Resources for the holidays

Outdoor, eco, fun - what's not to like for younger children?

An interactive outdoor trail for children to explore in your Churchyard or School Nature Area. The Bee Trail is made up of 9 stations which each share an amazing bee fact, bible verse, & an activity. Some of the activities celebrate our God-given gifts, while others invite us to care for God's creation, but each one is faith-focused, child-centred & fun! 

Children and Youth Resources from Thy Kingdom Come - Perfect for the Summer Holidays!

Thy Kingdom Come is not just for the season Ascension to Pentecost. Lots for children and young people, at home or at church - online too.

These include:

  • Cheeky Pandas packed with Bible stories, animations, worship and prayer, and featuring interviews with high profile leaders including ++Justin Welby, Bear Grylls and Gemma Hunt!
  • Youth reflectionscreated in partnership with the Archbishop of York’s Youth Trust featuring a range of voices including Guvna B, Phoebe Parkin, Jamie Jones Buchanan and Pippa Baker.
All videos are available in BSL here.

We also have the fantastic Escape Room – perfect for your youth group called Cat-hedral Purr-suits. 
 
Over the summer we will also be sharing the youth reflections and Cheeky Pandas episodes on social media, for anyone who wishes to catch up them!


TKC 365 

Daily testimonies stories and insights from this year’s Thy Kingdom Come based on feedback received from those who took part from around the world and across denominations and traditions.  Keep an eye on social media for daily posts:

Facebook

Twitter

Instagram


Thinking about Harvest this year?

Why not use the CofE’s Generosity Week material for your Harvest theme this year?  A great way to augment the work of our Covenant Pastors.

"Generosity is at the heart of our faith. We believe in a generous God and our own generosity is a testament and hallmark of our faith in action. Every day we see generosity in our churches and Christian communities, reflecting the generous God we believe in.

"It takes time, support and above all prayer to grow a generous culture. This Harvest we are launching Generosity Week to give us the time and space to reflect on God’s Generosity and celebrate God’s generosity within our church’s ministry and mission. We invite you to explore God's generosity through eight days of service and worship materials, as well as stories from our churches of God's generosity in action.

"We hope that by the end of Generosity Week you’ll have a deeper understanding of God’s generosity towards us and how we can live more generously in our daily lives."

The national team have provided a whole range of material for you to draw on. You can also find all resources and images you'll need for Social Media (Facebook. Twitter, Instagram and Instagram Stories), items for each day of the week, in this downloadable document

For more resources on giving visit our Stewardship page

Webinars on Generosity Week material

"In these we'll guide you through the resources available and recommend how you use them in your church. We'll also share resources and ideas to help you promote your church's Generosity Week.

We hope that by the end of Generosity Week you’ll have a deeper understanding of God’s generosity towards us and how we can live more generously in our daily lives."

Click on a date to register

29 July, 1pm

11 August, 10am

23 August, 1pm

If you would like any help or guidance on this material, or any other help in relation to stewardship contact Hugo Cobham, Stewardship Officer Tel: 07885 968608.


Resources for the recovery phase of the pandemic

CPAS has produced a wide range of free resources to enable church leaders to lead their congregations and communities through the recovery phase of the pandemic. There is a pre-recorded Webinar to watch and a selection of resources to download.


Faith at Home

Here as some resources aimed at online which you could pick up on in whatever Hybrid form of church you are moving forward with. Faith at Home builds on the work of Growing Faith and Everyday Faith to support the faith development and pastoral care of children and young people.  “The Growing Faith Adventure is a call for the renewal of hearts and minds so that it becomes second nature to include and value children, young people and households in every aspect of church life for the lifelong formation of faith in the whole of life.”

If you are a parent, a church leader, or work in a school there are resources for you.


Other Courses

Have you ever had a conversation which changed your life?

One of those moments where you glimpsed a different way of seeing the world? Perhaps you connected with someone else or a group of people at a profound level, even if just briefly, and something new, even unexpected, came out of the connectedness between those people on that day in that place and at that time?

A new resource from CMS to enable “creative conversations is now available on the Church Mission Society Resource Hub – aimed at helping people create space for such encounters and to make the most of them when they happen.  FREE to download.

The Character Course

The Character Course, is an 8-week small group programme for churches with a psychological twist. Developed by Dr Roger Bretherton from the University of Lincoln (the brilliant speaker at this year's Clergy Gathering), it brings together the most up-to-date psychology with ancient biblical wisdom. It covers key themes of Christian discipleship: learning, hope, love, forgiveness, gratitude, humour, persistence and curiosity.  

 

The website has everything you need to run it: videos, leader notes, scripts and handouts. All free to download. It’s designed for small groups, but you can complete it however you like: alone or in a group, live or online. 

Wellbeing

When you can meet physically again you might like to make a note of Table Talk for Wellbeing - the latest release in the Table Talk range from The Ugly Ducking Company

This card-based game to encourage discussion is based on the '5 Ways to Wellbeing', a set of evidence-based actions which promote people’s wellbeing.  Each of the themes in this pack is based around one of these five areas.  The sixth set uses pictures to depict different emotions, to help people talk about how they are feeling. It is available for pre-order now.   

We also have other Table Talk games in the diocesan Resource Room. Please contact Richard Steel if you want to know more