Reaching those who engage in youth and children’s work is paramount to the work of Dan Jones, the Youth and Children’s Adviser. ‘Newslink’ is a free newsletter produced by Dan three times a year at Easter, Harvest and Christmas, providing youth and children’s leaders with relevant articles, stories, ideas, new resources and training opportunities in and around the diocese. Read the latest and back issues here.
A Wet and Windy Harvest for Puddles is a must to support topic work on Harvest celebrations in school or nursery settings. It is designed to capture the interest and imagination of children through the adventures of Puddles – a very mischievous cat.
Are you trying to think of what to do for that Harvest Thanksgiving rapidly approaching? Well, here are a few ideas from Barnabas to get you started...
Are you trying to think of what to do for that Harvest Thanksgiving rapidly approaching? Well, CCYP published a great list of ideas to help you:
Harvest – A, B, Seed
Harvest – The Bible in Fruit
Harvest – God is a faithful Gardener
Harvest – Presentation on where food comes from
Harvest – Ruth 2
Harvest – Seed confession
Harvest – Some Harvest craft ideas for use with the under 5s
Harvest – Thank You Day – Footsteps to the Feast for Harvest
Harvest – The sower
Harvest – The widow’s offering – a nursery rhyme version
The Autumn newsletter for schools contains creative ideas for harvest celebrations, articles on RE and resources, and lots of inspirational quotes and prayers.
We are extremely proud to announce that St. Chad's Patchway C. of E. Primary School in South Gloucestershire has been named as Wales and West Regional Winner of the Church School Awards 2011!
"This award is partly the result of our school's commitment to Community Cohesion and Global Citizenship, as well as our commitment to promoting Christian values throughout our community," said a school representative.
St. Chad’s has demonstrated the whole of the school community is aware of the vital role they play in nurturing the local and wider community. The Staff and Governors have developed a clearly defined school vision: 'To be a happy learning community based on Christian values which enables all children to reach their full potential.'
How can faith inspire someone to help others and live a life of self-sacrifice? Children from St Barnabas Church of England Primary School in Montpelier, Bristol look at this in a film they made about the Sisters of the Church in St. Paul's. You can now see this film online.
Persona dolls are a great way to introduce young children to ideas like other religions. Elizabeth is a Christian persona doll. Downloadable here is a series of sessions designed for use with a persona doll to explore Christianity through special times (Baptism, Christmas, Easter, Harvest, prayer) special places (nature/creation, church), special books (the Bible) and special people (Jesus). Also available here is a PowerPoint presentation of Elizabeth's church.