Lent and Easter Resources
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.
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 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.
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 -
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.
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.
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.