Check out the information below on the latest ideas picked up from colleagues, on travels around the Diocese and from social media.
Prayers - from the Church of England
The CofE has collected and published prayers for personal and group use. These are particularly useful when we are struggling to find words to express how we feel. These prayers will help Christians to pray in solidarity with one another even when it is not possible to gather together in church. It can be shared with all who are at home and unable to worship together, especially those who are unable to access online resources. This booklet can be downloaded in various formats from the Church of England website, where you will also find many other resources and ideas for sustaining our worshipping lives: CofE.io/ChurchOnline
Coronavirus - a Guide for Children
This is a free digital information book for primary school age children to help explain the coronavirus and the measures taken to control it. It answers lots of questions in a child-friendly way, and aims to both inform and reassure. Published by Nosy Crow and illustrated by Axel Scheffler, the text had expert input from Professor Graham Medley of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and also two headteachers and a child psychologist.
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.
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?
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