Karen looking to help young families develop their faith in new role at Broadstone church

Bournemouth Echo: UP FOR A CHALLENGE: Karen Greene UP FOR A CHALLENGE: Karen Greene

THERE is no doubt that Karen Greene is relishing her new role as Broadstone Methodist Church's first children and young families worker.

“It's a challenge – I'm up for it,” said the former youth and young adult pastor from Pennsylvania, USA.

After two months on the job, Mrs Greene has been busy thinking up new ways to to reach younger people in the parish.

“My job is to try to find out what the needs of families in the area are and how the church and the gospel can be made relevant to the younger generation,” she said.

“We are very limited in what we have to work with but I see it as an opportunity.

“I’m not intimidated by what needs to be done here.”

She is the first person to take up the role after the church received funding for a new children’s worker.

She said: “Broadstone Methodist Church secured three years’ funding for someone to work with children and young people.

“I saw an advert in the newspaper and thought I would just go for it. Since I started I’ve been holding assemblies in schools.

“It’s about getting out and meeting children and getting them to have some fun.”

She added: “We’re also looking at ways we can engage with the parents and things that can help young families develop their faith.”

The mother-of-two moved to the UK five years ago with her husband Colin, who is an Anglican minister.

They met while she was studying for an MA in theology at Seattle University, where her husband worked as a professor.

Having lived in Marnhull for the past two years, Mrs Greene said she feels right at home in Dorset.

“When we first moved to the UK we lived up in Northampton,” she said.

“I Googled where is the sunniest place to live in England and it said down here. I said to my husband this is where we need to go.”

Broadstone Methodist Church is currently sending out questionnaires, asking local people about how the church could support them.

To find out more about the church and its work with families or to get in touch with Karen, go to broadstone methodist.org.uk

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10:17am Sun 23 Mar 14

jeebuscripes says...

They're targetting the young with complete nonsense.

Protect your children and don't expose them to these people and their insane ideas.
They're targetting the young with complete nonsense. Protect your children and don't expose them to these people and their insane ideas. jeebuscripes
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10:17am Sun 23 Mar 14

jeebuscripes says...

They're targetting the young with complete nonsense.

Protect your children and don't expose them to these people and their insane ideas.
They're targetting the young with complete nonsense. Protect your children and don't expose them to these people and their insane ideas. jeebuscripes
  • Score: 2

11:02am Sun 23 Mar 14

Valerie W. says...

She doesn't stand a chance, the poor woman.
She doesn't stand a chance, the poor woman. Valerie W.
  • Score: -1

11:39am Sun 23 Mar 14

dvdr says...

jeebuscripes wrote:
They're targetting the young with complete nonsense.

Protect your children and don't expose them to these people and their insane ideas.
That is certainly one view, and the author of it has every right to express it.

Another view, held by millions of people world wide and for something like 2000 years, is that this "nonsense" as jeebuscripes puts it, is thoroughly worthwhile and a force for good, and those who take this view are willing to support it with their time and resources.

I know which view I prefer.
[quote][p][bold]jeebuscripes[/bold] wrote: They're targetting the young with complete nonsense. Protect your children and don't expose them to these people and their insane ideas.[/p][/quote]That is certainly one view, and the author of it has every right to express it. Another view, held by millions of people world wide and for something like 2000 years, is that this "nonsense" as jeebuscripes puts it, is thoroughly worthwhile and a force for good, and those who take this view are willing to support it with their time and resources. I know which view I prefer. dvdr
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12:18pm Sun 23 Mar 14

EddieVH says...

dvdr wrote:
jeebuscripes wrote:
They're targetting the young with complete nonsense.

Protect your children and don't expose them to these people and their insane ideas.
That is certainly one view, and the author of it has every right to express it.

Another view, held by millions of people world wide and for something like 2000 years, is that this "nonsense" as jeebuscripes puts it, is thoroughly worthwhile and a force for good, and those who take this view are willing to support it with their time and resources.

I know which view I prefer.
Fortunately, this is increasingly a minority viewpoint as people realise the hypocrisy and intolerance inherent in most strands of christanity. Young people who read the bible objectively, find it a confused morass of self-contradictory morally abhorent nonsense.
[quote][p][bold]dvdr[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jeebuscripes[/bold] wrote: They're targetting the young with complete nonsense. Protect your children and don't expose them to these people and their insane ideas.[/p][/quote]That is certainly one view, and the author of it has every right to express it. Another view, held by millions of people world wide and for something like 2000 years, is that this "nonsense" as jeebuscripes puts it, is thoroughly worthwhile and a force for good, and those who take this view are willing to support it with their time and resources. I know which view I prefer.[/p][/quote]Fortunately, this is increasingly a minority viewpoint as people realise the hypocrisy and intolerance inherent in most strands of christanity. Young people who read the bible objectively, find it a confused morass of self-contradictory morally abhorent nonsense. EddieVH
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4:36pm Sun 23 Mar 14

Gingertree says...

Absolute hogwash take the "ark" story for that to be feasible the afore mentioned boat would have to be aproximaly the size of 298 QE2's And that's not counting the amount of new species found each and every year I think the word I'm looking for is B...S...!
Absolute hogwash take the "ark" story for that to be feasible the afore mentioned boat would have to be aproximaly the size of 298 QE2's And that's not counting the amount of new species found each and every year I think the word I'm looking for is B...S...! Gingertree
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5:45pm Sun 23 Mar 14

Turtlebay says...

Gingertree wrote:
Absolute hogwash take the "ark" story for that to be feasible the afore mentioned boat would have to be aproximaly the size of 298 QE2's And that's not counting the amount of new species found each and every year I think the word I'm looking for is B...S...!
What for, one pair of each breed of animal plus 8 adults?

The 'new' species you talk of are only 'new' to science because the scientists have never discovered them before, although the species has been in existence since the time it was created by God approx 5,000 years ago.

If you must criticise Christians in public at least do your research properly first!
[quote][p][bold]Gingertree[/bold] wrote: Absolute hogwash take the "ark" story for that to be feasible the afore mentioned boat would have to be aproximaly the size of 298 QE2's And that's not counting the amount of new species found each and every year I think the word I'm looking for is B...S...![/p][/quote]What for, one pair of each breed of animal plus 8 adults? The 'new' species you talk of are only 'new' to science because the scientists have never discovered them before, although the species has been in existence since the time it was created by God approx 5,000 years ago. If you must criticise Christians in public at least do your research properly first! Turtlebay
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1:20pm Mon 24 Mar 14

Pablo23 says...

Turtlebay wrote:
Gingertree wrote:
Absolute hogwash take the "ark" story for that to be feasible the afore mentioned boat would have to be aproximaly the size of 298 QE2's And that's not counting the amount of new species found each and every year I think the word I'm looking for is B...S...!
What for, one pair of each breed of animal plus 8 adults?

The 'new' species you talk of are only 'new' to science because the scientists have never discovered them before, although the species has been in existence since the time it was created by God approx 5,000 years ago.

If you must criticise Christians in public at least do your research properly first!
What did he feed the animals on? Most eat each other!

And I really don't think he could have fitted them all on no matter how big the boat.
We know there are in excess of 8 million species of animal, so double that, and then advise how they were looked after by 8 people.

Its bizarre people still believe this sort of thing.

I realise many now come to their senses, but get around it by saying that it was just an allegory after all.
Like which bits of the Bible are supposed to be taken literally.

Sheesh.
[quote][p][bold]Turtlebay[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Gingertree[/bold] wrote: Absolute hogwash take the "ark" story for that to be feasible the afore mentioned boat would have to be aproximaly the size of 298 QE2's And that's not counting the amount of new species found each and every year I think the word I'm looking for is B...S...![/p][/quote]What for, one pair of each breed of animal plus 8 adults? The 'new' species you talk of are only 'new' to science because the scientists have never discovered them before, although the species has been in existence since the time it was created by God approx 5,000 years ago. If you must criticise Christians in public at least do your research properly first![/p][/quote]What did he feed the animals on? Most eat each other! And I really don't think he could have fitted them all on no matter how big the boat. We know there are in excess of 8 million species of animal, so double that, and then advise how they were looked after by 8 people. Its bizarre people still believe this sort of thing. I realise many now come to their senses, but get around it by saying that it was just an allegory after all. Like which bits of the Bible are supposed to be taken literally. Sheesh. Pablo23
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11:11pm Mon 24 Mar 14

guisselle says...

The Bible teaches us to love one another, if only it were that simple.
Forgiveness is another hard one I suppose its best to take out the bits you
understand! Just trust your gut!
The Bible teaches us to love one another, if only it were that simple. Forgiveness is another hard one I suppose its best to take out the bits you understand! Just trust your gut! guisselle
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