Children

Lent and Easter Resources

Lent Calendar

This years Lent Calendar from Roots takes seven of the last sayings of Jesus on the themes of forgiveness, hope, family and friends, courage, justice, trust in God and love. Each day offers thoughts, actions or prayers for reflection and preparation.

I thought this short story sequence from Cbeebies is well worth a look for pre-schoolers or toddler/ pram service. They also have more stuff about Easter here. This ‘performance art’ is a fantastic telling of the resurrection story – not just for pre-schoolers either!

Stations of the Cross

Here’s an ‘All-Age Stations of the Cross’ event that I put together for an Oxford Church a few years ago.

Stations: How to do it    Stations: signs

 Love Life Live Lent: Families

Love Life Live Lent is great to do as a whole family.

The new Family book contains all the daily actions for both adults and kids, as well as fascinating Lent and Easter facts and activities, recipes and prayers.

Love Life Live Lent: Schools

You’ll find everything you need to help your school run theLove Life Live Lent initiative, including collective worship material with a supporting presentation for both primary and secondary schools.

A versatile pack for use in church services, homegroups, prayer meetings or for individual reflection. It contains producer case studies; prayers; children’s activities; event ideas and a Good Friday service based on 6 prayer stations. It also has biblical reflections on the themes of poverty, faith that bears fruit, fasting, perseverance and justice.

Download the Lent and Easter PDF.

Download the producer pictures as a PDF (for use with the Good Friday service).

Here are some resources for a Lent Course from colleagues over in Canterbury Diocese  on the theme of Discipleship.

Lots of stuff from the Church of England at Going for GrowthTransformation for children, young people, and the Church
BRF have all manner of good ideas and resources and books to buy or download and ideas for schools.
Footsteps to the Feast, Martyn Payne. BRF Barnabas, ISBN- 978-1-84101-464-7

Ideal for churches and schools offering two hour fun-filled sessions on the key festivals of the Christian Year.

Top Tips on Explaining the Cross to Children and Young People, Helen Franklin, Steve Hutchinson and Robert Willoughby. Scripture Union

This book will equip church leaders and children’s workers to explain the cross to children and young people so that they not only understand the richness of the message of the cross but are encouraged to respond. Four key ways to understand the cross are explored – Jesus takes our place, Jesus triumphs over evil, Jesus as a reconciler, Jesus’dramatic rescue bid.

Talking to Children and Dealing with their Questions – link through here

 

This amazing story book by  Susie Poole has fortunately come into my possession. My daughter was given it by her Godmummy and I have to say it is the best telling of the Easter Story for children that I’ve seen for a while. If you know examples of Susie’s other work, you’ll appreciate the absolutely beautiful art that illustrates and compliments the story so well which for us has created discussion points on every page. A highly recommended book for your church, your family or a great gift idea.

Scripture Union have a variety of resources on offer  these two are particularly good -

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There is a  variety of bits clips on  YouTube

Great for Schools

Worship Workshop enables children to explore and design acts of worship – this resource is rich with prayers, liturgy, hymns and songs and other ideas for collective worship.

‘Experience Easter’  from our colleagues in Gloucester Diocese.

‘An exciting way for churches to share the Easter story with children

This is an imaginative approach to help children experience the Easter story through six easy to assemble, interactive stations set up in different parts of the church.

Classes from the local primary school will be invited by the clergy to visit the church where in small groups they will be guided by a leader from the school around each station. Using a similar format to Pause for Reflection, with which schools are already familiar, the pack gives detailed instructions to church members to enable them to create the stations. Also included are careful instructions to help the school group leaders introduce and reflect on each part of the story. Cost £12.00  ‘Booking Form  Here.

For RE & Collective Worship for Primary and Secondary Schools have a look at these from the Culham Institute;

  

DVD’s

In their usual inimitable styleVeggie Talesoffer ‘An Easter Carol’based on Charles Dicken’s classic about the other important season. In this one Bob & Larry must convince Ebenezer Nezzer that the real meaning of Easter is more than eggs and chickens and explore why it’s so important for Christians past, present and future.

This classic  Storykeepers is one that children will want to watch again and again.

  Easter resources from Friends and Heroes on the  Crucifixion  and including a free download

Other Activities;

For a more secular approach but with good ideas translatable to midweek kids club or holiday activity days try Kids Domain or Activity Village. (Remember that these are for ideas and Oxford Diocese is not responsible for the content of other websites including advertising pop-ups).

And finally, here are some other seasonal resources with thanks to National Adviser Mary Hawes.

Mothering Sunday

Several talks, and near the end some intercessions from ‘sermonsplus’.
Talk on how much  God values Motherhood   and  Mary, Hannah and Naomi  both by Martyn Payne
Ideas from the  Mothers’Union
Christian Aid Count your Blessings 2012  including All-Age talk for Mothering Sunday

Lent ideas for children

Palm Sunday

A simplePowerPointretelling of Palm Sunday from a child’s point of view

Good Friday

Ideas fromCarolyn Brown
How one church used Good Friday Stations with children

Easter Sunday

Ideas from Carolyn Brown

General sites for Lent/Holy Week/Easter

http://www.going4growth.org.uk The Church Year section has plenty of links for the season

You’ll need to register (free) but then Scripture Union’s Light Live will give you plenty of ideas for the season