Resources for children & young people

This page is a listing of resources, links and ideas to help with Ministry to Children, young people and families during the crisis. Ian Macdonald, our Youth Advisor, and Yvonne Morris, our Children and Families Advisor, are available for specific advice or questions that you may have at this time.

Can we run groups and meet up with young people over the summer?

The Government have now moved to a position where some physical meetups are allowed after the end of the school term. This document summarises the Government, Church and National Youth Agency advice and gives a broad outline of what is permitted, and what needs to be in place for those meeting to happen.

Exploring faith at home

The Diocese of Portsmouth has produced some excellent resources to help families explore faith at home in creative and interactive ways.

Other great resources we’ve come across
(scroll down this page for a complete listing)

  • Go on a pilgrimage at home
    The purpose of a pilgrimage is to journey physically and spiritually to learn something more or new about God and about yourself as you journey. Pilgrimage at Home by Tony Cook, can be done in a house or flat using the rooms you have and ignoring any instructions that are not relevant to your home.
  • Create a prayer space
    BeSpace have created a range of prayer activities for use at home during the pandemic. Download the worksheets from their website.
  • Stories for strange times
    Diddy Disciples have audio stories, colouring sheets and a host of creative ideas to help explore stories for strange times with children.
  • Church@Home
    A resource for families with children aged 4-11 years – use on Sunday or any time during the week. All the activities use things you will hopefully have around your home, you’ll just need a copy of he Lion Storyteller Bible. Click here to download resource sheets from the Diocese of Portsmouth.
  • Colouring pages – Frog & Gnome have produced a free booklet of beautifully designed Bible verse colouring pages for anxious times.
  • The Oxford Diocesan Board of Education (DBE) has produced a range of resources for children and families to use during lockdown

Young people and youth work

The Contemplative Toolkit

We will be publishing the Contemplative Toolkit for use with adults and young people later this year. It’s draft form at the moment but a number of groups have been running the first two practices over online platforms during this crisis. The Introduction, and the practices of “Stilling” and “Noticing” are available for you to try and use too. You might want to watch how children at Goring primary school used the toolkit as we developed it.

Bereavement

When someone who a child knows well dies, their world changes in an instant. The temptation is to try to protect children from the effects of grief and facing the stark reality of death. However, the reality is that children need to know about death and to be supported in helping them work out responses and to deal with their own grief. These resources are offered for anyone supporting a child at this time.

Other links

Resource nameAuthorType
National GuidanceChurch of EnglandAdvice
Succeeding as a Chaplain in the Virtual WorldThe Independent Schools Christian AllianceAdvice
Youth Work SupportNYA, The Mix and UK YouthAdvice
Lancaster church toddler group goes online to carry on during coronavirus pandemicLancaster GuardianArticle
Bereavement BoardDiocese of ElyCollation
Bereavement ResourcesChurch of England Education OfficeCollation
Bereavement ResourcesDiocese of SalisburyCollation
Coronavirus and Isolation ResourcesDiocese of ChelmsfordCollation
Coronavirus: Digital tools for discipleship in the local churchCraig PhilbrickCollation
Easter and Holy Week – streaming and home worshipEngage WorshipCollation
Going 4 Growth – BereavementChurch of England Education OfficeCollation
Home Worship and Pastoral Care for CoronavirusDiocese of St AlbansCollation
Hope from HomeDiocese of ElyCollation
Mental Health and WellbeingDiocese of St AsaphCollation
Resources for Young PeopleDiocese of St AsaphCollation
Bethel Music KidsBethel MusicMusic
Coronavirus PlaylistDiocese of WorcesterMusic
Dark is the Night@ReverendAllyMusic
Faith over FearJay CookMusic
Hillsong Kids PlaylistHillsongMusic
Rend Co KidsRend CollectiveMusic
Songs For Times Of Tragedy And Fear (That You Probably Haven’t Heard Of)Resound WorshipMusic
There’s a Time for TearsResound WorshipMusic
Bible PodletsDiocese of BlackburnPodcast
All Saints YouthAll Saints Preston-on-TeesResource
Bible Chat MatDiocese of Bath and WellsResource
Budding Bishops Toddler GroupDiocese of ExeterResource
Candle WalkChurch Publishing IncorporatedResource
Children’s LiturgyCatholic Agency for Overseas DevelopmentResource
Church UnleashedSt Thomas’s NewcastleResource
CovibookMind HeartResource
Engage At HomeEngage WorshipResource
Faith5Faith InkubatorsResource
Family Worship in the HomeDiocese of RochesterResource
Illustrated Ministry ResourcesIllustrated MinistryResource
Light a CandleChurch of England Life EventsResource
New Mental Health ReflectionsChurch of EnglandResource
One Way ResourcesOne Way UKResource
Online YouthHoly Trinity BromptonResource
SidekickSidekickResource
Worship at HomeChurch of England Education OfficeResource
A Holy Week and Easter StoryDiocese of GloucesterVideo
Diddy Disciples ServicesDiddy DisciplesVideo
Fischy Music AssemblyFischy MusicVideo
Little Church: The Story of NoahHighnam BeneficeVideo
Scruffy ChurchSt Mary’s Church & St Stephen’s Church, BathVideo
The Story of Baby MosesDiocese of St AlbansVideo
The Story of the Dry BonesDiocese of St AlbansVideo
Tots Toddler Group StreamingSt Peter and St Mark LevenshulmeVideo