It's a Royal Baby – 10 things to do for you and your church
Wall to wall Royal Baby coverage – how are you responding? Some starters for 10 ...
Well, it's a Royal Baby, heir to the throne, and the coverage has been wall to wall, as you'd expect.
And of course heartfelt prayers and good wishes go out to the new parents, struggling to handle all the scary new routines and lack of sleep, even if they are the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, with all the potential help on hand that suggests.
But what could you do – or your church do – in this Royal Baby Week to point people to Jesus, or show God's love for the smallest and most vulnerable?
Here are 10 suggestions:
1 Personal: visit a neighbour or friends who are new parents, and offer them a bit of help or encouragement.
2 Personal: consider making a donation or getting involved at your local women's refuge.
3 Church: why not throw a Royal Baby Party and invite all the young families with young children in your area? Pick a time that works best for them.
4 Church: this Sunday have a special prayer focus on young families - have people pray with those that attend, and pray for patience, love and calm for those in the community.
5 Personal: ask God if there are people in your road you should reach out to, who might need your help if they're struggling with young children.
6 Personal: get involved with the many Christian charities and ministries who are looking to alleviate child poverty around the world: Christian Aid, Compassion, Samaritan's Purse, World Vision and many others
7 Church: in Sunday School this weekend, get your children to put together some prayers for the Royal Baby and new babies around the world. What would they like God to do for them?
8 Personal: pray into the circumstances of Will and Kate, under such huge media coverage, yet wanting the best for their son. Ask God to be close to them and their families.
9 Church/Personal: this week will be a difficult one for some – those who have lost babies or children, and those who have desperately wanted children but have been unable to have them. Remember them in your prayers, maybe drop a card through the door to encourage them. Be sensitive.
10 Church: consider a short teaching series on Babies of the Bible! Lots of scope ...
Just some starters for 10 ...
How about your ideas? Mail firstname.lastname@example.org