02 October 2006

Headsup 4 a gr8 nu free txt service

The first of its kind in the UK, mctxt4u is a new regular texting service for 9 to 13 year-olds. Launched by MethodistChildren, the service aims to keep children in touch with what's going on in the world, give them food for thought and help them to get more involved in church life.

From 4 October, children who subscribe to the service will receive texts under 8 different topics: Links, UrWorld, Challenge, World, Action, Prayer, DaBuzz and Headsup. To sign up, they can simply text JOIN to 07786205203 and it's absolutely free.

Penny Fuller, MethodistChildren 9-13 Project Worker, said that; 'With over 90% of 12 year-olds now owning a mobile phone, this is a great way to reach young people. Church can sometimes seem boring or irrelevant to young people and we want to show them that there are loads of exciting ways to get involved. We hope that by covering a variety of issues and even by setting the odd challenge, we can help them engage with a whole host of topics and think about what being Christian means for them'.

Users of the service can respond to any of the texts they receive from mctxt4u by having their say on DaBlab Ð the bulletin board in the brand new 9-13s section of the MethodistChildren website (www.methodistchildren.org.uk). The new look website has much more to offer, including the latest film and music reviews, puzzles, BrainEacs activities (puzzles and games), a prayer page and much more. There will also be a chance for children to find out what's going on around to world and to share their own stories.

Penny said, 'There'll be loads more to see and do on the site. As it continues to develop and grow, we're looking for groups and individuals to get involved, let us know what they'd like to see and even to contribute their own material. It's their website, so it should be done their way'.

The website also has an area for children under 12, with lots to do, including fun and games, a storybook and even a gallery for children to submit their own pictures. But it's not all for the children; children's workers have their own section of the site, with an activity page for leaders, resources, training information and a bulletin board.

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