The Spiritual Child Network:



Awe and Wonder


Together on the Way


Children's Ministry Matters


Celebrating children's spirituality, their insights, experiences, gifts and questions.

Discovering ways we can travel alongside children on our shared Christian journey of faith.

Providing support, ideas and resources for those involved in children's ministry within a Christian context.

What's new:


Sensory Good Friday: Prayer stations that use our senses: sight, hearing, touch, taste and smell to experience Good Friday.


Seasonal material:


Tree of Life


How one church made their Christmas tree into a cross and used it throughout Lent, Holy Week and beyond. Click here

A Seasonal Journey


We decided to use the chancel to create a focus for Lent, which grew into an Easter garden, a well for Pentecost, and then flowed out into the rest of the church as the River of Life. Click here

Lent


Lent: Jesus in the Wilderness: An event for schools with reflective story telling and creative response. Special areas of the church were set up for the different stations: bread and stones, the pinnacle of the temple and the kingdoms of the world. This was also offered after school as part of our Footsteps project.

Under 5s: Pray and play stations for under 5s based on Jesus' experience in the wilderness. Including Jesus' baptism, bread or stones; the pinnacle of the temple and all the kingdoms of the world.

Lent focus: Creating a worship focus for Lent.

Lent books: "Weaving a journey through Lent" by Rachel Nicholls. How one family used this book during Lent.

Palm Sunday


Hosanna! an event for Palm Sunday: Drama, craft, worship and activities for all ages on Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday Liquid Worship Six stations including confession, prayer, word and reflection all based around the theme of Palm Sunday

Drama: A drama for Palm Sunday, based on the events of Holy Week from the entry into Jerusalem to the arrest of Jesus.

Good Friday


Prayer Stations 1: These ten prayer stations were used in an All Age Service on Good Friday. They include the triumphal entry into Jerusalem, Jesus in the temple, the Garden of Gethsemane and the Passion. Each station included a play activity (such as making a dove or a cross) and a prayer activity (lighting candles or making a knotted string whip).

Prayer Stations 2: The Way to the Cross: A look at the story of Good Friday from the point of view of the people who particiapted in it, including Judas, Simon Peter, Pilate, Simon of Cyrene and Mary.

Prayer Stations 3: These prayer stations were used as part of a Liquid Worship service for Good Friday. They include Jesus before Pilate, the road to Golgotha and the crucifixion... There were opportunities to taste vinegar, bang in nails and make crowns for Jesus the King

Reconciliation: Five different stations were used to reflect on the story of Good Friday. Each one was linked with the rebuilding of Coventry Cathedral after the second world war by using prayers, images and stories. There were opportunites for prayer and creative response.

Good Friday drama: An experiential drama for children that takes them through the events of Palm Sunday, Holy Week, Good Friday and Easter Day. Suitable even for very young children.

Sensory Good Friday: Prayer stations that use our senses: sight, hearing, touch, taste and smell to experience Good Friday.


What's where:


Spirituality Links to: Prayer; Godly Play; Sacred Space and Story

The Child in Church Links to: Thoughts on Worship; Services; Elements of Worship; Prayer Stations; Under 5s; Baptism; Holy Communion; Liturgy Boxes and Children's areas.

Seasons and Festivals The church year from Advent to Christ the King. Including Seasonal Journey from Lent to Pentecost and Tree of Life - using a Christmas tree cross from Christmas to Creation.

The Child and Community Links to: Children at home; Schools; Footsteps and Creative Church (reaching out to those who don't attend church); Wider Community and Special needs.