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 the choice of which one to complete. Animal Mask Templates Activity: How big was the Ark? Provide measuring equipment, such as a trundle wheel and encourage children to measure out how large the ark would have been, according to the measurements in the Bible. Puzzle: Fox, Goose, and Beans Once upon a time a farmer went to a market and purchased a fox, a goose, and a bag of beans. On his way home, the farmer came to the bank of a river and rented a boat. But in crossing the river by boat, the farmer could carry only himself and a single one of his purchases: the fox, the goose, or the bag of beans. If left unattended together, the fox would eat the goose, or the goose would eat the beans. The farmer’s challenge was to carry himself and his purchases to the far bank of the river, leaving each purchase intact. How did he do it? Solution: The first step must be to take the goose across the river, as any other will result in the goose or the beans being eaten. When the farmer returns to the original side, he has the choice of taking either the fox or the beans across next. If he takes the fox across, he would...
Children’s Session: Creation

Children’s Session: Creation

This is the first post in a series of children’s sessions journeying through the Bible that I have 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.  Activities are provided for before the Sunday service as a way of introducing the theme for that day.   Session Aim: To introduce children to the story of creation to explore that we are made in the imagine of a creative God provide an opportunity to develop creative skills Before the Service Team Activity: Newspaper Tower Building Working in groups how high can they build the tower using the newspapers? It must be able to stand on its own. Paper Spinners Template: Spinner template Either print out two circles from the templates above OR get a small paper plate (approx 10-12cm in diameter and draw two circles). Colour in your circles any way you wish. The colours will “mix” on any concentric circles. (see video for the effect). Be bold and experiment with different designs and patterns. Cut our your circles. Stick the first circle on some cardboard. Cut out the cardboard circle now. Stick the second circle on to the back. Make two small holes (approx 1cm apart, if not 8mm) on either side of the centre of the circle – the templates have markings for this. Thread string approx 40cm in length through and tie. During the Service Sometimes children will have sat for quite a long time during the opening of the church service. I always tried to start with quite an active...
Animation: The Story of Joseph

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 school. 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...
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 school. 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: 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: Experience_ECCO 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: Jonah

Video: Jonah

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