Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Resources for children and families

March (2) 2020
Apologies for a second March Child in the Midst!
Although the last edition had a huge amount in it, there are resources which I forgot about and that are worth noting.
If you're finding you have extra time for prayer now that we are locked down more tightly, please pray for:
  • All those looking after the children of key workers.
  • Children for whom home is not a safe space.
  • Health workers who are facing additional stress and hard decisions.
  • Households who are learning new ways of being together.
And do let me know if you come across stories of families discovering how to live faith/worship at home, or if you come across a resource or idea worth sharing.
Stay safe and well,
Prayer Spaces in Schools have suggested stations that help with prayer during the Coronavirus crisis. You'll need to register, but the resources are free.
Why not set up a prayer station in your home, or in the school (if you are open and looking after the children of key workers)? You could take a photograph and share it on social media to encourage others to pray.
IsingPop combine music, faith and fun. They've made many of their songs available on their YouTube channel, great for bopping around at home or school (if you are open for key worker children).
The Diocese of Gloucester's Growing Together pages have resources for households to use together. Some of the material is available freely to those in the Diocese, and available for sale to those outside. Howsever they are also making some material freely available to all during the crisis. THey are hoping to add new pages regularly.
Many primary aged children will be familiar with Out of the Ark Music , who have made some of their resources freely available during this crisis.
Their sister site, Same Boat Music, also has songs free to download (with a more faith-focused slant).
The Reflectionary site has always been an excellent source of resources to follow the lectionary with all ages. In this time of crisis, it now provides Together, Apart for households of all ages and all sizes to use be church together whilst apart.
Faith5 is a simple examen for the end of the day, using the pattern:
Share - your highs and lows of the day
Read - a Bible story or passage
Talk - about how that might relate to your highs and lows
Pray - for one another's highs and lows
Bless - one another
They've made a Pandemic Hope resource available with 8 week's worth of daily readings and faith practices, as well as a chart of Hymnal Handwashing Hits and a Prayer Bingo chart!
It could be used with grandparents/godparents/anyone over Zoom, WhatsApp or Facetime.
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