Junior Church at Home
Junior Church in person is coming back
Come and join us on 7 November when we will start back in church for real again with a bit of a party (well, Jesus approved of parties, although we're only likely to be turning water into orange squash!)
We're going to have to work out who is going to be able to come regularly - children as well as our leaders and helpers - so to start with we'll just run in person during the Sunday morning services on the first and third Sundays in the month. We're Methodists, we like a nice reassuring schedule!
You might already have heard from us, but otherwise if you'd like to know more, if you're planning to come but need encouragement, if you're offering to help, then get in touch. You can call the office, or email us directly using this inconspicuous little button.
Meanwhile, 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 Lord's 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?
Use the big orange button to send us anything else we should be sharing far and wide.
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!)
In case you need some practice before we finally get back into church properly here is our favourite song recorded by friends from Sutton Coldfield Baptist Church. They're good, aren't they!
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.
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.
The school holidays didn't last long, did they, but hey it's half term soon. We might not have been meeting each other but we have still been thinking about each other and we can still pray for each other. There's been a lot to get to grips with as well as all the uncertainties caused by the virus, the testing, and people (including sometimes ourselves) stuck in isolation. Whatever you're feeling about school or family, remember that you're never dealing with this on your own, and whatever you're feeling others are having the same thoughts and worries. Have a look at some these stories on the excellent Be Headstrong site.
Church is getting itself in gear with morning services again, and we're going to restart Junior Church on 7 November. To begin with we'll run every other Sunday rather than every week. In all honesty, we need to work out who is going to be coming - not just children but also leaders (some of us old fogeys might be young at heart but otherwise we're a bit old and creaky!) Come along on 7 November and catch up on everyone's news and share your own!
Ian will be looking for some moral support - as well as the loan of full protective biohazard gear - to extract and dispose of the biscuits that were marooned in the Seniors' cupboard in March last year of last when lockdown closed us down. Nobody has opened that cupboard since and we really don't know what to expect in there.
How about this brilliant version of Days of Elijah from Chris and Stephen at Sutton Coldfield Baptist Church. Play it loud!
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.