Children and Young People
During the lockdown this page will be updated with ideas for activities and ways to worship at home.
Sunday 31st May 2020
Pentecost - the gift of the Holy Spirit
Pentecost is often thought of as the birthday of the Church, so why not bake and decorate a cake to celebrate?
Step 1. gather up the following ingredients:
5 Eggs, 10oz of butter or margerine, 10 oz of sugar & 10oz of Self Raising flour
Step 2. mix the sugar and butter together
Step 3. add the eggs and mix in, then slowly add the flour mixing as you go until all of the flour is in and the mixture is smooth
Step 4. grease your baking tins and divide the mixture equally between them
Step 5. Pre heat the oven, temperatures and time will vary depending on your oven.
This cake was baked at 140 degrees centigrade for 35 minutes
Final Step. Once your cake is out of the oven and cooled, you can decorate it, here's an example...
Click Here for this week's Church at Home, as well as readings and prayers there are instructions on how to make a simple kit.
Sunday 24th May 2020
Ascension Day explained, Lego Movie style!
To watch the Ascension Day lego movie click here!
This week's Church@Home including readings, prayers and activities for the 7th Sunday of Easter.
Sunday 17th May 2020
Turning your daily walk into a prayer walk
A prayer walk combines your daily walk with the ancient practices of intersession and pilgrimage.
As you walk around your neighbourhood take time to pray for your community and local environment, you can pray for the households and businesses you pass by. Wherever you walk take time to appreciate the flowers, trees and wildlife you encounter.
Here is a short prayer you may like to take with you on your walk.
'Thank you for everything we are seeing on this walk, and for all the people who live in this street. Help us and everybody to love each other as you love us.'
Here's the link to this week's Church@Home https://cofebristol.contentfiles.net/media/assets/file/Church_at_Home_17.5.2020.pdf
Sunday 10th May 2020
Looking on the brightside of life
It can be hard to stay positive sometimes and appreciate the good things in our locked-down lives. A Gratitude diary can help you focus on and be thankful for the best parts of your day, here's how to make and use one.
Step 1. Find a note book (altenatively you can use sheets of printer paper folded in half to create a book).
Step 2. Collect up pictures, stickers, wrapping paper or photos. These are to decorate your diary in whatever way appeals to you.
Step 3. Decorate your diary, here are a couple of examples.
Step 4. How to use your diary
Make some space in everyday (just before bed is a good time) to write 5 positive things that have happened during the day. Even the tiniest things count. Maybe pick a favourite and make a note of how you feel. If you are having a really tough day try looking back at better days in your diary for encouragement.
Here's the link to this week's Church@Home https://cofebristol.contentfiles.net/media/assets/file/Church_at_Home_10.5.2020.pdf
Sunday 3rd May 2020
How to make a prayer paperchain...
Step 1. You will need some paper, scissors, pens and some sticky tape or glue.
Step 2. Think of some situations, people or events you would like to include in your prayers.
Step 3. Write each prayer topic on to strips of paper.
Here are some examples to get you started:
Step 4. Stick the first strip of paper into a loop, add the remaining strips one at a time to form a chain.
You are now ready to start using your prayer paperchain. You can use it on your own or with your family, whenever and however you like.
you can keep adding new links to the chain and you can use any type of paper, so check out what's in your recycling box.
Last but not least, here's the link to this week's Church@Home https://cofebristol.contentfiles.net/media/assets/file/Church_at_Home_3.5.2020.pdf
Sunday 25th April 2020
Getting fed up with being stuck at home? It's time to make a den!
Here are a few den ideas to get you started.
Once you've built your den you can use it in lots of different ways, hiding from annoying parents and siblings is a favourite but it's also a great spot to say your prayers and read your bible or just relax and take a break.
Here's the link to this week's Church@Home, this week it includes prayer ideas and discussion starters as well as a link to a retelling of this week's Gospel reading https://cofebristol.contentfiles.net/media/assets/file/Church_at_Home_26.4.2020.pdf
Sunday 19th April 2020
Remember to water your Easter Garden and try using it as the focal point for family or bedtime prayers.
Here's the link to this week's Church@Home, this week it includes prayer ideas and discussion starters as well as a link to a retelling of the Gospel.
Christ is Risen, He is Risen Indeed, Alleluia!
Celebrating Easter at Home
This link will give you everything you need to celebrate Easter Sunday at home.
For an engaging cartoon retelling of today's gospel try https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HL8R158Ujp4
from Saddleback Kids.
Getting ready for Easter...
Making an Easter Garden
- Gather together items on the kit
list lower down this page.
- Put the 3 crosses and tomb in place.
Earth covered in moss has been used here.
- Add greenery and flowers to
your garden, maybe add a path.
- put a tea light next to the tomb,
this can be moved into the emty tomb on Easter Day.
Make sure there is space to roll the stone to one side
to reveal the empty tomb on Easter morning.
Last but not least, bless your garden!
Light the candle, if you have an incense burner, light that too!
Words of blessing:
Almighty God, we ask you to bless our Easter Garden,
that it might be a reminder to us of our Saviour's victory,
the victory of love over hate, of life over death, that, as we celebrate this
happy day together, we may be reminded of the risen and loving presence
of the Good Shepherd of our souls. Amen
Your Easter Garden Kit List
A flower pot or similar to use as a tomb
A stone or circle of card to block the tomb entrance
3 crosses (sticks or palm crosses work well)
Flowers and greenery to decorate your garden
A tea light