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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

 

The New Testament: Understanding the Biblical Narrative in 28 Short Videos - Landon MacDonald

Join Pastor Landon on this exploration of the Bible, book by book and help your young people to grow an understanding of 'what each book is and how it connects to the overall story.'

Access the full programme     |     Watch the videos on YouTube

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

youthscape.co.uk - How to be an anti-racist youth leader

What is anti-racism and how can youth leaders open up this conversation in their work with young people? Natalie Evans, co-founder of the social media platform @everydayracism_, draws on her experience.

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)

'Wherever he went, whatever he did, Jesus started discussions about what matters most, because for Jesus, God is always inviting us to open our eyes and join in. NOOMA is an invitation to search, question, and join the discussion. 

Access the full series here     |     Watch the videos on YouTube

Not A Fan by Kyle Idleman (YouTube)

'He was looking for followers. Not just any follower though, but a... COMPLETELY. COMMITTED. FOLLOWER. How would things change if you lived as Jesus lived, and loved the way He loved? Maybe you're ready to join the hundreds of people who have stepped across a line and said: I am not a fan.'

Watch the videos on YouTube

Other channels

Jefferson Bethke

Friends and Heroes (children's animated Bible stories)

The Well Learning Hub