News & Information from Guardians of Ancora

Telling God’s story

Maggie Barfield, Product Developer for Guardians of Ancora, is inspired by a woman of faith and fortitude… My story begins in 1877 with a young woman in her late teens called Annie Marston, living in Keswick in the North of England. Pioneering and persistent, Annie wanted to tell God’s story, so she set up a…

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Early years children and tablets

Dr Sonia Livingstone, renowned academic and online safety consultant, has turned her attention to early years children and their digital play. At Guardians of Ancora, we’ve become used to statistics about how many children own tablets and how long they spend with screens, every day. It’s still striking, though, to read Livingstone’s report  which shows…

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Your family and Guardians of Ancora (part 4)

In this fourth blog in a series, Sue Clutterham looks at change and decisions – and what that might mean in our family lives. Change A new job involves heart-searching, big decisions, lots of research and endless application forms, hopefully resulting in an interview that will conclude with a job offer. What do you want to…

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The view from the ‘shop floor’

Darren is one of the volunteer ‘champions’ of Ancora. Here’s his reaction to running an exhibition area at a Christian event. They were H-A-P-P-Y, they were H-A-P-P-Y… There are few things nicer than seeing children laugh and smile. Happiness was the predominant emotion as the children lined up to have a go on the Guardians…

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The Beautiful, Big, Free App

Scripture Union has made an app because, for the breadth of vision we have, only an app will do. Because Guardians of Ancora is about God’s amazing love and his big story as we find it in the Bible, and is for children everywhere, we’ve made the app beautiful, big and free. Like God’s grace.…

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Are tablets good for children?

There’s no question that tablet computers have swept into children’s lives in the past couple of years. But is this good, bad or neutral? ‘Parents,’ says the BBC iWonder website, ‘sometimes worry that time spent playing on screen devices may be stunting important development in areas such as social and communication skills. However, as devices…

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Your family and Guardians of Ancora (part 3)

In this third blog in a series, Sue Clutterham wonders what it really would have been like to be there in Bible times. No five-star accommodation with a golden crib for the Son of God, just loads of hay and an animals’ feeding trough. The noise. The smells. No sophisticated pain relief for Mary during labour.…

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Pop-up Ancora

Helen Franklin works throughout Wales helping churches and chapels run activities that connect them with children, young people and families in their community who might not be in church on a Sunday. She has pioneered the concept of ‘pop-up’ mission, encouraging churches to try small, short-term events in their community, such as Summer Salt, Star…

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Using Guardians of Ancora in Ministry

Welcome to today’s Guardians of Ancora guest blogger: Bruce Lockhart, from Scripture Union, Scotland Regional Worker for Perth, Kinross and Fife. Bruce has been using the game in his ministry with children – and getting as excited as they are! How excited do you get when children really engage with God’s Word? Recently I ran…

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