Children, Youth & Families
CHILDREN & FAMILIES MINISTRY – MAY
From the Uniting Church in Australia
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
Mother’s Day Resources
A Grab Bag of Goodies
Highlights from the April Intergenerational Update
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!
via Grow Ministries
via Lifelong Faith
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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)
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:
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