Supporting Schools & Parishes
Creative Prayer Resources
Whether leading prayers with small groups, as part of Messy Church or as part of church services there are some excellent resources to draw upon. Follow the link to the Church of England's Pinterest for ideas and links to other sites and resources.
All Age Services
After leading a Praxis workshop on All Age worship recently it seemed a good idea to make the handout available here. If you have any questions or comments to add please don't hesitate to get in touch.
Scripture Union Light Live -
To access free downloadable All Age service plans covering the churches year you need to create a group then once logged in you can search the website for what you need.
Roots on the Web: All Age Worship resources - ROOTS
A brand new magazine resource to build community and resource Messy Churches with fresh ideas and inspiration.
More Messy Church Resources
Author: Jane Butcher
Messy Cooks is a handbook for everyone involved in Messy Church catering teams! As well as being a useful treasure store of practical and easy-to-prepare recipes for all your Messy Church events, it also provides tips on quantities, basic cooking skills, essential equipment and ideas for relating food to a Bible story, theme or festival.
There are 36 recipes in total - two delicious main courses and a scrummy dessert for every month of the year. Each recipe includes at least one helpful hint, suggested variations to ring the changes or provide a vegetarian option, and space for you to jot down your own personal reflections, comments and notes.
All the recipes have been used in real Messy Churches, tried and tested in real Messy Church kitchens by real Messy cooks, and enjoyed by real Messy Church families. One Messy cook summed it up by saying, 'We love seeing the children's faces when they come in and ask us "What's for dinner?". Includes 36 easy-to-prepare recipe ideas.
Don’t miss the Messy newsletter - sign-up for this by visiting www.messychurch.org.uk and click at the bottom left hand corner.
Ideas for discipling a Christ-centred community
The material includes many ideas for practical ways to promote a sense of fellowship and community. The book contains a further fifteen units of fun, food, crafts and mess, with a year's worth of material that your Messy Church will love.
The new DVD and latest books are available in the resources centre!
Help, Ideas, Resources and Support... we are here to help you.
Are you planning to launch a mid-week club or children's group soon?
Is your children's work about to restart after the summer break?
Are you looking to strengthen your Under 5's work?
Would you like to offer a Parenting Course and need resource ideas?
If you would like any help then we are here to help you in any way we can.
The Resources Centre
There are a wealth of resources for you to borrow from the Resource Centre - with new stock being added all the time, follow the link for the new opening times and more information: http://www.ely.anglican.org/education/about/resources.html
If you would like to chat over ideas, would like advice on any aspect of working with children and families, would like to arrange training or like me to visit your church group - I am here to help!
Julia Chamberlin Children's Work Adviser
Telephone: 01353 652714 or mob 07837 699016
Have you visited Scrapstore?
Scrapstore Dates and venues:
9th Feb, Brownsfield Youth and Community Centre, CB4 1RU. 11.30-1.30pm
2nd March, St Ives Play Conference
20th April, Unit 17, Barnwell Business Park, Barnwell Drive, CB5 8UY, 1.30-3.30pm
11th May, Cherry Hinton Village Centre, Colville Road, CB1 9EJ 1.30-3.30pm
15th June, Unit 17, Barnwell Business Park, Barnwell Drive, CB5 8UY 1.30-3.30pm
Scrapstore sell Scrap at £1.50 a carrier bag which includes their reuseable ChYpPS bag. Bring the bag along to the next session then you can fill it again for just £1. You can do this again and again with as many ChYpPS bags as you care for. If purchased a ChYpPS bag last time remember to bring it with you!
Please get in touch with
Senior Project Worker(Scrapstore)
Cambridge City Council
Tel: 01223 457
Mobile: 07920 575665
The Resource Centre - is on the move and will soon be available in the foyer of the Diocesan Office from Spring 2013.
There are new resources being added to our stock all the time so come and visit us when it reopens.
NEW puppets have just moved in to the Resources Centre; they would love to visit your church!
The Held in Hope series
A series of sensitively written and stunningly illustrated stories about young children's experience of illness or facing death, and how they relate their Christian faith to their experiences.
Sam and his Special BookCE Held in Hope series Book 3
Victoria Beech and the Paediatric Chaplaincy NetworkISBN: 9781905893225 Published: 24 March 2011 Format: Paperback Pages: 32 £5.99
Sam and his Special Book - about a child who is life limited.
This story explores a young child's experience of being life limited and shows how important it is for such children to know that Jesus is preparing a place especially for them and that they will always be remembered.
The books include helpful notes for parents, including questions and activities to use with young children and information of other resources and organisations.
Other stories in the Held in Hope series include: Maya Goes to Hospital, Josh Stays in Hospital, and Jesus Still Loves Joe.
Each story is also available as a free online film with the story read by Bear Grylls, available at: www.paediatric-chaplaincy-network.org
NEW Big Bible Challenge Book
Big Bible Challenge (BBC) is designed for children 7-12 years old and explores the big story of the Bible through 100 selected Bible passages, just like the E100. Especially appropriate for families (family devotions), churches and Christian schools, it’s designed to be used both by a child and an adult ‘coach’ (parent, grandparent, teacher, mentor, etc.)
Side by Side with God invites children and adults to join together on a journey of encounter, discovering God through story, wondering, prayer and activity. The short introductory chapter shouldn’t be missed as Yvonne helpfully outlines how each section can be used to open up conversations, activities and prayer around the biblical stories. Families, churches and children’s leaders will find it a useful way to start thinking more deeply about everyday life and faith with children. (Available in the Resources Centre)
New from John Hardwick:
Holiday Cruise Holiday Club
New for 2013. Available to borrow from the Resource Centre.
John's Shop and diary www.johnhardwick.org.uk
e:firstname.lastname@example.org m: 07779 538513skype: john.hardwick52
Watch John's Songs on-line http://www.acm-studio.co.uk/HardwickBibleBop.html
Watch the Razzamatazz-Robots Holiday Club VBS Songs, Drama, Bible Stories
Join John's Resources Face Book page - Holiday Clubs(get ideas at) http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/group.php?gid=152855994730633
'Johnhardwickorg' is John's You Tube channel - Watch loads of songs on You tube http://www.youtube.com/user/johnhardwickorg?feature=mhum
WWW… blogs and sites to help
This blog is devoted to crafts and activities based on Bible stories and themes.
This is not a new resource but it is a great place to discover regular news and insight about children's ministry in the church. Why not subscribe to their newsletter of the same name? http://childrenmatter.ning.com/
The Going for Growth website is packed with resources to support and encourage your children’s and youth ministry. If you would like to receive regular updates on news, resources and information we recommend that you subscribe. http://www.going4growth.org.uk/home
If you have not discovered the Children's Ministry website do have a look, they are bursting with advice and ideas: http://www.familyministry.co.uk/Groups/83715/Family_Ministry_Web.aspx
'The Good Practice Guide to Parent and Toddler Groups'
Don't miss this excellent 32 page resource - jointly produced by Care for the Family, the Mothers’ Union and the Salvation Army. This guide provides the information you need on setting up and running a toddler group.
To download your free copy Click here
Care for the Family have now made the MU Parent & Toddler Good Practice Guide available as a free download http://www.careforthefamily.org.uk/resources/product.asp?productid=920
For resources and inspiration for ministry among families 'Engage' offers resources, events and training: http://www.engagetoday.org.uk/
The Resources Centre, in the Diocesan Office, Ely, is constantly updating its stock of books, DVD's, games and teaching materials so why not pay a visit soon!
Follow link to find out more:
All Age Worship
By Lucy Moore
Pub. Barnabas ISBN: 978-1841-014326 £7.99
Lucy Moore explores the challenges and potential of bringing together the whole church for worship, rather than dividing up into different age groups. It doesn't offer a blue-print, but rather guides the reader into thinking about their own situation and the practicalities of bringing about change in worship.
16 fun ideas for crafts and activities which use natural, leftover and recyclable materials – helping children to consider being `green' as they use their creative talents.
By Christina Goodings
Pub. Lion Children ISBN: 978-0-7459-6180-4 £5.99
With a fish and chip shop theme, Rocky's Plaice offers a 5 day holiday club exploring the early church through the eyes of Peter. There is so much in it that a small church might feel daunted, but most of it could be scaled to the size of team you can manage to provide. The supporting DVD has training features, as well as story clips for each day.
Pub. Scripture Union ISBN: 978-1-84427-390-4 £9.99
The Encyclopaedia of Bible Crafts
Nearly 200 different easy-to-do crafts linked to Bible stories and themes. Well worth having on your bookshelf for when you need activity inspiration!
Pub. Barnabas ISBN: 978-1841-015903 £12.99
Shine CD - Children's Praise & Worship
Featuring 16 praise and worship songs including 'Shine', 'We're Powerpack' and 'God Who Made The Universe'.
One Generation from Extinction
Reaching unchurched children with the gospel - lessons from the past and present, and strategies for the future
One Church, Four Generations: Understanding and Reaching All Ages
Gary L McIntosh
Church leaders of the twenty-first century, perhaps more than at any time in history, must reach out to a variety of groups within the church. How can worship services be modified to attract young people without driving the older members away? £11.99
A book to help you to lead all-age Eucharists for the major festivals and seasons in the Church's year, giving step-by-step guidance on using visual symbols, presenting biblical stories and making the best use of the resources of Common Worship.
The Barnabas Classic Children's Bible
A timeless classic, The Barnabas Classic Children's Bible is ideally suited to eight- to ten-year olds, who will enjoy the clearly laid out text and the simple colourful pictures. Eighty well-known and not so well-known Bible stories from the creation of the world to the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost and the birth of the early Church are included. This sophisticated, comprehensive children's Bible is an ideal gift for Christmas or for baptism or first communion at any time of the year.
Instant Games by Susan L Lingo
A pick-up-and-use resource for all occasions where games are needed.
Razzamatazz Robots Holiday Club!
A fun-filled adventure, designed to help children unpack the plan of the Master Designer from creation to re-creation.
Containing all the essential ingredients for a successful, easy-to-run holiday club experience in a five-day, two-and-a-half-hour sessions format, the book is packed with practical ideas for songs, opening talks, theme illustrations, crafts, games puppet sketches, quizzes, Bible stories and fun sheets.
20 easy-to-perform sketches for major festivals and popular celebrations.
Do you work with children or young people? Need that extra bit of inspiration to help your group explore the Bible? Want that extra idea to complete your session? Then the ULTIMATE series is for you.
Get away from it all and discover active rest for your young people - the Horstead Centre in Norfolk is a brilliant resource for churches and schools.
Check out their new seasonal rates and low minimum numbers and let your school or youth group enjoy the benefits of a trip away.
The Horstead Centre is the Diocese of Norwich’s residential outdoor centre, providing activities for physical, emotional and spiritual learning in a safe but exciting environment.
Get active by trying rock climbing, canoeing, high ropes or archery and then make the most of opportunities for rest, reflection or meeting in small groups in our homely Georgian rectory.
If you would like more information, please contact Alex Willimott at email@example.com or Tel: 01603 737215 (opt 1).
Children's Work Useful Links
Fifty eight ways for Parishes to invove and welcome Children.
BRF and Barnabus support children's ministry. It offers a wealth of news, features, books, resources and downloadable PDFs to buy.
Downloadable resources, children's teaching programmes, conference information.
A free website where you can download wordsearches or make your own, download clipart, colouring pages and templates.
Movie clips to illustrate and inspire. A free downloadable resource for All-Age services, teaching, holiday clubs, children's talks etc.
Check out this blog from the Children's Worker in Histon & Impington.
The Diocese of Chelmsford's Children's work pages.
Endless resources to support the RCL and Common Worship each week, including material for children and links to supportive art and film sites.
The site of Roots, ecumenical Sunday worship and youth and children's work ideas to support the Common Worship Lectionary and the Revised Common Lectionary.
Information about training in the area of liturgy and worship, including liturgy which is inclusive of children and young people.
Christian Aid's education material.
Christian Aid's worship material.
The children and youth work pages of the Church Pastoral Aid Society site.
The site of Scripture Union.
Children's worship bulletins for ages 3-6 and 7-12.
Bible beginner activity bulletins (aged 4-6) and children's worship.
Scrapstore is a resource base for voluntary and statutory groups as well as individuals in and around Cambridge to come along and collect a wide selection of materials which can then be recycled and reused again for art and craft activities.
Order Families First magazine, resources for children's minstry and find out about their work worldwide.
Will You Make A Difference? DVD packed with resources for your church and downloadable resources.
A wide range of wooden crafts resources for all events and seasons.