by Melinda Autry on January 30, 2012 at 20:19

I am taking a course in Theology and Culture.  I want to write my research paper on some issue that pertains to children.  Any ideas?  I have thought about addressing the Narnia series in some way.

Comment by Robert Hubbard on November 13, 2009 at 23:00
I know this has more to do with youth but it concerns the 'tweenage' so might be of interest.
Comment by jim bailey on November 4, 2009 at 10:39
thanks alan its brilliant will look at those .
Comment by Alan Charter on October 14, 2009 at 8:42
Hi Jim

Thanks for the post and links - it is useful to build this group up as a reference tool for any wanting to track data and trends.

If you haven't checked out this report on children and commercialisation, then it is definitely worth a look.

Also, for a great example of where a church has seized the opportunity to connect with and serve its community then check out
Comment by jim bailey on October 8, 2009 at 11:32
Hi everybody,

i have been updating some training notes on current children's trends in the UK. some of the findings are enlightening and some a challenging to those involved in children's ministry.
i hope that you can take the time to follow the links. there is a lot of information and it covers a wide area of children's work

but i hope that its helpful and will stir some thoughts prayers and action

the two main website that contain the information are the children's workforce development council and childwise, both secular children's work organisations.
please do reply with thoughts comments and if you have any information on current trends with children. please let me especially know.

I am particularly interested to hear if anyone working with schools is involved with the community cohesion programmes that schools are now offseaded for

please have a look at the links
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