Junior Church at Home
Junior Church in person is back
So, we're back. For the moment, we're running every other Sunday (the first and third Sundays of the month) during the Sunday morning service. We'll break for the Summer after the third Sunday in July (which is 17 July). We're meeting all together at the moment, rather than in the separate age groups we used to have, because most of us who are regularly back in church are around the same age (5-11 ish) but we're keeping everything under review.
If you'd like to know more, if you're thinking about it 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.
And on this page there's a collection of material to help us be Junior Church at home.
Anything we've underlined is a link to more details.
Have we missed something that you think we should be sharing? Use the big orange button to send us anything else we should be sharing far and wide.
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.
For those keen on word searches ... hundreds of them on this link!
Roots On The Web are making materials available for free each week, including some lovely activity sheets.
How do you fancy Messy Church at Home? There's tons of great ideas and materials here.
Tell us if you recommend anything else
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.
In case you feel out of practice here is our favourite song recorded by friends from Sutton Coldfield Baptist Church. They're good, aren't they!
Many of the links we originally 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. (This link is still getting plenty of traffic - we think a lot of mums and dads like it.)
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. (This is another link that gets a lot of traffic we suspect is mostly mums and dads.)
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.
So, we're finally back in church together, those of us who are around. Those of us who are at college now - don't forget to come and say hello when you're back. We miss you, but we hope you're having a fantastic time.
It might be a while before everything feels properly normal in church but each week feels like a step closer. For now, Junior Church in person will be limited to alternate Sundays, but you'll be very welcome if you can come.
Ian has discovered a guy on YouTube called Joseph The Dreamer. Check out his channel here. As a taster here are his top tips for reading the Bible.
In the service Fitz led recently we heard a moving and beautiful rendition of the Blessing. You might remember that - in a great outpouring of the world church's heart - countless versions of this lovely sung prayer were recorded and shared online at the beginning of the Covid pandemic.
As a reminder that dark times always pass, here is the original version of the UK Blessing.
And in case you are in any doubt that when we talk about the world church we really do mean the church in action in every nook and cranny of the world, here is the same prayer sung by 12,000 Christians in 154 nations using 257 different languages.