Children and Families Ministry

Cover of the July/August Faith at Home Resources from Messy Church


This excellent list of resources is from a newsletter compiled by Chris Barnett from the Intergenerational Ministry - Children & Families team at equipping Leadership for Mission (eLM) in the Synod of VIC/TAS.

NEW Faith at Home resources

Faith at Home: Resources from Messy Church (UCA)

Faith at Home: Six Spiritual Traditions series (UCA)

Encouraging faith at home ideas (CRCNA)

Inspire session (Kitchen Table Project)

Church at Home 4 (Grow Ministries)

Very Practical Ideas

Helpful resources (Bible Society)

Games for all ages via Zoom (Building Faith)

Bible stories and sensory engagement (CRCNA)

Children & Families ministry resources (BUNSW)

Resources for home and lockdown (John Hardwick)

Intergenerational Ministry

Engage Together: Aug-Sep (UCA)

Intergenerational ministry podcasts (UCA)

1-page “tasters” re InterGenerate book (UCA)

Dave Csinos August 25 Webinar (InterGenerate AUS)

10 Ways to strengthen intergenerational worship (CRCNA)

Tools you might find useful

 Thinking routines for Bible engagement (PZ Harvard)

Anchor – free tool for creating podcasts

Padlet – collaboration tool

Star Wars “crawl” Creator

Canva – free design tool

Via Messy Church

Get Messy! Magazine Sep-Dec (Messy Church)

Messy Science: Money (Messy Church)

Messy Church at Home: Money (Messy Church)

Messy Church at Home: Bible Trees (Messy Church)

Pinterest Board: Messy Church at Home (Messy Church)

COVID Corner - Storybooks

 On-line stories (Mountain Masala)

Story Box Library (Story Box)

Windows (Patrick Guest)

Birdie and the virus (Queensland Health)

Time to come in, bear (Kim St. Lawrence)

 Covid Corner - Articles

Synchronous hybrid virtual worship (UCA)

The new Sunday morning (Barna Research)

The post-Covid Church? (Ministry Matters)

Overcoming mission paralysis (Ministry Matters)

Impact of lockdown on youth engagement (All Churches, UK)

Special Days & Seasons

The Children & Families website now contains a section of resources for Special Days and Seasons. Scroll to the Special Days and Seasons button to check out ideas for…

Aug 4    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day

Sep 6     Father’s Day

Oct 31   Halloween/All Hallows’ Eve

Nov 11  Remembrance Day

Make it Messy! Online Conference Saturday August 22, 3.30pm – 5pm

Make it Messy! will assist those already engaged in Messy Church, churches contemplating beginning a Messy Church and people genuinely curious about the Messy Church phenomenon, take the next step in their Messy Journey.

During our time together via Zoom there will be ample opportunity to share your hopes, fears and ideas around Messy Church in our current, ever-changing, context. There will also be opportunity to engage with, learn from and be encouraged by a range of experienced Messy Church leaders. It’s FREE, but registration is required!

 Yours Faithfully,


If you appreciate the kind of content that regularly appears in this Monthly Update, let me encourage you to engage with the NEW Children and Families Ministry fb page. A valuable tool for you, it would be fantastic if you could also encourage as many leaders as possible from across your denomination/organisation, networks and other connections to follow, like and do whatever it is that people do with fb.

Contact details for Chris Barnett:
Intergenerational Ministry - Children & Families

equipping Leadership for Mission
29 College Cres Parkville 3052
t  (03) 9340 8806  | f  (03) 9340 8805