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 had some good fun in Advent and over Christmas and we're looking forward to seeing what God has in store for us in 2022. 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.

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.

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.

Explore the Bible - free resources from Bible Society.

For those keen on word searches ... hundreds of them here and even more than that on this link!

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.

In case you feel out of practice after not being in 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. (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.

Watch the illumination show at Disneyland Paris - Click here to find their new Spring lights show on their Facebook page or here to watch a previous show on YouTube from 2018.

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.

Hi Seniors

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. Omicron isn't helping, though we all know more Greek letters now than just alpha and omega. Sadly, guidance on masks and other precautions is also a bit fluid at the moment. For now, Junior Church in person will be limited to alternate Sundays.

 

Back by popular demand from last year - well OK, Ian really likes it and he has control of the website - this fab acapella performance. What's amazing about this is that there are just five of them, no musicians, no backing track, no special acoustics (they're just in an ordinary room like the one we meet in a church) but they are praising God like a full size choir. You have to hear them to believe it. If you like this, Ian can teach you the words. Sadly, Ian's singing has not improved however.

Test your puzzling skills  

BIBLEWORDS

 

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.

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