Do you work with children? Help run a Sunday school? Does your church need a new breath of life for its kids’ activities?
A new magazine for Christian children’s workers has recently launched - CHILDRENSWORK magazine – full of ideas, resources and guidance for Christian children’s leaders. Packed full of expert advice from the likes of Bob Hartman, Ivy Beckwith, Simon Parry – and with Sam Donoghue and Martin Saunders at the helm – this is a must-read for everyone involved in children’s ministry.
Get a free sample issue at http://www.childrenswork.co.uk/, where you will also find articles and resources from this month’s issue, including
Sending a card is an easy way for children and adults to show God’s love to another family across the world. It can make such a difference to a family going through persecution to receive a colourful card giving encouragement and support. Many families tell how their children run home after school to see if the post has arrived, often hanging up the most colourful cards on their walls.
The kidzone packs from Open Doors contain everything you need to get started, including:
- an introductory guide for parents/teachers
- a set of letter-writing cards
- instructions for children
- photocopiable card designs
- photocopiable reminder to pray
Order online at http://www.opendoorsuk.org/resources/kids/letter.php.
Open Doors is active in over 50 countries, supplying Bibles, leadership training, Scripture-based literacy programmes and support for Christians suffering persecution for their faith. We are the world’s largest outreach to persecuted Christians, working in the most high-risk places.
What is it?
- OPEN THE BOOK offers primary school children an opportunity to hear the major stories of the Bible, presented chronologically, during one school year. It is a free service given to each school by a team of Christians from local churches, who present a series of stories during Collective Worship. Each presentation takes a maximum of 10 minutes and can be incorporated into a wider school assembly, or can stand alone. The stories are told in a variety of ways – acted out, with puppets, with or without props, as interactive stories, role play etc according to the skills and talents of the team. Materials include an introduction, conclusion, an opportunity for reflection and a prayer related to the Bible story and the experiences of the children.
- All the Year One stories are taken from The Lion Storyteller Bible written by Bob Hartman, and give an overview of the Bible from Creation to the Ascension. There are a further 2 years of themed material for those schools (and teams) who wish to continue. It is a mark of OPEN THE BOOK‘s popularity that most schools continue with the programme!
- OPEN THE BOOK fulfils both OFSTED and SIAS (Church School Inspection) requirements for Collective Worship, and has been successfully used in a multi-faith context.
A brief history
Open the Book was created by Churches Together in Bedford in the late 1990’s. Since then the project has spread throughout the country, mainly by word of mouth. The first teams arrived in the Diocese of Truro via Gloucester Diocese in 2005 but since training began in 2007, there are now nearly 55 teams and numbers are growing. It has recently become a national organisation and a registered charity.
Half day and full day training sessions available.
For further information about Open the Book in Cornwall or to find out more about the training sessions contact:
Shelley Porter, Regional Co-Ordinator for Open the Book, DDDF Office, Diocesan House, Kenwyn, Truro TR1 1JQ 01872 247211 email@example.com
For further information about Open the Book nationally:
Open the Book, 22 Honeysuckle Drive, Abbeymead, Gloucester, GL4 4DU
Tel: 01452 539957 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Author: Shelley Porter.
Scripture Union believes that young children are important to God and that we, as Christians and members of the church, have a responsibility to nurture them. This means that we teach them about God and his story and nurture their developing faith through providing opportunities to worship, pray and express themselves. Whatever your church background or experience, we want to help you to provide an exciting and meaningful programme for the young children, where you can meet God together whilst having fun! (Fun for you as well as the children!)
Tiddlywinks provides resource material for young children that’s fun, flexible and extremely user-friendly. Each Tiddlywink Big Book contains 25 Bible based activity sessions. Each session provides a range of activities for you to choose from to create a fun learning experience for your group. Activities include play activities, games, making, story, rhymes, songs, prayer ideas plus a photocopiable activity page. There are also free downloadable resources from the Scripture Union website.
The regular Tiddlywinks email contains links to new and seasonal resources, news about training events and tips and ideas for your under 5s group. If you previously received the Tiddlywinks email (and haven’t changed your email address) you should still be on the list. To check or sign up for the Tiddlywinks email, see the box at the top right of the Tiddlywinks web page (below).
Find out more at http://www.scriptureunion.org.uk/Tiddlywinks.