Resources: Programme ideas

Christian Aid Sofa Sessions

If you're aged between 16-25 and have an interest in social justice then these resources are for you and your youth group. We've got 'how to' guides, lobbyist packs, Sofa Sessions, films, Do Not Tiptoe magazine and much more to aid you in your quest against global poverty.

Downloadable resources from Premier Children’s Magazines

Children's Premier FREE online resources - Children's work magazines have always provided really good resources for those of us involved in children's ministry now you can access these for FREE online you have to do a wee bit of hunting around to find things that suit but the games ideas, all age ideas, creative prayer ideas and some of the programme outlines are very good

Downloadable resources from Premier youth

Youth Premier FREE online resources - Youthwork magazines have always provided really good resources for those of us involved in youth ministry now you can access these for FREE online you have to do a wee bit of hunting around to find things that suit but the games ideas, reflective printable sheets, and some of the programme outlines are very good

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.

Lego prayers

This prayer activity is suitable for groups of children or even a whole congregation as long as you have enough bricks! Have an adult or child to lead the prayers for each group, however big...

Lent and Easter Resources

Numerous ideas and resources for our Lent preparations and Easter Celebrations.

Schools live

Don't be put off by the name if you don't run a Christian group in school! This set of resources is for everyone who leads Christian groups for children and young people in church as well as school. Register for free and get going - brilliant programme ideas with introductory activities, bible exploration, and time to reflect/pray.

Urban saints Energise

Urban Saints have a large database of downloadable resources. The cost is £20 a month and if paying by direct debit you can get your first 6 weeks for free. It may seem a bit of an investment but there is a huge of range of ideas and for a wide age range in exploring the bible creatively.

Roots - worship and learning resources for the whole church

The ROOTS magazines are published six times a year. Each issue covers two months of lectionary readings. Subscriptions last for one year and you can start your subscription with any issue. We will remind you to renew well ahead of time. Your subscription includes access to a huge library of materials online at ROOTSontheweb.com including additional supporting materials, inspiration for celebrating seasons and festivals, a huge archive of ROOTS resources from the past nine years, and PostScript, a weekly topical resource that helps you link the week's readings to current events.

Love live live advent

Make room for the manger this December with Love Life Live Advent, an all-age resource to help children and families celebrate the run-up to Christmas. Following in the footsteps of the million-copy selling Love Life Live Lent, Love Life Live Advent provides a simple prayer activity for children and families to do together, every day of December until Christmas Day. Brightly illustrated throughout, and written by one of today's most popular writers, Paula Gooder, with her husband, Peter Babington, a parish priest, it is designed to heighten children's anticipation of Christmas and to enrich everyone's understanding of the season of waiting and preparation.

All through history

A great wee song with fantastic lego images for worship. Lots more at worshipforeveryone.com
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Angry Hotel Man Songbook and Audio CD

A fun musical drama telling the story of a busy innkeeper who gets grumpier and grumpier as a peaceful night’s sleep is disturbed by many strange and wonderful visitors. There are 2 versions lasting 8 or 18 minutes making this a flexible and versatile resource suitable for children aged 7-11.

RE:quest

REquest is a website produced by Youth For Christ to equip RE teachers when teaching Christianity and also for pupils to explore. The teacher's area is full of useful resources that can be used beyond the RME classroom.

Loom band prayer ideas

Great ideas for using Loom bands to help us pray. Although this is in children's work magazine - it is definitely an all activity!

Bible Story bags

This book comprises 16 field-tested story scripts, based on the life of Jesus, and designed to stimulate reflective thinking in children of all ages from 4-11. Each unit contains a story synopsis, differentiated storytelling, symbols to explore, reflective activities, optional prayers, background information and links to useful websites. The material covers the life of Jesus through popular storytelling styles such as story sacks and Godly Play, making it ideal in small groups, or, with the additional web content which can be used with Whiteboard screens for larger groups.

The one man who said thank you - in lego pictures

I put this story together for PowerPoint using Lego...easily done, choose your story, find your Lego and take some pictures.

Can I ask that?

Teenagers are tired of vague, superficial, or nonexistent answers to their tough questions about God, the Bible, and Christianity. Just when they’re capable of diving into the deep end of their faith, all too often the church keeps them splashing around in shallow waters. As eight years of Sticky Faith research on teenagers has shown, it’s not doubt or hard questions that are toxic to faith. It’s silence. The trusted voice of the Fuller Youth Institute and proven best practices from churches around the country converge to provide you tools both to start conversations about hard questions, as well as to lead students toward discovering their own faith convictions - See more at: http://stickyfaith.org/askthat#sthash.BZQ15mQ5.dpuf

Top ten tips for getting everyone involved

The top ten tip series of books from SU England and Wales are excellent ways to strengthen the quality of your children and youth work. This video tells you a wee bit about the new book "Top ten tips for working with small groups and getting everyone involved". You can buy them from the SU England and Wales website or they are also available at the Glo Bookshop in Motherwell.

Transition Season ideas

There is a lot of good stuff here. The ideas are set in an American context but also from a wide variety of theological traditions - well worth a look and taking some time to think how they could be adapted to Scotland and your own situation.

Baker Ross

Baker Ross is a fantastic craft resource website, with some good Christian themed ideas. Including this little prayer box.

An Easter Story “Friends”

A little re telling of Jesus meeting his friends on the shores of Galilee after his resurrection. Suitable for children/adults to mime to while someone reads aloud. Lots of party poppers or confetti at the end works well!

Red Ted Art

A website for craft ideas for children (and perhaps all ages). They seem so easy even I could organise them!

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!

Presbyterian Church of New Zealand’s youth website

This is the website of the youth ministry of the Presbyterian church in New Zealand. It also has a downloadable app for your tablet/phone. Worth a look to see what they are doing and to pick up some resource ideas!

Navigate

Navigate is a new resource produced by the Methodist Church and the Bible Society for youth leaders to use with young people (aged 11-15) to help them to explore and engage with the Bible. There are 5 interactive sessions, each with an easy to use session plan, contain discussions, quizzes, creative and reflective activities as well as 5 short animations following the animated character Bob as he asks questions about the Bible. The many questions explored are such as • What is the Bible? • Why should I read it? • How do I read it? • Can I trust it? • What difference does the Bible make? All the resources are available for free from http://www.methodist.org.uk/navigate and having had a look through it, I think it looks like it would work really well and should be easy enough to adapt to suit your young people.

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!

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.

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

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.

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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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.

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.