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A range of ways of encouraging children to learn and celebrate the Christian meaning of each festival.
- A Question of Christmas - Download six activities which ask questions about the Nativity Story. Each one is practical and enables conversations about why God sent his son to earth.
- Get ready for Advent - Ideas for inviting those who come to church over Christmas to come and enjoy more of what Advent and Christmas is all about.
- CHRISTMAS CONSTRUCTIONS - A new resource with six Christmas making activities. Suitable for old and young, male and female, I hope that you could use these activities for your congregation, children, young people and community during the Advent season.
EASTER AND LENT RESOURCES
- Helping Children Learn About Easter - Easter festival resources: Mothering Sunday, Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Saturday and Easter Day
- Fun activities for Holy Week
- Look at the Cross – free to download here - a number of ideas which focus on the cross. Select those which work for your congregation/group. This is an all-age activity and meditation pack which is designed to focus on Good Friday and the events of Easter. Everything you need to know is in the pack and it is flexible so that you can use just one or two activities or the whole pack. You will need some resources to make the crosses, but these should be obtainable fairly easily and without great expense. The resource also gives space for those who would prefer to sit, think and pray quietly on Good Friday.
4. Easter - in and out of doors - This uses some indoor stations from Experience Easter and some outdoor ones from Experience Easter Outdoors. There is a “weather risk” factor with the outside events, but I know of several churches that have persevered, even in snow, and found it a moving thing to do. You will need the Experience Easter pack and the Experience Easter Outside pack. I have some copies of these for sale or you can go to the Diocese ofGloucester website to buy them.
Download the pack here:
GOOD FRIDAY EVENT
If you run this event please send some photos if you can!
Finally, another Easter event…
5. A WEEK WITH JESUS
A resource to use for Good Friday or over the Easter period for All Age Events, Messy Church or After School clubs,
The Jumping Fish resources are currently out of print. Please contact Sarah if you need a pack.
We can loan you a most of the resources you will need for each event. Please book early and check with Sarah Brown that the resources are available at the time you need them.
These are available to borrow:
EDUCATION SUNDAY RESOURCES
“To enable each child to hear the story of the Bible in their primary years”
If you are currently part of an Open the Book Team and it is a while since you received any training, please do aim to come to the next event if you possible can.
There are important updates to the OtB resources which it would be very useful for you to hear about.
If you are interested in starting an Open the Book team, you'll find the event you need here! (Scroll down to reach Open the Book training)
For more information and to read the whole story of Open The Book
Messy Church is a way of being church for all ages.
It involves having fun and being creative.
It involves playing and eating together.
It involves learning and worshipping together.
There are many Messy Churches in our diocese and there are also regional advisers – volunteers who with offer help and ideas for your Messy Church.
See the Messy Church website for an up to date list of local groups and regional advisers.
If you aren’t subscribing to “Get Messy” then it would be good to have a look at this magazine, published quarterly and costs £16.35 for a yearly subscription.
Each magazine has four Messy sessions completely planned, as well as articles and interesting background information.
If you have a resource which would be helpful to include please let Sarah know at Sarah.email@example.com
If you would like information about a particular area, please get in touch. The Messy Church website is very helpful:
- Messy Church Safeguarding
- Messy Church Risk Assessment
- Messy Church Recommended Reading
- Messy Church Session ideas
- Messy Church Session Material
- Messy Church Recipes
- Session Planning and forms
- Messy Church Logo
Ideas for Messy Church
In the office at Church House there is a large number of Holiday Club resources which you are welcome to borrow.
The Scripture Union resources also come with a DVD which we can also lend you.
Churches structure holiday clubs in different ways.
Some run each morning for a week in the summer.
Some do one day each week through the holiday.
Other churches do a day each half term.
You will need to chat to parents locally to see what might work best.
Whichever you choose, it’s a great way of getting to know local children and carers and giving them some good Bible teaching.
Contact me if you’d like to look at the Holiday Club resources: Sarah.firstname.lastname@example.org
Here are some photos of the “Space Academy” Holiday Club at All Saint’s Church, Wingerworth.
What is Godly Play?
The result of a lifetime of research and practice by theologian, author and educator The Rev. Dr. Jerome Berryman, the Godly Play® method is a curriculum of spiritual practice exploring the mystery of God’s presence in our lives.
The Godly Play curriculum engages what is most exciting about religious education: God inviting us into—and pursuing us in the midst of—Scripture and spiritual experience.
Godly Play practice teaches us to listen for God and to make authentic and creative responses to God’s call in our lives.
- Promotes knowledge, skills empathy, values, spiritual growth
- Develops the needs of the whole child: mind, body and spirit
- Provides a multisensory approach to learning
- Develops language and communication skills
- Gives everyone the opportunity to speak for themselves
- Develops thinking skills
- Provides depth and reflection in every session
- Gives time for learning
- Promotes originality, independent choice and decision making
- Uses visual, auditory and kinaesthetic approaches to learning.
Wooden sets are used and children (and adults) encouraged to wonder about what they have seen, heard and experienced.
Godly Play sets
We have about 19 sets which you are welcome to borrow.
The list of titles can be downloaded here.
Each box contains the necessary pieces and a script.
Please contact Sarah if you would like to borrow a set.
Do the children in your church receive Holy Communion alongside the adults?
Canon law allows this to happen where the church has permission from the bishop.
There are a number of protocols and safeguards which need to be in place for this decision to be given.
One of them is the important opportunity for all members of the church to air their feelings and discuss what might be long-held beliefs.
Children who are to receive Holy Communion must be prepared properly and then given the chance to continue to grow in their faith through appropriate teaching.
Their parents and/or guardians must also be consulted.
If you feel this is something which your church is ready to work through a first step could be to download and read a copy of the relevant canon law and also the document “Admission of Children to Holy Communion”. (attached below)
When you have read these, please get in touch with me, Sarah Brown.
I am very happy to meet with people who have misgivings or feel that this is not a helpful step.
Please don’t feel that you have to have everyone’s agreement before you ask me to visit!
I am available to come and speak/answer questions at PCC or other meetings, and if you wish to proceed I will guide you through the completion of the Application form for the bishop.
Here is a short preparation course for children who are being prepared to be admitted to Holy Communion.
You are welcome to use any or all of it as an alternative, or in addition to published resources.
There is a range of resources that you can use with those who would like their child/children to be baptised.
First Steps is a tried and tested DVD resource produced by CPAS.
There is a copy of the DVD in the Resource library if you would like to see it.
We also have a short booklet by Ally Barrett called, “Making the most of your child’s baptism.”
This talks through what happens in the service and also gives parents ideas about how to follow up this special service.
Other resources and support are available.
Please contact Sarah for ideas.
All-age Lord’s Prayer Resource
This resource tells each sentence of the Lord’s Prayer, with a different object to illustrate each one.
Different coloured pieces of felt make the sentences link together.
There are two sets of activities – one for adults (and young people) and one for children.
They could be used together in a service or prayer time.
Links for MAILING March 2020
If you have no groups or teaching set up for children it’s good to be able to welcome them to the service and give them some interesting and thought provoking things to do alongside a parent or carer.
I have put together seven bags that are for a range of ages and interests.
Each bag has a Bible or Bible storybook in it and then three or four ideas for stories to read and activities to do.
The plans, details, books and suppliers can all be downloaded from below.
I have used all new toys to ensure that Health and Safety regulations are followed and that children don’t get frustrated when things are lost or damaged.
If you have used toys which are clean and in good condition you could use these instead of buying new.
You are welcome to borrow or just view the bags. If you borrow any bags please ensure:
- That you give plastic toys a wipe over with an antibacterial wipe and let them dry.
- All the pieces and activities go back into the bag (the tag has a list and plastic boxes indicate how many pieces there are.)
- If you have any comments about the bag, please feed these back to Sarah.
Bag 1 Aimed at Toddlers | Bag 2 Aimed at Infant/KS1 children | Bag 3 For anyone who loves LEGO | Bag 4 For Minecraft fans | Bag 5 Those who enjoy puzzles | Bag 6 For anyone who enjoys Art | Bag 7 Animals in the Bible
The plans and resources are listed in the document if you’d like to make your own bags.
Bible boxes, Fields box, Deserts box, Water box
Each Bible Box has resources for 10 sessions based around a theme.
The boxes have been designed for churches where there might sometimes be a number of children, but sometimes not.
The activities are for a mixed age group and will work at the back of a church where there is no other room to go to.
The teaching resources are here to be downloaded, and you will need to collect the items for the box which are used over the 10 sessions.
All the resources are inexpensive – many can be found on markets or charity shops, or indeed in the lofts/attics of your team!
In addition there are some games ideas below – they are suitable for those who have a little space to play in, and those who have no space at all!
Here is the main plan for the Fields box:
And here are the supporting resource sheets:
Here is the main plan for the Deserts box:
Here are the support resource sheets for Deserts:
Here is the main plan for the Water box:
Here are the support resource sheets for the Water box:
This short project fits with the Big Conversation about Hunger. It is designed for use in a school, but could be adapted for other groups of around age 9, 10 and 11.
The organisations listed here are independently working in schools (both Church of England and Community schools) They provide a range of Christian based input, for example; assemblies/collective worship, RE lessons, lunchtime and after school clubs and many other activities.
The Diocese of Derby is seeking to produce a record of where these groups are working so that we can offer input to those schools that are currently not receiving any.
If you are part of a group currently working in a number of schools, we would love to receive information from you about what you do and which area you cover.
If you would like to know more about the organisations listed please contact them directly.
- Valley CIDS – work in around 80 schools the Swanwick area. Provides Assemblies, RE lessons, Holiday Clubs, After School and Lunchtime Clubs. ValleyCIDS
- Ispire workshops – provide full day or half day workshops exploring Christianity (as laid down in the National Curriculum) with Primary schools around Derby & Derbyshire. Our weblink is :- www.inspireworkshops.org.uk
- MAST – Matlock Area Schools Trust – have 3 teams who work in around 100 schools in Hope Valley, Ambergate and Hartington. http://www.mastrust.org/
- Swadlincote and District Youth for Christ– assemblies, after school clubs and sports clubs in schools in the area. https://yfc.co.uk/local/swadlincote/
- DKFC Derby Kids for Christ – Supporting work in schools in Derby city. Assembly teams regularly visit city Primary Schools under the name “Discovery Squad”Website on the way – contact Eve Allen email@example.com
Web sites and resources to support children, families and carers during the Coronavirus Lockdown.
BRF Resources for Families during Covid Lockdown.
TOGETHER AT HOME
Jessica-Ann Jenner is producing weekly activity sheets on Facebook, this is the link…
The Church of England’s “Thy Kingdom Come” resources are here
1. Journey into Easter
Recently commissioned are some stunning paintings from the Ethiopian artist Nebiyu Assefa for a new resource for schools, and these have inspired Journey Into Easter, a series of reflections for each day of Holy Week. The material is free for anyone to download, and has an arty/crafty theme.
Journey Into Easter With Children and Reflections through art for Holy Week and Easter. Written by Shahne Vickery with paintings by Nebiyu Assefa. These lovely resources are all free to download.
2. The Bell family from Ashover sing, “Risen”
An inspiration for us as we celebrate the Easter season! Many thanks to them.
Messy Church resources – contributed by Ruth Attwood, Regional Co-ordinator for Messy Church
The Messy Church website has lots of ideas, but there is also a great website called ‘Together at Home’ now producing regular material. They have a Facebook page but materials can also be found at www.TatH.co.uk
If you’d like to discuss any ideas, whether for your Messy Church families or others, do feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 01283 702804.
3. British Youth for Christ Resources – contributed by Sue Garb.
British Youth For Christ resources – they are creating three videos a week for 5-11s and 11-16s.
There’s also some training videos on how to use zoom and social media, as well as thinking through safeguarding criteria.
As Burton Youth For Christ, all our work is virtual at the moment. We are posting a thought for the day Monday to Friday; team challenges, and live instagram craft sessions on Saturday at 11am and Sundays at 3pm.
Our instagram account is burton_yfcFacebook is @burtonyfc
If any young people need support they can DM us or email us: email@example.com
4. An active story from Elaine Jones – to use on Good Friday, or over the Easter weekend.
5. Diddy Disciples have resources and podcasts of stories - aimed at ages 0-5.
6. Link to a second of Archdeacon Carol’s videos
7. Collective worship powerpoint and plan from Paul Scully
If you have any other links to useful sites, please let me know and I will include here.
All diocesan training events are now managed via the website.
You will find lots of events here to develop your work with children and young people.
All leaders should also be up to date with Safeguarding training – please contact the Safeguarding team to check which of the courses on offer will be most relevant to you.
We also recommend that all Children’s and Youth Leaders have a current First Aid qualification. We run short course for this, watch out for details on mailings.
If there is an area that you would like some information or training in, please contact Sarah Brown
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.