A church in our Diocese recently took a radical step. They decided to scrap the rota. They didn’t close the Sunday school (panic over) but they decided that the best thing for the children in their groups would be to have the same leaders every week, providing the maximum opportunity to form quality relationships with them. This policy sadly had a knock-on effect for the leaders; they felt they didn’t have any spiritual space for themselves and their relationship with God was suffering. The plan was abandoned, and the rota reinstituted.

On one level I was glad to hear that the leaders of the groups were taking their own faith seriously; we should do. What we do with children is far too...

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