16 October 2012
The Bishop of Oxford the Rt Revd John Pritchard has written a
prayer* for Parents' Week encouraging parents to slow down and take
more time with children in their care.
The theme of the week which begins next Monday (Oct 22) is 'Make
a Moment' and in a new CofE podcast published today Bishop John, chair of the
Church of England's Board of Education, said:
"I love the idea of making a moment to spend time with our
children. These moments are precious and so quickly gone. I'll
always regret not taking more moments to enjoy looking at life
through my children's eyes. Parents have the most wonderful and
awesome responsibility, and their utter devotion needs to be
celebrated. At the same time 'make a moment' reminds all of us all,
as we get older, more serious and less spontaneous, that
children will be our teachers if we let them - they'll teach
us how to play, to laugh and be a child again."
The week is being run by the Family and Parenting Institute, and
along with the Church of England is supported by politicians
including the Prime Minister and a range of charities and other
Michael Connellan of the Family and Parenting Institute said:
"Parents' Week 2012 is a special opportunity to celebrate all that
hard work that parents do - and to highlight the importance of
parents finding time to bond one-to-one with a child. We are
delighted to have the Church of England's support."
Mary Hawes the Church of England's national Going for Growth
(children and youth) adviser said: "This is a great opportunity for
churches to think about how they can be part of helping parents and
children create special moments together."
* Gracious God
thank you for the privilege and pleasure of children,
Thank you for what they represent for both the present and the
and what they give us as they explore life and make their
Help us to slow down, to pause and make a moment,
Help us to share their world and enjoy their wonder.
Help us to walk at their speed, and find that it's your
And so lead us together into life and joy,
in the company of your Son,
Jesus Christ, our Lord
More information on Parents' Week at http://www.parentsweek.org.uk
More information on the Family and Parenting Institute http://www.familyandparenting.org/