Resources for families
A whole Church activity! We would love everyone to be involved in making something to celebrate Easter. Maybe a cross, an empty tomb or an Easter garden.
You could make them out of Lego, paper, wood, material, cake, anything at all! Then please take a photo of you with your creation, and send it to us at by Thursday 9th April, so that on Easter Day we share during our service what people have made.
For inspiration, take a look at some examples:
- Readit.loveit.liveit an Instagram account Simon Eves runs and will seek to get more active on over the coming weeks and months
- This Changes Everything by Jaquelle Crowe: Brilliant book for those wanting something a bit meaty.
- Bible video Talks;Fantastic free Bible videos
- Sorted conference talk archive: Specific talks for young people with a number of years available online
- Bible Project videos: generally all very good.
Daily live family devotions
Podcasts for Parents and Kids
For families with older kids, Faith In Kids continue to produce weekly kids' podcasts and bi-weekly parents' podcasts. We're tackling the book of Ephesians in the kids' podcasts because this strange season could be transformed if our families saw it in the light of God's universal plan for his precious church.
The Good Book Company
The Good Book Company have made a number of their resources available free of charge. Take a look at the email.
10ofThose are supplying books to encourage, disciple and teach all ages. They've recently sent an email advertising value book packs, which you can view here.
New City Catechism app
Really helpful questions and answers to go through as a family with prayers and songs to learn answers as well: http://newcitycatechism.com/mobile-apps/.
The Wonder of Easter by Ed Drew is a fabulous family resource for teaching all the family. It is available from 10ofthose for £5.80. It is an easy-to-use discussion based book which will allow the whole family to celebrate the wonder of Easter.
The 40 discussions have differentiated questions for 3-4s, 5-7s, over 7s, teens and adults. At just 10 minutes each, these Bible studies are an achievable joy, not an unrealistic burden.
#faithinkidshomechurch Five lessons from Luke to take you from the triumphal entry to the ascension, work sheets, discussion questions, games and crafts! These were written for Sunday Schools, but we think families will be able to use them.
Download from the website and get cracking - get the kids rehearsing the Bible drama, finding stones to decorate, argue over the songs, limber up for a donkey race... we can smash this!
We will guide you with top tips and a library of creative ideas via our blog, kids and parents podcasts to support families learning together! The first podcast for parents was made available on Friday 20th March while kids podcasts will be out twice a week from 24th March.
On Sunday 22nd March we will be going live in Ed's home at 2pm to show all parents and kids what home church looks like. No doubt it will be messy and chaotic but we hope that you'll see it's not too daunting to open the Bible with your kids at home. Follow along @Faithinkids on Facebook or Instagram.
This Sunday, take the opportunity to run your own home church using the Faith in Kids Wonder of Easter resources. If you start this weekend you will be looking at the resurrection on Easter Sunday. As we journey through tough times over the coming weeks, there is no better news to remember than the Wonder of Easter.
|22nd March||The return of the King||Luke 19:30,35-40|
|29th March||Take away by the guards||Luke 22:47-54|
|4th April||Saved! Just in time||Luke 23:32-34,39-43|
|12th April||Jesus is alive!||Luke 24:36-49|
|19th April||He's gone, we're still happy||Luke 24:50-53|
For those families who think this is all a bit too much and are looking for something simple and short, we made five studies from The Wonder of Easter book available to download in pdf format from our website. These are designed to keep your family encouraged as you go through 2-5 small chunks of Bible a week. Each study is doable in just 10 minutes.
Since Colin is no longer coming to St Mary’s you can still have your own Colin Buchanan sing along, as all his songs can be found on YouTube.
Seeds Family Worship
Lots of Bible verses set to songs: https://www.youtube.com/user/seedsfamilyworship
Online kids' music/services
Michael Tinker - 11am every day
Join Michael for songs, Bible and fun! 11am GMT every day.
Watch live, ask questions or watch later! https://www.facebook.com/michael.tinker.948
You can download the sing-along song sheet for free at michaeljtinker.com/shop.
He'll also be reading from the Bible and Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing by Sally Lloyd Jones, so if you have a copy of either, get those out too and follow along.
We have particular sympathy for families stuck indoors with pre-schoolers. For these families, Faith In Kids are bringing their hugely successful music and movement classes online. They'll put on three sessions a week with three different leaders all teaching the same awesome curriculum. Join the classes on Facebook or YouTube. Timetable to be announced soon!
Faith in Kids - Sundays at 2pm
Previous Sundays' materials
For Sun 5th April
- Teaching Resource: The Triumphal Entry (suggested teaching, games, craft and work sheets for those aged 3-11)
- "Saddleback Kids" video of the passage - The Story of Easter - The Triumphal Entry
- Song “Jesus Strong and Kind” (CityAlight & Colin Buchanan)
Sun 29th March - to go with Will's sermon on Luke 5:17-26
- Teaching Resource: The King Forgives (suggested teaching, games, craft and work sheets for those aged 3-11)
- "God’s Story" video of the passage - Jesus heals a man
- Song “How cool is that”