On this page please find resources for children and young people for each seasonal period: Harvest, Hallowe’en, Remembrance, Advent, Christmas, Easter
Bath & Wells Diocese have produced and shared with us a “12 ideas for Advent” booklet.
A sticker calendar for families from Faith in Kids.
Use the discount code adventurewithjesus and you get orders for 10+ at half price!
Family Advent Box from the Bible Society (not cheap at £16, but looks really) https://www.biblesociety.org.uk/products/bib-000589/
Advent family ideas Pinterest Mina Munns
Collection of ideas CPAS(created for lockdown but lots of ideas to use/adapt)
Prepare for Jesus Diddy Disciples
Advent resources The Reflectionary
Advent bags Flame
Advent and Narnia Heidi Haverkamp Devotions but also resources for an Advent Night for families
Messy Church Pinterest
25 ideas Flame
10 ideas Sunhat and Wellie boots
Big Colour in Christmas poster CPO
Big Story of Christmas Poster CPO
Advent and Christmas Godventure Ideas to buy and download
Family Advent calendar Let their Light Shine
Living Advent Calendar Gotherington (2020)
Flexagon Advent Calendar Reflectionary
Reverse Advent calendar BBC article (think about liaising with foodbank and timing before Advent to give away)
Customise your own advent calendar MyAdvent
Advent wreath template Inclusive Church
Explain what advent is all about to your children Use a devotional to explore Advent
Growing Gratitude this Advent Parenting for Faith
Bible Society Experience hope and peace as you engage dynamically with Scripture. The Advent Encounter has been prepared especially to light up those dark days of December. The Advent Encounter is a 24-day journey to Christmas, you’ll get daily videos and challenges in your inbox to help you experience the unfolding promise of Jesus.
Watch a promo video
For ideas to open up conversations for all ages exploring ‘Faith at Home’ do look at this great resource; the new Christmas Bible Chat Mat.
CPAS have put together this document ‘Making the most of Advent & Christmas’ – Making Mission possible, “because Christmas Isn’t cancelled”:
You will also find a growing number of ideas on the Padlet from James Lawrence (CPAS). (There is also the facility to add your own ideas as well!)
Christmas in a Box from Bristol Schools Connection:
Youtube channel for videos: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFlLcKnK5396OhZzf1oZ1wg
Resources from the Go Team All free to download and use/adapt from this website: https://www.bathandwells.org.uk/ministry/children-young-people/resources-and-ideas-for-children-and-young-people/
- It’s Christmas! Bible Chat Mat
- 12 Ideas for Advent & Christmas (2020)
- All Thing Advent & Christmas (2018)
- The Jesse Tree
- All Seasons Exploring Outdoors
A very simple print out and stand up Nativity scene
Patterns to make Posadas, Angels and Jesse trees (from Ely Diocese)
Jesse tree crochet Ravelry
Knitting patterns-Angels 1
Knitting pattern angels 2
Crochet angel 1
Crochet angel 2-67 designs Pinterest
Knitting patterns for Posada Let their Light Shine
Bible Society ‘Jesus literally arrived in the mess!’ If you’re looking for a way to communicate how brilliantly radical the nativity story is, try A Christ-mess Story. Download the video to show at your Christmas event or get the book to read. Discover A Christ-mess Story.
Parenting for faith Unwinding wrong views of God at Christmas
Thinking about making home made food gifts this Christmas? Why not try these?
In Search of Christmas 2021 is a treasure trail resource for children aged 5 to 11 and their families, based on the book God Became Like Me? There are QR codes for children to find and scan to reveal clues. Sections of the God became like me? book are used in video and text form to introduce children to the idea of God coming to earth in human form at Christmas. At the end of the trail, children and their families are invited to engage with physical copies of the book and the accompanying video animation. The trail resource is designed to be flexible and can be adapted to suit the needs of your community. Available to download for FREE here.
Ideas for use in schools
Legend of Poinsettia Spiritual Child Network
Christmas stories for RE curriculum Rhema Films
The Star of Bethlehem assemblies.org.uk
The First Christmas Assembly KS1 BBC teach (with 3 minute VT)
Collective Worship-Angels Blackburn Diocese-6 simple assembly outlines for Collective Worship
Collective Worship-Paintings Blackburn Diocese-7-8 class assemblies based on specific Nativity paintings(provided with a link)
The Children’s Society have produced a wealth of resources which include an array of ideas to suit you and your setting. These include: a ‘Virtual Christingle’ outline, a creative ‘Scavenger Hunt Christingle’ (for those who do not have all the materials in their home), ‘A Messy Church Christingle’ and an ‘Assembly Pack and Collective Worship’ resource.
There is also material available from the Children’s Society to support planning for a ‘dementia inclusive service’ as well as a ‘service for a care setting’. In addition to these documents (and more) there are also a range of materials available including; candles, stickers, balloons and red tape to go around the orange. This year they are also offering paper bags for a ‘Christingle in a Bag’ as well as window decorations for the home. Click here.
The Children’s Society:
Resources available from the Christingle shop: https://shop.childrenssociety.org.uk/christingle.html
Muddy Church Christingle: https://www.muddychurch.co.uk/copy-of-christingle
Christingle Pinterest Board
The First Christingle Spiritual Child Network
Christingle Animation Go Chatter
Christingle talk from Reflectionary
Christingle Assembly Flame
Safe Christingle Under 5s Sun Hat and Wellieboots
Edible Christingle Sunhat and Wellieboots
Christingle Cube template Jonathan Andrews
Christingle reimagined Hazelnut Community Farm
Chocolate orange Christingle Real chocolate company (£72 for case of 24)
Christingle Treasure Hunt Reflectionary
Scavenger Hunts and more
This is a lovely Easter Scavenger hunt to be set up at home to show children parts of the Easter story and remind them that Jesus’ love never ends. Encourage families to use this hunt on Easter morning and share photos of the hunt in action on social media.
Why not encourage people on their daily exercise walk to try this this Easter scavenger hunt from Blackburn Diocesan Board of Education?
This home pack from Jesus without Language could be shared with families to encourage faith at home.
Scroll down this page to find Diddy Disciples Palm Sunday resources.
Video Resources for Easter
Lena from St Matthias Church, Torquay has produced some super Godly Play sessions for YouTube: ‘King Jesus’ for Palm Sunday, the ‘Mystery of Easter and the ‘Faces of Easter’ on Easter morning.
Claire’s Nichols (Children and Families worker from Uffculme) has produced this wonderful Bears and Prayers Palm Sunday session. Please encourage people to subscribe to her YouTube channel to see her regular Bears and Prayers and Bible Story Club videos.
Good Friday for under 5s advice from Parenting for Faith.
The story of Easter beautifully told by the children of Christ Church Tunbridge Wells.
Why not encourage people on their daily exercise walk to try this outdoor Easter Challenge from Blackburn Diocesan Board of Education. https://www.bdeducation.org.uk/product-category/primary-age-5-11/
This is a super Easter Toddler service which you could share with your networks created by Claire Nichols (Children and Families worker from Uffculme).
Gillian (Children and Families worker from Fremington) has produced this wonderful series of videos enabling children to build an Easter garden bit by bit, a part a day, during Easter week. Please encourage people to have a go at making their own gardens this Easter week.
Bethan Fogell, Youth and Children’s Work Adviser from the Diocese of Portsmouth, has produced a fantastic holy week resource called journey to the cross. Download it from this page and share with families so they can mark Holy Week together in their homes.
The Rev’d Jo Wetherall, the Children and Families Officer from the Diocese of Gloucester, has produced this lovely Godly Play retelling for Holy week.
Send A Cow have a harvest celebration youth climate action resource to learn about the Bible and support a family in Africa. Click here.
All things Harvest have creative ideas for celebrating harvest at home or church (as this was written before the pandemic, some of the ideas may need adapting to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19). Click here.
Young Church Mag have produced a harvest edition with word searches, colouring activities and prayers for children available to print here.
Sun Hats & Wellie Boots have created an autumnal Bible-based trail for children all about scarecrows! Read more and find out how to set up a trail in your parish.
John Hardwick has produced a Harvest Messy Church Online Celebration. It is a 20 minute Family Celebration including: 1. Charlie the cheeky Monkey Puppet Introduces Harvest (Juggling Fruit); 2. A Little Kids Song; 3. Simple Harvest Illustration; 4. Feeding 5000 Song and Bible Story; 5. Harvest Song – Keep Growing!
Watch and share with your community.
The Church of England’s Harvest Festival Service celebrates God’s creation with calls for climate change action. It is led by the Bishop of Ripon with contributions from farmers from the Diocese of Leeds.
Take a listen to the Faith in Kids podcast on Harvest. It talks about cultivating thankful homes and hearts. It includes practical tips for how to pray at home as a family.
It can be hard to know what to feel about Hallowe’en – is it just harmless fun, or are there aspects of it that don’t fit in with how we want to see the world?
The Church of England have these ‘Share a little light’ ideas that will bless others as well as being fun too.
Christian Alternative Activities for Halloween
Scripture Union has released some great new resources to help you share the good news this Halloween including ideas for a light party and an interactive trail:
Jesus is the Light? A little book featuring a poetic exploration of Jesus’ identity as the Light of the World packed full of beautiful illustrations and pages for children to colour while reflecting on the words;
In Search of Light a free downloadable resource providing all you need to run an Interactive Treasure Trail that introduces children and their families to Jesus as the Light of the World. Participants will scan QR codes to reveal videos based on the new Jesus is the Light book;
Jesus is the Light Resource Pack a downloadable resource with ideas for making the most of the Jesus is the Light book, including ideas for Light Parties.
Pumpkin Heroes is a free pack of Christian resources designed to help children aged 4-10 in your church, group or school enjoy alternative Halloween crafts, activities and games. Pumpkin Heroes can be held as an online event. Click here.
Toddler Group Session Plan Our Children and Families 0-5 Adviser has made a Halloween session plan for a toddler group. Please email Clare Cooke to get a copy.
How could you adapt these resources for this year? Could you deliver this over Zoom? Could you give packs to families so they could explore these themes at home?
Over the years many parishes have held light parties in October bringing light and joy to many families. As an adaption, you could host a ‘Light Trail’, it is a simple way to invite families in your community to follow a trail of light around your neighbourhood, reflecting on the light of Christ in a gentle, fun and accessible way. It is perfect for sharing with Sunday School, Children’s Groups and Messy Church Families.
Create up to 10 simple light stops in windows or gardens to bring fun and joy in the darkness. All you need to do: 5 or 10 households in a walkable distance from each other create a light display in a front window or garden, using the simple templates. Each light stop links to a Bible verse.
Use the template to create a downloadable booklet, and invite families to take part. In the resource: All the templates you will need to create a customisable light trail A draft risk assessment for you to customise A ‘how to stay safe on your light trail’ (PDF) All the information you need to get going.
To get the resource: Contact Emma Sargeant at email@example.com
Making Peace All Age Worship BRF
A Remembrance Cross All Age Worship BRF
Celebration of Remembrance Messy Church
Remembrance Crafts Pinterest Debbie
Remembrance Colouring Pinterest Debbie
Remembrance Films,Books & Poems Pinterest Debbie
Remembrance Playdough Mat Flame Creative
Remembrance craft ideas Sunhat & Wellie Boots
Remembrance Assembly Primary Teaching Resources
Remembrance crafts U5s Activity Village
Prayer stations-Remembrance & Peace Spiritual Child Network
Peace Assembly Flame Creative
In Flanders Field VT BSL
Remembrance Day Craft resources Baker Ross
Remembrance-Shows Gods Heart Parent for Faith
Remembrance Assembly Primary Teaching Resources
Teaching Remembrance British Legion lesson Plans& Assemblies
Remembering -Whole School assembly SPCK
Different views of Remembering War Historical Association
Remembrance Pack (includes assembly) BBC
Craft ideas for teachers Baker Ross