Children’s Session: Peace

Children’s Session: Peace

Exploring Peace: Below are some ideas, activities and discussion starters to help children and young people explore the theme of peace.   Inspirational Quotes Print off the inspirational quotes about peace and display around your meeting space. Quotes:Postcards-for-peace-inspirational-quotes Peace – Mindfulness Colouring     Activity: Origami Doves   Instruction Video here   Group Activity: Agree/Disagree Write the words “agree” and “disagree” in very large letters on poster board and post them on two walls, preferably across from each other. Make statements relevant to the children or young people you’re working with and have everyone move to the wall with the poster that match their opinion. Have the groups discuss why they agree or disagree and create a statement to support their opinion.   Prayer Dear God, We thank you for giving us your peace. Help us to spread peace at home and at school by loving and caring for one another. Help us to spread peace by listening to one another, even when we don’t agree. Help us to spread peace by sharing our time with those who are lonely and who need a friend. Help us to spread peace by thinking and praying for children who have no food or who are frightened and live in fear. Let us pray every day for peace for our families, for our friends and for ourselves. Amen   Energizer: Group Rhythm A fun enegizer to get everyone working in harmony – especially after the agree/disagree game. The game is played in a circle and leader creates a rythmn that the rest of the group have to copy. e.g Clap, Stomp, Clap,...
Children’s Sermon (12th August 2018) – Living in Harmony

Children’s Sermon (12th August 2018) – Living in Harmony

Children’s Talk (12th August 2018) – Living in Harmony Readings 2 Samuel 18: 5-9, 15, 31-33 4 Psalm 130 Ephesians 4: 25- 5: 2 John 6: 35, 41-51 Thought Often conflict arises from creating labels of them and us – establish ways of determining who is in and who is out. Building peace starts with creating spaces where all are welcomed and affirmed; and where we can explore how we are all connected. As we see in the reading from Ephesians neighbours are in truth members of one another. Children’s Talk The best stories aren’t the ones we watch or listen to – the best stories are the ones we carry, live out and share in. So this morning I wanted your help in sharing a story together that is as old as time itself. A story that brings us all here to church every Sunday. I’m also going to need some special volunteer musicians from the Sunday School. Hand out some musical instruments to the children – this could be shakers, tambourines if you have them. For a more basic option – an upturned bucket makes a great drum.All stories have a rhythm and a tempo. Have someone play a simple beat that the congregation can clap along to and the children can join in with with their instruments. If you have other musicians within the congregation have them join in and build up the song one-by-one until everyone is playing and clapping along in unison. This could lead to a medley off choruses/praise songs. Or it might be an opportunity to sing and play together a song...
Video: Remembrance Reflection

Video: Remembrance Reflection

How best do we honour the sacrifice of those who gave their life for Queen and country? Is peace possible or is the stuff of dreams? Is there a better way? Can love win? 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...
Video: Is Peace Possible?

Video: Is Peace Possible?

As we approach Remembrance Sunday I thought this video might be a useful way into a discussion with groups whether peace is possible. Sourced from Soomo Publishing. Discussion Is peace possible? What does peace mean? Is it just the absence of fighting? What do you think are the biggest causes of conflict? …at a local level? Globally? Does being “peaceful” mean being “passive”? Can you fight for peace or is that a contradiction? Can a country where people are oppressed and their human rights are abused be described as “peaceful”?   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...
Assembly/Reflection: Is peace possible?

Assembly/Reflection: Is peace possible?

We are in a unique position after the events of Remembrance. What filled our screens and facebook feeds over the past few days has quickly been replaced with the Christmas adverts for the major stores and shops. We’ve taken off our poppies and already we begin to look towards the excitement of Christmas. You might have seen this ad on TV recently – it portrays the ceasefire that took place between the troops on Christmas Eve 1914. http://www.childrenandyouth.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Sainsburys-OFFICIAL-Christmas-2014-Ad.mp4 Is peace possible? The joy of the ceasefire is quickly replaced again with the noise of shells and warfare. However the relationships and bonds forged as soldiers lay down their weapons continued in the minds and hearts of those involved; forever changed no longer seeing the world in the black and white terms of friend or foe. War can rage on the outside and it can rage on the inside too but peace IS possible. Although it may only be momentary and brief. As we saw in the advert peace often involves one person stepping out, letting go of fear and embracing sacrifice. Could you be that person? What situations could you affect change in? What might peace look like in your own life? Are there fears that you need to let go of? Now go forth into this day – to live your hopes and not your fears, knowing you are held in holy hands by a love that will never let you go! 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...
Remembrance Day Assembly Script

Remembrance Day Assembly Script

Remembrance Day Assembly Script Every year at the beginning of November, people begin to wear poppies. We all know that it’s something to do with remembering people who have died in wars, but sometimes it can feel that it doesn’t have much to do with us personally. But if you are one of the many people who have been affected by recent wars such as those in Iraq and Afghanistan you probably wish that other people knew more about the sacrifices that soldiers have made, and continue to make. The story of the poppy begins during the First World War, or, as it was more commonly known back then, The Great War. The Great War broke out a hundred years ago in July 1914. It seems hard to believe now, but there were celebrations in the streets and long queues of young men at army recruiting offices, eager to join up. They dreamed of heroism on the battlefields, winning medals to the glory of Great Britain and wanted to put the “upstart Germans” back in their place. It would all be over by Christmas, or so they thought. But this was war on a scale that had never been seen before. This was the first war to use aeroplanes, tanks and submarines; and machine guns, mortars and poison gas meant that thousands of people could be killed in minutes. In the face of such overwhelming destructive power, defense became increasingly important, so miles and miles of slimy trenches were dug across northern France and Belgium. Patriotic enthusiasm soon evaporated to be replaced by grim disillusionment. These poems help to...