I hope you're well and enjoying lockdown with your children! It's a shame we can't meet at church for Climbers for the time being, and we're conscious that the Sunday sermons are geared more towards the adults than the children so we thought you might like some ideas of simple and fun ways to help your children learn about Jesus over the coming weeks.
- HOME CHURCH: Faith in Kids is an excellent Christian charity which offers plenty of free Bible based resources for parents and children. They offer 5 downloadable, interactive sessions following Luke's account of the Easter story: https://faithinkids.org/resources/app/resource/161/title/the-wonder-of-easter. There's also a video on their Facebook page to help parents prepare https://www.facebook.com/faithinkids/videos/643470046478742/.
- EASTER CALENDAR: The Good Book Company is probably the best publisher and provider of Christian resources in the UK. They're promoting the Easter calendar edition of 'The Garden, the Curtain and the Cross' https://www.thegoodbook.co.uk/the-garden-the-curtain-and-the-cross-easter-cale. Lucy and I have enjoyed reading the book with Seb and this new family devotional for Easter looks great. Check out their website for other books and resources for kids, some of which are free: thegoodbook.co.uk/kids-at-home.
- PODCASTS: If you don't think you'll have time for the suggestions about, Lockdown is proving to be very popular: try the Faith in Kids podcast https://www.buzzsprout.com/237067. Make sure you choose podcasts entitled 'Faith in KIDS' for your children. You may well find the 'Faith in parents' podcasts helpful but they are aimed at helping you as you seek to share Jesus with your children whereas the 'Faith in KIDS' ones are aimed at children.
- ONLINE VIDEOS: Another easy idea which takes no prep time at all is 'Saddleback Kids' videos on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HL8R158Ujp4&t=219s. I've shown a few of these in Climbers, so they'll be familiar. Seb and Sophie enjoy them at home. There are about 150 videos which are 2-5 minutes long. I've watched most of them now and they're generally very good. They stick to the Bible passage and don't offer legalistic or moralistic messages as many online Sunday school videos do. You could simply watch one, discuss it for a few minutes and then finish with a prayer.
Please feel free to get in touch if you have any questions, and be assured of our prayers for you and your family.
Love in Christ,
We hope and pray that the SPLOG (St Peter's blog) will provide encouragement & spiritual food during the coronavirus crisis. It's mainly for the St Peter's church family, but everyone's welcome to read it!