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.

Ideas, reflections and resources for the time of the pandemic:


Footsteps at a distance: Staying connected to children and families who have little or no contact with church during the time of the coronavirus.

R.E. at home: What can children do at home to support the R.E. curriculum?

Thoughts on Zoom: Reflecting on using Zoom with children and families for community, storytelling and response.

What's where:


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

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

Seasonal 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.

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

Schools Including links to Events; R.E days; Godly Play in School; Prayer

Seasonal material:


Christmas


Crib service 1: Bethlehem and beyond The story is told using crib figures and includes a procession to show that the nativity is not just about a baby in a manger but leads on to Jesus' ministry, death and resurrection.

Crib service 2: Travelling together A retelling of the Nativity story focussing on journeying together with people from all times and places as they try to follow Jesus.

Crib service 3: Who is welcome at the Crib? Is it the outcast shepherds, the powerful wise men, the busy executive, the family returning from the foodbank or the noisy children?

Crib service 4: Light in the dark: A crib service that starts at the very beginning with the story of Creation and shows the birth of Jesus as part of God's relationship with his people

Carols for under 5s: Carols for small children set to well known nursery rhyme tunes.

The legend of the poinsettia: The story of two children who had nothing to give to the Christ child.

Epiphany


Epiphany Liquid Worship Prayer stations to celebrate the visit of the wise men, reflecting on gifts, journeying and the Christmas king.

Candlemas


Candlemas Workshop Telling the story of Candlemas with a variety of responses including decorating candles and doves.

Candlemas Under 5s The story of Candlemas adapted for pre-schoolers