This page features some ideas and links to help families and children to connect with God, during the time when families are having to stay at home. It will be updated and refreshed regularly, so do keep checking it out.
Featured resource – new publication – Hedgehog stories 2020
One of our readers, Sara Ashley, wrote these charming hedgehog stores for her grandchildren. She is hoping that the stories will help children to discuss their feelings at this difficult time.
The stories have been beautifully illustrated by Sara’s daughter, Melanie. They make lovely bedtime tales for the young ones.
P the Hedgehog & Kevin the Hedgehog
Virtual Summer Holiday Club for children
Running for 6 weeks from 20th July
3 free Family Faith videos each week. 10mins of song, story + ideas to try at home with Rev Sue, Diane & Mr Hunter & some puppets.
To join us contact Rev’d Sue via firstname.lastname@example.org
Great Lockdown Video from Fischy Music
Fischy Music produce some of the great songs we use in assemblies and Family Time services.
Watch more Fischy Music songs at www.fischytunes.com
Fischy Music and the Lockdown Band bring you a brand new song “We Won’t Stop Singing”
Mr Hunter’s Prayer Thought 7 ‘The Work in Homework’
Another prayer thought from Mr Hunter (our churchwarden and a teaching assistant at Appley Bridge All Saints’ school). Mr Hunter shares a few jokes and some excellent advice for school children based on Proverbs 12:24.
Check out the Spring Harvest You Tube Channel for lots of excellent worship, devotionals, Bible Study and much more.
Our next Family Times is at 9am 12th July.
It was great to see so many folk at our on line Family Time on line on Sunday 14th June. We don’t know yet when restrictions will lift so we’ll keep Family Time on 2nd Sunday of the month either online or in church. If you’d like to be involved and are not on our email lists please contact us via our church email email@example.com
9th August: If we’re allowed by then, we’ve provisionally booked DJ Danny to bring his sound equipment for an outdoor service on the school fields 9th August. Picnic rugs for social distancing and brollies if needed! Watch this space and that day may start a bit later to allow the grass to dry!
Tots’ Time for children of 0-5yrs and their families; this is a live online service.
This is a new venture which was launched in June aimed at tots and the under fives. Safeguarding arrangements are in place.
30 minutes of action songs, story & play exploring God’s love. There will be another service in July. Joining details will be have been emailed out. If you’d like to be involved and are not on our email lists please contact us via our church email firstname.lastname@example.org
Diane and Barbara the Sheep – I am the Gate
Diane is feeling a bit sad as she has questions about the Bible and no-one to ask. After a few sheep jokes, Barbara the sheep gives Diane a sheep’s eye view of what Jesus meant when he said, “I am the gate for the sheep.”
The magazine we normally have in church with jokes, crosswords etc is available in an on-line edition from this link
Kids Read Matthew
The organisation Kids Read Truth have produced this super booklet for primary school aged. It short bite sized extracts from the Gospel of Matthew followed by colouring, quizzes and puzzles to help children to interact with the Gospel.
The Bible App – Featured App for Children
Check out this Bible App link to download this great app to help children to explore the stories of the Bible.
Some New Songs and Old Favourites
Let’s keep singing
Check out Youth for Christ Colouring It has both classy colouring sheets to download and some online colouring which is fun
New from Lifetree Kids
A new, beautifully illustrated, resource from Lifetree Kids called Notes from Jesus is now available. It reminds kids that Jesus enjoys their company, and he wants a lifelong friendship that deepens with each new conversation.
Lots of children and some adults find colouring calming.
Click here to download these lovely Bible colouring sheets
Guardians of Ancora is a 100% free game produced by Scripture Union and aimed mainly at children from 7 – 11. It is a downloadable to app for tablets and smartphones. It is biblically faithful and has no adverts or in-app purchases. It offers absorbing, immersive gameplay with new content added regularly. Click here for the Guardians of Ancora page which takes you to links for downloading the app.
Bible Podlets – New Family Bible Resource
Bible Podlets is a brand new resource from the Blackburn Diocese Board of Education. It is a podcast for primary aged children to listen to with adults so they can study and learn from the Bible together in a fun way. Click on this podlets link to go to their homepage, subscribe, download and listen.
Family Devotional Experience Pack from Lifetree Kids
This a great idea for busy families and unable to attend church due to closures and concerns from COVID-19. Provide your family with simple and meaningful devotional times that will help you grow in relationship with God and each other. It a free downloadable resource – you’ll need to give your email address. To get it click on this link – Lifetree Pack
We really love Lifetree Kids in Appley Bridge All Saints’ C of E Primary school assemblies – it may be a winner.