Halloween

Light Parties and other such events will be out this year.  How might you offer something positive to your families and communities?

  • Scripture Union have adapted some of their Light Party material to work within the current restrictions 
  • World Vision have their Pumpkin Heroes resources - lots of things to do as well as encouraging support for vulnerable children and are offering suggestions for running it online.
  • Our local estate is running a Pumpkin Trail as an alternative to’ Trick or Treat’, asking people to be creative with what they might put in their window (as we did with both rainbows for NHS and Carer heroes). We are thinking how we might put a gentle Christian element into ours, as we have done in past years.

 If you have another great resource for Halloween please let Richard Steel have details and we will share it here.

All Saints, All Souls and Remembrance 

The Church of England has developed a series of downloadable and printable resources, liturgies and prayers, and digital plans to help clergy and lay leaders prepare for All Saints' Day, All Souls’ Day and Remembrance with the situation of this unusual year centre in their thoughts.

You might find some inspiration from these news story items : Churches prepare for All Souls' Day amid coronavirus pandemic

 If you have another great resource for All Saints', All Souls’ and Remembrance please let Richard Steel have details and we will share it here.

Advent and Christmas

  • Online Carol singing?
  • An online Posada perhaps? The Church Army has resources
  • Messy Church have a Messy Nativity resource suggesting things like a hunt for knitted sheep in shops around town - another great idea for a socially distanced Christmas.
  • Some towns and villages have had Advent Calendars in different shop or house windows, one open each day, and one seaside town did it with beach huts.
  • St Alban's Diocese has just produced a Zoom Crib Service
  • If you have more of a budget then there are the Real Advent Calendars which can now be directly posted as well as buying in bulk

There is a whole whole host of ideas brought together by CPAS from a wide variety of sources on how to prepare for things in this year of pandemic, with links to a huge range resources including Advent angels, how to do a Zoom crib service, an online Christingle service, a drive in Carol service and more - and this is growing all the time. This is a great place to start.

And two make the most of the Church of England's 'Comfort and Joy' campaign, which aims to build on the success of #FollowTheStar, in 2018 and 2019 campaigns. This year the tone needs to be more than celebration and this campaign addresses this.

There is a Webinar organised by LICC (London Institute for Contemporary Christianity) on November 3rdPlanning a Covid Christmas. "As church leaders ourselves, we’ll show you how the whole-life preaching model can help you explore what church members may be facing this Christmas time. We’ll also suggest various biblical themes to apply – for one service or all of Advent. Plus we’ll touch on the outreach side of Christmas services, discussing creative ways your church community can bring something of Christmas to their friends, family, and frontline colleagues in 2020."  There is a suggested £5 donation for this event.

If you have another great resource for Advent or Christmas please let Richard Steel have details and we will share it here.

Faith at Home

This is a new national campaign that 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.

Wellbeing

Table Talk for Wellbeing isthe 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.   

NB - We have other Table Talk games in the diocesan Resource Room. Please contact Marie Isaac if you want to know more