The Church of Ireland is keen to support families in growing their faith at this time. We hope that some of the following resources will be helpful for you in some way.
Post and updates from our youth department to help young people and youth leaders/workers during the pandemic are available at www.facebook.com/COIYD
Children’s Ministry Network
Check out the latest resources from the Children’s Ministry Network here.
Find out more at www.facebook.com/churchofirelandchildrensministry
The network has recently produced an eight–page resource which seeks to help families handle anxiety through faith in Jesus: Faith & Anxiety – Everyday ideas and strategies for adults and children
Dublin & Glendalough Children’s Ministry
Prayers for noticing God’s presence, for celebrating colours and for times when things at home get squishy – check out these poems from the Revd Cathy Hallissey to help you talk to God and share your ups and downs with him.
Dublin & Glendalough Kids is a Facebook page which brings together children’s ministry resources for use at home at this time. The page is a hub for prayers, crafts and videos, often linking directly to the weekly Gospel readings. It is aims to support clergy, children’s ministry leaders and families in the dioceses at a time when we are doing church at home. Look out for Copperpot in our puppet video!
Family Time is a book full of devotional ideas to help parents encourage their primary school–aged children in the Christian faith. The ‘Play, Say and Pray’ format takes a Bible verse and teaches it with a simple illustration, a game, a short explanation and a prayer. It’s accessible and it’s fun! You can download it for free here.
JIGSAW is a curriculum designed to help you, the families of children and the whole Church, work together to encourage and grow children in their faith. Full of ideas, resources, videos, crafts and much much more to help direct and guide teaching of the Christian faith in an easy, fun and Bible–centred way. Click here to check it out on Facebook.
The Building Blocks children’s ministry conferences’ Facebook page is also sharing several resources.
With thanks to Kirsty Lynch, Cathy Hallissey, Lydia Monds, Andrew Brannigan and Julie Currie for permission to share resources more widely.