Can we run groups and meet up with young people?
The Government have now moved to a position where some physical meetups are allowed. Youth, Children and Family Advisers from a number of dioceses have worked together to produce this summary. It is a broad outline of what is permitted, and what needs to be in place.
Please note the Government Guidance on face coverings. For indoor meetings, they are a requirement for leaders and young people over the age of eleven.
And the advice from the National Youth Agency is here
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.
- A list of books to help children explore faith at home
- A list of books to help young people explore faith at home
- Guidance for churches on supporting children and young people during Covid-19
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.
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
- Zoom: Guidance for online youth work
- Zoom: Using Zoom for discussion groups
- Zoom: turn on original sound for worship. Here’s how.
- Zoom: Discussion guide – Encountering God during suffering
- Zoom: Games for Zoom groups
- Scroll down this page for a complete listing of other great resources we’ve come across.
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.
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.
- Supporting children through loss and bereavement – an excellent resource produced by the Diocese of Birmingham
- Good grief – the steps to ‘good grief’ from the Fuller Youth Institute
- Trauma and grief – resources and tips to help children cope with trauma and grief.
- Bereavement and trauma resources from the Church of England
|National Guidance||Church of England||Advice|
|Succeeding as a Chaplain in the Virtual World||The Independent Schools Christian Alliance||Advice|
|Youth Work Support||NYA, The Mix and UK Youth||Advice|
|Lancaster church toddler group goes online to carry on during coronavirus pandemic||Lancaster Guardian||Article|
|Bereavement Board||Diocese of Ely||Collation|
|Bereavement Resources||Church of England Education Office||Collation|
|Bereavement Resources||Diocese of Salisbury||Collation|
|Coronavirus and Isolation Resources||Diocese of Chelmsford||Collation|
|Coronavirus: Digital tools for discipleship in the local church||Craig Philbrick||Collation|
|Easter and Holy Week – streaming and home worship||Engage Worship||Collation|
|Going 4 Growth – Bereavement||Church of England Education Office||Collation|
|Home Worship and Pastoral Care for Coronavirus||Diocese of St Albans||Collation|
|Hope from Home||Diocese of Ely||Collation|
|Mental Health and Wellbeing||Diocese of St Asaph||Collation|
|Resources for Young People||Diocese of St Asaph||Collation|
|Bethel Music Kids||Bethel Music||Music|
|Coronavirus Playlist||Diocese of Worcester||Music|
|Dark is the Night||@ReverendAlly||Music|
|Faith over Fear||Jay Cook||Music|
|Hillsong Kids Playlist||Hillsong||Music|
|Rend Co Kids||Rend Collective||Music|
|Songs For Times Of Tragedy And Fear (That You Probably Haven’t Heard Of)||Resound Worship||Music|
|There’s a Time for Tears||Resound Worship||Music|
|Bible Podlets||Diocese of Blackburn||Podcast|
|All Saints Youth||All Saints Preston-on-Tees||Resource|
|Bible Chat Mat||Diocese of Bath and Wells||Resource|
|Budding Bishops Toddler Group||Diocese of Exeter||Resource|
|Candle Walk||Church Publishing Incorporated||Resource|
|Children’s Liturgy||Catholic Agency for Overseas Development||Resource|
|Church Unleashed||St Thomas’s Newcastle||Resource|
|Engage At Home||Engage Worship||Resource|
|Family Worship in the Home||Diocese of Rochester||Resource|
|Illustrated Ministry Resources||Illustrated Ministry||Resource|
|Light a Candle||Church of England Life Events||Resource|
|New Mental Health Reflections||Church of England||Resource|
|One Way Resources||One Way UK||Resource|
|Online Youth||Holy Trinity Brompton||Resource|
|Worship at Home||Church of England Education Office||Resource|
|A Holy Week and Easter Story||Diocese of Gloucester||Video|
|Diddy Disciples Services||Diddy Disciples||Video|
|Fischy Music Assembly||Fischy Music||Video|
|Little Church: The Story of Noah||Highnam Benefice||Video|
|Scruffy Church||St Mary’s Church & St Stephen’s Church, Bath||Video|
|The Story of Baby Moses||Diocese of St Albans||Video|
|The Story of the Dry Bones||Diocese of St Albans||Video|
|Tots Toddler Group Streaming||St Peter and St Mark Levenshulme||Video|