Vol 3 - September 2012

‘Just a ‘child’?
6th October, Fullbridge Church, Maldon
13th October, Kingwood Baptist Church, Basildon.
Training day organised by Arise Ministries.
Flyers and booking forms for the events can be downloaded here:

Mosaic contains Bible-based resources especially designed for small groups of children with a wide age range. It is ideal for children’s workers in small rural churches, small urban churches and new church plants - or any church with small numbers of children, few leaders, and limited space or resources. Have a look at their resources here.

Feelings Blob Cards
It's not always easy to answer the question 'How are you feeling?' because words can't express everything. These cards use simple, non-gender specific images to provide a tool for discussing a range of positive and negative feelings and behaviours. A great way of opening up conversations about the hard issues of life (bereavement, divorce, natural and human-made disasters). They're not cheap, but they'll be used time and time again. Find them here
By Pip Wilson and Ian Long, £25

The Children’s Society
…..have Christingle 2012 resources on line:
Christingle - children's and youth resources
Christingle - Worship resources

Learn, Explore, Debate Events
Following on from last year’s events the Department for Education's Early Years and Childcare's strategic partnership is running a further round of FREE events focused on:
  • The Childcare Commission
  • Parenting Support
  • Implementation of the EYFS and update on EYFS assessment including the profile
  • Early Years data
  • Children Centres - parental involvement
These events are aimed at organisations, local authorities and leaders and mangers of all schools and settings. The sessions will give the opportunity for learning and sharing together as well as giving the latest information in relation to the Foundation Years. The dates for the events are:
  • Tuesday 18 September, Manchester
  • Thursday 27 September, Nottingham
  • Tuesday 25 September, Taunton
  • Wednesday 3 October, London
  • Thursday 4 October, Leeds
Timings are 10.30 for a 11.00 start through to a 3.30 formal close with refreshments and lunch provided. The first of the events on Tuesday 18 September in Manchester is now open for booking here. Information on how to book your place at the following events will be included in next week’s newsletter.

August 5th- 9th 2013
…is an inspirational residential for young people aged 10-16 years..The holiday caters for up to 17 young people so places are limited, it is advised to book in early to guarantee a place. The cost of the holiday is £100 & includes all meals & accommodation, art tuition, use of art materials & a free sketchpad, representing excellent value. It is based at the Chellington Centre, a converted church made into a youth friendly Diocesan Centre in Bedfordshire. If you are interested in booking on Sketchpad 2013 please visit F2F website.

Child friendly Eucharistic Prayers
The official and rather long winded title “Officially Additional Eucharistic Prayers suitable for use on occasions when a significant number of children are present or when it is otherwise pastorally appropriate to meet the needs of children present” have been published for use.
The free online versions of the two new Eucharistic Prayers can be downloaded here and there are also helpful guidance notes. You can buy the book; Common Worship, Additional Eucharistic Prayers: with Guidance on Celebrating the Eucharist with Children is available from Church House Publishing and on Kindle.

News from Barnabas
Who Let The Dads Out? conference - Saturday 22 September 2012 - Manchester
If your church is wondering how to reach out to men in the community, you might like to know about the Who Let The Dads Out? fourth national conference which will be taking place on 22 September 2012 in North Manchester.

Playtime National Conference - Saturday 6 October 2012 - Northamptonshire
This year's Playtime National Conference is an opportunity to be refreshed, resourced and equipped as a toddler group leader. The theme is 'Storytelling' and the conference will be looking at how this powerful tool can be used in a variety of ways in your toddler group.

Drama out of a Crisis
20 challenging, fun and inspirational sketches about poverty and justice - Peter Shaw
Using drama to challenge, inform and entertain in all-age services and youth events. Drama out of a Crisis provides 20 short scripts for sketches to help people of all ages to think about some of the most important issues facing us in our wider world. So help your church look at issues of HIV, global sanitation and the water crisis, trade justice and poverty, amongst others, using drama as a vehicle for challenge and action. Each script comes with tips for staging as well as sermon prompts and Bible links to enable the sketch to be looked at in an even broader context.

The Encyclopedia of Bible Crafts
187 fun-filled, easy-to-do craft activities for children - Edited by Laurie Castaneda
Craft ideas always come in useful if you are running Sunday or midweek groups. Take a look at The Encyclopedia of Bible Crafts which provides 187 craft ideas for 5-11s, covering each book of the Bible.

Friends of God
Leena Lane
This colourful activity book based on stories from the Bible is ideal for use with 5 to 8 year olds.

Where in the world?
We're part of a global church - but how do children get to know about it? Where in the world? takes children on a tour of the worship, traditions, festivals, songs, prayers and more of churches across the globe. Designed as a resource for schools, it could easily be adapted by churches to use as half-day sessions, or integrated into exploration or prayer stations in worship and Sunday groups.
Pub. BRF, £9.99. Find out more here