These are some great resources for those who work with children and their families - some are exclusive to the Diocese of Leicester, most are nationally-available.
Click on a heading below to see more about a resource you’re interested in.
Youth and Children’s Work magazine
Resources for all-age worship
- encourage discipleship throughout the week
- nurture children and young people in their faith... ...every single week of the year.
The Lost Sheep website, with Cecil the Sheep and friends
Resources for faith at home
- Looking at a Bible story
Choose an age-appropriate Bible and focus on a story. Ask different family members to pick a story and then share what you think about it or ponder questions such as: how do you think the characters might have felt? What would you have thought if you’d seen what happened? How do you feel about what happened? What would you have seen/heard/smelled?
- Create a grace prayer
Why not create a grace prayer that you can use before eating together? It doesn’t have to be complicated but could be something that becomes a regular part of mealtimes. You could even create a few and use different ones at different times, perhaps different meals or when eating particular food. Think about how to record them so that visitors can join in with them - perhaps by creating grace table mats.
- A Blessing Jar
All you need is for this is a jar or container, decorated it or plain. Write down blessings that you have received from God and put them in the jar. Share them once a week and then transfer them to a permanent home, perhaps nicely decorated, and keep the collection building up as a visible reminder.
This BRF ministry offers a range of articles, videos, regular Facebook casts, free Parenting For Faith course with useful downloads.
Click the link above to download a set of cards with different ideas and prompts for your everyday faith.
Free Top Tips videos by Scripture Union
Resources to help talk about internet safety
- The Going4Growth website has a range of information connected with the church year
- Christmas: #Followthestar Christmas 2019 will be available soon on the Church of England website.
- Lent: The Children’s Society offers a range of resources for Lent. The ‘BenevoLent’ tool helps you work out how much you could save by giving something up and whether to accept the challenge to give it up or make a donation of the equivalent value.
- Mothering Sunday: The Children’s Society also has some ideas for Mothering Sunday. Mary Hawes, National Going 4 Growth (Children and Youth) Adviser has put together a Pininterest board of Mothering Sunday ideas which includes links to ideas from Roots, Barnabus in Churches, The Church of Scotland, Vision4life (they have a great pretzel making prayer activity for Lent, which was apparently where pretzels originated) Mothers Union and others, so it’s worth having a browse.