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? Resources for Lent and Easter.

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:


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.

Sensory Lent: An All Age event for Lent. "Into the wilderness" uses our senses: sight, hearing, touch, smell and taste to look at different aspects of Lent, including Shrove Tuesday, Jesus' baptism and his experience in the wilderness.

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.

Mothering Sunday


Drama: Hannah's story divided into three scenes which can be spaced across the service: her meeting with Eli in the temple, the birth of Samuel and taking Samuel to the temple.

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.

Holy Week


Under 5s: Pray and play stations to help under 5s engage with the story of Holy Week and Easter.

Taste and See: Stations for Holy Week based on our sense: taste, sight, smell, hearing and touch.

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 participated 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.

Easter


Easter gardens: Creating a variety of different sized Easter gardens

Easter focus: Making a worship focus for Easter

Prayer focus: An Easter prayer focus was created by an 80 year old and a 10 year old working together.

Resurrection eggs: Colourful plastic or wooden eggs help children engage with the Easter story. Each egg has a text and a symbol - for example a palm leaf for Palm Sunday and a dove for Jesus in the temple.