Sarah Holmes

Sarah Holmes
Liverpool Hope University · Early Childhood

PhD

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Introduction
Key research interests: Children's faith and spirituality, particularly nurturing of faith within the family context and issues surrounding nurturing children's faith effectively and ethically.  Broader research interests are: Religious Education, dynamics of extended family, post-partum support for mothers, and child and family well-being.

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Publications (12)
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The theological impetus and practical outworking of the beliefs and approaches held by Christian parents was investigated in ten case study families over a three-year period. The sample represented contrasting parental theological understandings of childhood faith. Each child’s faith was observed annually, using the lens of a child as a model of th...
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Parent and practitioners observations were examined to provide insights into the impact of covid-19 restrictions on children’s spiritual well-being, specifically related to reduced physical meeting of church communities in two case study contexts: Poland and the UK. Exploration of the four domains of spiritual wellbeing was carried out (Fisher 1998...
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The role of Christian faith communities in faith nurture of children is examined using empirical data, to assess whether the church is redundant for families. Insights are taken from child development, psychology and theology, to support a multi-disciplinary analysis of empirical data from children, parents and church leaders in North-West England,...
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Empirical data was gathered from parents, grandparents, and practitioners, which revealed the impact of Covid-19 on UK children and family ministry. Prevailing restrictions and associated needs caused significant change in the nature of this ministry, and may not be temporary. Key observations were reduction in engagement of families with the churc...
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The role and function of children’s ministry during the first six months of the Covid-19 pandemic is explored, including a comparison of observations from four different contexts: Norway, South Africa, The Netherlands, The United Kingdom. Theological reflection examines the emerging ecclesiologies, form and adaptation of sacramental practices and p...
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This article documents a systematic analysis of the online materials produced by UK churches for children’s faith nurture in response to the closure of physical ‘Sunday Schools’ during the Covid-19 pandemic. A theoretical underpinning guided the development of a framework to examine the discipleship tools and to uncover examples of good practice wh...
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In order to improve the engagement and retention of families in Anglican churches nationally, the Church of England sought to improve support and resourcing of ministries amongst baptism families. Sharing this vision, the Liverpool Diocese partnered with the National Church in order to explore the issues, needs and opportunities within the Liverpoo...
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This paper explores the effects that religious nurture (particularly Christian) may have on the child, seeking to provide indicators of whether faith may be viewed as a help or a hindrance. The desire is to indicate the elements of Christian nurture that are most beneficial to the child, through adoption of a broad rather than restricted lens of Ch...
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This paper presents the treasure and cultivate model as a research tool for observing Christian faith in the childhood years. The model seeks to treasure and preserve the natural and innate aspects of a child’s faith and spirituality, whilst simultaneously seeking to develop and cultivate other facets. It is proposed that this balanced approach lea...

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