Family resources & Messy Church

Zoom Christingle Service

This year our Christingle Service will take place on Sunday 31st January at 3.30pm.

While it will be a shame that we won’t all be able to gather together to make our Christingles, we are offering the option of ‘Christingle in a Bag’ – make your own at home during a short service thinking about them and lighting the candles altogether.

So we know how many bags to make up, and in line with safeguarding guidelines around Zoom, please could you fill in the form below or email Rev Joe, and let us know how many you would like, plus who is planning on joining in the service no later than the 24th January. We can then create the packs and sort our collection.

Regarding the service, please note in completing this form you are agreeing that:
• a responsible adult will be present throughout.
• my child and any household members will be wearing appropriate clothing.
• any device(s) used for the session must be in an appropriate area of my home i.e. not in bedrooms.
• language must be appropriate at all times including that of any family members in the background.
• photography, videoing or recording is prohibited.
• your camera will be on throughout.

Messy Church – as we sadly can’t meet up for ‘fun, food, faith and fellowship’, our friends at BRF have put together monthly crafts, games and worship for you to undertake your own session at home! When you’ve done any of these activities please take a picture and share it to our Facebook page!

It’s wonderful that Claudia has produced two fantastic videos for you to undertake your own Messy Church activities at home! Superhero lollipops and sponge boats – how about giving them a go and sharing your finished creations on our Facebook page?!

Collective Worship – Please join Rev Joe and Olivia for our weekly time of Collective Worship. This half term our value is Perseverance. Past videos can be found on our YouTube channel.

Resources for families

One Way UK have collated a whole list of resources and sites to help families connect with God especially in this time of uncertainty and self-isolation. Head over to their website to check it out:

On their page you will find many links to Facebook groups, videos, activities and worship for children of all ages. There is a whole wealth of sites including talking to your children about coronavirus and special prayers to say.

For those who want to undertake worship as a family but are unsure what to do, then we recommend Worship for Everyone (great videos of all-age worship, teaching and fun with Nick & Becky Drake) and Rend Collective (a social distance worship club from a great worship band!).

Lectionary based resources:

Roots on the Web – Weekly resources to enrich worship and learning (currently free to access).

Jesus Without Language – church at home printables, crafts and games.

Illustrated Ministry – free, weekly, faith formation resources for all-ages.