Go Teach www.goteach.org.uk
Aimed at 3 to 11 year olds.
Light (Scripture Union) www.scriptureunion.org.uk/light
For 0 to 18 year olds.
Messy Church www.messychurch.org.uk (See also entry in Mission and Outreach)
A great place to find a host of ideas and resources for setting up a Messy Church
Aimed at 3 to 16 year olds
Scripture Union www.scriptureunion.org.uk
Transformation Station (Metro World Child) www.metroworldchild.org
Aimed at 3 to 12 year olds.
The Bible Curriculum www.thebiblecurriculum.com
For primary age children.
Click (The Good Book Company) www.thegoodbook.co.uk/click
Aimed at 3 to 11 year olds.
The CURBS Project www.curbsproject.org.uk
Provides Christian resources for inner city children and those on outer urban estates for use in church-linked Sunday, mid-week, holiday activities and similar settings.
Energize, Urban Saints www.urbansaints.org
Aimed at 3 to 18 year olds.
Barnabas in Churches www.barnabasinchurches.org.uk
A host of resources for children and families in churches.
The Big Story by M.Payne (Abingdon: BRF, 2010). Includes 36 session outlines and reflective Bible stories exploring six big themes of God’s love. Ideal for 6 to 10 year olds.
The Complete Guide to Godly Play, volumes 1-8 by Jerome Berryman
This series of books helps prepare young children to join in the worship and life of their congregations as they develop a deeper understanding of stories, symbols and rites.
Leader’s Guides: Sparks– under 5’s; Transformers – 5 to 7’s; Generators – 8 to 10’s; Reactors – 11+ www.kevinmayhew.com/publishing
Search the titles in the ‘Search’ box under ‘Publishing’ to find a range of books with CDs that are packed full of ideas, puzzles and activities to help children discover more about God.
Living Stones by Susan Sayers www.kevin.mayhew.com/publishing
Pebbles (infants); Rocks (6 – 10); Boulders(11-14).
Search the titles in the ‘Search’ box under ‘Publishing’ to find books full of ideas, outlines, prayers, photocopiable worksheets, mini dramas and more.
Useful information on a range of teaching programmes that you can buy, with each offering a variety of styles and approaches to teaching the Bible and faith.
Searchlights by David Adam www.kevinmayhew.co.uk
Candles (3 to 5); Lamps (6 to 10); Torches (11+)
These books provide inspirational worship ideas for all members of the church community.
Books and Magazines
Below are some of our recommendations:
Anyone can tell a Bible Story by Bob Hartman
Children’s Ministry in the Way of Jesus by Csinos & Beckwith (IVP, 2013).
Children’s Spirituality by Rebecca Nye (Church House Publishing, 2009).
Creative Ways to tell a Bible Story by M. Payne (Abingdon: BRF, 2013). Techniques and tools for exploring the Bible with children and families.
Fill the Gap! by R. Parkinson (Abingdon: BRF, 2012). 120 instant Bible games for Sunday schools and midweek groups. Ideal for 11 to 14 year olds.
From the Ground Up, Understanding the spiritual world of the child by Kathryn Copsey (Barnabas, 2005).
The Lion Storyteller Bible by Bob Hartman
Listening to children on the spiritual journey by S. Stonehouse & S. May (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2010). Guidance for those who teach and nurture.
Teaching Godly Play by Jerome Berryman (Morehouse Publishing, 2009).
Telling the Gospel by Bob Hartman.
Through the Eyes of a Child by Anne Richards & Peter Privett.
Childrenswork magazine www.premierchildrenswork.com
Recently launched, this magazine has ideas, resources and guidance for Christian children’s leaders. There is a subscription fee.
The following resources are useful for training.
Core Skills for Children’s Work. Developing & extending key skills for children’s ministry by the Consultative Group on Ministry among Children (2013). Available as a PDF download or paperback from www.brfonline.org.uk/
More Core Skills. Extended learning skills for church-based children’s ministry by the Consultative Group on Ministry among Children (2010). Available as a PDF download or paperback from http://www.brfonline.org.uk/