Ideas - Easter 2020
Check out the information below on the latest ideas picked up from colleagues, on travels around the Diocese and from social media.
Easter Wrapped Up
Here is a simple re-telling of Holy Week. You may not have the bits and pieces to make up the story, but you could improvise. Turning a matchbox inside out and re-assembling might give a suitable box. Cutting the end off a peg might give the little wooden figure. And you could go one stage further and include some straw. The box then becomes a crib and you have the story from cradle to cross to resurrection.
St Paul's Cathedral
The Schools Dept at St Paul's Cathedral has produced some excellent resources for families to use at home over Easter. These are simple, easily resourced, practical activities for all to engage with Easter themes, including; washing of feet, Gethsemane prayers, the cross, forgiveness & Joy. You can download them here;
Prayer @ Home
Many thanks to Jean for collecting together a variety of ways in which families can pray together. Ideas use everyday objects found around the home and include; Thankfulness bunting, Bubble prayers, Candle time, Prayer jar, Prayer pot, Photo prayers, Hand-shape prayers, Cross and pebble prayers, Playdough prayers, Pipe cleaner prayers, Prayer paper chain, Fruit bowl prayers, Kitchen cupboard prayers, Fridge magnetic letters prayers, First aid box prayers, Hand washing prayers, Garden prayers, Alphabet Praise & The Lord’s Prayer – a phrase a day.
Easter Journey Board Game
This board game is a brilliant family activity taking you on a journey through Easter week. You can download it through the link here, which has one page view of the whole board game, and six pieces which may be printed off and joined together.
Journey into Easter with Children
Shahne Vickery, Gloucester Diocese
Inspired by paintings from the Ethiopian artist Nebiyu Assefa, this pack offers children and their families new and creative ways to engage with the story of Holy Week and Easter at home.
Palm Sunday @Home
Cheryl Trice, Rochester Diocese
These resources are to help equip & enable worship together as “family”. They are intentionally intergenerational to allow space, conversation, activity & response together as the family of God &
encourage all ages to participate, being responsive to God and each other.
From Mary Hawes
Here are some simple prayers to use with your family. They cover issues such as Coronavirus, when a friend is ill and a prayer to remember God is always with us. Download the prayers using the link.
Clare Cooke, 0-5 Mission Adviser, Diocese of Exeter
Have you seen a rainbow on a window as you have taken your daily exercise?
Did you know it is part of a social media campaign to keep people’s spirits up?
The idea is that people can have great fun creating rainbows to put in their windows and then it will give people something to look for when they are out on their daily exercise – a bit like a treasure hunt. It also gives people stuck in the chance to wave and smile at those who come searching for rainbows.
There are plenty of examples on social media using various hashtags including:
#everythingwillbeok #chasetherainbow #frommywindow
Thanks Clare for compiling some examples and resources on the idea of rainbow windows. Check out Clare's resource sheets through the link opposite.
Little Worship Company
The Little Worship Company’s have made some of their content freely available online. They offer:
Free online resources on Facebook
For a Sunday Service - A free weekly multimedia resource to connect with all ages, It lasts around 10 minutes and comprises a simple talk, a Little Worship Company song, Bible verse or story & a short prayer.
For home devotions - A free multimedia, bible based devotion to inspire and encourage young families in their faith. A Bible Time film from the LWC YouTube channel, some simple questions to chat over as a family & a short prayer.
You can find these at www.facebook.com/Littleworshipcompany
Free online resources on YouTube for church and families
57 Little Worship Company resources for children to enjoy with their grown ups.
Family worship at Home (Rochester Diocese)
Rochester Diocese has published a really helpful page on Family Worship in the Home:with something for everyone
Roots on the Web
At a time when our normal routines of worship services and groups are disrupted, ROOTS is offering free resources to use at home every week on the ROOTS website. All the materials focus on the same Bible passage and include:
Prayers, reflections, questions to ponder
Family time talking points and activities
Seasonal resources e.g. Mothering Sunday
See free ROOTS resources for worship at home.
One Way Ministries
One Way UK are best known for their Puppet Ministry, but they have collated a whole range of sites & resources to support children, youth & family ministry
Prayers & colouring for anxious times
These reflection/prayer/colouring sheets from Illustrated Ministry may be helpful for any child you know who is anxious at this time ...... & for any adults too. .
Fischy Music work with children in schools, churches and community settings, locally and nationally, singing, writing and listening to songs. They support adults who work with, or care for children by equipping them with musical resources and appropriate training and they provide online digital musical resources for schools and churches. They have updated their work to include:
Monday morning assembly on YouTube: Tune in and join us for our weekly online assemblies, 11AM on Mondays at www.youtube.com/fischymusic
FischyTunes: music video website for childrent www.fischytunes.com
Spotify (and other streaming platforms): “Twenty Years of Fischy Music” album on Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music or wherever you stream your music.
The Lord's Prayer (with actions)
We first recorded this quite a while ago and we have been teaching this in schools and with school visits to the Cathedral for the last 3 years.
It's not our idea and we can't remember where we first saw it, but we'll happily credit if you let us know. .
We've seen lots of versions of this - you might like to do your own?
Church@Home & Faith@Play
Bethan Fogell - Portsmouth Diocese
Two resources here from Bethan Fogell, Church@Home (children) & Faith@Play (toddlers). Faith @ Play resource for under 5s aimed at those usually attending toddler groups and/or church, some of the same ideas in toddler friendly language.
There are more editions planned & I'll upload them here when I get them. for
Pilgrimage at Home (Thanks Tony Cook)
The purpose of a pilgrimage is to journey physically and spiritually to learn something more or new about God and about yourself as you journey. This pilgrimage at home resource my help you to physically move about your home as a family whilst learning more about God and the faith in your family. Pilgrimage at home can be done in a house or flat using the rooms you have and ignoring any instructions that are not relevant to your home. It can be done across a whole day or part of a day, you decide. There are some suggestions but please feel free to change or adapt anything to make it relevant to the age of the people living in your household. There are five activities to help:
Moving in and around your home
Doing an activity together
Linking the activity to scripture
Reflecting in different ways
Having a focus for prayer