Services, activities and ideas for Christian festivals.
A Common Worship Service of the Word for Candlemas, celebrating those who have been baptised in the past year.
A service of the Word for Harvest Festival using Common Worship.
A Christingle service of the Word using Common Worship.
Resources ideas for Mothering Sunday, Lent and Easter from National Children’s Officer, Mary Hawes.
Does your church run a Lent course? Who is invited? Are the children involved? Perhaps there are activities related to Lent in your children’s programme, but you do not think of them as a 'Lent course'.
This booklet is an attempt to capture in our children’s work that sense of structured preparation over a six week period which is a feature of the traditional Lent Course. Some of the material contains practical suggestions for activities with children, but many of the sections are sketches and focuses, rather than fully worked session plans - in this way they could perhaps provide inspiration for parallel adult sessions.
Worship ideas for an Easter Communion Service (following the structure of Common Worship, Order One).
Here's a roundup of websites and themes:
what would you like to give as a gift this harvest?
food not famine (World Vision)
drought in India (Christian Aid)
drought-stricken countries (Tearfund)
the Amazon rainforest (USPG)
There is also ‘Together for a Season – volume 3’ which contains a section on ‘celebrating God’s providence’, including a Harvest Eucharist.
This resource contains notes and a resource list for each of the following four aspects of Christmas: advent, nativity, craft and stories.
Download Christmas notes
The Children's Society has worked with Lucy Moore, the Messy Church Team Leader, to produce a Messy Church Christingle. In partnership with the Boy's Brigade a special Youth Group Christingle has also been developed. And Christingle Express has a service outline, selection of activity ideas, prayers, scripture readings and sermon ideas. Find these and all the usual resources on www.christingle.org.
Here today - gone tomorrow !
We know that these days, often through no fault of their own, some children can’t be relied on to turn up every week over a rehearsal period – or even to turn up for the performance itself! What can be done about it?