I am Sarah Brown – Diocesan Children’s Adviser. I work part-time for the Diocese of Derby – usually all day Monday and Tuesday and also Wednesday morning.
My mobile is 07425 132717 and my email address is Sarah.firstname.lastname@example.org
Covid Regulations around Children and Young People in Church - Sept 2020
Please read the official guidance first in these three places:
The Church of England website:
and also the CofE National Advisers detailed advice:
UK Government advice
National Youth Agency Advice
This document has further details.Covid Webinar Report
NEW: OCT 2020 CAN OUR CHURCH TODDLER GROUP MEET?
You might have heard or seen reports that Toddler groups of 15 people can now meet. This is slightly misleading - this applies only to those groups who are offering SUPPORT to those who attend, rather than a SOCIAL gathering. Please read the guidance below before making a decision about whether your group could meet.
Faith at Home
Below are some resources to use at home with children.These are designed to use with children and adults together.
You are welcome to use these resources and distribute them freely..
Family lectionary at home
REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY - Ideas for a live or online All Age service, and activities for Faith at Home - Sunday 8th NOVEMBER 2020
Sunday 25th October Last After Trinity BIBLE SUNDAY
Sunday 18th October - Trinity 19
Sunday 11th October - Trinity 18 (Proper 23)
Sunday 4th October - Trinity 17 (Proper22)
Sunday 27th September - Trinity 16 (Proper 21)
HARVEST FESTIVAL - The Greedy Farmer Luke 12:16-30
Sunday 20th September - Trinity 15 (Proper 20)
Sunday 13th September - Trinity 14 (Proper 19)
Sunday 6th September - Trinity 13 (Proper 18)
Sunday 30th August - Trinity 12 (Proper 17)
Sunday 23rd August - Trinity 11 (Proper 16)
Sunday 16th August - Trinity 10 (Proper 15)
Sunday 9th August - Trinity 9 (Proper 14)
Sunday 2nd August - Trinity 8 (Proper 13)
Sunday 26th July - Trinity 7 (Proper 12)
Sunday 18th July - Trinity 6 (Proper 11)
Sunday 12th July - Trinity 5 (Proper 10)
Sunday 5th July - Trinity 4 (Proper 9)
Sunday 7th June - Trinity Sunday
Faith at Home
Faith at Home - the photo challenge
If you’re able to go for a short walk around the area where you live, ask if you can take a phone with you and take some photos. (see the “Faith at Home” intro.) If you can’t take photos, just see if you can spot some of these things on the list below:
- A street light
- Rain falling
- Some small stones
- Some grass
- A plant growing in good soil
- Some netting
- A small place to hide
- A wall that is falling down
- Some railings
Choose one of your photos and see where it leads you! Examples of the photos can be seen on the Faith at Home intro (see below)
Faith at Home 1 - The Broken Wall
Did you find see or take a photo of a broken down wall?
The broken wall reminds us of someone in the Old Testament called Nehemiah.
Download Faith at Home 1 to find out about him.
Faith at Home 1
If you have a printer you could play this game about building the wall (thanks to Ellie Brown for the layout and graphics)
Faith at Home 2 - where did the seeds land?
Did you see or photograph some plants growing in unexpected places?
Maybe you saw some big spiky thistles or stinging nettles which were stopping little plants from growing.
Or maybe you saw some plants in lovely soil, growing well.
Jesus’s story about a sower encourages us to thing about where seeds land.
Faith at Home 3 - The Lord is my Shepherd
Perhaps you saw some grass as you walked.
Faith at Home 3 is based on Psalm 23 – The Lord is my Shepherd.
Faith at Home 4 - Light in the Darkness
OTHER PLACES TO LOOK
The Diocese of Portsmouth has some great resources to use at home.
If you have access to a printer, don’t miss the Bible Chat Mats which are produced by the Diocese of Bath and Wells. Great to use as you sit around the table – do some colouring and chatting!
Messy Church have also produced some ideas for Faith at Home.
You Tube videos – do make sure you preview videos before showing them to children. I haven’t watched all of these listed below!
These are from Footprints Theatre’s heritage “Story Stash”:
Crossroads Kids Club – lots of parables to watch
Little Worship Company – Bible stories and songs with children’s images
And from the Blackburn Diocesan Board of Education, Bible Podlets for all ages to listen to and discuss.