Children, Youth & Families


From the Uniting Church in Australia


  1. Two Great On-line Events – Stories of Childhood (May 22) and Engage All Generations (June 9)


  • Stories of Childhood               May 22                 2pm-4pm AEST


Stories of Childhood is held annually for those engaged in ministry – including Playgroups - with families with children aged 0-5. The 2021 event will focus on…


  • Nurturing spirituality in 0-5s and their carers (Judyth Roberts)

  • Nurturing our leaders and ourselves (Kimberly Smith)

On-line again in 2021, participants are encouraged to register as teams or churches, gather Covid-appropriately in their own space and experience together the blessing of being part of Stories of Childhood. Registering as an individual, though, is of course possible! Registration by Monday May 17 appreciated by clicking here.

  • Engage All Generations (Book Launch)           June 9   11am AEST

Engage All Generations: a strategic toolkit is the latest book from Cory Seibel. This very special FREE Zoom launch event will include the opportunity to find out more about the book, engage with a number of the number of the contributors and connect with others interested in intergenerational ministry.


Those contributing to the launch event will include:


► Cory Seibel (CAN)                      Engage All Generations - an overview

► Chris Barnett (AUS)                 Tools for Developing Intergenerational Ministry

► Jacolize Becker (NZ)                Intergenerational Sports and Games

► Tim Beilharz (AUS)                    Intergenerational Church and Socio-Cultural Faith Development

► Tammy Tolman (AUS)              Moving All Ages Toward Life Together


Click here for more information and to register


  1. Mother’s Day Resources


Mother’s Day Resources (Going for Growth)

Mother’s Day Multi-Age Services (UCA SA)

Ultimate Mothers’ Day Resource List

Mother’s Day resources (BRF)

Mother’s Day Ideas (Strandz)


  1. Pentecost Ideas


Pentecost Ideas (Moreton Rivers Presbytery)

Pentecost Ideas (All Age Worship)

Pentecost Resources (Build Faith)

Pentecost Ideas (The Billabong)

Pentecost Ideas (The Well)


  1. A Grab Bag of Goodies


Safe Church Principles – Posters (UCA)

Weekly Faith at Home Resource (Roots)

Bright Prayer Ideas (Thy Kingdom Come)

Faith Formation – Poster (@Church+Home)

Cheeky Pandas - resources (Thy Kingdom Come)


  1. Highlights from the April Intergenerational Update


Pentecost ideas (Strandz)

Flickering flame light bulbs (or here or here)

The Grandparenting Effect (Trevecca Okholm)

The Power of Children (Margaret Y MacDonald)

Intergenerational Stories of Change – Part 1 (Darren Philip)


Nb. Other great resources were included in the April Intergenerational Update. If you’re not on the Intergenerational Update Distribution List, let me know and I will add you!


  1. via CRCNA


10 Ways to Care for Creation (CRCNA)

5 Ways to Re-Tell Bible Stories (CRCNA)

5 Ways to Celebrate with your Family (CRCNA)

Play-lists and faith formation at home (CRCNA)

5 Ways to Practice Listening with Your Family (CRCNA)


  1. via Grow Ministries


Encouraging life-long faith (Grow Ministries)

Care in the ordinary moments (Grow Ministries)

Learning the language of love (Grow Ministries)

Simple equipping for mentoring (Grow Ministries)

FREE Early Word/Children’s Talk Year B ideas (Grow Ministries)


  1. via Lifelong Faith


How shall we live now? (Roberto)

Encouraging Christian practices (Roberto)

Practices of a Christian way of life (Roberto)

Developing a plan for Christian practices (Roberto)

FREE downloadable books from Lifelong Faith (Lifelong Faith)


  1. Resources from Messy Discipleship Book Launch


  • Resources from the recent Messy Discipleship Book Launch are currently being uploaded. If you would like the link as soon as it is available, please e-mail


  • Due to the generosity of BRF (50% discount on book - not including postage, use Code MDAUSZN50 before May 31), recipients of this Update are being offered discounts on the purchase of Messy Discipleship: Messy Church perspectives on growing faith. 


  • By way of follow up to the event, a series of Book Groups (3 gatherings of one hour over a period of two months) is being considered to explore the contents more deeply. If you’re interested, please e-mail your preferred availability - in terms of days (excluding weekends) and times (morning, afternoon, evening) – and time zone to   


  1. Highlighted 2021 Events (for your diary, watch out for more)


May 22               Stories of Childhood Playgroup/Pre-school Ministry Conference (On-line – 2pm-4pm AEST)

May 25-27         Children’s Spirituality Summit/InterGenerate (On-line – dates AEST)


Jun 9                      Engage All Generations (Book Launch) (On-line 11am AEST)


Jul 27, 28           InterGenerate AUS (Sydney, Brisbane, Christchurch + On-line)

Aug 7                  Make it Messy! (Parkville, Melbourne) 

Sep 10-12          Leaders to Go (On-line + Hub model)    

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