Children, Youth & Families
“What kids need right now is to feel comforted and loved”
With this in mind we just wanted to point you in the direction of some resources that will help our children be reminded that they are created and loved by a Great Big God, who listens, responds and is present with us and during this surreal time, it’s good to have some fun!
Supporting and Reaching Young People: Rachel Gardner, Director of Youthscape and President of The Girls Brigade, considers the challenge for churches to reach, support, develop and empower young people and adults at a recent online SCBA Leaders Day. The first three videos are the three different sessions and the fourth video is the whole morning. Click Here to go to the Videos
During the summer school break many of churches would normally run a holiday club for the children in their community. Some of our churches have moved this online:
Bethel Baptist Church, Whitchurch have a CAMP FIRE themed Holiday club; it includes videos, teaching, games, craft - all the links can be found on their website
Other churches are joining with the Virtual Sunday school Material - the whole 5 days is on their YouTube Channelwhich can be found here
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 meeting 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...)
If you have questions about what to say to your children about the coronavirus, listen to this podcast: https://parentingforfaith.org/podcast; for a written copy https://parentingforfaith.org/coronavirus
There is so much more on the Parenting for Faith site too.
For those ministering to children, youth and families online here is the Baptist Union Safeguarding Guidelines
For curriculum resources and ideas for:
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.
Roots: worship and learning resource for the whole church
An amazing creative prayer ideas that work at home as well as in the school space. You do need to sign up but it’s free and the resources are brilliant!
Imagine Ministries are live streaming family worship services each week – to see the service on Sunday 22nd March Click Here
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
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
There are also resources on:
Engage At Home: Daily family prayer and worship activities
Godly Play: 10 things to help each other... listen .. be calm ...be still
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!
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