Children and Families Ministry
These resources are compiled by Chris Barnett from the Intergenerational Ministry - Children & Families team at equipping Leadership for Mission (eLM) in the Synod of Vic/Tas. Thanks Chris for this valuable resource!
1. Preparing for Advent Wednesdays Nov 10, 17, 24 via Zoom
Looking for Advent ideas? Keen to be a bit more creative this Advent season? If so, this FREE 3-session Preparing for Advent series is for you! Suitable for anyone – including, but not limited to, ministers, pastors and lay preachers - multiple sessions of one hour in duration will be offered each day/evening (Nov 10, 17, 24). To register your interest and indicate your preferred timeslots, go to 2021 Preparing for Advent. For more information e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. Holiness & Humanness (Intergenerational Resources)
Oct 31 Hebrews 9:11-14 Bible focus & Prayer focus
Nov 7 Hebrews 9:24-28 Bible focus & Prayer focus
Nov 14 Hebrews 10:11-14 Bible focus & Prayer focus
Holiness and Humanness Call to Worship & Confession
Download the entire Oct/Nov resource for FREE via Holiness and Humanness
3. Advent Resources
Advent: Something is Coming! – fb live recording (UCA)
Advent: Something is Coming! – FREE download (Intergen)
Rags to Riches: an intergenerational service resource (SU NZ)
For us a child is born: all-age Advent resources (Synod of CNOB)
mainly ministries Christmas resources - FREE (mainly ministries)
4. More Advent Resources
Advent ideas (Build Faith)
Advent + Christmas (Strandz)
Picture Advent (Picture Advent)
We Wonder: Advent (We Wonder)
Christmas Family Faith Trail (UCA SA)
5. Lost Sheep (NEW + Christmas)
Cecil at Home: household faith resource (Lost Sheep) NEW!
The Sower and the Seed (Lost Sheep) NEW!
Jesus was a Refugee (Lost Sheep)
Jed & Roy McCoy: a Christmas Story (Lost Sheep)
Bethlehem Town: a Christmas Story (Lost Sheep)
6. via our NSW/ACT Baptist friends
Ideas: Ideas for faith at home (Tear)
Ideas: 25 Intergenerational games and activities (Laurie’s Little Monkeys)
Recording: Parenting Seminar with Brett & Kate Ryan (Focus on the Family)
Resource: Be Refreshed – reflections for busy parents (Kitchen Table Project)
Podcast: Emerging trends in children & families ministry: Podcast (Church Pulse)
7. Thinking Intergenerationally
Gathered, not divided (YVQ)
Discipleship goes Messy (UCA)
A Church for All Generations (UCA)
Rolling out the fala on intergenerational worship (UCA)
What is required for worship to be intergenerational? (UCA)
8. Lifelong Faith
Embracing a lifelong learning paradigm (Lifelong Faith)
Envisioning lifelong maturing in faith (Lifelong Faith)
How people learn today (Lifelong Faith)
Fashioning faith formation around faith stories: Part 1 (Lifelong Faith)
Fashioning faith formation around faith stories: Part 2 (lifelong Faith)
9. Some Highlighted Opportunities
· Navigating the Landscape: building intercultural communities Nov 3 9.30am-4pm
This workshop will offer opportunities to reflect on one’s own ministry practice and its cultural relevance in his/her present ministry context. It seeks to enhance greater awareness and intentionality in building intercultural skills for ministry and community building. More information here.
· Christmas Family Faith Trail: Fb Live Event Nov 23 8pm AEDT
Join with others via the Children and Families Ministry fb page as Melissa Neumann walks us through the Christmas Family Faith Trail resource. This excellent resource encourages households, small groups and even whole churches to explore the events of the Christmas story through five interactive stations across the four weeks of Advent. Each station has a theme, Bible passage, questions to chat about, activity ideas for different ages including adults, and prayer ideas that use locations and items from around the home.
· Nurture & Spiritual Guidance of Children On-line Nov 24 - Dec 1
Especially suitable for church-based, school-based and community-based expressions of ministry, this course will assist you in developing an even more richly theologically-informed practice in relation to the spiritual nurture of children as you explore links between Scripture, theological thought, spiritual and psychological development. More information here.