Adaptable resources to celebrate Christmas
In this seasonal series you will find a Christmas buffet of resource treats. The four flexible sessions have been written so that you can fill your plate with what you and your church family need this Christmas.
Use the lesson plans as a Sunday School series, with optional scripts to help you tell the Bible story as a kids slot first.
Use the All-Welcome Service outlines as the basis for services suitable for everyone - young and old, church family and visitors alike.
Use the Family Adventure booklet as an outreach tool to give to local families along with Christmas literature, an invitation to church and a treat, all in a bag.
Combine elements from different weeks to create your own whole-Christmas- story extravaganza (e.g. Christmas festival service or outdoor Nativity Adventure)
A series of Sunday School lessons based on Psalms
Life can feel overwhelming.
Our children are handling some big emotions. They may be small but the pressures on them can still
be huge. Children are developmentally different to adults and each child is different, but the struggles
and temptations of the human heart remain the same, irrespective of age or stage. The critical difference
of youth is that they are still developing their coping strategies. Let us teach our children to turn to God with
their emotions, so that he can tend to their troubled hearts.
In the Psalms, our children can hear every cry of their hearts echoed, raw and unvarnished. They can
hear their own emotions expressed. They can see their feelings of anxiety, loneliness, doubt or despair
painted in full colour.
In this series those overwhelming emotions are named, described and acknowledged. These are the
monsters that lurk in the darkness for our children, but they do not need to fight them alone and they do not
need to be crushed by them. God is for our children.
In his care, they find their shelter, their companion and their reassurance. His love, faithfulness and
protection are big enough to enfold whatever they are experiencing. Through the Psalms, we can teach our
children to run to God when the monsters loom large in their lives.
The Psalms are corporate. We sing of our God together, reminding one another of truths we are
prone to forget. We want our children to know that relying on God is not something they have to do
alone. We pray that they will treasure their church family as the place where we come together to point
one another back to our loving, rescuing, protecting Heavenly Father. The place where we find help for
our struggles and reassurance that we are right to keep trusting God when life is tough. As they grow, our
children won’t always want to listen to their parents and their parents won’t always be in the next room.
But our children can always be part of a church family that will speak the truth to them in love.
When life overwhelms us, our children can know there is love, safety and victory… with God - together.
An evangelistic outreach club
WHAT IS DANGEROUS CLUB?
Dangerous Club is a monthly church-run club for children in school years 4-6 (8-11 year olds).
At the centre of the club is a short, clear, evangelistic Bible talk which aims to show children more of Jesus and their need for him in their lives. The activities are big, fun and high energy. Despite its name, there is no real danger involved, but it feels exciting!
WHY RUN DANGEROUS CLUB?
In Dangerous Club we want to give older children an opportunity to invite their friends to a club that is specifically aimed at their age group.
Dangerous Club helps children learn how to pray for their friends, invite them to a church event and care for them when they come along.
Dangerous Club can be a great opportunity to teach the Bible in an age specific context. It can also be a fun club to enjoy with their friends, where their church can gain credibility. Finally, it is also an opportunity for new role models to play a part in their life, as leaders care for them and discuss the Bible passage with them.
This package includes 10 short talks and activity plans as well as the information you need to start your own Dangerous Club.
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A script of a zoom bake along event
We offer this script for those churches who want to run their own Easter Bake-along instead of watching ours. To do so, you will need a baker and a presenter. With a few rehearsals, you could run this as a live Zoom event, baking, speaking and interacting with the families participating. This is the ideal, since interaction engages children.
An array of resources to celebrate Easter
FREE BARABBAS - AN ESCAPE ROOM FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY - Gather the family for a 25-minute online adventure! Aimed at families with 8-12 year olds, but enough to keep toddlers and teens engaged. Enjoy this series of challenges that will have you laughing, problem-solving, and working together. No prior biblical knowledge needed, perfect for sharing with friends and neighbours. Team up with others via Zoom and embark on the journey together, or challenge another family to see who can complete the tasks the fastest.
WEEKEND OF WONDER -This resource aims to encourage families to experience and enjoy the good news of Easter - at home, outdoors and with others - and give them confidence that they can open the Bible together at home.
The activities and conversation starters are designed as a taster to help families see that it is possible to talk about faith as part of everyday life. Perhaps this will be a stepping stone to encourage them to try out more resources.
Churches could use this booklet as the basis for an Easter gift bag for families. The bag could include a copy of the booklet, ingredients for the pizza bread, a luggage label and wool, letters for the hunt and a chocolate egg with ‘He has risen! Luke 24:6’ attached. You could include your own Easter card, with details of the church’s Easter services, or stick your own Easter greeting onto the front cover of the booklet.
ZOOM EASTER SCRIPT: THERE IS HOPE - This script is a series of short scenes designed to be easily adapted for your setting. You could use adults, children or family groups. Make it your own, and have fun! Zoom backgrounds for each scene are included.
EASTER ASSEMBLY: HOT CROSS BUNS AND EASTER EGGS - This 10 minute assembly uses familiar Easter treats – hot cross buns and Easter eggs - to explain Jesus' death on the cross and his resurrection. Two eye witnesses will explain how these treats remind us of the truth about Easter.
AN EASTER TRAIL: HOMES OF HOPE - As the first buds and flowers are bursting through, this is the moment for an Easter trail in your community. Get families walking around their local streets, following the Easter story - the only source of certain hope.
EASTER BAKE ALONG - Real time baking with a sprinkling of the Easter story. Script download