Vol 4 - 19th September 2012

posted 19 Sep 2012, 07:19 by Steve Kersys   [ updated 19 Sep 2012, 07:45 ]
Children's Society Prayers
The Children’s Society is launching a monthly prayer e-mail, providing regular material to help you and your church pray for vulnerable and disadvantaged children and young people. You can sign up to receive the e-mail here.

Godly Play
Find the latest news from Godly Play here. They have information on Godly Play & Harvest & also The Sower, the Seed & the Sustainer

Harvest resources
An early Harvest Festival used to be celebrated at the beginning of the Harvest season on 1 August and was called Lammas, meaning 'loaf Mass'. Farmers made loaves of bread from the fresh wheat crop. These were given to the local church as the Communion bread during a special service thanking God for the harvest. As we have come to rely less heavily on home-grown produce, there has been a shift in emphasis in many Harvest Festival celebrations. Increasingly, churches have linked Harvest with an awareness of and concern for people in the developing world for whom growing crops of sufficient quality and quantity remains a struggle. Development and Relief organisations often produce resources for use in churches at harvest time which promote their own concerns for those in need across the globe.
Harvest material from the Church of England
Harvest Festival - Woodlands Junior School
Harvest Links posted by the Evangelical Alliance

Pinterest Board has some new resources to help you in your work.
Faith in the home: http://pinterest.com/revmaryhawes/faith-in-the-home/
All age worship: http://pinterest.com/revmaryhawes/all-age-worship/

The Lord's Prayer
Many thanks to Dan Jones from Bristol Diocese for these. Here are some presentations of the Lord's Prayer for you to use. They have both the traditional and an alternative version.

ROOTS produces weekly resources for worship and learning. They publish two ecumenical, lectionary-based subscription magazines: Adult & All Age and Children & Young People, plus subscribers get unlimited access to www.rootsontheweb.com, with ten years’ worth of supporting resources. They have also made some free resources available online;

Free materials ...


Paying attention to the sky - A Creation Time service for all ages

Creation Time (1 September – 14 October) has been adopted by many denominations, encouraging us to celebrate God as Creator and think about our responsibility for the earth. This service draws on the story and poetry in the Book of Job.

A vision of paradise - Revelation for all ages
This service offers a way for all ages to read a significant part of the Book of Revelation together, and explores the writers inspirational images of heaven.

You can download these resources here

Resources from Barnabas
Barnabas Resources catalogue is available online here

Messy Christmas

3 complete sessions and a treasure trove of craft ideas for Advent, Christmas and Epiphany by Lucy Moore and Jane Leadbetter (£5.99)
Three complete Messy Church sessions for Advent, Christmas and Epiphany, together with a wealth of creative activities and crafts to extend the range of excitingly messy activities for your Messy Church. Sections include creative Christmas prayers, global action suggestions, games and competitions, Christmas food crafts and many other ideas to take you on into the New Year.
Available as a PDF download from 1 October - find out more.

Seasonal Activities for Christmas Festivities

Three five-week teaching programmes exploring the true meaning of Christmas with 7-11s by Vicki Howie (£8.99)
Each programme contains five off-the-peg sessions exploring interlinked aspects of Christmas to help children go deeper into finding the truemeaning of Christmas and its significance in their own lives.
Available as a PDF download from 1 October - find out more.

Family Fun for Christmas

30 Advent and Christmas activities for families to share by Jane Butcher (£4.99)
Want to explore the Advent season at home with your children? Family Fun for Christmas has crafts, food ideas, games, word searches and treasure hunts to keep them busy.
Available as a PDF download from 1 October - find out more.