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 fantastic new resource, Home Schools Values helps schools communicate their Christian values to their parents or guardians and communities. It encourages engagement with key principles underlying Christian distinctiveness and ensures that stakeholders are on borard with the moral compasses that lie at the heart of Church schools.
This is an optional lesson which asks students to debate issues around sexual orientation. This is included in the diocese's "Love & Sex Matters" material as it was recommended under the curriculum review undertaken in 2010 (by the previous Government) that this topic be covered in KS3.
Our Resource Centre has lots of ideas for exploring and sharing what Easter is about. Why not come and see us to get some inspiration and practical things you can use?
Published this year, Phil Moore's 'Straight to the Heart' series is accessible, full of useful application and backed by substantial scholarship. The books are a great resource for daily devotions, house groups or as a preaching aid.
An incredibly lightweight, portable, easy-to-use PA system consisting of a pair of high-performance speakers with a built-in powered mixer. You can be set up and playing in a matter of minutes, and then packed away and on the road again with the same ease and speed when you're done.
Two quality microphones with leads and stands are also available at £5 for both.
A Playchute is just what the name suggests; a parachute design adapted for play by dispensing with accessories such as ropes and rigging, as it is only used at ground level. In the short term, a parachute provides a means of focusing a large group of people. It has a mystique and a promise of fun. It provides an immediate bond, it gets everyone working together regardless of age or ability, and everyone's contribution is valuable. In the longer term, it teaches responsibility, turn taking, social awareness, teamwork and co-operation. It also provides a series of activities in which there are lots of winners and no losers.
Air squares are made of rip-stop nylon. They are approximately 48" (1.2 m) cubed and can be filled with air making an exceedingly lightweight cube which can be manipulated by groups in a fun and co-operative way.
Makes 55mm diameter badges. Multi size circle cutter to cut out your designs to the correct shape and size. Components for badges come in packs of 50 at £12 per pack.
Simple, tactile and easy construction made of strong plastic transparent plastic pipes which are easily put together with plastic connectors. Children will enjoy exploring infinite possibilities in constructing their very own maze for balls to run through. Each piece locks together to create a pipe maze either vertically, horizontally or 3D. Once constructed, drop a ball from the highest hole and see which hole the ball will appear from the pipe maze.
Giant Connect 4 requires strategy, skill and of course a lot of luck. Players take turns to drop their counters into the frame with the intention of forming a line of 4, whilst doing so they must also prevent their opponent from making a line with their counters. Standing 1.1m tall and strikingly colourful, this game makes a real impact to any garden. Giant Connect 4 is made from hard wearing plastic for a long gaming life. Giant Connect 4 comes packed in a strong cardboard box with colour label. Weighs 16kg. Dimensions: 126.5 x 28.5 x 63.5cm.
Croqkick garden game takes the skill and tactics of croquet and adds the popularity of football to take the game into the 21st century. 6 giant croquet hoops form a course in the garden through which players compete to kick their coloured footballs and reach the winning post first. Players can choose to kick their opponents football off course on their way round or head straight for the winning post. Croqkick comes complete with 6 giant metal croquet hoops, 4 coloured footballs and a wooden winning post.
Football, cricket and badminton are all packed in one transportable canvas carry bag. Includes 1 x football and pump, 1 x cricket set, 1 x badminton set.
Each sack measures 40 inches high and 24 inches wide, so fits adults and children allowing racing fun for the whole family. Each sack is made from the best quality jute material and has double stitching with the strongest thread available, making them tough and durable.
The deluxe giant garden game. Made up of sixty giant wooden blocks, the idea is to take it in turns to remove the blocks one by one without knocking over the tower.
Eurohoc is a game which has action and excitement. Boys and girls of all ages can easily master the simple rules and skills. The game is safe, easy to learn and emphasises movement, rather than strength or height. The number of players varies to suit the size of the playing area available, whether on indoor surfaces or outdoors on tarmac or grass from 3-6 per side.
This Junior set contains:
• 6 red, 6 yellow sticks, 75cm shaft
• 4 x 9" cones
• 2 x balls
• 1 x set of rules
• 1 x holdall
As well as a wide range of plans for sessions from very young to young adult, graphic and illustrated Bibles, and help for children's and youth leaders, and much more - all available to borrow - there is also equipment for hire like a PA with microphones and indoor/outdoor games (click here to browse).
The Diocesan vision emphasises creating new communities and initiatives where Christ is central. St Augustine saw Christ’s role in the Trinity as ‘understanding’ - triangulating memory (the Father) and will (the Holy Spirit). The Centre’s first aim is to promote and equip a better understanding of the Christian faith.
Just as Christ is ‘understanding’, He is also humanity. The Resource Centre intends to be more than a physical place with materials of spiritual value - it’s also about people and the Centre can be a network.
Maybe you’d benefit in your role or at your church from professional advice or training from Diocesan staff. Perhaps you have a need, or something to offer, or are looking for ways to ‘put your faith to work’. The Centre may be able to point you in the right direction. Get in touch!
Our most popular items with teachers are the project boxes tailored to match locally agreed RE syllabuses. They contain a mixture of selected books, posters and artefacts. Boxes can be assembled on demand or matched to a teacher’s specific needs e.g. LA scheme of work, year group, specific subject matter. Teachers may pre-order project boxes for the whole year or on an ad hoc basis. Each box can be borrowed for between 6 and 12 weeks.
A list of the ready-assembled project boxes at the Centre is downloadable below. There are 'generic' boxes to cover a subject for a year group (e.g. Judaism for Key Stage 1) as well as boxes fitting the Awareness, Mystery and Value scheme of work (e.g. Key Stage 2 Unit 2 How Should We Live and Who Can Inspire Us?). Links to lesson plans for some syllabus units are also available on the website - How Should We Live and Who Can Inspire Us? for example.