Animation: The Story of Joseph

Animation: The Story of Joseph

http://www.childrenandyouth.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Gods-Story-Joseph.mp4 A beautifully animated video from kids’ club showing the story of Joseph being sold into slavery by his brothers and his rise within Egypt. It’s ideal for children’s groups or sunday...
Animation: Creation Story

Animation: Creation Story

http://www.childrenandyouth.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Creation-Story.mp4 A beautifully animated video from kids’ club showing the  creation story. It’s ideal for children’s groups or sunday...
Video: Daniel and the Lions Den

Video: Daniel and the Lions Den

http://www.childrenandyouth.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/My_Movie.mp4 A beautiful animated retelling of the story Daniel and the Lions den. Ideal for church groups like Sunday School and Bible Class. Sourced:...
Video: Jonah

Video: Jonah

http://www.childrenandyouth.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Backwoods_animation_-_Tru_Wonder_-_Jonah_and_Fish_.mp4 Source: Backwoods...
Training: Recipe for Success

Training: Recipe for Success

Children’s Work Training Session A recipe for success Learn a new song After our summer break we plan on introducing Fischy Music to our Sunday morning programme. We took the opportunity to learn one of the new songs as a team. Lyrics: someone-is-with-you-lyrics Ingredients Challenge Depending on numbers split your team into 2 or 3 groups. Give each team a list of ingredients which they then need to decide what dish or meal they might make with them.  It may be interesting to note and reflect on which members of the your team stick to tried and tested dishes and who in your team thinks outside of the box and puts ingredients together that don’t normally go with each other. Group 1: Smoked Haddock, Frozen Garden Peas, Bacon, Potatoes, Plums, Rice, Onions Group 2: Chicken, Polenta, Butternut Squash, Kale, Salad, Peppers, Onions Master Chef Video http://www.childrenandyouth.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/yt-wmv-break-the-rules.mp4 Do we stick with the safe, the known, and the traditional? Or do we change the rules? Like us you might have stuck to a formula that works – but in the training session give permission to think outside the box and be creative when it  comes to planning and building sessions. It’s interesting that Heston was self-taught having received no formal training. Often churches think that hiring in a professional youth worker is the answer to growing their groups which isn’t necessarily true. A little self-belief can go a long way. Faith Development and Spiritual Development Take the opportunity to introduce some theory to the  session by exploring faith development and spiritual development in children. These terms have different meanings but are often used interchangeably. The Desmos website have this article which you might find helpful Childrens_Spiritual_Development Faith Development In his book,...
Activities for Summer

Activities for Summer

Below is a collection of summer crafts and activities suitable for children’s clubs and Sunday Schools. Craft: CD Weaving What You Need: Old CDs, scrap yarn, scissors, and if you want to make the flexible needles, plastic lids, and a hole punch. To make the needles, cut the rim off the plastic lid. Cut the remaining flat circle of plastic into pie shaped pieces, then round the top edge. Punch a hole in the rounded end to make the eye of the needle. Trim if needed. You can prepare the CD looms in advance if you like. To Warp the CD: The warp yarn is between 4 and 6 feet long. Tie it to the CD by putting one end through the centre hole and knotting it to itself on the back. Turn the CD over to the front, pulling the thread through the centre and wrapping around the CD, creating the spokes. Make sure the warp threads are pretty tight! It’s IMPORTANT to have the warp threads be an UNEVEN number. It’s easy to check this by pushing the spokes together in pairs, making sure your last one is a SINGLE… The total number of warp threads can vary, as long as it’s an uneven number. The fewer spokes, the faster it is to weave, but the looser the weaving will be, especially out near the edge. Knot the last thread on the back of the CD by tying it to the first thread. Then spread out the warp threads evenly on the front. Now you’re ready to weave! Choose your first yarn. It will be the centre...
Children’s Session: Life in all its fullness

Children’s Session: Life in all its fullness

Children’s Session Living Life in All Its Fullness Introductory Activities Blank Faces – have the children draw different emotions on each of the blank faces. It may help having different emotions written down. Ask children which face shows how they feel this morning. Blank Faces Template Ping Ball Cup Game – Set up 6 cups and the aim of the game is to bounce ping ball of the ground so it lands in the cup. Taste Test – different flavoured juices labelled as joy, love, and peace. At least one bitter tasting drink matched to a label of hate. The Game of Life Board Game – available here, 3D Pictures – have a collection of 3D pictures. Using the glasses have the children look and guess what the pictures are of? God wants us to live a life in 3D Main Activities Game: Name Your… Everyone in the room can play this game. Every time a slide comes on the screen, each child must find a partner and name as many things in the category as they can in under 20 seconds. Every 20 seconds, the slide should change and each person should find a new partner. Kids can’t partner with the same person twice – they must find a new partner every 20 seconds. Slides are as follows: Name … Your favourite ice cream flavours Name … Your favourite animals Name … Your favourite films Name … The best places to go on holiday Name … Creatures you’d find in the sea Name … Your favourite songs Name … Towns and cities Name … favourite candy Bars Name …...
Children’s Session – Who is Jesus?

Children’s Session – Who is Jesus?

Children’s Session –  Who is this Jesus? This session helps young people think about the different metaphors that are often applied to Jesus. Introductory Activities Guess Who Game – Ask as many questions as it takes to guess the face Who am I Post-it Note Game Write the name of a famous person or character on a sticky note for each child. Characters can be dead or alive, fictional or non-fictional, real or “cartoon”. Making sure that the player can’t see it, stick the note to their forehead. When everyone is named players mingle and walk around the room asking the sort of questions that can be answered by “yes”, “no” and “not applicable” to try to work out who they are. Cracker Challenge How many Crackers can the children eat without having a drink of water? What does it feel like to be thirsty? What does it feel like to have your thirst quenched? “but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4:14 Snack: Chocolate pastries and juice Main Activities Game: Wrap a Leader Split the group into teams and assign a leader for each team. Provide wrapping paper, ribbon and tape. The first team to wrap the leader up the quickest and prettiest wins. Make sure they can breathe and make sure they person being wrapped up is comfortable with this. Game: Am I telling the Truth The leader will read out five statements about themselves and the children have to decide whether you are telling...
Children’s Session: Palm Sunday

Children’s Session: Palm Sunday

Children’s Session – Palm Sunday Introductory Activities Famous Faces Quiz Can the children and young people guess which famous celebrities are in each mash-up. Quiz Powerpoint: Famous Faces Pin the tail on the donkey Available from Amazon Lotus Party Game – Pin The Tail On The Donkey – 12 Player Palm Branches Children will make their own palm branches that they can take into the service with them. You will need a piece of green construction paper, scissors and tape. Cut your construction paper in ½ inch strips about half way down the length of the paper. Roll uncut end of paper into a tube and tape. Fluff top pieces of paper where you cut into strips to create palm branch. Palm Sunday Worksheets Palm-Sunday-Coloring-Page Newspaper Front Page Wordsearch Main Activities Palm Sunday Relay Race Break the children into two teams. Each team are given a stick donkey, 3 cardboard palm branches and a t-shirt card template. This is a race but when the children are riding the donkey they can only step on the branches or t-shirt template on the ground. To get up and down they will need another member of the group to move the branches/t-shirt after they’ve been stood on. The winning team will be the first with each member to race to the top of the hall and back Palm Sunday Video   Invite children and young people to wonder using such statements as : I wonder why it is called Palm Sunday I wonder what the people were feeling as Jesus rode into Jerusalem I wonder what you would have said to Jesus I wonder how Jesus felt with all...
Children’s Session – Working Together

Children’s Session – Working Together

Children’s Session – Working Together Introductory Activities Jigsaw – work together to complete the picture. Jenga – rather than competing against one another, work together to create the tallest tower possible. Marshmallows/Spaghetti tower – work together to build a tower using the spaghetti and marshmallows. Main Activities Game: Hula Hoop Circle How quickly can you pass the hula hoop around the circle. The children stand in a circle with their feet touching the person beside them and holding the hand of children on either side of them. Game: Group Balloon Protect Split the children into equal groups. Give each group on balloon that the group have to huddle round and protect. The aim of the game is to burst the other groups’ balloons while protecting your own. Challenge: Tower Building Give each group a stash of newspaper and cellotape and 5 minutes to build the highest tower that is able to stand on its own. Memory Verse Jigsaw Print the following verses onto card twice and create a jigsaw. Cut out the pieces. Split the children into two groups and make it a race to see who can complete the jigsaw first. “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work. If one of them falls down, the other can help them up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” Questions Is two people...