“You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you; and you will be my witnesses…to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8). All very well for the first disciples, but what does this mean for busy parents in the chaos and routine of 21st century family life? How can the gifts of the Spirit equip and sustain us in the ministry of parenting? What does it mean for the Holy Spirit to nurture and guide family life? These are some of the questions we hope to answer this week – or at least wrestle with together.
Helen Collins is a Lecturer in Practical Theology at Trinity College, Bristol. She has written a book on using the Bible in Christian formation entitled Reordering Theological Reflection: Starting with Scripture (SCM) and has also published a booklet entitled Mary the Worshipping Mother: Reclaiming Mary’s Motherhood for Contemporary Mums (Grove). Her forthcoming publication is called Charismatic Christianity (Baker). Helen is married to Simon and they have three children.