Children's online activities
together with All Saints, Rayne and The Church in Great Notley (LEP)

For help with their learning and play across the curriculum, check out this Online Resources Pack from Essex.Gov.UK

We have created some online activities for children and their families to access to enable them to continue to develop their faith at home if you are unable to be in church . 

Here are some Lent resources you can use with your family:

A Together @ Home resources that has a challenge for the family each day of Lent

click here

A lego Lent Challenge for the children that love being creative with Lego click here

Some daily reflections for children and their families click here

Some baking ideas for families during Lent click here

Some cards that you can use to choose the daily challenge for use during Lent  click here


This Week's Story - Rocky relationships!




Talk together

Stop and share

  • Remind the children about the Easter story and the things that were going to happen to Jesus.
  • Explain the meaning of the word Satan (the devil, a personification of evil) and explore why Jesus might have said this to Peter.

 

Thumbs up or thumbs down        

  • Ask the children to imagine they are the disciples listening to Jesus.
  • Read the story slowly, and ask them to put their thumbs up if what Jesus is saying is good for them to hear, thumbs down if what Jesus is saying is hard for them to hear, or thumbs in the middle if they are not sure.

  •  Activities to choose from that link to the story:     

  • Obstacle course

    Play and think about keeping going 

    Set up a simple obstacle course and challenge the children to complete the course in pairs while holding hands. Challenge the pairs to stick together, even when it gets tricky! 

    Friendship bracelet  

    Create a symbol of relationships 

    Provide a selection of beads and cord or ribbon and invite the children to each make a simple friendship bracelet to give to a friend. 

  •  Play a trust game 

    Think about ‘daring to be open’  

    You will need: obstacles, e.g. cones or chairs; blindfolds (enough for everyone in your family).

    Set up some obstacles around your room. Line everyone up, holding onto one another as in a conga. Blindfold everyone except the person at the back.

    Ask the group to make their way from one side of the room to the other without hitting any of the obstacles, by following the instructions of the person at the back.

    Talk about the activity when they have finished. Ask: What made it easy or hard to listen and follow the instructions you were given?

    Send an open heart message  

    A symbol of being open in our relationships

    You will need: open heart template, one per person in the family, pens, scissors, stickers or sticky jewels.

    Give each person a copy of the open heart template and ask them to write an open-hearted message to a friend or family member, e.g. ‘Thank you that I can tell you anything’ or, ‘I’ll always be there for you’, in the rectangle on the center of the heart.

    Once the children have written their message and decorated the heart, ask them to cut it out.

    Demonstrate how to fold along the dotted lines, to turn the heart into an envelope. Seal it with a sticker or sticky jewel. Encourage the children to give it to a friend to open up.

    Talk together and talk to God

    Use these questions to discuss the Bible passage and then bring your thoughts together by praying to God.

    What does it feel like when you receive a piece of news that is difficult to hear?

    How would you have reacted to what Jesus told his disciples?

    What things can make it hard to follow Jesus? What can help us?


    Talk to God: Opening ourselves to God          

    By changing our posture of prayer      

    Invite the children to put their hands together, as if praying. Explain that we often pray with our hands closed so that we feel close to God.

    Now invite the children to open their hands and place their palms upwards, as if receiving something. Explain that prayer is also about being open to God and listening to God.

    Invite the children to sit with their hands open and think about what God might want to say to them today.

  •   Friend or enemy?  

    A game to explore being open about relationships

    Ask the family to stand in a circle and then secretly choose one person to be their best friend and one person to be their worst enemy.

    When you say ‘go’, each young person should try and place themselves between their best friend and their worst enemy – without revealing who is who and without talking.

    Because everyone is trying to do the same thing, the group will continue to move around. They may or may not settle, so call time when you are ready.

    Speak up, speak out!

    Encourage the young people not to be afraid of conflict

    You will need: four scenario/role-play cards.

    Put the young people into four groups to explore each of the scenarios as a role play (or think of some that might be more appropriate for your setting).

    Encourage the groups to be creative, to address the issues that are raised and explore how they might deal with them and to take risks.

    At the end of each role play, talk with the young people and ask them how it felt to be each person. Did they handle the situation well? How might it have been dealt with better? Encourage the rest of the group to discuss.

     What it is to risk… 

    Explore what taking risks really means

    You will need: a copy of the poem (see below).

    Read the poem to the young people once and then again.

    Pray quietly and contemplate the following questions. Where does God want you to take a risk? Are you willing to be rebuked or rejected for him? What stops you from taking risks?

     


    Risk poem - (Author unknown)

    To laugh is to risk appearing the fool.

    To weep is to risk appearing sentimental.

    To reach out is to risk involvement.

    To expose feelings is to risk exposing your true self.


    To place your ideas and dreams before the crowd is to risk their love.

    To love is to risk not being loved in return.

    To live is to risk dying.

    To hope is to risk despair.

    To try is to risk failure.


    But the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.

    The one who risks nothing does nothing and has nothing –

    and finally, is nothing.

    S/He may avoid sufferings and sorrow,

    but s/he simply cannot learn, feel, change, grow or love.

    Chained by certitude, s/he is a slave; s/he has forfeited freedom.

    Only one who risks is free!


    From p.33 in The Spectacular Stinking “Rolling Magazine” Book, Pip Wilson (1991, Marshall Pickering)


         



Pray

Pass a small holding cross around the family. Invite each person to hold it for a few seconds and think about what it means to be a follower of Jesus.

You might like to reflect silently, or to share a thought with the group.

An activity sheet for this week's story can be found here.


Pyjama Prayers

We loved having our monthly pyjama prayers for the children last Sunday via Zoom. The children enjoyed creating snow prayers with flour and enjoyed drawing their prayers for God knowing that He hears and receives their prayers with love. The next one will be on Sunday 14th March where we will be looking at 'pebble' prayers. All you will need is a pebble and a bowl of water! Please do get in touch for details.

                                 pyjama prayers


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