While we can’t gather together as a church family these materials will help you to meet with God together at home.
Parents and carers will need to set aside a bit of time to prepare. I’m praying that these will be significant times for you, amongst the chaos and the mess!
Over Easter, we used the Wonder of Easter material from Faith in Kids, which is still available here.
Now we’re following along with the Faith in Kids podcast series in Ephesians, recorded especially for families in lockdown.
These are aimed at children aged 3-11, though I realise that little ones might struggle to sit and listen for 30 mins. For each podcast we’ll provide some craft activities and a colouring sheet to do alongside it.
A few resources for families with teens
Bible reading notes
The best way, of course, for the teenagers to keep growing at this time is to be engaging with God’s word. This would be a great time to get into the Bible together as a family and there are some really helpful resources out there to help you do that. Bible reading notes are good for getting focussed time in a passage, working through a book of the Bible. They’ll also give some suggested questions and things to pray. Here are a few that are available:
– ‘Discover’ written for 11-14 year olds
– ‘Engage’ written for 14-18 year olds
– ‘Youthworks Bible Studies’ written for 14-18 year olds
– ‘Explore’ written for adults (but would work well for some of the older teenagers)
Why not have a look at the sermon library on our website. You could pick a sermon series to listen to and discuss as a family. Taking notes can be helpful so you could encourage the teenagers to grab a notebook or use the sheet for sermon notes I’ll send round.
New City Catechism
This is what we’ve been using in Toast on Sunday mornings this term. It’s designed to help families learn the core beliefs of the Christian faith via questions and answers. You could make it a competition to see who can learn the most off by heart (the teenagers do have a head start!). See here
Video Bible talks
We’ve used some of these in Toast on Thursdays, so they’ll be familiar to them. There are a few different series going through different books of the Bible using videos and discussion questions.
The Bible Project
The Bible Project has some brilliant videos giving helpful overviews of Bible books or biblical themes.
God’s Big Picture
This is a Bible overview series which goes through the big story of the Bible in nine videos.
You might find some useful articles and podcasts here aimed specifically at encouraging parents.
Songs are a really good way of getting truth into our hearts and minds. Spotify have a playlist called ‘Songs of Comfort for Anxious Souls’ by The Gospel Coalition which you could all listen to together.