Children are an extraordinary gift…

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On the first Monday of the month, Ten Ten send a newsletter to parents who have attended a parent session in a school.  The newsletter includes a chapter from the booklet “Being a Parent Today: Children, Faith and Family Life” published by the CTS.

CLICK HERE to download the Parent Newsletter

After we perform the play The Gift to parents, we often ask them “What’s the most precious gift you have ever received, who gave it to you, and why is it so special”?  In fact, if you have attended a Ten Ten parent session in recent years, you might have been asked this very question!  Although we often receive a rich and varied response, the most common answer is “my children”.

In this month’s First Monday newsletter, we explore the theme of Children and Childhood.  The opening line is, “Children are an extraordinary gift.”  They most certainly are.

I’m not a parent myself – not been blessed with a family in this way – but I have a very close relationship with my nephew who is now 15-years-old.  Over the years, I have marvelled at what a gift he is.  He constantly surprises and delights me with his humour, his particular gifts and talents, the things he teaches me that he has learnt at school, and the way he shows care and love to others in lots of different ways.  Through him, I see God’s creation.  And I am sure that you see His creation in your own children too.

I hope you find this month’s newsletter useful.

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Martin O'Brien

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Martin O'Brien is the founder and Artistic Director of Ten Ten Theatre. Starting his working life as a professional actor, Martin performed in the West End (Blood Brothers) and at the National Theatre (twice) as well as appearing in many TV dramas throughout the 1990’s. He then developed a second career as a writer, winning the BBC Northern Exposure Award for his play “On Eagles Wings” and writing for the BBC One drama “Doctors” and numerous radio plays. He founded Ten Ten Theatre – a professional theatre company with an underlying Christian ethos rooted in the Catholic tradition - with his sister Clare in 2007. Since that time, Ten Ten has developed a wide-ranging programme in drama-based Relationship Education in primary schools, secondary schools and parishes, currently working with over 80,000 children and young people every year. The company has also won awards for its work with young offender institutions and has more recently moved into mainstream theatre productions, starting with the sell-out production of “Kolbe’s Gift” at the off-West End venue, The Leicester Square Theatre, in October 2013. When not working, Martin tries (and sometimes, just sometimes, succeeds) to beat his 12-year-old nephew on Fifa…

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