This is simply a rerun of '60 Seconds' which you'll find on the appropriate bit of the congregations website. But it has it's own place here too because the theme for Sunday is Children Stories (not children's stories) and it seems a simple Bible imperative is that our future lies in the stories we give our children. The whole Passover experience is retold on the strength of a question asked each year by a child, in the home and not in an religious institution.
Why then do we not put children first generally in church or in our nation? It is perhaps the most damning of all our politics. We might say we do, but we do not because still millions of children are in poverty, even more millions die before they are five from preventable diseases on the whole and something like a billion children have less than a dollar a day to live on.
We have in effect de-invested from education as in real terms sour education system is much worse off. I know that locally as head teachers try and balance subjects and try and keep the opportunities going but the cannot afford to do this year what they did last year. I know. I saw it just last week as teachers were let go because the school cannot afford to keep them. Don't listen to politicians who imagine the increased amount of money they say they are making available is covering increased costs. It does not. Today in the news there has been a U-turn on removing money from free school meals. And when you look at manifestos of the political parties none of them have the feel of being designed for the next generation.
What might the world look like and feel like if we put children first? The very fact we have to ask the question damns us. The next question we ought to ask is what might the church look like if we put children first...?