Resources for Youth and Children Layworkers

In light of government instruction to socially distance ourselves from others, and in conjunction with the Methodist Church's decision to suspend all Sunday worship services, face to face interaction with out children, young people, young adults and families within our churches will also need to temporarily end. However, this does not mean that we stop connecting with those people, rather we need to connect is a different way, using new resources and channels. 

 

With that in mind, Brian Smith, our Youth and Children's Coordinator, has put together a wide range of resources and links to various websites that will be useful to you during this time.You can find these listed below. Resources and links are also available as a downloadable PDF now updated with YouTube videos and resources).

(Please note that we are not responsible for the content of any external websites).

Bible Study Resources

Bible Study with Brian: 

a weekly series of bible studies sourced from The Youth Cartel and Pastor Landon. Each one comes with a link to the YouTube video, as well as discussion questions to ask your children, young people and young adults, remotely. 

Week 1

Week 2

Week 3

Week 9

Week 15

Week 4

Week 10

Week 16

Week 12

Creative Bible Study

Here you will find seven children's Bible lessons that use the familiarlity and fun of comic heroes along with truths from God's Word, to help children learn how they can stand firm and be a hero for God.

 
 

Useful Websites

youthworksupport.co.uk

This website is designed to bring together relevant advice, guidance, support and tools for youth workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. You will be able to find resources to help you and young people:

  • keep calm        

  • stay connected         

  • be safe

​Each of these areas has downloadable resources and links to other useful sites to support youth workers or use with young people. 

Please note that this site is being continually updated. 

youthscape.co.uk/coronavirus

This special section of the Youthscape website has been created as a place for the youth ministry tribe to come together - a place to share a few ideas and resources, lots of your stories and signpost you to helpful content from all over the youth work world. Please note that this page is being continually updated.

yfc.co.uk/together (Youth for Christ)

This website provides free resources and tutorials designed to show Jesus in a way that is relevant to every young person in Britain including:

Roots - Worship and learning resources for the whole Church

This website provides 'weekly resources to enrich worship and learning all week every week'. Visit the website here.

Methodist Church - Mission during the coronavirus pandemic: Talking to Young People

Resources for Holy Week

The Methodist Church in Britain's Children, Youth and Families team has developed a brand new journalling resource, A Holy Week Journey for young people, as well as suggested activities for children and families to do together over each of the eight days.

You will be able to use specially created resources from the Faith and Order Committee including The Way of the Cross, based around the stations of the cross and downloadable for use at home. A service of light and darkness adapted for home use has been uploaded, along with versions of the Love Feast for Maundy Thursday and Easter Day and a resource for spiritual communion. To access these resources please click here.

Worship Sheets

Short acts of worship at a time of church closure to help you spend a few moments with God, knowing that other people are sharing this act of worship with you.

Home Learning and Online Safety

Home activity packs from Thinkuknow

As a means to support parents during the coronavirus, Thinkuknow has created home activity packs with simple 15 minute activities that can be done with children to support their online safety. The packs are released fortnightly and suitable from early years to 14+. Visit the website for more information and to access the resources.

Mentoring Manual

This manual was created by Brian Smith to provide an opportunity for home study and guided learning to equip those wishing to mentor children and young people. You can access the manual here.

Guidance from Thinkyouknow (educational arm of the Child Exploitation and Online Protecion Agency (CEOP)

At a time when schools are closed, more children and young people will be going online. Below if guidance about keeping your child / young person safe online whilst they are off school.

Educational sites for families whilst children and young people are off school:

 
 

YouTube Videos

Nooma Series by Rob Bell (YouTube)

Nooma Tomato by Rob Bell:'With everything that we've got going on every day, how many of us ever think about our breathing, about the meaning of breathing? 

Nooma Breathe by Rob Bell:'With everything that we've got going on every day, how many of us ever think about our breathing, about the meaning of breathing? 

Nooma Rhythm by Rob Bell:'What does it mean to have a relationship with God? What does it look like? For a lot of us it's a hard thing to fully understand.

Nooma Kickball by Rob Bell:'We always think we know what’s missing from our lives in order to really make us happy, don’t we?

Nooma Dust by Rob Bell:'Believing in God is important, but what about God believing in us? Believing that we can actually be the kind of people we were meant to be.

Nooma Rain by Rob Bell:'Things don't always work out the way we want them to, or the way we think they will. Sometimes we don't even see it coming.

Not A Fan Bible Studies by Kyle Idleman

Download the study guide

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Week Five: Dead Mens' Bones

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Watch the video

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Week Six: Decision Time

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Watch the video

Other channels

Friends and Heroes (children's animated Bible stories)

Ethos by Youth for Christ

Socially Distant Worship Club (Rend  Collective)

 

Skills in Theological Reflection from Jessica Dalton at the Learning Network

Here are a few resources to aid our own theological reflection, and that of the folk we work with during our time of social distancing.

  • This page, from Durham University, has a wealth of videos discussing the importance of theological reflection, what is is and how to do it, produced as part of their common awards scheme. The contributions are from leading specialists and the page also has some suggestions for further reading, if that's your thing.

  • After Sunday is a website full of resources for questioning and reflection. It has a real focus on enabling lay vocation for theology and embedding it in every day life.

  • I also recommend Living the Questions, for those looking for a DVD resource for individual or group study during this period.

  • I have prepared a resource for theological reflection based on the Methodist Quadrilateral. These are as follows:

They can be used for small groups or shared with networks for personal devotion and study. Do let me know how you use them! An introduction to the Methodist Quadrilateral can be found here.

 

Blob Guide to Social Distancing

These images are a collection of immediate visual responses to the unfolding events of the dramatic pandemic sweeping our world. COVID19 has caused the closure of businesses, the end of international holidaying, the suspension of normal schooling, and taken the lives of hundreds of thousands around the world. As the battle for lives is being fought in hospitals throughout the world, researchers desperately seek a vaccine to prevent further spread and protect the entire human race from this current contagion taking the lives of millions.

 

Each of the illustrations has been developed to stimulate conversation on the areas which affect most of the population. It doesn't get too specific about treatments, theories of origin, finances and many more important issues. Each image is a starting point for a small group or large group conversation. Opposite the black and white illustration, each sheet has several general questions relating to the image that could be used. These are starting questions, and may need adapting for the age group that you are working with. The black and white image is suitable for photocopying and distributing to those who you are working with. With it being on white paper, the image is easier to annotate or colour in.

The scientific understanding on this issue is constantly improving which is why this book wouldn’t purport to be a scientific summary of the issues so far. What this book is focusing upon is the emotional reaction to the situation. For many, their mental and emotional health has been turned upside down by anxiety about catching the virus, and depression about not being able to see their friends and family.

 

As in most big issues, the need to talk in an open environment is important, even once we finally leave the Lockdown phase. We hope that these images will enable both children and adults to share their feelings and to grow in their understanding of how fear, as well as the virus itself, can cause a widespread problem. Ian and Pip

Blob Helping Those in Isolation (.docx)

Blob Key Workers (.docx)

Blob Lockdown (.docx)

Blob Responses to COVID-19 (.docx)

Blob School (.docx)

Blob Stay Healthy in a Lockdown (.docx)

Blob Walk Near Home (.docx)

Blob After the Lockdown (.docx)

Blob Culture of COVID-19 (.docx)

Blob Emotional Cycle of COVID-19 (.docx)

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