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...
Children’s Sermon (19th August 2018) What’s on the inside

Children’s Sermon (19th August 2018) What’s on the inside

Children’s Talk (19th August 2018) What’s on the inside Readings 1 Kings 2:10–12; 3:3-14 Psalm 111 Ephesians 5:15-20 John 6:51-58 Thought God is not external to us but is ‘seen’ and ‘felt’ within us. Often the spiritual part of our lives is hard to identify and difficult to find under the various layers of who […] 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 – Suffering (Job 1:1-22)

Youth Bible Study – Suffering (Job 1:1-22)

Opening Activity We have all wondered why we endure suffering, but there are no easy answers. However, sometimes it is our questions that are more interesting than our answers. Have these riddles written on sheets of paper or card and try one at a time with your group. If there are any answers the group […] 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: Abraham – God Keeps His Promises

Children’s Session: Abraham – God Keeps His Promises

This is the third 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.  Balloon Art Materials: Small balloons; Balloon pump; Washable Paint; Plastic Darts; Thumbtacks, Canvas […] 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...
The Cost of Children

The Cost of Children

The Cost of Children I read an article this week showing the real cost of raising  children. What was interesting was that it also listed what you got for your money. The government recently calculated the cost of raising a child from birth to 18 and came up with a total of £67,716 for an average UK family. That doesn’t even touch college tuition. But it’s not too bad if you break it down. It translates into: · £3762 a year, ·  £313.50 month, or * just under £80 a week. · That’s a mere £11 a day! · Just under 50p an hour. Still, you might think the best financial advice is not to have children if you want to be “rich.” Actually, it is just the opposite. What do you get for your £67, 716 Naming rights. First, middle, and last! Glimpses of God every day. Giggles under the covers every night. More love than your heart can hold. Butterfly kisses and Velcro hugs. Endless wonder over rocks, ants, clouds, and warm cookies. A hand to hold, usually covered with jelly or chocolate. A partner for blowing bubbles, flying kites Someone to laugh yourself silly with, no matter what the boss said or how your stocks performed that day. For £67,716, you never have to grow up. You get to: finger-paint, carve pumpkins, play hide-and-seek, catch lightning bugs, and never stop believing in Santa Claus. You have an excuse to: keep reading the Adventures of Piglet and Pooh, watching Saturday morning cartoons, going to Disney movies, and wishing on stars. You get to frame rainbows, hearts, and...
Nativity story as told by kids – Video

Nativity story as told by kids – Video

A creative video telling the nativity story from the fresh and unique perspective of children. Ideal for church groups or school chaplaincy. I really love this retelling of the nativity story – used  recently for our school Christmas assembly with pupils engaging well. http://www.childrenandyouth.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/The-Christmas-Story-_-Kids-Perspective.mp4 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. More school based resources...
Modern Retelling: If Jesus was born today

Modern Retelling: If Jesus was born today

Mary didn’t usually respond to Facebook contact from strangers, but she assumed Angel Gabriel was that Spanish guy she’d had a thing with in Magaluf last summer and accepted his friend request. As it turned out, Angel wasn’t Spanish at all; he was a well-spoken Englishman and crucially, a messenger sent by God to tell her that she was in the family way and would shortly be giving birth to a child conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit. Angel said that, ideally, he’d been looking for a virgin but he soon realised, in 21st century Rochdale, this just wasn’t realistic – so he’d plumped for Mary. Mary was perplexed, but accepted her fate. The worst bit was telling her fiance, Joseph. He’d gone to such a lot of effort to organise the flash mob proposal only a month ago and now she had to confront him with the news that she was up the spout courtesy of the Holy Ghost. Naturally, he was a little unsettled by the whole thing. In fact, he wasn’t above going on The Jeremy Kyle Show to get a DNA test once the baby was born, just to clear things up. But for now, he decided to be reasonable about it and stick by his woman. They hadn’t wanted to be teenage parents, but at least they’d get a flat of their own now. Joseph’s sister said she’d lend them a cot and they made a gift list on the Mothercare website. Shortly before the baby was due, the couple took a gamble by heading to the new Aldi in Bolton. It...
Children’s Sermon: The Power of Believing

Children’s Sermon: The Power of Believing

Children’s Talk: The Power of Believing This was the script I used for a recent children’s talk. I’ve been keen for quite a while to incorporate simple magic tricks. Feel free to use/adapt/make your own. When I was younger I was fascinated by a TV magician called The Great Suprendo. Thinking back now he only really seemed to do the same trick…he’d tear a sheet of newspaper into lots and lots of pieces and then magically put it back together again. As the excited 8 year old that I was…I truly believed in magic. I’d even go around the house using the Great Suprendo magic words PIFF PUFF POOF in the hope that I’d be able to do magic too. There was something special in not knowing how the trick was done. It creates excitement and intrigue and leaves open the opportunity that anything is possible. It leaves a lot of unanswered questions. I guess nowadays if we want to find something out we just search on the internet… ‘What Does Google Say?’ Seconds later we find the answer. We are surrounded by smart devices…phones, smart watches and even smart kettles. Maybe not having all the answers is okay Maybe the key is to be open minded and accept that anything is possible… So the next time you see a magic trick maybe the person really is magic Or the next time you see a beautiful sunset maybe that the universe does have a grand designer Or the next time you look in the mirror realising that you are special and loved by God So only one question remains…did...
The Story of the Shoes

The Story of the Shoes

Sometimes the delivering the children blessing can be quite tricky. It can be a difficult task to pitch it at the youngsters while keeping the rest of the congregation engaged. I recently used this poem by Leanne Freiberg called ‘The Shoes” and found that it connected well. So I thought I’d share. I showered and shaved, I adjusted my tie. I got there and sat in a pew just in time. Bowing my head in prayer, as I closed my eyes, I saw the shoe of the man next to me touching my own. I sighed. ‘With plenty of room on either side,’ I thought, ‘Why must our soles touch?’ It bothered me, his shoe touching mine. But it didn’t bother him much. A prayer began: ‘Our Father.’ I thought, ‘This man with the shoes, has no pride. ‘They’re dusty, worn, and scratched. ‘Even worse, there are holes on the side!’ ‘Thank You for blessings,’ the prayer went on. The shoe man said a quiet ‘Amen.’ I tried to focus on the prayer but my thoughts were on his shoes again. Aren’t we supposed to look our best when walking through that door? ‘Well, this certainly isn’t it,’ I thought, glancing toward the floor. Then the prayer was ended and the songs of praise began. The shoe man was certainly loud, sounding proud as he sang. His voice lifted the rafters. His hands were raised high. The Lord could surely hear the shoe man’s voice from the sky. It was time for the offering and what I threw in was steep. I watched as the shoe man reached into...