Saltshaker - March 2011

Saltshaker - March 2011

Hi there,
We've assembled a list of resource for children's work here. Many thanks to the many people who email in resources for others to share. If you are not directly involved in work with children then please forward this message to those youy know who are. Please get in touch if we can help in any way, our contact details are at the end of this message. Happy reading;

Thanks, and, Happy Easter, God is good.


Lent & Easter Resources



Lent Resources
Love Life Live Lent book and booklets contain over 40 simple things to do during Lent: one action for each day. These actions help us to transform our world - locally, nationally and globally. With separate booklets for kids and for adults/youth, a book for families and supporting resources for churches and schools, everyone can get involved! These are brilliant resources and have editions for.....


Sorry, a bit late, but here are a few more Lent resources

Lent Course from Canterbury Diocese called confident discipleship
► Christian Aid Count Your Blessings guide. Children’s A3 & A4 format
► Variety of resources from Hereford Diocese
► Lent calendar from ROOTS
WaterAid
CMS Lent Resource
Lenten Prayer Pots
Crafts & Activities
► Some ideas from Christian mums on mumsnet

Palm Sunday

Liturgy of the Palms with children
► A simple PowerPoint retelling of Palm Sunday from a child's point of view

Good Friday

Ideas from Carolyn Brown
► How one church used Good Friday Stations with children

General sites for Holy Week

► The Church Year section has plenty of links for the season
► Lots of ideas for the season from Barnabas in Churches
Scripture Union's Light Live plenty of ideas - you need to register
Cbeebies clip about the Easter story - well worth a look


Really Useful Stuff

A mixture of stuff from all over the place!

► Incredible clip of a 3 year old child conducting

Cartoon Church
A couple of links to Dave Walker’s fantastic site .... Cartoon Church


Websites for children
We've had one or two requests for sites children can access. Here's a start, if you know of any more please let us know and we'll make them available


Recommended to us ...
Many thanks to those really helpful folks who have emailed in things they have found really useful in their own ministries. Here’s a few we’ve received recently;

Pilgrim's Progress - “Thought you might be interested in this. I’ve shown it to my youth group & it’s been very well received. There are other DVDs available.
Values of Life - One of our local schools is using the Values for Life resource pack published by Gloucester Diocese and I've just had a look at some of their resources which seem very helpful.

400 years old
2011 is the 400th anniversary of the King James Version of the Bible.

► Here are some ideas from BRF to help explore the Bible.
Stapleford has created a website for schools on behalf of the King James Bible Trust.

Storytelling tips – Bob Hartman

► Really practical & straightforward tips on storytelling

Children’s Society

► Latest report from the Children's Society well-being project

OFSTED

► Link to the website which hosts all the OFSTED updates re: registration etc.

Vacancies

► Part-time training post with CLCGB. Closing date: 8th April.
► You may know of someone (ordained) who is looking to move and would welcome a post with a school chaplaincy attached. St John at Hackney is a challenging part of the East End of London & the church is vibrant & growing, with a great emphasis on children & family.

Free Resource
John Hardwick has made available ...

► a free Palm Sunday song
► a free down load of a Palm Sunday Sketch
► You can find loads more resources for children’s ministry on John’s website

Vocations Sunday - 15 May 2011
Vocations Sunday is an opportunity to explore and encourage God’s calling to discipleship and service for the whole people of God.

► We've just produced a leaflet outlining Children's Ministry as a vocation. Take a look here
► Click here to find resources for worship, preaching, small group work, and individual exploration

Nurturing little ones Part 2!
Here's the second in a series of articles written by Pat Presney on the nurture of 0-5‘s. Feel free to use this in parish magazines

Nurturing little ones – Part 2.
► If you have missed any of Pat’s articles they are available to download here.


Breaking bad news to children
"One must talk little and listen much.”—African proverb
There's been plenty of bad news in the past few weeks. Here's a few ideas from an Anerican site based on breaking bad news to children. See the full article here ... taken from this blog. See what you think .....


And finally .....

Thank you for all you continue to do for children in your area
See you,
Steve