Are you looking for inspiration for children’s sermons or an all-age service? Pastor John Stevens from Zion Lutheran Church, Oregon has some great ideas on hos blog Dollar Store Children Sermons .
Each week Pastor John shares a video clip of his ideas around the Sunday readings. Sometimes he has a fully developed story which can simply be reused. On other days he is offering lots of different suggestions as a springboard for you to go away with and come up with your own idea.
Each dollar sermon comes with suggestions for props you might use with children and a main ‘Take Away’ for the message.
Pastor John is warm, enthusiastic and fun! The ideas he shares can be used in your own home if you have a young family or for you to film yourself for a virtual service or reflection. They can be adapted to fit a range of situations and contexts, even a global pandemic.
Kids Matter has a vision to see every child in need raised in a strong family. We engage local churches to use relational, evidence informed programmes to equip parents and carers in the community who are facing disadvantages with confidence, competence and community enabling their children to thrive. Everything we do is focused on the country’s vulnerable children. We train peer facilitators from churches and they provide ongoing support and supervision to run the programme, help churches connect with new families and to support churches to continue to build relationships with families who have been on the programme.
The parenting groups are small with no more than 4 – 8 parents. The atmosphere is informal, it is always sitting around a table together over coffee, tea and pastries, working together with user-friendly and evidence-informed booklets, all led by the trained peer facilitator from the local church. The programme has been adapted so that it can run via group video calls, along with the facilitator training which is also available online. Even though currently we can’t all sit around a table with tea and coffee we still very much encourage our facilitators to create a warm hospitable atmosphere through zoom, one facilitator even delivered biscuits to each of the participants homes beforehand
You can find out all about kids matter here (www.kidsmatter.org) where you will also find free resources that you can use with families.
Here are few comments on the impact of Kids Matter parenting programmes.
‘These weeks have been a real journey for our family, my 4 year old now says ‘I love you mummy’, he never used to do that before.’
‘It’s helped me massively to realise it’s ok to feel overwhelmed sometimes. Talking to others and realising I am not alone’
‘I realised the importance of eating together as a family we never did that when I was growing up and I felt like my mum didn’t know me.’
‘Kids Matter has proved to be an excellent way to help churches engage with families and caregivers, particularly in areas where family life is a struggle. I would recommend any church looking to nd ways to connect with parents in their parish to explore Kids Matter.’ Rt Revd Dr Graham Tomlin. Bishop of Kensington
Curbs work with Children and Families in Urban, Estate and marginalised communities. Giving support, providing resources and offering training opportunities. As we negotiate these unprecedented times, I wonder if you are able to connect with Children and Families in your estate? If you are, we would love to hear about it, perhaps interview you and share your story with others to give encouragement. One such good news opportunity has been created by a church in Plaistow to continue connecting with their Friday night club. Why not check out the www.curbsproject.org.uk for their story and access to the resources they have made.
To share your inspiring stories, ask questions or find out about what else is going on email firstname.lastname@example.org
Or phone 07766020524
Or follow on facebook @curbsproject
I am offering family worship on a Sunday, a daily craft and two lots of bed time stories live each day. Parish wise we have evening and morning prayer each day and worship on a Sunday. We are contacting everyone we have details for and where we have had postal addresses has sent postcards.
Pauline Weaver, St. Nicholas Church, Kings Norton
Sport4Life’s new delivery model includes support for schools and key workers and young people isolated at home — read more about it below
While it remains unclear as to what the immediate future will bring, we are adapting the way we work to ensure we can continue to support young people, at a time when they need us the most.
This new model includes support for schools and key workers and young people isolated at home.
WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER
Moving mentoring online
Online mentoring through Google Hangouts and other virtual platforms, connects young people (aged 11-29) with experienced Sport 4 Life UK mentors to support them in making confident and informed decisions about their future.
Online mentoring is a supportive, structured relationship which helps young people develop skills and achieve their goals.
FREE offer to schools
With the closure of schools, colleges, and increased social distancing and isolation measures, we need to find new ways of supporting young people.
Online mentoring with Sport 4 Life UK is a FREE service for schools, helping to provide one-to-one support and structure to pupils (aged 11+), increase self-confidence and improve physical and mental wellbeing.
Using a variety of online and distance learning approaches, Sport 4 Life UK will work with schools to support the most vulnerable individual students staying at home, or provide group activities for those still in the classroom.
We need to make the most of our time in isolation, and there has never been a better time to learn a new skill or gain a qualification. It’s likely that after social isolation and distancing measures are over, the job market will be more competitive than ever. Give your CV a boost and yourself the edge by applying for one of the following qualifications:
Teaching Assistant with SEN focus
Car Mechanic training
Office Admin and Reception skills
British Sign Language Level 1 & 2
Nail Technician Online Diploma
Business and Admin Level 2
Working in the Health Sector Level 2
Beginners Guide to Property
Social media challenges
From toilet roll challenges to daily workout routines, we are encouraging people to get creative and active whilst at home.
We’re also running online workshops to support job searching, what makes a good CV and many more.
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Mission Youth Church Network has a vision is to establish at least 30 Missional Youth Churches (MYC) over the next five years. This will enable 11-18 year olds to build a community and discover faith in Jesus Christ. Local schools and colleges, churches and community projects will work together in partnership to do church with this generation. Youth leaders and volunteers will become part of a wider learning network accessing training, encouragement and support for one another as they build for the future.
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