This resource has been signposted from our Diocesan youth, children and families missioner and provides an alternative to worship for children that they can use at home. ROOTS is offering free resources to use at home every week on the ROOTS website. All the materials focus on the same Bible passage and include prayers, reflection and questions to ponder, as well as family time talking points and activities.
Bible related sing-a-long songs
We know many children have benefited from the Joe Wicks workouts each morning, well here is a singing alternative! This link provides some worship songs to learn and sing along to, Bob Hartman's Rhyming Bible and the accompanying songs can be found on YouTube — they're great fun!
Heartsmart for home
In school we use the Heartsmart materials for our PHSE worship and curriculum. In response to school closures, the team at Heartsmart have launched a free family resource kit that all children/parents can access at home and online. There's lots of purpose filled activities, a daily Boris film, fun videos — we do hope it brings strength and wellbeing during this unsettling time.
The link can be found here.
CDAT Prayer Jar Challenge
CDAT has set the #prayerjarchallenge, a fun competition to see who can come up with the most exciting and creative prayer jar. To help children think about the meaning of prayer, parents and carers are invited to help children to create their own DIY Prayer Jar. This activity could go along with a discussion about what prayer is, why we pray, and specific Bible verses related to prayer. Children might want to focus on just one thing, for example things to be thankful for, even in these difficult times, and create Gratitude Jars. They can use anything can find in the house — 'be creative' is the message. Children taking part are encouraged to email pictures of their creative design to: email@example.com or tweet @CDAT_Education
The Lord's Prayer
A couple of weeks ago, The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, gave his backing to a call from the Pope for Christians across the world to join in saying the Lord's Prayer as part of the response to the coronavirus pandemic at 11am on the 23rd March. Following this, there was encouragement to continue this each day. The image of the Lord's Prayer might be worth sharing with your children. It can be printed out, coloured in and learnt at home.
St. Chad's and St. James Worship Online
You are invited to join the churches of
St. Chad's, Wybunbury
St. James, Audlem
and St. John's, Doddington
for online, interactive services. To receive more information email Helenchantry@btopenworld.com before 6pm the day before the service and you will be sent the link and the service sheet.
There is a wealth of links on the Chester Diocese Schools page to support worship and RE at home.