Saltshaker - January 2010

Thought for Today .....

Love God with your whole heart:
Love him with all you’ve got!
Write these commandments on your hearts.
Get them inside you and get them inside your children.
Deuteronomy 6

If you’re new to Saltshaker please have a look at the resources available for children’s ministry listed below.
If this is reaching you and you do not have any direct work amongst children please forward this on to whoever you know who might benefit from the resources.


Steve Kersys (Children’s Work Adviser)

Really Useful Training & Events .....

Solid Remix .....
Friday 15th January
Chelmsford Cathedral
Doors open 6pm, finishing at 10.30pm
Inflatables, Labyrinth, console games, craft, street dance and drumming workshops, food, bands, DJ and lots more.
Tickets £10 - you can reserve tickets on the door to save queueing.
Last year we welcomed 350 people for the event and the capacity is only 400 - so don't miss out or queue for hours.

Call the Solid ReMix office on 01268 530531 or click on to find out more!

Godly Play
Training day led by Alison Seaman
All Saints, Writtle,
Saturday 16th January,
10.00am – 3.00pm. £10 each,
bring a packed lunch, drinks provided.
See here for details

Takeaway 2010 .....
Exploring Christian Spirituality & Development of children & young people.
Romford Baptist Church, Saturday 6th March 2010, 9am-4.30pm
Sessions include;
  • Creating sacred spaces,
  • exploring prayer,
  • mentoring,
  • developing self-worth,
  • being Jesus
  • hot topics
Contact Richard Shaw  ..... or ring 01708 730032

Eastertide Study….. Through The Eyes of a Child
Weds 21 April 2010 ..... The journey so far …
A historical and theological perspective of children, childhood and children’s ministry
Weds 28 April 2010 ..... Welcome one and all
Looking at the care of 0-5s in the church, including Mums & Toddlers groups, Sunday groups, crèche, playgroups & Baptism.
Weds 5 May 2010 ..... Where have all the children gone?
A practical guide to work with children who don’t normally attend church
Weds 12 May 2010 ..... All for one and one for all!
Building communities of all shapes, sizes, ages and understandings where one and all engage with God.
More details to follow

Children’s Ministry Conference
22 to 24 January 2010
Kingsway Children's and Family Ministry has teamed up with Scripture Union and BRF's Barnabas to offer a wide mixture of seminars and events.
Click here to find out more

BRF Events include .....
Lucy Moore on both Messy Church and all-age worship
Ken Wylie - using mime;
Graham Nunn -  using illusion
Jane Butcher - Faith at Home
Martyn Payne - Local Church, Local School

Really Useful Resources

Education Sunday – 31 January 2010
The theme of Education Sunday 2010 is Called to Serve - exploring the vocation to teach and disciple children and young people. The resources for worship, prayer stations, assemblies and drama can be used not only to explore education in a school context, but also as a means of discipleship amongst children and young people in churches. It's an ideal opportunity to commend and pray for all who are involved in education – formal, informal, support staff, teacher, child – and to encourage others to consider whether Christian education might be something to which they are called. Check the Education Sunday site out at .....

Bible in Literacy
162 schools in the UK have now been supplied and trained with these materials. Shirley Gowland, one of the pioneers of the project now teaches with this resource in local schools & with the Bible Society (who are also sponsors of the resource) on their Pathfinders Project in 2010. Take a look at and contact Shirley on 07939 329879 and at 

Tell me a story
StoryPath offers children's and adolescent books which can be a bridge to biblical stories and aspects of the Christian faith. Following each book review, there are scripture links and faith talk questions.

God's love – with skin on!
"Daddy, come! I'm scared." "Son," the father said, "God loves you and will take care of you." "I know God loves me," the boy replied, "but right now I need somebody who has skin on." Read an article here on  the importance of relationships in the nurturing of children's spirituality.
Click here

Children in Need - Small Grants Programme
Children in Need have now got a Small Grants Programme, aimed at Third Sector organisations. Churches are specifically included as one of the organisations which Children in Need will consider, so you might want to pass this information on. Application deadlines for 2010 are:
15 January, 15 April, 15 July, 15 October:

BBC Children in Need will fund not-for-profit organisations who work with disadvantaged children and young people 18 years and under, living in the UK, the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands. Not-for-profit organisations include registered charities, voluntary organisations, schools, local authorities, churches, social enterprises, community interest groups, universities etc. This is not a comprehensive list and if you have any questions about whether your group is eligible for BBC Children in Need funding please contact the BBC Children in Need Helpdesk by emailing or by calling 020 8576 7788.

Stories, stories everywhere
January climaxes with National Storytelling week (
Check out the following storytelling resources, from BRF
Thingamajig from heaven (mp3) from The Lord's Prayer Unplugged by Lucy Moore,
Unstoppable great-granny Anna (mp3) from Footsteps to the Feast by Martyn Payne
The lost sheep (mp3) from The Gospels Unplugged by Lucy Moore
Adam and Eve (mp3) from The Lord's Prayer Unplugged by Lucy Moore
Naughty Nora cleans up (mp3) from The Adventures of Naughty Nora by Stephen Cottrell,
Jonah and the big fish (mp3) from The Barnabas Book of Bible Stories by Su Box

Also, here are some articles on the theme of storytelling. Check out:
The Bible and Storytelling - a thought-provoking article
Storytelling - some reflections on the power of story for children and adults
Reading stories aloud - some practical tips
Ways into a Bible Story - a template for opening up any Bible story
Exploring Bible stories with children - ten creative ways to get going
A wondering cube - simple idea to get children asking questions about a Bible story

Really Useful Books

The Easter Journey
by Moira Curry and Gill Morgan

The Easter Journey provides an exciting opportunity for church-based children's
teams to perform a delightful, easy-to-do presentation to their local primary
schools. Aimed at Year 5 children, the material gives pupils and teacher alike a
memorable learning experience by unfolding the Easter story through creative
storytelling, simple drama and thought-provoking artefacts.

The book accompanies the website, The material
includes valuable information for preparing the church and school communities
for the event, ideas for team-building, helpful hints concerning practical
considerations, clear instructions for setting up and presenting the eight
story-based scenes, suggestions for follow-up assemblies and ideas for the

A five-day holiday club plan, complete and ready-to-run by John Hardwick

Click here for details

This book contains all you need for an off-the-peg, easy-to-run holiday club for 5-11s. Inside you'll find songs, theme illustrations, daily dramas, puppet sketches, Bible stories, quizzes, crafts, games and fun sheets for younger and older children.
Champions uses the analogy of the Olympic games to explore how Jesus 'ran the race' for God. It is designed to encourage children also to run that race, running straight towards the goal and finishing the race in order to win the ultimate prize of eternal life. This is the prize that God offers to each one of us through the work of his Son, Christ Jesus.

Church Schools: a mission-shaped vision
This is the first title in the new Grove-Education series, giving a very helpful overview of Church schools and what mission might mean in the school context. 

By Tim Elbourne
Pub. Grove Books                   ISBN: 978-1-85174-735-1     £3.50