Resources: Nurture

Presbyterian Church in Ireland’s children’s and youth website

The children's and youth website of the Presbyterian Church of Ireland, great for picking up resources and seeing what they are up to!

Easter Story Eggs

A simple interactive way of sharing the Easter Story with children using plastic eggs!

Youth film series - Alpha

Alpha's new Youth Film Series explores timeless questions about faith, life and God for a new generation of teenagers in a new format. It was piloted with Scottish young people last term and they loved it!

What is autism?

A helpful video to help increase your understanding of autism.
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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.

Bible reading Fellowship children’s downloads

Bible reading fellowship's online resource for children's ministry are a very useful tool, and there is a wide range of programme ideas

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!

Blackout

Open Doors blackout event encourages youth groups to fast from mobiles, internet, gaming etc for a weekend to support the persecuted church around the world

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.

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?

Spill the beans

This is a learning and worship resource for all ages based around the lectionary with a Scottish flavour! It can be used for children's, youth group leaders and worship leaders.

Top Ten Games

Top ten games for teenagers and children, with a few wee pointers as to how to make games really good.

Religion and Spirituality

Here is something to reflect on from the evangelical alliance. It is well put together and asks the question of how we engage in youth ministry in our pluralistic culture. It maybe doesn’t give an answer but I believe that one thing we need to do is get families together to naturally start having faith conversations around the dinner table.

The Woman at the well

This is retelling of the story of the Woman at the well from John’s gospel, really good for older teenagers in particular
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Icebreaker ball

Chatting together is so important in youth ministry. This inflatable beach ball can help you do that! Throw the ball around the circle and when you catch it you answer the question at your right thumb. There are lots of fun and thought provoking questions and a good mix of spiritual and every day ones. Well worth having in your games cupboard.

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.

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)

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.