We hope you find this page, with its links to resources to support you and your family, helpful.
The Greatest Story Ever is a family devotional course (suggested age 6+), developed by Andrew Ollerton (author of The Bible Course) and his family during the Coronavirus lockdown. The course mixes online content (videos, readings, discussion) and printed cards to form a colourful learning experience in your own home. Each 15 minute session explores famous characters and events that form The Greatest Story Ever and shows how we can be part of it today.
Together @ Home is a website providing resources for families to use to explore the Bible and learn about God together, whilst at home. The resources follow the pattern of church readings in our online service each week and hopefully provide a helpful way of exploring those Bible passages together as a family. Each week the pack includes family activities, Bible study, prayer and printable puzzle sheets. Additional resources supporting faith development in the home can also be found on the Together @ Home website.
Muddy Church is a community of churches, groups and people who are looking for ways of connecting with their local community and God. It is not just about being in a rural, forest or woodland area but finding the treasures within our communities that offer people a space to gather and connect. Its intergenerational approach offers the opportunity for families or individuals to connect with their local community and take part in a journey of faith through informal reflection and natural liturgy.
Guardians of Ancora is a free game app brought to you by the team at Scripture Union. Aimed at 8-11 year olds, who play their way through exciting Bible Quests, the stories of the Bible are brought to life through the game and reinforced through videos and quizzes.
Premier Youth and Children’s Work offers some free articles to help support you and your family – whatever their age.
Resources on YouTube
Seeds Family Worship creates Scripture memory songs for older primary age children by setting Bible verses to music which can be enjoyed by all members of the family.
Intro Outro, from Youth for Christ, creates weekly videos designed to positively inspire young people. The channel introduces Gen Z to the Christian Faith, and encourage them to live out a life that will make a difference to the world. Every video is different; sometimes funny, sometimes thought provoking, but always accessible for young people. Intro Outro content can also be found on Instagram.
Prayer Spaces in Schools have developed these prayer ideas specifically as a response to the issues around the current coronavirus pandemic. These ideas are especially suitable for 7-11 year olds.
Prayer Magnets, such as these, can be a great way of encouraging prayer amongst teenagers and young people.
Resources for Parents and Adults
If you’ve ever wished you could develop a daily Christian practice of prayer/Bible reading/meditation the following could help.
YouVersion is a free Bible reading app with a huge range of translations and lots of series’ to explore.
Lectio 365 provides a daily devotional with opportunities to pause and pray. You can read through it at your own pace or listen to the audio option which incorporates relaxing music into the ten minutes podcast.
Inner Room was a favourite phone app of our former Youth Minister and enables you to organise your personal prayer time by setting up your own private ‘prayer boards’ on you phone/device.
Soultime is a Christian meditation app recommended by Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury.
Mental Health Resources
The Church of England has updated their mental health resources and provided these useful top tips for dealing with loneliness or isolation.
The Mix is a support website aimed at the under 25’s and designed to be a safe and supportive space. Please check it out before recommending to your child or young person.
italk is a free NHS website providing a psychological therapy service with online wellbeing courses, support and treatment, including self referral options.
MIND provides information, advice and support for those living with a mental health problem and those supporting them.
The Mental Health Foundation focusses on preventing mental health problems through podcasts, videos and articles.