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Church of England targets toddlers in youth recruitment drive
12-24-2009, 09:43 PM,
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Church of England targets toddlers in youth recruitment drive
Quote:Clergy will reach out to taxpayer-funded playgroups in an effort to spread the Christian message, amid fears that a generation of children have become disconnected from religion.

The Church will also establish breakfast, homework and sports clubs in schools to ensure as many young people as possible have "life-enhancing encounters with the Christian faith and the person of Jesus Christ".

The plans are among a package of measures outlined in a document, Going for Growth, which has been drawn up by the Church's education division.

They will be debated at the general synod, the Anglican governing body, next February, but portions of the text have been leaked to The Guardian newspaper.

"We need to reconsider how we engage with and express God's love to this generation of children and young people, whoever and wherever they may be," the document states.

"The tragedy is that we appear to be failing even those with whom we have already connected. The challenge is how to creatively offer children and young people encounters with the Christian faith and the person of Jesus Christ."

The policies, which include providing religious materials to schools to help them abide by the curriculum requirement to provide a daily act of worship, have been criticised by secular campaigners, who accused the Church of abusing its position to indoctrinate young children.

Keith Porteous Wood, executive director of the National Secular Society, said: "Parents should not be forced to have their children endure religious proselytising as a captive audience as the price of receiving public service."

Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, has already increased the Church's involvement in education. It sponsors 27 academies.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/religion/6879934/Church-of-England-targets-toddlers-in-youth-recruitment-drive.html
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12-25-2009, 12:53 AM,
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12-26-2009, 10:49 PM,
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RE: Church of England targets toddlers in youth recruitment drive
well its better they get them rather than the govt or many other ppl i can think of2 and yay free fooood
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01-07-2010, 08:21 AM,
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RE: Church of England targets toddlers in youth recruitment drive
what's a taxpayer funded playgroup ?

Quote:The policies, which include providing religious materials to schools to help them abide by the curriculum requirement to provide a daily act of worship

What's this ?
Is this saying that worship is mandated in the schools there ?
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