Resources to use in Church

Resources to use for work with Under Fives

Here are some ideas for activities and ministry with children under five:

Setting up a toddler group

Toddler Booklet - good to share with your PCC/Vision team about why running a Toddler group is a no-brainer

Safeguarding information to include: a tick list, examples of risk assessment, how to keep your group and team safe. Come to an online conversation 'Simply Safe', hosted by Charlotte and team on Tuesday 23rd January, 7-8.30pm

A great hub of Toddler group resources can be found on the Care for Family website

What is the Growing Faith Adventure? Find out more here

Talking Toddlers research report


Working with Schools

Here is a Guide to contacting schools to help you connect with schools in your parish.

You can also download the Top Tips for Blessing Schools here.


Golden Ticket - keeping our young people when their Primary Schools say Good-bye

This is a resource that you can use to plan an event for Year 6 leavers.

Download the Resource pack here

Golden Ticket Template

Bookmark Template

Poster Template


Resources to download;

Setting up a Toddler Group (from Scripture Union)

Building a sustainable team (Chad Chadwick)

Reading the Bible,  telling stories

Techniques for telling stories well (4 P’s)


Online Resources

We have selected some on line resources which will help you in your work with children and young people in church.

Engage Worship - lots of creative ideas that you can adapt

Messy Church - ideas for messy church activities

Rend Collective's brilliant kids album (that adults love too) -you can also visit their Facebook page here

Fischy Music

The Lily Jo Project | Your Online Mental Health Resource

YoungMinds | Mental Health Charity For Children And Young People | YoungMinds

The Youthscape Podcast | Youthscape


Godly Play

Godly Play is an imaginative approach that supports, nourishes and guides spiritual growth in children and adults. Through it participants canenter into parables, sacred stories and liturgy in order to discover God,themselves, one another and the world around us.

We have a selection of Godly Play resources to borrow. Find out what we have available here.


Communion before ConfirmationA cross with a love heart in the middle

As many as 20% of parishes in the Peterborough Diocese now welcome children to Communion before confirmation, 5% above the national average. This means that, with a good programme of preparation and with the permission of the Bishop, admitted children can participate fully in the Eucharist. The Children and Youth team have a number of resources to help parishes encourage children in their faith journey. Some of these are outlined below.

Parish Resources

The new Parish Handbook is designed to help parishes consider the history, theology and practical details for admitting children to communion before confirmation.

This resource can be used for PCCs and other meetings.

A short video, ‘One Bread, One Body', was produced by the children and young people of the Living Brook Benefice in Northampton, outlining their reasons for wanting to be admitted. A copy of this video is included in the PowerPoint but can also be accessed here.



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