Here's a collection of material to help us be Junior Church at home.
Anything we've underlined is a link to more details.
There's good stuff for grown-ups on the Worship at Home Page, and you may be surprised by how much we can all do together, so check that out.
We could join the grown-ups in our Circuit who decided earlier in the first lockdown to stop every day at midday (or at 9.00 am on Sundays) to say the Lord's Prayer together. Maybe you could learn it in British Sign Language? Or if you are feeling creative, perhaps you could colour one of these pictures of the Lord's Prayer, or - better still - make your own.
Seniors, are you up for learning the prayer in French? Or how about texting it? Can you do better than this version? dad@hvn, ur spshl. we want wot u want, & urth2b like hvn. giv us food & 4giv r sins lyk we 4giv uvaz. don't test us! save us! bcos we kno ur boss, ur tuf & ur cool 4 eva! ok?
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Junior Church by Zoom every Sunday at 4.00 pm
Give this a try if you haven't already. It's a half hour of fun every week for primary school children and their parents. Click here for the Church's guidelines on using Zoom.
Tune into God
In 2021, join with children and young people across the country, by stopping to pray and listen to God on Fridays at 5.17 pm.
This video tells you all you need to know!
Want some peace to talk to God? Download and print the Do Not Disturb door hanger. (Don't worry seniors, there's a copy that's already coloured in - we know some people are too cool to crayon!)
Resources for Junior Church
Get Bible Stories For Children, on your computer, phone or tablet, including related colouring pages you can print out.
Download the Bible App for Kids from Bible.com.
The Beginners Bible has lots of free puzzles and colouring pages here.
Explore the Bible - free resources from Bible Society.
Roots On The Web are making materials available for free each week, including some lovely activity sheets.
Illustrated Ministry have great children's worship material, which at present is available free. Click here to register for them to email you material every week.
How do you fancy Messy Church at Home? There's tons of great ideas and materials here.
Visit the YouTube channel of All Souls Church in London here for really inspirational stories and activities aimed at what they call Scramblers (aged 2-4), Climbers (aged 4-7) and Explorers (aged 7-11).
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Stuff we can do at home
We get a lot of Junior Church materials from Scripture Union, who are great. They have lots of activity videos on YouTube. Try one below, and if you click here you can watch them all on YouTube and subscribe to their channel so you don't miss them as they come out.
We've really enjoyed some videos and podcast stories too that have been produced by St Mark's primary school in Farnborough.
Revd Phil Warrey from the Herefordshire (South & East) Circuit has been producing some videos showcasing his puppets. Have a look at the S Club Playlist on his YouTube channel here. (No, not that S Club!)
Many of the links we collected for the Summer holidays are still available below if you have a favourite, or if there's something you wish you had tried out. We're probably not going to be out and about for the next few weekends. We all sometimes need a break.
How about a free show from Cirque du Soleil? Click here and and settle back to be amazed.
Or maybe a trip to the Zoo ... in Australia! Click here to be flown straight there. Try out the talks from the keepers too. Or maybe in America? Click here for the animal webcams at the Smithsonian Zoo (the panda webcam is awesome!)
While you're in the mood for some travel, Google Treks allows you to journey to more than 20 famous and beautiful places all around the world - like the Grand Canyon, the Amazon Basin (the one in Brazil, not the large bowl you ordered online), Everest Base Camp, or the Burj Khalifa, and The World At Home takes you on tours around loads of famous places, and you can check out tours they've already done here.
How about a virtual tour around a museum? Click here to pick which one you feel like visiting today.
Lots of games, jokes and videos from Sesame Street. No we didn't know they were still around either!
Feel like travelling even further afield? Try NASA at home for a mammoth collection of games, videos, activities and fun.
What have you done that you think other people might like? Got any cool links? Get in touch and let us know by clicking the big orange button above.
Still strange and a bit lonely, isn't it. Most of us are back at home again. There's a video on this page that Manchester University made after speaking to lots of young people about their Lockdown experiences, worries, plans etc. A lot of people's worries and problems have been similar, and so have the things people have found helpful. Give it a look, it's less than five minutes.
It would be great if we could get together and share some of our experiences. It's not just the loneliness and isolation, is it. Some have had to struggle through exams with all this added stress - if that's you then know that we have been praying for you. People have missed out on things that are really important to them or that they have been expecting to be a part of their school journey - doing some volunteering or work experience, trips and holidays, end of term plays, proms, college open days.
There's still no date for when we will start to have in-person church back (lots of vulnerable people in church congregations, and standing in groups singing is a high risk activity). So we're still Junior Church At Home. Which means fewer people to chat to, as well as providing your own cookies, all of which sucks, obviously.
But it doesn't mean we're not thinking about each other though. And it definitely doesn't mean any of us have to feel alone. So do stay in touch. Stay in touch with your friends, of course. Get in touch with Ian if you need anything (all your parents have his number/email), even if all you need is someone different to talk to. But especially, keep in touch with God. Remember that He's not in Lockdown, He's truly happy to hear from you any time, and if you listen out He will make it a conversation.
We were in Lent last year when things all changed. That's why there's still that packet of oat cookies in the cupboard in Room 2, which may by now be a biohazard. Ian got them in case anyone had given up chocolate - fat chance, as it turned out! Now it's Lent again. Lent's a time for us to remember when Jesus was tempted in the desert and for us to prepare ourselves for Easter. Often people do that by denying themselves something they really like, but maybe you'd like to try something different this year? How about joining Ian in reading through Luke's Gospel - it's less than a chapter a day - either in the NIV version we usually use or how about in the Message?
If you watched the Circuit service on 21 February you will have heard singers from Stockland Green Methodist Church singing "Before the Throne of God Above". We don't sing that often, but it's one of Ian's favourites. He especially likes SonicFlood's live version - listen here with the sound turned up good and loud!
Our friends at Sutton Coldfield Baptist Church have a great worship group and they have put a lot of music on their YouTube channel. Check our their channel and see if you recognise anyone. There are dozens of tracks, but this is the one that made Ian feel particularly blessed.
Test your puzzling skills
We've put this on both of the "at home" pages because this is amazingly good. You might have known already that Revd Stephen has written maths books, but who knew that Revd Stephen also writes a mean Bible quiz!
He has a collection of clever puzzles to test your wits and see if you can find your way around your Bible. One day these might be a book, but generously Revd Stephen has allowed us to put them up here on the website. The deal is - if he does publish this, you have to give him a brilliant review on Amazon - OK? (No, just kidding!)
They are called BIBLEWORDS. Just click the picture to download the whole lot.
See if you can solve one of these "old school" by just printing out the page and tackling it armed only with a pencil and your Bible. But don't worry if you can't - Revd Stephen has given you lots of help towards the back of the book.