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Activities for Children & Families

The Church of Ireland is keen to support families in growing their Christian faith at this time. We hope that some of the following resources will be helpful for you.

Are you struggling with mental health? 
We’d like to help you out.

Photo by Andrew Ebrahim on Unsplash
Photo by Andrew Ebrahim on Unsplash

These are difficult times – in different ways – for children, parents, grandparents, and our wider family circles.  Check out these links to learn more about responding with faith in Jesus.

Faith and Anxiety – Everyday ideas and strategies for adults and children 
(an eight–page downloadable booklet)

Supporting our children as schools re–start
(an article from our safeguarding staff)

Please contact your local rector for pastoral support.  If you’re not sure who to contact, you can find your nearest parish church anywhere in Ireland here.

Looking for ideas? Here’s how our Children’s Ministry Network can help your parish to welcome children and families.

Check out the latest resources from the Children’s Ministry Network here. This includes the network’s Autumn Newsletter, which highlights some ideas for taking our faith outdoors as the seasons change.

Find out more at www.facebook.com/churchofirelandchildrensministry

Check out the following videos for ideas for Children’s Ministry.  It may not be possible to put all of them into practice right now, due to the current restrictions, but some could be stored up for trying out in future when a more normal routine returns to church life.

‘Make Yourself at Home’ 

This video is an accompaniment to the Make Yourself at Home Parish Resource developed by our Children’s Ministry Network for parishes wishing to review their welcome, inclusion and participation of children and their families in all areas of Church life.  It enables them to acknowledge all the great work that is being done, identify small changes and take decisive action.  Here, the main developer of the resource, Tammi Peek, takes us through the key ideas and content. 

Creative Prayer

Lynn Storey from the Children’s Ministry Network and the Sunday School Society explores different ideas for Creative Prayer:

Bible Story Telling Ideas

Learn about a variety of ways to engage children in a Bible story with examples from ‘Jesus Calms the Storm’:

All Age Worship

The Rev Rob Clements explores ideas for All Age Worship:

Sharing resources from around the Church

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

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 suggestions.

Child safeguarding

All information on Safeguarding Trust – our child protection policy covering both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland – is available on our new Safeguarding website: 

Youth ministry

Posts and updates from the Church of Ireland Youth Department, to help young people and youth leaders and workers, are available at www.facebook.com/COIYD

Thank you

We’d like to thank Cathy Hallissey, Lydia Monds, Andrew Brannigan and Julie Currie for permission to share these resources more widely, and thank you for all you are doing to share our faith with children and families.