Diocese of Chichester Youth

Children's and Family Work Resources 2020-2021

The links below will provide helpful information to support you with parish church children's and family work at home during the current Covid-19 crisis.


Leading Outdoor Church

Muddy Church. Wondering and Wandering Together - Click Here

An Overview and helpful advice from the Church of England - Click Here

An introduction to Forest Church, from Gloucester Diocese- Click Here

Discipleship Walking in Small Groups from Peterborough Diocese - Click Here

Exploring Outdoors in all Seasons, from Bath & Wells Diocese - Click Here

Top Tips for being outside with Children and Young People, from Bath & Wells Diocese - Click Here

A few Outdoor Church Resources from Engage Worship - Click Here

Prayer, Worship and Bible Study Resources

Prayer Resources from Green Christian - Click Here

Worship Resources from Green Christian - Click Here

Creation Matters, Small Group Bible Study Resource from St.Paul's in Dorking - Click Here

Pray and Fast for the Climate on the first day of each month - Click Here

Christian Environmental Organisations and Charities

A Rocha is working for the restoration of the natural world and the equipping of churches - Click Here

Creation Care are encouraging households to care for God's world - Click Here

Green Christian are promoting prayer, hope and action - Click Here

Operation Noah are inspiring action on the climate crisis - Click Here

John Ray Initiative connect environment, science and Christianity - Click Here

Christian Aid are helping poor communities effected by climate change - Click Here

EcoChurch is A Rocha's UK Award Scheme for Churches in England and Wales - Click Here

World Vision provide some really helpful insights and resources - Click Here

There is loads of great information on the European Christian Environmental Network - Click Here

Hope for the Future enables people and groups to have their voice heard - Click Here

The brilliantTearfundandYouthscapeBurning Down the House Report is here - Click Here

TheYoung Christian Climate Networkis an action focussed group for young Christians -Click Here

TheClimate Emergency Toolkitguides Churches to have greater impact -Click Here

Local Environmental Groups, Information and Organisations

Peterborough Eco-faith Network - Click Here

Transition Oundle are working towards a Sustainable Future - Click Here

Northamptonshire Climate Change Strategy 2020-2023 - Click Here

Outdoor Church Network led by Peterborough Diocese and Care for the Family - Link TBC


Sermons, blogs and inspiration from A Rocha - Click Here

A Rocha's Wild Christian, Connecting Faith, Nature and Climate - Click Here

Hazelnut Community Farm. A brilliant new Church in Bristol - Click Here

Brilliant videos and more from Patagonia - Click Here

Loads of great environmental video shorts from BBC Ideas - Click Here

Culturally engaged and beautiful videos from Emergence Magazine - Click Here

Home and Travel

Advice on saving energy at home from the Energy Saving Trust - Click Here

Carbon Footprint Calculator from Climate Stewards - Click Here

The Big Green Switch, comparing Green Energy providers - Click Here

Resources for cycling and walking from Sustrans - Click Here

Low Carbon Travel Guide - Click Here

Allotments and Community Gardening

Give Nature a Home, a personal action plan from the RSPB - Click Here

RHS Plants for Pollinators Guide - Click Here

Why every Church should plant a garden by A Rocha - Click Here

Redeeming the Dirt connects faith with permaculture - Click Here


A vision for ethical and sustainable food from Green Christian - Click Here

A healthy and sustainable Planetary Health Diet - Click Here

Really important information about Palm Oil - Click Here

Reducing Kitchen Food Waste - Click Here

Olio are one of the best know free food sharing apps - Click Here

The Soil Association are transforming the way we eat, farm and care for the natural world - Click Here

The best all round site is probably Ethical Consumer - Click Here

An interesting article on how to shop organic - Click Here


The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) sustainability programme - Click Here

John Mark Comer's Biblical Teaching on excess, waste, and modern fashion - Click Here

Fair Wear Foundation supports workers in the garment industry - Click Here

Tearfund's Ethical Fashion Guide - Click Here

Food and shopping in the Northamptonshire (and beyond)

Brilliant local food, drink and other things from Made in Northamptonshire - Click Here

Low-waste shopping in Northants - Click Here

East Northants Refill is part of an award winning scheme - Click Here

Farndon Fields provide brilliant local food and drink in Market Harborough - Click Here

Pastures Farm Shop, near Yardley Hastings, specialises in Free-range Poultry - Click Here

Locally bred and grown produce from New Lodge Farm near Bulwick - Click Here

Rewilding and Conservation

Rewilding Britain is the best place to start - Click Here

Wild East is an amazing and inspring rewilding Project - Click Here

A Rocha are the leading Christian Charity when it comes to Conservation - Click Here

Caring for God’s Acreturns graveyards into wildlife havens - Click Here

Walks, wildlife and information about the Nene Valley from the Wildlife Trust -Click Here

Land Share:

Lend and Tendsave unloved gardens with garden-sharing - Click Here

Information about Landshare Schemes from Permaculture - Click Here

The Ecological Land Cooperative is well worth checking out - Click Here

Tree Planting

Ecologi plant trees to compensate for our carbon footprint - Click Here

The Future Forests Network Facebook page is really helpful - Click Here

Tree Planting UK have a great Facebook page too - Click Here

Harborough Woodland is doing brilliant work in the Market Harborough area - Click Here

Here are the links to the Children and Youth Ministry webinars which were hosted by the National Adviser for Children Youth and Family Work during lockdown along with the various sites and resources which were mentioned by the presenters.

Webinar hosted by Mary: https://youtu.be/2u89biTITYw. Webinar hosted by Jimmy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NlcOqzBZoi8

  • Messy Church links

- https://www.messychurch.org.uk/resources/messy-church-home-ideas

- https://www.messychurch.org.uk/upcoming-events

- https://www.facebook.com/messychurchBRF

- Mary Judkin’s Messy Church Video - https://youtu.be/Vap4B-jjDxQ

  • Diddy Disciples

- https://www.diddydisciples.org/

- https://www.facebook.com/DiddyDisciplesBridgnorth

- Mentimeter - https://www.mentimeter.com/

- Slido - https://www.sli.do/

The purpose of Faith in Kids is to resource, equip and support those who oversee the children’s ministry in their local church, because they can reach countless Sunday School leaders, parents and church leaders.We also encourage and equip parents to open the Bible and speak about faith in Christ with their children at home.

Visit: https://faithinkids.org/

Self-Care booklet

The National Safeguarding Team have produced a short ‘Think Safeguarding’ advice note for parishes, PSOs and clergy when contacting those that may be vulnerable during COVID-19. You may find it useful on the link below:


Here’s the link to the Illustrated Ministries free resources  

Illustrated Ministries Lent at Home resources

Resources to Guide Children in Bereavement

The Examen is a lovely method of praying as a family you can learn more about the Examen if you click on the picture above.

A great way to pray is to look for God’s presence in your life. More than 400 years ago St. Ignatius Loyola encouraged prayer-filled mindfulness by proposing what has been called the Daily Examen. The Examen is a technique of prayerful reflection on the events of the day in order to detect God’s presence and to discern his direction for us. Try this version of St. Ignatius’s prayer.

1. Become aware of God’s presence. Look back on the events of the day in the company of the Holy Spirit. The day may seem confusing to you—a blur, a jumble, a muddle. Ask God to bring clarity and understanding.

2. Review the day with gratitude. Gratitude is the foundation of our relationship with God. Walk through your day in the presence of God and note its joys and delights. Focus on the day’s gifts. Look at the work you did, the people you interacted with. What did you receive from these people? What did you give them? Pay attention to small things—the food you ate, the sights you saw, and other seemingly small pleasures. God is in the details.

3. Pay attention to your emotions. One of St. Ignatius’s great insights was that we detect the presence of the Spirit of God in the movements of our emotions. Reflect on the feelings you experienced during the day. Boredom? Elation? Resentment? Compassion? Anger? Confidence? What is God saying through these feelings?

God will most likely show you some ways that you fell short. Make note of these sins and faults. But look deeply for other implications. Does a feeling of frustration perhaps mean that God wants you consider a new direction in some area of your work? Are you concerned about a friend? Perhaps you should reach out to her in some way.

4. Choose one feature of the day and pray from it. Ask the Holy Spirit to direct you to something during the day that God thinks is particularly important. It may involve a feeling—positive or negative. It may be a significant encounter with another person or a vivid moment of pleasure or peace. Or it may be something that seems rather insignificant. Look at it. Pray about it. Allow the prayer to arise spontaneously from your heart—whether intercession, praise, repentance, or gratitude.

5. Look toward tomorrow. Ask God to give you light for tomorrow’s challenges. Pay attention to the feelings that surface as you survey what’s coming up. Are you doubtful? Cheerful? Apprehensive? Full of delighted anticipation? Allow these feelings to turn into prayer. Seek God’s guidance. Ask him for help and understanding. Pray for hope.

St. Ignatius encouraged people to talk to Jesus like a friend. End the Daily Examen with a conversation with Jesus. Ask forgiveness for your sins. Ask for his protection and help. Ask for his wisdom about the questions you have and the problems you face. Do all this in the spirit of gratitude. Your life is a gift, and it is adorned with gifts from God. End the Daily Examen with the Our Father.

The prayers for use during the coronavirus section on the Church of England website

This has been one of the most widely-used areas of the site the last four weeks.

Working with Matthew Salisbury (National Worship Officer), Church House Publishing recently produced a downloadable/printable version of the prayers (which include prayers for children, as well as a simple form of morning and night prayer) designed for individuals and groups to use at home. The files can be freely downloaded, e-mailed or printed by anyone via the website – with versions suited to sharing digitally, printing at home, or printing professionally.

To draw attention to the booklet’s availability, we included a copy as an insert in 19,000 copies of Church Times sent out last week, and have had a large number of expressions of thanks and requests for printed copies to be made available for those who don’t have facilities to print locally and who want to be able offer resources to those not able to access online materials.

I am pleased to say that we now have a first printing underway, with stock expected to be available within a week (by Friday 24 April). We’re tried to keep the prices as low as we possibly can.

Copies are available to order now as follows:

Packs of 10 for £4 (i.e. 40p per copy) with free UK P&P: https://www.chpublishing.co.uk/books/PCO10/prayers-for-use-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak---pack-of-10

Packs of 50 for £15 (i.e. 30p per copy) with free UK P&P: https://www.chpublishing.co.uk/books/PCO50/prayers-for-use-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak---pack-of-50

Orders can now be placed online using the links above, or by calling our distributor, Norwich Books and Music on 01603 785925

It’s important to note that the description on our site (below) highlights the need to consult the main Church of England COVID-19 Guidance on the distribution of printed communications. Most parishes are hopefully aware by now of the need to use the postal service, and use this resource specifically to reach those not able to access the materials digitally.

We have printed an initial quantity, but expect that demand may be substantial and will take a decision on a further printing within a couple of days.

To that end, it would be very helpful if colleagues in dioceses were able to place any bulk orders/expressions of interest by the start of business on Tuesday 21 April

(if at all possible) ahead of an expected decision on a second printing on Tuesday morning.

Holy Week at Home

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Great YouTube resources for 5 - 11's  children's work from Josh at Trent Kids Vineyard Nottingham HERE
Scripture Union are providing lots of resources during the current lockdown HERE
Holy Week Reflections from the Diocese of Norwich HERE

In Christ Alone by Virtual Worship Orchestra All Souls as shown on BBC News yesterday HERE

From Revd Dr Sharon Moughtin-Mumby creator of Diddy Disciples

This Holy Week and beyond, Diddy Disciples is providing free audio storytelling and prayer resources HERE

- simple audio times of prayer for families

- audio storytelling for babies and toddlers during Holy Week and Easter

- audio storytelling for children aged 3-9 during Holy Week and Easter

- stories for strange times including home based memorial services (coming soon)

Our hope is to support families at this time and to provide resources that will make praying together easy, accessible, and sustainable.

Holy Week and Easter Prayer Card Activities Diocese Of Durham HERE

Lots of ideas streaming for Holy Week from Engage HERE

Lent and Holy Week at Home HERE

From Diocese of Bath and Wells Palm Sunday and Easter HERE

We just wanted to let you know that we have a Palm Sunday and Easter Bible Chat Mat ready to go and freely downloadable from our website. We hope households can enjoy using them over the next few weeks. For those of you who are interested, most of the Chat Mat’s have a bunch of hidden theology within them, many referencing some of the Old Testament parallels or they include images that hopefully provoke a conversation, our aim being, to produce a resource that can engage all ages on different levels. Our vision is for this resource to be far more than a colouring sheet, but rather something that encourages households to read the Bible, have a conversation, pray together and explore together.

Please feel free to share the Bible Chat Mats in your networks.

Also, the Bible Chat Mat ‘Jesus the Chef’ could be useful in the next few weeks, in that it is based on John 21: 1-14 – Jesus and Miraculous Catch of fish.

Lots of Ideas, songs and videos from Alastair Ghinn (Youth Children and Family Leader Selsey Churches) HERE

The Donkey's Day Out by Michael Forster read by Lauren from Bosham Church HERE

Downloadable Spreadsheet of a Huge List of Resources from Church of England National Advisers Network HERE

Church of England Safety Advice on Video Conferencing HERE

A Prayer for Coronavirus by Dorothy Moore Brooks, Chaplain at Great Ormond Street Hospital

Dear God,
When I feel worried about what is happening in the world,
Blow my worries away like the wind blows leaves on an autumn day.
When I feel sad about how this virus is making so many people sick,
Wash my tears away like a waterfall washes over rocks and makes them smooth.
When I feel scared that I might get this horrible virus,
Calm my fears like the dawn makes a dark night fade away and I feel safe again.
Thank you that you are with me and everyone I am worried about.
Thank you that you love me and will always be with me.


Family Worship at Home

Please click on the Going for Growth logo below for resources for Family Worship at Home

Dio Logo at home

Ideas and Resources from other Dioceses below
Pilgrimage at Home

by Tony Cook Director of Education at Diocese of Bath and Wells has designed a great way to journey round your home with creative prayer stations as you go.

30 Day Lego Bible Challenge
30 Day Lego Bible Challenge by Jonny Masters Diocese of Chester
30 Day Dough Church Challenge
30 Day Dough Church Challenge by Jonny Masters Diocese of Chester

Faith5 HERE

“Faith Formation Every Week at Church and Every Night in Every Home”

There is a simple faith practice built into the core of every Faith Inkubators system, resource, and product. It is a powerful framework that deeply connects people to God and one another, connects church to home, and connects faith to daily life. We call this practice FAITH5™.

When modeled every week at church and practiced every night at home, FAITH5 carries the power to enrich communication, deepen understanding, and promote mental, physical and spiritual health.

The five steps are:

STEP 1: SHARE your highs and lows

STEP 2: READ a Bible verse or story

STEP 3: TALK about how the Bible reading might relate to your highs and lows

STEP 4: PRAY for one another’s highs and lows

STEP 5: BLESS one another