Children’s Ministry News – 27th May

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Pentecost Resources:


This week’s video for worship at home or streamed family worship is the story of Pentecost. You can find it here – please do share it to anyone who might find it useful.

I’ve also copied a Pentecost scavenger hunt I used when I was a children’s worker – we did it at church, but it could easily be done at home by a family, or in many homes over a Zoom Sunday School meetup!

Christ Church St. Lawrence, in Sydney, has some Pentecost reflections and activities that could easily be done at home, as does Flame Creative Kids.

Messy Church for Messy Times:

Our “Messy Church for Messy Times” activities are in full flow – we have Zoom cafes every day this week from 2 – 3 pm and you’re very welcome at any or all of the remaining ones. For the Zoom link, email me!

You can also use the video session we’ve put together, featuring prayers, activities, music, and a story. It’s led by Bishops, Archdeacons, their children, some Messy Church families from All Saints Clifton and Southill, and me.

We’re also having Twitter conversations about Messy Church – use the hashtag #MessyChurchAtHome and follow my Twitter feed on @stalbanscme

Keeping in Touch:

Church Print Hub has made downloadable prayer postcards saying “Loving God, Bless My Family Today.” You could send them to Messy Church or toddler group families to encourage them to pray for each other and remind them you’re praying for them. Or you could make them available to families to send to relatives they haven’t seen for a long time. You can order them in packs of 20 here.

Peace,

Margaret

Bereavement at home

It’s tough, but hard to escape – more children than usual will be bereaved in the next few months, or already have been. These bereavements may be made more complicated by isolation – children won’t be able to attend funerals, visit relatives who are dying and say goodbye, meet up with friends, go to support groups or counselling, and so on.

We’re hoping to have a webinar about supporting grieving children – to hear more, make sure you’re subscribed to Children’s Ministry News (email us to get added) or follow me on Twitter at @stalbanscme.

However, there are also many resources already available.

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Child Bereavement UK offers a lot of support and help – I’ve linked directly to their page with videos and info sheets, which may be most immediately useful, but do explore their website to find out more.

Childhood Bereavement Network has lots of information and support, as well as cards

children can purchase and give to family members to tell them what they need, and how best to support that individual child. (There are also cards for children to give to friends/teachers/etc – these can be photographed and sent via email or social media, with parental supervision.) Some of the things on the cards can’t be done at this time, but others can still be done, or reworked.

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I have a Pinterest board of good children’s books about death, dying, and grief. You could send the link to parents, or you could buy a book and have it shipped directly to a grieving child. I also used to buy notebooks and special pens for children in my church who had been bereaved. I told them they could use the notebook to write to the person who had died, or as a journal, or to scribble angrily or tear up pages if they needed to, or to draw, or in any way that would help them. It was their safe place.

The Diocese of Birmingham, with help from staff at hospices, has put together guidance on supporting children through loss and bereavement. Download it here: Supporting_children_through_loss_and_bereavement

Louise Warner, my counterpart in the Diocese of Leicester, has put together some ideas for how children can make memories, and remember someone who has died, at home. From making a memory box, to writing a prayer, to planting something, there are lots of great, practical suggestions. Download it here: Thinking about someone that has died

If you have your own resources, or ideas, or thoughts, please do let me know in the comments!