Study Pack

Page 3 images on right cards 175The Study Pack to The Growth of Love offers a fantastic
opportunity of engaging with key elements of life and faith
in a creative and reflective way. The Study Pack comprises;

  • 20 study cards
  • 1 copy of the book “The Growth of Love”
  • 1 copy of the book “Reflections of Living with Children”
  • 1 Facilitators’ Guide
  • 1 copy of Summary Notes

The 20 study cards cover the five key themes of the book – Security; Boundaries; Significance; Community and Creativity – as well as three introductory cards and one final card encouraging reflection on the course. The study cards are designed for use by small groups with a course facilitator. The ideal size for the groups is between 6 and 8 people.

Study Card Outlines


Tuning in Tuning in
An opening group exercise, often with a verse from the Bible, which introduces participants to the focus for that card.
Tal;king point Talking point
A series of discussions starters following a short key quote from the book linked to the focus of that card.
Taking it further Taking it further
A suggestion for personal reflection for the participants to think through before the next session – often supported by a verse or longer passage from the Bible.
Action Action
With a further stage – putting into practice the lessons learned.

Study Card Themes

he card themes follow a clearly planned route through the exploratory process of the growth of love. The 20 themes are as follows;


  • The importance of being welcomed
  • The concept of parenting
  • The connections between the five themes


  • The importance of being held
  • Threats to security
  • Security and the stories of the Bible


  • The purpose of boundaries
  • The role of stories in creating boundaries
  • What happens when boundaries are breached?


  • The role of ‘significant others’
  • Issues of bullying and self-esteem
  • Affirmation and self-worth


  • Independence and interdependence
  • Evaluating school and church communities
  • Covenant and the Kingdom of God
  • Threats to community


  • Creativity and play
  • Creativity and humour
  • Creativity and risk

Final Reflection

  • The growth of love for children and for adults