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You will need:
First ask an adult to help you draw out and cut a shape of a Christmas tree from your card / paper then you need to cut 2 slits on the toilet roll to fit your Christmas tree into.
Then the fun bit of decorating your tree you can draw, paint or stick dots on your tree. Then you can draw a face on your tree with sticky dots for eyes.
There you go you have made a Christmas Tree you could make some for presents or use as your Christmas decoration.
What you will need:
You will need to decorate your plate first by either painting
or colouring it in or painting, you could add glitter etc to make it look magical
Then you need to cut our a circle to get the shape of a face ( get an adult to help you) You can then draw a face
You also need to draw round your hands and cut them out of a piece of paper
Then you can fold your plate on two sides so they meet in the middle forming a triangle shape. Stick together with glue then stick on your face and your hands and you all done.
If you like you could attach some string to hang up at the window or on your Christmas tree so your angel is always watching over you like the Angel did in the Christmas story.
You will need:
First of all ask an adult to help you draw and cut our some different sized stars you could use some cookie cutters if you have them. You can now decorate your stars.
Then you need make a hole in the centre of the star to stick your straw through. Thread all the starts through 5 would be a good number. You can stick the bottom star to the straw with sticky tape.
Then you need to stick the string to the top of your straw so you can hang it.
The stars will shine bright like the one in the Christmas story which lead the wise men the manger to see baby Jesus.
Please send us in your photos of your crafts we would love to see them
Please see links to the activity sheets which included printable sheets with puzzles and colouring for the kids to enjoy.
I know how hard parents are working at the moment to juggle childcare, home schooling and working from home at an already anxious and unsettled time. Not to mention keeping up with Joe Wicks! I don’t want parents to feel that worshipping at home is another ‘chore’ to add to this list! Instead, the hope is that worship as a family can be a time to pause and reflect together in the midst of uncertainty and challenge.
Church @ Home is a resource for families with children aged 4-11 years (and younger children could join in with these activities).
You could use this to have a time of Sunday worship at home while churches are closed, or to worship and explore faith at another time during the week. All the activities use things you will hopefully have around your home.
Church @ Home suggests using The Lion Storyteller Bible – you might like to buy a copy of this from Amazon or Eden.co.uk.
Faith @ Play is a resource for families with children under 5
You might like to use these activities if you usually go to a church toddler group. All the activities use things you will hopefully have around your home.
Faith @ Play suggests using The Candle Bible for Toddlers – you might like to buy a copy of this from Amazon or Eden.co.uk.
Space2Be is a resource for young people aged 11-18 years. You can use it to pray and worship on your own or with other people in your family.
Space2Be gives you links to find Bible verses online if you don’t have one at home, but if you’d like to buy your own Bible, we recommend a Youth Bible.
This may be a challenging time for children, young people and the adults caring for them. Just as it's important to care for yourself physically at this time, it's also really important to promote positive mental and spiritual health. Here are some suggestions for books that can help children and young people deal with anxiety and worry and enable parents to support them with this.
This is a resource for families with children of all ages to journey through the events of Holy Week together. It offers a Bible reading or video to watch for each day of Holy Week with an interactive activity you can do using things around your home. It also includes a reflection sheet to record your experiences on this journey together.
There are lots of other organisations working hard to produce resources to enable families to worship from home at this time. Here are some of the best resources Portsmouth have found:
Faith at Home is a monthly digital magazine for parents to encourage you in sharing and exploring faith at home. Sign up for a free account with Youth and Children’s Work magazine and you can download all current and previous editions.
Be Refreshed is a journey through the psalms for busy mums and dads. It gives you 14 short devotionals to do at home. You could take 10 minutes to yourself each day or week to have a read and be with God.
Parenting for Faith are running an online version of their video-based parenting course via Facebook Watch Party. The course is designed to empower and equip parents to share and explore faith at home. You can watch the videos at anytime and either meet virtually with other parents from your church to discuss them or join an online discussion at 8pm every Thursday.
Inspire is a video-based parenting series designed to get you thinking about why it's important to share faith at home. You can download the videos, watch them at home and then you could meet virtually with some other parents from your church to share your thoughts and experiences.
Join the Together at Home Facebook group to receive weekly lectionary-based printable resources that encourage families to spend time together exploring the Bible at home while churches are closed.
Together Apart is a set of lectionary-based intergenerational resources for worshipping at home including Bible stories, craft activities and colouring sheets.
Illustrated Ministry have produced a free booklet which incorporates prayers for when you are feeling anxious into beautiful printable colouring pages.
This resource from Bath & Wells Diocese allows you to go on a journey both spiritually and physically within your own home with activities, Bible verses, reflections and prayers.
The Go Team at Bath & Wells Diocese have produced these printable mats to encourage faith conversations at home. Colour them in, read the Bible passage and discuss the questions and pray together.
ROOTS is producing weekly lectionary-based printable activity sheets to help children worship from home which include family time talking points, puzzles, prayers and colouring sheets.
Bristol Diocese are also producing a weekly 'Church at Home' pack with activities for 0-5s, 5-11s and 11-18s. Scroll to the bottom of their 'Family Faith' page to download the packs.
The Flame Creative Children's Ministry blog has lots of fantastic ideas for interactive prayer and worship at home, including printable playdough mats and reflective colouring sheets.
Frog & Gnome have produced a free booklet of beautifully designed Bible verse colouring pages for anxious times.
Engage Worship are producing a daily simple prayer and worship activity for families to do together using movement, interaction, craft, play and more.
Messy Church have some great ideas for doing messy worship at home. They're also offering advice and support for churches who would normally run Messy Church during this time.
Diddy Disciples resources are fantastic for worshipping with under 5s. They are offering some free resources for doing church at home, and their free sample material also offers some great songs and stories to use at home.
PSiS have produced some resources for praying at home around the theme of Covid-19. They use things you should have around your home to help you pray in a creative and interactive way. You will need to create a free account to access the resources.
The Godventure blog has lots of creative and interactive ideas for worshipping and exploring faith at home.
The Little Worship Company are releasing ‘Little Worship Time’ material every Sunday that offers a thought and prayer to go alongside a child-friendly film on their Youtube channel. Join their Facebook group and follow the links to the material – you can also subscribe to receive them in weekly emails.
Experienced children’s worship leaders Nick and Becky Drake are leading online ‘Family At 4pm’ worship sessions via Facebook every Saturday at 4pm.
These simple podcasts from Blackburn Diocese Board of Education offer Bible study and discussion suitable for all ages. Each podcast is 15-20 mins long.
The Crossroad Kids Club YouTube channel has lots of great animated videos of Bible stories to watch and talk about together.
The Saddleback Kids YouTube channel has lots of great animated videos of Bible stories to watch and talk about together.
There are lots of places to find music online if you want to use this in your worship at home.
This website has lots of great videos of well-known Rend Collective songs in a child-friendly style.
This is the official Youtube channel of Bethel Kids with videos of all their well-known songs.
This is the official Youtube channel of Hillsong Kids with videos of all their well-known songs.
Same Boat are releasing new songs each week for families to use at home. The videos display the lyrics to help you sing along. They also provide activity sheets, craft ideas and other resources to use alongside the songs.