All posts by Ben Mizen

I am the Youth and Children’s Work Adviser for the Diocese of Portsmouth. I cover all work with children and young people aged 0-18+ and work across Portsmouth, Havant, Gosport, Fareham, The Isle of Wight, Petersfield and Bishops Waltham. You can contact me at the diocesan offices on 02392 899652 and
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Messy Church in the home

messy church logoFaith needs to be lived throughout the week – not just on Sundays or in church. Most of the week children are not in church – they are in homes with their families. But families find it hard to live and model what it means to be Christian. One small rural community is experimenting with adapting the Messy Church principles to use in the home with two or three families gathered together. Read how they are getting on.

Household of Faith


John Westerhoff is speaking at the  Household of Faith Conference later this summer! He will be delivering 6 keynote lectures, alongside a fantastic line up of other speakers. Booking is now open and it promises to be a conference you won’t want to miss.
Venue: Sussex University
Dates: 17 – 19 July 2014


Multi-Age Lent

beth-e1368768566213Beth Barnett passionately believes that households need to open the Bible together and learn together. To help them do so, she develops creative activities which work across a range of ages. Here’s her fantastic resource for Lent - parts of which could easily find their way into inter-generational worship!

(HT Mary Hawes)

Vulnerability, children and the image of God


David Chronic works with some of the poorest children in Romania. In these two blogs, he reflects on what the vulnerability of children tells us about the image of God.


Lent 2014

…in these forty days you lead us into the desert of repentance that through a pilgrimage of prayer and discipline we may grow in grace and learn to be your people once again.
Through fasting, prayer and acts of service you bring us back to your generous heart. Through study of your holy word you open our eyes to your presence in the world and free our hands to welcome others into the radiant splendour of your love.

These words from the Holy Communion service in Lent call us back to the basics of our faith – prayer, study, service – and remind us of the call to welcome others into God’s loving presence. May the children and young people in your church and community see and hear that loving call of God in your ministry this Lent.

(HT Mary Hawes)

Equals – enjoying gender equality in all areas of life


Jenny Baker’s new book Equals enjoying gender equality in all areas of life which is being published by SPCK on 20 March 2014

In the UK, where only a fifth of MPs are female, where women are paid less than men and one in four will experience violence from their partner, where men comprise the vast majority of the prison population and boys are under-performing at school, the biblical vision of the full equality of women and men is needed now more than ever.  The book explores what equality is and what it isnt, and how we can enable both men and women to flourish. Its full of practical ideas for how equality can be lived out at home, in marriage and parenting, at work and in church with plenty of stories of what people have done to put equality into practice.

Jenny is doing a series on her blog over the next couple of weeks with stories of people being intentional about equality. She’s also on twitter – @runningjenbaker – where she’ll be tweeting about the book.