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. (Please note that we are not responsible for the content of any external websites.)
In addition, you can also follow Bible Studies 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. As it's coming up to Easter, Brian will be starting with the four gospels.
Click on the link to follow each week:
Bible Study with Brian:
Resources and links:
The Methodist Church in Britain's Children, Youth and Families team has developed a brand new journaling resource, 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.
'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. People of love, compassion, peace, forgiveness, and hope. People who try to do the right thing all of the time. Who act on the endless opportunities around us every day for good, beauty, and truth. It’s easy for us to sometimes get down on ourselves. To feel “not good enough” or feel like we don’t have what it takes. But maybe if we had more insight into the culture that Jesus grew up in and some of the radical thing he did, we’d understand the faith that God has in all of us.'
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.
This manual (by Haynes) was created 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.
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:
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.
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.
'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. We get hit with some form of pain out of nowhere leaving us feeling desperate and helpless. That's the way life is. Still, it makes us wonder how God can let these things happen to us. How God can just stand by and watch us suffer. Where is God when it really hurts? Maybe God is actually closer to us than we think. Maybe it's when we're in these situations, where everything seems to be falling apart. that God gets an opportunity to remind us of how much he really loves us.'
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.
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.
Creating Space for God at Home - create a space for God is a spiritual and mindful routine each day with your family unit
Connecting with God, Reassuring Children and Wellbeing - connecting with God and creating Space and time in the home
Online and Film Resources - uplifting videos that engage across age and community
General / additional resources - for equipping and empowering families for Faith Practices at Home Gathering moments in an intentional way
Educational sites for families whilst children and young people are off school:
This website provides 'weekly resources to enrich worship and learning all week every week'. Visit the website here.
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.