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In the latest issue we look at how to use the four spiritual styles when we pray, a creative kids' outreach in Motueka, and "Bubbles of Hope" in Christchurch

News and trending topics:

Light Parties and Halloween Alternatives

This year so many of the things we take for granted are having to undergo a rethink, and Light Parties are definitely one of those. Our Halloween Alternatives page gives plenty of ideas but you will need to pass your "Covid safety lenses" over these! Happy planning! Link here

Child and Youth Wellbeing

NZ Government project

Two new resources that aim to support and encourage child-focussed, community-led activity that will lead to positive change at a local level.  They aim to connect and grow a movement of people thinking and working in community-led ways, to improve child family and whanau wellbeing in Aotearoa.

Resource one Resource two

Max 7 at Home

We're loving the family resources available on the Max 7 website. The Family Active Discipling booklet has great info and practical tools, and the Family Fit sessions are perfect for families who like to be active together. Even better, they are all FREE! Link here

The Kitchen Table Project - Elements that build faith

This short video shows the four main elements that help to build faith in children, with prayer as the fifth, and central element holding all these things together. Aimed at giving parents simple tools for using at home...and less than 2 mins long!  Link here

Podcast - Past, present and future

Christina Embree

This Australian website has a series of podcasts from various leaders who presented at the recent Intergenerate Conference - Christina Embree, Cory Seibel, Caesar Kalinowski, Holly Allen.  While the website is youth focused, much of the content is still useful in our context.  Link here

Sam Luce - Do we need to start over?

In this article well known CM blogger, Sam Luce, ponders how we manage CM in a world filled with change and uncertainty. While not all of what he writes fits our NZ context, some of his suggestions for what might need to change are really thought provoking... read more

Being Intentionally Intergenerational

Now is a great time to be having conversations about ways your church can become more intentionally intergenerational. We have published some articles that can help facilitate these conversations. Read more

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In this video The Kitchen Table Project talk with Pete Greig (24/7 prayer) about what faith in their family looks like and how they have engaged with prayer together as a family.

We're loving this video from the awesome Max7 website - and all of their resources are FREE - weblink here

Three great CFM resources

Blessings pictures and bookmarks for children

Faith Formation chart for churches

Set of three Faith Formation posters for parents

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