Resources: Community

explore together

Explore Together is a new and practical tool for helping people to engage with the Bible. It encourages the exploration of the Bible using natural learning preferences and preferred spiritual styles. At its heart is a desire to see people hear from God and learn more of his love for them. It works with big groups, small groups, mixed-age groups, single-age groups, older people, young people, children, families, house groups, church congregations, small groups, youth groups, school groups… in fact Explore Together can be used in any environment with any group dynamic.

Supporting young people during exam time

Ideas for churches to help support young people during their exams and also helpful advice for young people sitting exams, worth a look.

The Games

The Games is a one day school-based activity programme based on Christian values which is ideal for pupils aged 8 to 11 (although is easily adapted for younger or older ones.) It is a day that mixes fun and activity with educational curriculum-based sessions that incorporate PE, RE, PHSE, Art, Geography and other areas. The material reflects the specific context of working in schools and so is suitable for schools and pupils of all faiths or none. The Games was run very successfully for thousands of pupils as part of More Than Gold’s response to the London 2012 Games and this new material has been specifically written as part of More than Gold’s programme for the Commonwealth Games.

The Penny Gospel

The Penny Gospel is a special edition of Luke’s Gospel with inspiring stories of sporting men and women who believe their faith is worth More Than Gold. It’s priced at 1p allowing churches to order multiple copies and give thousands of them away in the run up and during the Commonwealth Games (£10 = 1,000 copies). It’s a tool to help Christians share their faith, pass on the Word of God to others and has the potential to change many people’s lives.

Love life live lent

It will soon be Lent, this is a great wee book from the church of England. This could give your group a real chance to serve their community, families and friends through one simple action each day as we prepare to celebrate Easter.

Schoolswork Website

This website is designed for use by Christians who work in schools but is full of good ideas that can be used with church groups/contexts as well. You can register for free and then have access to the whole site. The schools work playing cards which you can purchase from the site are a great resource to buy and keep in your bag!

Dobble card game

Dobble is a speedy observation game where players race to match the identical symbol between cards. Reliant on a sharp eye and quick reflexes, Dobble creates excitement for children and adults alike while keeping every player involved in the action.

Water bugs and dragonflies

This book uses the analogy of the waterbugs' short life under water as human's time on earth and their emergence as dragonflies into the bright sunlit world above the water as human's life after death. It is designed to provide adults with the opportunity to talk about death as being part of the life cycle, which can be a reassuring way of explaining death to children.

Holocaust Memorial Day Trust

Holocaust Memorial day takes place at the end of the January, it may be your schools are asking for help and input from you for this event. If so have a look at the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust website there are assembly ideas, images, powerpoints, videos, and a theme to use to design your event around.

Always and forever

A book to help children with grief and loss of a loved one. When Fox dies the rest of his family are absolutely distraught. How will Mole, Otter and Hare go on without their beloved friend? But, months later, Squirrel reminds them all of how funny Fox used to be, and they realise that Fox is still there in their hearts and memories.

Badger’s parting gifts

A book to help children with grief and loss of a loved one. Badger is so old that he knows he will soon die. He tries to prepare his friends for this event, but when he does die, they are still grief-stricken. Gradually they come to terms with their grief by remembering all the practical things Badger taught them, and so Badger lives on in his friends' memories of him.

Scripture Union Scotland Holidays

Scripture Union Scotland organise holidays for 10-18 year olds during the Easter and Summer holidays. Have a look at the website. Are there young people you know who would enjoy these Christian based holidays, let them know about them. Could your church financially support them to enjoy a holiday of a lifetime?

Fit for a king

As the Queen and Commonwealth nations assemble in Glasgow for their 2014 Games, Scripture Union Scotland bring you a 5-day holiday club programme written with this event in mind; one that points us all to Jesus Christ, the King of Kings.

Curbs Project resources

Here is a good website from CURBS (children in Urban situations) - they have a whole range of resources for children’s groups, some of which can be purchased as PDFs to download straight to your PC.

TAKE THIS

TAKE THIS – is great wee monthly activity/comic booklet produced by children in Hexham Abbey. It is aimed at 8-11 year olds and is a very good resource. You can order for a specific event e.g. Harvest, Christmas, Easter, but the booklets are produced each month. There isn’t an exact price but they give suggestions for a donation towards their production costs.

Easter Code

Easter Code is an opportunity to invite local school(s) to bring P6 and P7 classes to your church to take part in an interactive exploration of the Easter story. There is a resource book and CD ROM which outline the 2 hour event, giving a plan for the day, clear instructions on how each ‘station’ should run and what materials are required

Youthwork Magazine

A useful monthly magazine for anyone involved in youth ministry with interesting articles and useful resources. £36 annual subscription (£34 if paying by direct debit)

Childrenswork Magazine

This bimonthly magazine is really useful for anyone involved with children's ministry, with interesting articles, and resources. It is good value at £18 annual subscription (£16 if paying by direct debit)

Bubblegum ‘n’ fluff

A brilliant resource to give P6 pupils a chance to explore Christmas for 2 hours at their local church through games, stories, songs, puppets, and crafts. Christmas is full of fun fluff, it is good to create a little bit of space to see what is at the centre of it...

About Connecting Points

Connecting Points is a initiative of the Parish Development Committee of Hamilton Presbytery, The Church of Scotland. For further information, please contact Linda Walker.