New Pre-Confirmation Resources

This new book could be an ideal suggestion for youth or children’s leaders who are not too sure of the Bible or the Christian faith. It’s designed as a pre-confirmation course to give children a grounding in the basics of the Christian faith, and offers questions and discussion at a variety of levels for parents and group leaders.

New Barnabas for Children catalogue published

The lovely people at Bible Reading Fellowship (BRF) have published a new catalogue of resources for work with children, families and churches, under their subsidery name of Barnabas for Children.

Their resourtces include all the Messy Church materials, as well as publications for all aspects of work with children, including schools resources.

Breaking News: Jesus wasn't born in a stable


Good biblical scholarship has revealed that for centuries, we've got it all wrong about the nativity. Far from being outcast into a draughty stable, Jesus was in fact born in a family home, amongst friends, albeit distant ones, of Joseph. 

We'd better start rewriting the nativity play and the carols while there's still time...

For the full story, click here

Advent Jesse Tree

I KNOW – summer not yet over and already I’m looking towards Advent – but I came across this Advent/Jesse Tree song written by Revd. Ally Barrett and thought it was worth alerting you to it. You can find it (and several other new words to old tunes) here:

This next song was intended to make a link between the ‘Jesse Tree’ / Salvation History pathway through advent, and the Advent Sunday theme of keeping alert and being ready.
Tune: Sing hosanna

There’s a story to tell of creation,
And the patriarchs’ faith of old,
There are stories of prophets and sages,
We’ll repeat them ‘til the world’s been told:

Sing together! sing together!
Sing to welcome in the King of Kings.
Sing together! Sing together!
Sing to welcome in the King.

There are stories of sin and forgiveness,
Of a Kingdom of truth and love.
Of a girl who gave birth to a baby,
To fulfil God’s promise from above:

As God’s people prepare for his coming,
And remember those days long gone,
Our own stories are yet to be written,
As we live to make God’s kingdom come:

We must each of us wait for the morning,
Through the night we will watch and pray,
As we look for the light that is dawning,
We’ll be ready at the break of day:

Mary Hawes - National Going for Growth (Children and Youth) Adviser

Open the Book - a great opportunity for our parishes

The Bible is full of inspirational, gruesome, funny, sad, real and relevant stories. Open the Book is here to share them with Primary school children throughout the UK. Since it began in 1999, Open the Book has developed 10,000 dedicated storytellers. Several parishes in our new WYAD Diocese already use Open the Book to do regular presentations to local primary schools.

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