Youth Bible Study – Hope

Youth Bible Study – Hope

Youth Bible Study – Hope Gathering Activity Together with your group spend some time looking at George Frederic Watts’ painting ‘Hope’. Do not tell your group right away what the painting is titled. There is a good summary of the work on the Tate website here What’s the first thing you notice? If you were […] You can become a patron of Children & Youth through Patreon. In return for your monthly support, we offer first access to a range of youth and children's work resources. Thank you for being part of the C&Y team.This content is available to Patrons pledging $1 or more on Patreon Unlock with...
Youth Bible Study – Views of God

Youth Bible Study – Views of God

Youth Bible Study – Views of God Using art as a way in this Youth Bible study explores how our own perspectives and view points inform our understanding of god. Preparation You will need a copy of Avril Paton’s famous Scottish painting ‘Windows in the West’ (see image above). You will be able to find […] You can become a patron of Children & Youth through Patreon. In return for your monthly support, we offer first access to a range of youth and children's work resources. Thank you for being part of the C&Y team.This content is available to Patrons pledging $1 or more on Patreon Unlock with...
Children’s Talk: What’s in a label?! (Sunday 2nd September)

Children’s Talk: What’s in a label?! (Sunday 2nd September)

Children’s Talk: What’s in a label?! (Sunday 2nd September)Readings Song of Solomon 2: 8-13 Deuteronomy 4: 2-3, 6-9 James 1: 17-27 Mark 7: 1-8, 14-15, 21-23 Children’s Talk Before the service use a craft knife to delicately take off the labels from the tins and swap. Have one tin of something sweet and delicious like […] You can become a patron of Children & Youth through Patreon. In return for your monthly support, we offer first access to a range of youth and children's work resources. Thank you for being part of the C&Y team.This content is available to Patrons pledging $1 or more on Patreon Unlock with...
How to play Hoop Hop Showdown

How to play Hoop Hop Showdown

A video of 4th graders playing a game called Hoop Hop Showdown has gone viral in recent days amassing over 8 million views. What a great twist on the game of rock, paper, scissors. I couldn’t find the rules anywhere online so here they are. Set up a game board using multiple hula hoops. This should zig zag across your meeting space. Split your group into two teams – with teams at either ends of the hula hoop playing board lined up one behind another. On the first whistle the first member of each team hop from hula hoop to hula hoop until they meet somewhere on the game board. They play a round of rock paper scissors until someone wins.  The winner keeps advancing on the gameboard and the loser goes to the back of their team line. Meanwhile the second player in the losing team becomes active and hops onto to the hula hoop play area until they meet the first player from the other team where to play anouther round of rock, paper, scissors. The aim of the game is to reach the last hoop on the gameboard which scores your team one point. The game can be played for a certain perod of time and the team with the most points is the winner. You can become a patron of Children & Youth through Patreon. In return for your monthly support, we offer first access to a range of youth and children’s work resources. Thank you for being part of the C&Y...

A Collection of Children’s Party Games

Traditional children’s party games are a great way to get everyone in the party spirit. Musical bumps Get the children to dance to the music. When the music stops, all the children have to sit down as quickly as possible. The last one to sit is out. The last child left dancing is the winner. Musical statues The children dance around to music. When the music stops they have to stand absolutely still, like a statue. If anyone moves, they are out. Musical chairs Put out one less chairs than there are children. The children have to dance around the chairs and when the music stops, sit on a chair immediately. The last one left without a chair has to sit out. The last child left in is the winner. Again, you don’t necessarily have to chuck a child out each time; you can just simply play a few rounds and leave it at that. Dressing up dancing Choose 5 types of clothing or prop, and make sure there’s enough for each child to have one: a hat, a badge, a top, a skirt, etc. Then the children dance around. When the music stops, you call out ‘scarf!’ and they all have to grab one, put it on, then dance with it till the music stops and then they go for the next item. And so on until they’re all dressed Pass the Parcel Make a parcel by wrapping up a prize in several layers of paper. Sit the children in a circle, give one of them the parcel and when the music starts, get them to hand it...
Children’s Session: Matters of the Heart

Children’s Session: Matters of the Heart

Children’s Session: Matters of the Heart Before the Service Reflecting God’s Love Gather a collection of mirrors that the children can use to look at themselves with. The idea ois to encourage the children look at themselves and ask God to show them what He loves about them. God sees us differently to the way […] You can become a patron of Children & Youth through Patreon. In return for your monthly support, we offer first access to a range of youth and children's work resources. Thank you for being part of the C&Y team.This content is available to Patrons pledging $1 or more on Patreon Unlock with...
Children’s Sermon: Walking on Eggs (Sunday 26th Auguust)

Children’s Sermon: Walking on Eggs (Sunday 26th Auguust)

Children’s Talk: Walking on Eggs Readings 1 Kings 8: (1-6, 10-11), 22-30, 41-43 Psalm 84 Joshua 24: 1-2a, 14-18 Psalm 34: 15-22 Ephesians 6:10-20 John 6:56-69 Idea: The children’s talk focuses in on the Ephesians reading about the armour of God but teases out themes present in all of today’s readings. Namely that God is […] You can become a patron of Children & Youth through Patreon. In return for your monthly support, we offer first access to a range of youth and children's work resources. Thank you for being part of the C&Y team.This content is available to Patrons pledging $1 or more on Patreon Unlock with...
Children’s Session – Noah #SuperSunday

Children’s Session – Noah #SuperSunday

This is the second post in a series of children’s sessions journeying through the Bible called SuperSunday. It’s ideal for children’s clubs or Sunday School and it’s designed to be quite fast paced with an element of choice built into the session. Before the Servic Animal Masks Print off the masks templates and give children […] You can become a patron of Children & Youth through Patreon. In return for your monthly support, we offer first access to a range of youth and children's work resources. Thank you for being part of the C&Y team.This content is available to Patrons pledging $1 or more on Patreon Unlock with...
Youth Bible Study: The Greatest Commandment

Youth Bible Study: The Greatest Commandment

Youth Bible Study: The Greatest Commandment (Mark 12: 28-44) Toy Story 3 Final Scene  Watch the end scene where Andy gives his toys away to Bonnie. He asks Bonnie to take good care of his old toys but struggles to let go of Woody. What has been the best gift someone has given you?  What […] You can become a patron of Children & Youth through Patreon. In return for your monthly support, we offer first access to a range of youth and children's work resources. Thank you for being part of the C&Y team.This content is available to Patrons pledging $1 or more on Patreon Unlock with...
Still Game: Community and Compassion

Still Game: Community and Compassion

Assembly – Community and Compassion Like many people I was excited to hear that Still Game will be returning to our TV screens for another new series. The last series of the Craiglang Comedy drew record viewing figures of around 3.2million across the UK. Many have attempted to explain the success of the show but for me it’s to do with the strength of community and the bond between the characters. There’s something about the way Jack, Victor, Isa, Tam, Winston and the gang treat one another. Even in amongst all the banter. Here’s a few clips… I think Lorraine Kelly summed it up really well when she spoke about the community spirit and everyone looking out for one another. If you’ve ever seen an episode you’ll know that there at times when not all the characters get on with one another…Winston trying to fast forward Isa to the point of her story, Jack and Victor burning Boaby the barman. But when the chips are down and things get difficult everyone in Craiglang is there for one another; there is more that unites them that divides them. And that’s true for all of us that are part of this community. If we pay attention to one another we recognise that. Being present and paying attention to one another opens us to true compassion. Sometimes we can think of compassion as a gift that we either have or we don’t. If we haven’t we’re out of luck. Or we can think of compassion as some kind of emotional reaction that spontaneously erupts out of us…like we have no control over...