What are church leaders saying

about Diddy Disciples?

'JESUS OPEN UP'

'JESUS OPEN UP'

THE MOST REVD JUSTIN WELBY

Archbishop of Canterbury

‘This is a book for those who take children seriously. A wonderful, practical resource for those who want to nurture children to be disciples in their own right: to pray, to engage with Scripture, to contribute to worship, to play their part as children of God. A must-read for those who work and volunteer with very young children.’

DR REBECCA NYE

Godly Play expert and researcher and consultant in children’s spirituality

‘Diddy Disciples is an invaluable blend of Sharon Moughtin-Mumby’s reflective practice and contemporary thinking about childhood spirituality. The result is an exceptional and inspiring resource for churches working with the very youngest children. A powerful case for seeing why the very young deserve the very best, and this is a well-tested method for doing that.’

THE REVD JOHN BARTON

Emeritus Professor, University of Oxford

‘We all think we know that biblical scholarship and Sunday School teaching belong in different worlds. Diddy Disciples shows that we are wrong. Sharon Moughtin-Mumby brings the wisdom of a professional biblical scholar to the task of communicating the essence of the Bible to very young children, unveiling the depths of biblical stories for young disciples. Very user-friendly material from which adults can learn too.’

THE RT REVD STEPHEN COTTRELL

Bishop of Chelmsford

‘Even though Jesus makes it clear that entering the kingdom of God requires us to become like children, real children are often neglected in the catechetical and formational life of the Church. Diddy Disciples puts that right! Here is a resource to help the children come to Jesus and grow as his disciples.’

THE REVD MARY HAWES

National Children and Youth Adviser, The Church of England

‘I’m excited by Diddy Disciples! It’s a celebration of Psalm 8.2 and all that babies and toddlers bring to worship. Movement, stories, actions and songs combine in carefully crafted sessions to draw groups into a new way of worshipping that will enrich everyone involved. I can’t wait to start using it.’

DR MATTHEW SALISBURY

National Liturgy and Worship, Church of England

‘Diddy Disciples approaches worship and storytelling with reverence and joy! Children and leaders alike will learn from the liturgical intelligence, sensitivity and natural language of Sharon Moughtin-Mumby’s approach. An inspirational resource for all on the way of discipleship, including special attention to the new texts for baptism.’

THE REVD PROFESSOR WALTER MOBERLY

Durham University

‘Wonderful! We have here a handling of Christian worship and the Bible that embodies a rich and creative imaginative seriousness, a sure understanding of theology and an experienced appreciation of the practicalities of working with young children. I haven’t come across anything else nearly as good as this.’

FR RICHARD PEERS

Director of Education, Diocese of Liverpool

‘Anyone involved in education would agree that the early years in a child’s life are crucial for laying the foundations of learning. We so often underestimate children’s abilities and needs. Diddy Disciples is the resource I have been waiting for: a superb treasure trove of meaningful, interesting and challenging activities for pre-school children in our churches. Whether at a weekday event or Sunday School, Diddy Disciples provides singing, texts and ideas that link with the Church’s year and provide the building blocks for Christian education. This is an essential resource for every church school, parish and Christian nursery.

[The] Diddy Disciples [programme] has been road-tested in a real parish with real children. It demands nothing more than the resources available in any parish or setting. It is properly theological and completely age appropriate. If children are to experience proper faith development and to grow as disciples, it is just material like this that will give the resources needed. A lifetime of Christian discipleship is built on solid foundations. Diddy Disciples provides that resource.’

THE RT REVD DR HELEN-ANN HARTLEY

Bishop of Waikato, New Zealand

‘This is a must-have resource, bringing scholarship and imagination together. No one is excluded from the wonder of exploring the Bible!’

STEVE CHALKE

Founder and leader, Oasis Global

‘Diddy Disciples is a flexible resource that acknowledges the importance and significance of enabling the youngest at church to engage in worship and begin a faith journey. The book not only offers ideas for a range of different settings and of personality and learning styles, but is also clearly built upon a theological and developmental understanding of children and faith. This is a resource that we will be using within our church setting, as we seek to engage and empower children from the youngest age in their understanding of God, faith, themselves and the world.’

THE RT REVD DR MIKE HARRISON

Bishop of Dunwich

‘I am really impressed with the Diddy Disciples resources – accessible, fun, interactive, inclusive and orthodox all at the same time, while introducing children to the profundity and life-giving nature of Jesus and his teaching . . . loving it!’

THE REVD CANON MARK OAKLEY

Chancellor of St Paul’s Cathedral

‘When Jesus taught, he often used a language that was unafraid to hover rather than land. Through imaginative and playful provocation, he was opening up spaces for his listeners to move into. This is exactly what Diddy Disciples does. It takes for granted the fact that young children are intelligent and perceptive, and it therefore doesn’t look down on them. Neither does it pretend that Christian faith is anything but a rich, complex and teasing migration towards the love and mystery of God, where questions can be as vital as insights. This is a liberating combination for everyone involved.’

GILL AMBROSE

Consultant to the Liturgical Commission and Chair of Godly Play UK

‘This is a serious book: serious about children; serious about worship; serious about spirituality; serious about God. Sharon Moughtin-Mumby draws upon her own experience as a priest, a parent and a theologian, and on the time-honoured shape of the liturgy, to create patterns for worship that honour God, by enabling the tiniest worshippers to hear the word and respond in praise. She offers enchanting and creative resources that will help to build the Church.’

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