Children, Youth & Families

Identifying and Supporting Distress in CYF Post Lockdown:

TGL have some online courses that are designed to equip leaders to identify and support distress in CFY post lockdown.

Emotional First Aid: is free webinars to help individuals and organisations to see and understand emotional signals and how to respond to them effectively.  Click here for more information

Emotional Rollercoaster: this training is specifically for church staff members, schools and volunteers who work one-on-one or with groups of children who have emotional or relational challenges.  Click here for more information

Justice Hub: as an association we are setting up a Justice Hub and a resource database around areas of justice which can be used by young people as well as adults.  Click here to go to the Association Justice Hub (this includes resources on racial justice, LGBTQ and more...)

For those ministering to children, youth and families online here is the Baptist Union Safeguarding Guidelines


For curriculum resources and ideas for: 

Under 5’s 

  • Have a look at True Ways Kids: great resources to use at home and printable material.

  • Join the Scramblers Network on facebook – brilliant ideas for engaging with toddler groups and younger children at home.


For 5-11’s 

The Reflectionary: these resources are for family Bible times - Why not get together with another family and discuss the questions by phone or skype? We can still be church together while we’re apart. 

Each week the reflectionary site will have:

•    A Bible passage with some teaching and discussion questions aimed at adults

•    Creative and imaginative approaches designed to appeal to children (plus adults who prefer those styles)

•    A space for your own thoughts and responses

•    A colouring page (not just for kids!)

•    A craft / art activity (not just for kids!)

•    Some activities for the week

•    A prayer

For 11+

  • Scripture Union 

  • Youth for Christ have been brilliant at putting together tutorials for how to move youth work online. They have made lots of their resources available free of charge – check out their page on stress as it offers practical, emotional, physical and spiritual uplift – with easy ideas for all ages! 


On-line youth-work with those over the age of 13:

New safeguarding guidelines have been published from Baptist House and you can download the document here 


For youth workers

YouthScape Podcast 

There are also resources on:

Engage At Home: Daily family prayer and worship activities 

Ministry to children

Godly Play: 10 things to help each other... listen .. be calm still

Kids Sunday School 

Get creative with Hannah Dunnett - draw your own prayer tree is the first session!

Going For Growth: Faith isn't something to be learned in church - it's to be lived out at home. But it isn't always easy for families to know how to pray together or tell the stories of Jesus together. This page offers links and ideas to help families be Christian in their whole lives, not just the Sunday bit! 


For Music

  • Try out - Hillsong Kids: 1hr of Kids Praise Music

  • Fishy Music is doing a weekly assembly for in your home

  • iSing Pop are uploading their songs almost daily on their channel 

For Bible stories in animation try out:

  • Crossroads Kids club: go to youtube and put crossroads kids club and choose your story! Here’s an example below

  •  Jesus Storybook Bible with David Suchet narrating 


If you wish to buy a book to help children,  young people and families engage with faith at home, here are a few I can highly recommend:

For 5-11 year olds

  •  ‘What every child should know about prayer’ – by Nancy Guthrie

  • ‘My God Book’, A Prayer Journal Scrapbook – by Victoria Beech, Scripture Union

  • ‘Growing with God’ 365 Daily Devos for girls – Veggie Tales

  • ‘The Complete Illustrated Children’s Bible Devotional’ – Harvest House Publishers

  • ‘Children Can You Hear Me?’ – by Brad Jersak

For 11-18 year olds

  • ‘Swap’ discipleship journal - Youthscape

  • ‘Head Strong’ journal – Youthscape

CHILDREN & FAMILIES MINISTRY – OCTOBER - Intergenerational ministry from Australia


1.       Ministry in Minecraft            FREE Zoom Event            October 20        7pm AEDT


Over the past 18 months Rev. Sandy Brodine has been exploring creative ways of engaging her community with-in Minecraft. Drawing on this experience, in this FREE on-line event Sandy will particularly focus on…


-Prayer possibilities

-Building Bible stories

-Engaging intergenerationally   


…with-in the Minecraft context. Whether you’re familiar with Minecraft or not, this promises to be a fascinating evening for all!


More information & Registration: Ministry in Minecraft, using Minecraft in Ministry


  1.        Halloween Resources


Halloween ideas (Strandz)

Shining in the darkness (Roots)

All Hallows’ Eve resources (BRF)

Something to smile about (UCA SA)

Halloween ministry resources (Ministry Tools Resource Centre)


  1.        Games Ideas (via AYCF, Brisbane)


8 Quick Games (Build Faith)

Ice-breakers and Group Games (Jubed)

Games & Ice-breakers (The Source4ym)

11 Fun Ice-breakers (Christian Camp Pro)

20 Fun Games for On-line Groups (Youth Group Games)


  1.        via Max7


Parable of the Great Banquet animation (Max7)

A Fun Family Event (Max7)

Fun trick: 3 Rope classic (Max7)

Fun craft: Paper Helicopters (Max7)

Fun idea: Drawing on your head (Max7)


5.       via CRCNA


Building Blocks of Faith Toolkit (CRCNA)

Faith Practices Project: Service (CRCNA)

5 Ways to practice service as a family (CRCNA)

Living like Jesus: service as a faith practice (CRCNA)

Strengthening intergenerational mentoring (Generation Spark)


  1.        Via AIR (Australian Intergenerational Roundtable)


AIR Resource Paper 1: What is AIR?

AIR Resource Paper 2: Recommended Intergenerational Reading

AIR Resource Paper 3: 23 Easy Things To Try

AIR Resource Paper 4: Toward a Common Understanding

Air Resource Paper 5: An Eastern and Western Perspective


  1.        via Faith Forward (Podcasts)


Fostering healthy spirituality in families: Cindy Wang Brandt (Faith Forward) 

Holy listening with children: Lacy Finn Borgo (Faith Forward)

Emancipatory youth ministry: Annie Lockhart-Gilroy (Faith Forward)

Pandemic-era innovation: M. Nichol, S. Argue, T. Smith (Faith Forward)

Youth ministry as a practice of non-violence: Elizabeth Corrie (Faith Forward)


8.       via the Justice Cluster (UCA)


A Covenanting Guide (UCA)

Nov 6 Justice Convention (UCA)

A Vision for a Just Australia (UCA)

Surrender Co Church Resources (Surrender)

A Statement from the Heart Study Guide (UCA)


  1.        Beginning to Think About Advent?


Advent: Something is Coming (Intergen)

KIdzone Christmas Resources (Salvation Army)

Christmas & Advent Resources (Messy Church)

BunchOKids Christmas mini-books (BunchOKids)

The Really Good News of Christmas (Bible Society)


  1.    Some Highlighted Opportunities


  •        Oct 12           Meet the First Peoples of Gondwana      9am-12.30pm


Join with Rev Dr Garry Deverell to listen and engage with his story and reflections as an indigenous person. Garry Deverell is a Trawloolway man from northern Lutrawita and is a regular contributor to radio programmes, podcasts, and conferences on Indigenous matters. Garry will be speaking on…


• Who are the First Nations/First Peoples of this country, and what is our traditional spirituality or way of life?

• What is the result of our history when it comes to First Nations health, well-being and socio-economic status?

• Who are the ‘Second Peoples’ and how can they be good allies in the Indigenous struggle for something resembling justice?


More information & registration: Meet the First Peoples of Gondwana


  •        Navigating the Landscape: building intercultural communities          Nov 3       9.30am-4pm


This workshop will offer opportunities to reflect on one’s own ministry practice and its cultural relevance in his/her present ministry context. It seeks to enhance greater awareness and intentionality in building intercultural skills for ministry and community building. More information here.


  •        Nurture & Spiritual Guidance of Children     On-line Nov 24 - Dec 1


Especially suitable for church-based, school-based and community-based expressions of ministry, this course will assist you in developing an even more richly theologically-informed practice in relation to the spiritual nurture of children as you explore links between Scripture, theological thought, spiritual and psychological development. More information here.