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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

Mental Health Access Pack

This usable, accessible and easily navigated site has been created to: -- increase discussion and sharing of ideas surrounding mental health and the Church -- equip the Church with knowledge and tools through theological, psychological and medical perspectives and signposting. Crucially, it will enable the Church to be supportive of people in their communities who are struggling with mental health issues. This online resource is an exciting joint venture between Livability and Mind and Soul. With 1 in 4 people experiencing a mental health issue at some point in their lifetime, this is an important issue for the church to engage with effectively.

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.

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.

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

Pretty much everything you need to know about working with…under 5’s, 5-7s. 8-10s, 11-14s.

These books give a great background to working with each particular age group and also lots of practical advice for running your group and helping the young people to explore the bible together.

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.

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!

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!

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

Action bible devotional

The Action Bible Devotional pairs selected stories from the bestselling Action Bible with spiritual lessons and action-adventure missions that launch kids’ faith into everyday life. Covering themes such as friendship, temptation, sibling rivalry, self-esteem, and materialism, The Action Bible Devotional offers a year’s worth of activities, questions, and ideas that will keep young readers engaged with the Bible every day. Every week’s story includes: · Key Verse—a highlight from the story you just read · X-Ray Vision—thoughts to connect the story with your life · Your Mission—three ideas to put the themes into action · Your Debrief—three questions to spark some brain cells · Mission Accomplished—your place to make notes

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.

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.