CURBS resource material is made up of a number of packs called CURBStone Kits.
These are primarily issue-based and start in the child’s own world, not where we think they ought to be! The aim is to help children make meaningful links between their world and God’s story. Each kit draws on biblical material related to the theme, sometimes used explicitly, sometimes implicitly.
We recognise that many children will be non-readers. In the light of this CURBS explore other approaches to learning, touching the child’s spirituality through imagination and creativity, the use of visual and aural approaches, and above all through opportunities to build quality relationships with each child. However, CURBS believe that even the best resource is no substitute for relationship.
If you would like to download the free resource exploring the “I am” sayings of Jesus please click here.
The Methodist Children, Youth and Family Team recently partnered with Joint Public Issues Team and Transforming Lives for Good for a Holiday Hunger Focus Week. JPIT’s Paul Morrison wrote the following blog to support it: www.jointpublicissues.org.uk/?s=holiday+hunger
The Trussell Trust has seen an 89% increase in the use of food banks since April 2019. This figure rises to 107% in the numbers of families with children who now require the support of a food bank. A copy of the report from the Trussell Trust can be downloaded on this link:
CURBS is a small charity set up to resource and train children’s workers on outer estates and inner city areas.
Like many other charities CURBS have taken a financial hit from COVID-19. They are facing a shortfall of around £8,000 for the year. Could you support their 100@5 campaign? They are asking for 100 members to commit to giving £5 a month to keep them going. Your prayers are also essential, even if you can’t give.
In the meantime members of CURBS have continued to produce some brilliant resources and reflections to help families and church workers to get through this challenging time.
Rachel, a pioneer minister on the Whiteway estate in Bath, has set up a ministry of using chalk and a battery operated bubble blower to connect with children and families on her estate. You can read more about her ministry here.
Messy Churches are being as creative as ever during these strange times. Ideas range from on-line craft sessions on Zoom and Facebook Live to creating Messy Church in a Bag for families to collect and take home. More information and guidance can be found on https://www.messychurch.org.uk/covid-19
Messy Church through the Bible Reading Fellowship have Facebook Live sessions every Wednesday at 9.00 am or 8.00 pm UK time for sharing companionship, ideas, encouragement and prayer. This can be found on this link: https://www.facebook.com/messychurchBRF/
This is a great place to look for recommendations for child-friendly Bibles, particularly for children with special educational needs.
Another recommendation from Messy Church is to create a Social Story. Creating Social Stories are a way of helping autistic children to understand what to expect in certain social situations and why. This is especially important when teaching children how to keep themselves and others safe during the pandemic. The terms ‘social story’ and ‘social stories’ are terms owned and originated by Karen Gray. Further information can be found at https://www.autism.org.uk/
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.
You may have already heard of the difference that TLG ‘Boxes of Hope’ are making across the UK – over 30,000 meals already provided to families struggling to eat at this time. Within the chaos of the corona virus, God continues to call local churches to support their community and spread His hope.
These care packages contain both food and activity ideas for children; they aim to meet families’ physical and emotional needs in such a challenging time. We have guidelines, resources to include, ways of tracking impact and start-up funding of £200 to help churches launch.
If you would like the opportunity to join Boxes of Hope, click below on the weblink with more info:
We hope it could really equip churches in their support to families over the summer.
We will soon be running an additional project to support the local church: Emotional First Aid. Emotional First Aid will be a FREE and easy to understand online training and resource that equips people to support those struggling with their emotional and mental health as a result of this pandemic. These webinars will help individuals and organisation to see and understand emotional signals, and know how to respond to them effectively.
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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