Worship And Storytelling Resources For Babies, Toddlers And Young Children.
Author: Sharon Moughtin-Mumby
Diddy Disciples is a creative and playful new worship and Bible storytelling resource for babies, toddlers and young children. Diddy Disciples aims to encourage participation, discipleship and leadership from children’s earliest years, using storytelling, singing, colour, repetition, art and lots and lots of movement! Peer-learning is actively encouraged with many opportunities for young children to learn from each other. Groups are invited to build their own Diddy Disciples sessions, choosing from different options. Leaders can use the material to create a service to follow the pattern of their church’s Sunday worship, a simple midweek baby and toddler singing session, or anything in between! Book 1 includes: Over 20 weeks’ worth of fully worked-out sessions organized into 4-6 week units from September to December All the information you need to set up and run Diddy Disciples in your group Plenty of opportunities to tailor the material to your own context, resources and tradition All sorts of creative ‘starter ideas’ for using everyday art and play resources to sparkchildren’s imaginations and engagement as they respond to the biblical stories. The Units are: Jesus’ wonderful love: six weeks introducing some of Jesus’ most famous parables God the maker: six weeks on creation and caring for it, including a Harvest celebration In November we remember: four weeks including All Saints and Remembrance Sunday Getting ready for baby Jesus: five weeks journeying through Advent to Christmas
Worship And Storytelling Resources For Babies, Toddlers And Young Children
Author: Sharon Moughtin-Mumby
Diddy Disciples is a creative and playful new worship and Bible storytelling resource for those who work with babies, toddlers and young children. This inspiring book aims to encourage participation, discipleship and leadership from children’s earliest years, using storytelling, singing, colour, repetition, art and lots and lots of movement! Leaders can use the material to create a service that follows the pattern of their church’s Sunday worship, a simple mid-week baby and toddler singing session or anything in between! Book 2 includes: 36 weeks’ worth of fully worked-out sessions for key festivals and seasons of the church year plenty of opportunities to tailor the material to your own context all sorts of creative ‘starter ideas’ for using everyday art and play resources to spark children’s imaginations The units are: Jesus, Light of the World! (Epiphany) John the Baptist (the weeks before Lent) The Journey to the Cross (Lent) Jesus Is Alive! Alleluia! (Easter) Let Your Kingdom Come (Green Time) God’s Best Friend, Moses (Green Time) ‘This is a book for those who take children seriously. A wonderful, practical resource for those who want to nurture children to be disciples in their own right: to pray, to engage with Scripture, to contribute to worship, to play their part as children of God. A must-read for those who work and volunteer with very young children.’ The Most Revd Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury ‘An exceptional and inspiring resource.’ Dr Rebecca Nye, Godly play expert and researcher in children’s spirituality ‘Sharon Moughtin-Mumby brings the wisdom of a professional biblical scholar to the task of communicating the essence of the Bible to very young children . . . Very user-friendly material from which adults can learn too.’ The Revd John Barton, Emeritus Professor, University of Oxford
Spiritual nurture for babies and their parents
Author: Jenny Paddison
Publisher: Church House Publishing
When Anglican priest Jenny Paddison became a mother, there were numerous activities for new parents and their babies on offer: baby yoga, baby massage, baby swimming - but nothing from the church. In response, she created this five session programme that connects with the immense sense of wonder and joy that new parents experience and provides spiritual nurture from the outset, recognising the innate capacity for spirituality with which we are born. Starting Rite is designed specifically for babies up to a year old and their parents. It provides a complete practical companion to offering the programme locally, including story scripts, simple songs, ideas for multi-sensory play, as well as lists of equipment needed and how to create a welcoming atmosphere. It explores Christian themes though activities like peek-a-boo, blowing bubbles and splashing in water. Starting Rite enables local churches to offer a welcome to all new parents, and can also be used as a baptism preparation course.
A Resource Book to Help Adults and Children Experience Holy Communion Together
Author: John Muir,Betty Pedley
Publisher: Church House Pub
Category: Children in public worship
Since the introduction of Common Worship there has been an increased demand for material that will help parishes to use the new liturgy with children. As churches think afresh about their worship, they are addressing the issue of how to include children, particularly in the Eucharist. Come and Join the Celebration has been designed to help parishes do just that.This photocopiable resource contains guidance on how to help children understand the liturgy and structure of Holy Communion; activities for use in church with 2-6 year olds; resource sheets for 7-11 year olds; and ideas for additional uses including Communion before confirmation, workshops and school Eucharists. The book aims to help adults share worship with children, thus enabling everyone to participate more fully.
A Creative Way to Explore the Bible with Children
Author: Emily Slichter Given
Publisher: Church Publishing, Inc.
• Can be used in all settings and gatherings • Engages children with multiple learning styles using a familiar medium— LEGO® bricks Building Faith Brick by Brick offers a culturally relevant, hands-on way to explore faith stories with a broad range of ages. It grew out of one congregation’s realization that there was a large group of first-grade boys who needed to engage in a new way of interacting with the biblical story. Knowing how much Lego® bricks continue to be popular with children, the author dug deep into the well of creativity and an enormous bin of little plastic building bricks to meld together a new way of teaching the stories of God. This book offers the methodology as well as 30 Old Testament and 24 New Testament stories with lesson plans. For Christian educators, Christian schools, vacation Bible schools, parents, grandparents, godparents—anyone who desires to engage in sharing faith and biblical stories in any setting.
Preparing Children for Holy Communion
Author: Nick Harding
A 'one-stop shop' for churches considering the admission of children to Holy Communion The Church of England has allowed the admission of baptised children to Holy Communion before confirmation since 1997 but currently only about 20% of parishes currently do so. There is therefore much scope for many more churches to explore the issue and this book contains all a church would need to do so, including resources for exploring the issue with a whole congregation, case studies from real-life churches, a preparation course, an admission liturgy and advice on including and involving children in Eucharistic worship. The book also includes theological reflection on children and the Eucharist from Michael Perham and considers the impact of receiving Holy Communion on children's discipleship.
Author: Mission City Press
Publisher: Harper Collins
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Ten bible stories with simple text and bright art for toddlers and young children.
Taking all-age worship and learning outdoors
Author: Juno Hollyhock ,Mary Jackson
Publisher: Canterbury Press
This innovative and imaginative resource offers learning and worship activities and whole service outlines to help churches engage with the outside world and increase connectedness with the communities where they are placed, whether rural or urban. Current trends encourage us to reconnect with nature – schools are building outdoor classrooms, 11,000 organizations belong to the Wild Network which encourages children to get outside, while Forest Church, the Eco-congregation and the rewilding spirituality movements reflect this trend in the church. Definitely not just for energetic outdoorsy types, it creatively blends the Christian year with the natural seasons – such as an all-age Advent outdoor adventure, creating an outdoor Easter garden, kite flying at Ascension, building life-size David and Goliath, going on a prayer pilgrimage, autumn leaves and tree ribbons for remembrance, and much more.
Returning to the Heart of Mission and Ministry
Author: Robert Warren
Publisher: Church House Publishing
Developing Healthy Churches is an utterly practical and realistic guide for any leader seeking to revitalize and grow their church. The long-awaited sequel to the bestselling Healthy Churches' Handbook, this new volume will help you implement tried and tested approaches for healthy church growth in your parish. Realistic and encouraging, disarmingly honest and grounded in the reality of parish life, it will help you build up your church in several key areas: nurturing spirituality re-thinking pastoral care refreshing the home group engaging in mission expressing Christian values Whether your church is large or small, well-resourced or struggling, here is an essential resource for revitalizing your life and mission. A study guide is also included, making this ideal as a parish development course.
Author: Matt Taylor,Sue Merrifield
An exciting new resource for Parent and Toddler groups. There are 39 weeks’ worth of story time plans, which explore a biblical story and truth in an appropriately short and fun format. Accompanying each weekly story is a photocopy-able handout for the adults attending the group meetings. These help parents raise their heads up from the tasks of parenting for a moment, think themselves about that day’s story and how it might apply to them personally. Dot to Tot is ultimately designed to connect both children and adults to God and His Word and Church, and to help connect toddler and parent through what they learn together.
Shaping Children Using Story, Ritual, and Relationship
Author: Ivy Beckwith
Publisher: Baker Books
Much ministry to children looks more like mere entertainment than authentic spiritual formation. But what if children's ministries were rooted in a mind set whereby we taught children, with our words and actions, how the story of God, the story of church history, the story of the local community, and the story of the child intersect and speak to one another? What if children's ministry was less about downloading information into kids' heads and more about leading them into these powerful, compelling stories? Beckwith aims to help ministers and parents create a ministry that captures children's imaginations not just to keep them occupied, but to live as citizens of the kingdom of God. In addition to providing theological reasons for formational children's ministry, the book offers examples of how Ivy and other practitioners are implementing a formational model.
Imagining God's Story Through Motion and Play
Author: Bob Hartman
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Looking for a way to integrate the Bible into your child’s playtime? The Play-Along Bible inspires children’s imaginations while growing their understanding of and love for God’s Word. Through simple hand motions, facial expressions, verbal exclamations, and funny noises, kids can participate and respond to God’s amazing story. Whether it’s acting out the dawn of creation by making a funny fish face or belting out a giant roar while pretending to be a ferocious beast in Daniel’s lions’ den, kids will encounter hundreds of fun ways to actively engage with the Bible. Using this fresh and easy, multisensory approach, you’ll be surprised how well your child will recall and absorb the Scriptures. Adding to the experience are delightful full-color illustrations from British artist Susie Poole.
What It Is and Why It Matters
Author: Rebecca Nye
Publisher: Church House Publishing
An introduction to the increasingly popular topic of children's spirituality, showing how choices made in churches and homes can stimulate or stifle a child's spiritual development. Suitable for anyone who works with children.
The Spirituality of Recalled Childhood
Author: John Pridmore
Playing with Icons: The Spirituality of Recalled Childhood, is a study of memoirs of childhood in order to learn something about the spiritual lives of children. A basic premise of this study is that from our birth-and indeed from before our birth-we are spiritual beings, however elusive that idea proves to be. Most of the children we shall meet had some experience of formal religion. For some that experience is suffocating, threatening to stifle their spiritual growth, or simply inadequate, failing sufficiently to express all that most moves them. For others religion promotes their spirituality, above all lending them a language with which to utter what lies beyond words. With the help of the children we meet on the pages of this book, it is hoped we will better serve the children of today.
25 Tried-And-tested Retellings
Author: Martyn Payne
Coming up with craft and activity ideas to explore a Bible story is one thing; but when it comes to sharing that story in the gathered celebration, many Messy Church leaders struggle to find the right language and approach. The parables that Jesus told intrigued, inspired and engaged the crowds in his day, combining everyday imagery with surprising twists that prompted all ages to wonder and discover the treasures of the kingdom of heaven for themselves. This resource aims to recapture that storytelling style for Messy congregations today.
20 Sessions to Take Church Outside the Building for Children and Families
Author: Sally Welch
Publisher: Barnabas for Children
Helping churches to reconnect and value their environment.A creative worship and activity resource for churches to use outside the church building, Outdoor Church functions in any green space and is suitable for churches in urban, suburban and rural contexts. Four sessions for each season Four stand-alone service outlines, one for each season Material based on Bible stories and parables All-age activities and seasonal prayers Indoor alternatives for rainy days
Author: Ben Irwin
Publisher: David C Cook
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
People of God pass their faith to the next generation by telling the story of how God rescues his children. This richly illustrated book continues to tell that story—from the creation of the world to Jesus’s victory over death. Designed for children ages 4 to 8, The Story of King Jesus is the gospel told in a single story—a story meant to be read from start to finish in one sitting. The Story of King Jesus will captivate your child’s imagination, nurture their spiritual curiosity, and draw them into the full Bible story as they embark on a lifetime of following Jesus the King.
Author: Simcha Jacobovici,Barrie Wilson
Publisher: Pegasus Books
An international news story when published last year, now in paperback: A historical detective story leads to dramatic and ground-breaking revelations about the life and times of Jesus. Waiting to be rediscovered in the British Library is an ancient manuscript of the early Church, copied by an anonymous monk. The manuscript is at least 1,450 years old, possibly dating to the first century. And now, The Lost Gospel provides the first ever translation from Syriac into English of this unique document that tells the inside story of Jesus’ social, family, and political life. The Lost Gospel takes the reader on an unparalleled historical adventure through a paradigm shifting manuscript. What the authors eventually discover is as astounding as it is surprising: the confirmation of Jesus’ marriage to Mary Magdalene; the names of their two children; the towering presence of Mary Magdalene; a previously unknown plot on Jesus’ life (thirteen years prior to the crucifixion); an assassination attempt against Mary Magdalene and their children; Jesus’ connection to political figures at the highest level of the Roman Empire; and a religious movement that antedates that of Paul—the Church of Mary Magdalene. Part historical detective story, part modern adventure, The Lost Gospel reveals secrets that have been hiding in plain sight for millennia.
Author: David Byrne
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
*Updated with a new chapter on digital curation* How Music Works is David Byrne’s incisive and enthusiastic look at the musical art form, from its very inceptions to the influences that shape it, whether acoustical, economic, social or technological. Utilizing his incomparable career and inspired collaborations with Talking Heads, Brian Eno, and many others, Byrne taps deeply into his lifetime of knowledge to explore the panoptic elements of music, how it shapes the human experience, and reveals the impetus behind how we create, consume, distribute, and enjoy the songs, symphonies, and rhythms that provide the backbeat of life. Byrne’s magnum opus uncovers ever-new and thrilling realizations about the redemptive liberation that music brings us all.