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Resources and Support for Parishes
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The latest guidance from
the C of E  relating to the return of youth and children's activities:

Resources for Summer 2020



PLUS - Daily Bonus Material from 8am:

A YouTube playlist of different worship, craft, prayer, games

and parent support videos 

Downloadable Workbooks

For ages 0-4s, 5-7s, 8-9s and 10-11s. These will be available just before the event




Please join us by clicking here for the- 2020 Youth Pilgrimage @ Home from Monday 3rd to Friday 7th August.

With the lock-down restrictions still in place, this year's Youth Pilgrimage is taking place online so that we can all come together in worship from our homes!

Leaving Lockdown Resources  - These are new and are gradually all going live this week. Free downloadable ideas for churches to find ways to connect with children/families/youth in this transition out of lockdown.

Camps and Missions - Some are still running online over the summer, with spaces available. Over 800 have signed up to take part in things so far which is encouraging.

Holiday Clubs – the Wonder Zone holiday club now has videos available for churches to use if they want to do an online club 

Inspire – 3 minute videos and a leaders guide to make up a session around it.  These were daily, now weekly and running till at least Christmas. Good for young people.

The New Mental Health Suite   Is all live with free downloads of different resources for children/young people. These could be used in groups or schools or potentially something that is given to parents to help them to talk to their child about mental health related concerns.
There’s also a new Rooted Journal coming out this summer, and Rooted Junior sessions for 8-11’s are currently being written.

It’s Your Move for transitioning to secondary school resources are still available. There’s online sessions that are free on youtube – might be of help to children/youth workers with those transitioning over summer.
Virtual Holiday Club exploring the Gospel of Luke and also 7 weekly Bible themes for the family to share.

A pdf guidance sheet for doing Godly Play on Zoom HERE

The Godly Play Foundation has a YouTube channel on which various stories are told in various languages HERE 

Our Facebook Group
offers frequent examples of people’s new discoveries in relation to making Godly Play, and Godly Play type activities available HERE

In the autumn the trainers are hoping to make a host of new opportunities available to join via Zoom or to download and use at home. Some will be training opportunities, and some will be resources to share with children and families, and to resource teachers who will need to offer assembly in class bubbles. Information on courses HERE

Back copies of each magazine available on our website HERE

Family Faith Formation Summer 2020 Edition



Because of the current and ongoing restrictions on social gathering associated with the Coronavirus pandemic, this resource is designed to be for use by families in the home, with the support of churches through resource provision and online engagement. It is flexible enough to serve churches who have previously provided successful holiday clubs but now are unable to gather in the same way as before, and churches who have never done them before but might have a connection with a small number of families in their community. The Holiday Club is called the Hope Club because we want to offer our communities the opportunity to know our hope is in Jesus the light of the world.

We provide support to help churches bring people together and work to improve things in their neighbourhoods.

We help communities decide what they want to do, and then we draw on the contacts and knowledge to create individual projects that will bring about positive change.

We can support you to reach out to under-represented groups in your community, which is part of the Diocese Vision 2020 – 2025 to be MORE OPEN.

For more information please please contact:

Hope Youth (formally Hope Revolution)
is the youth focused arm of HOPE Together and seeks to engage young people from across the church in Mission and Evangelism.  Hope Youth consist of numerous partners including but not limited to Church of England, Alpha, Limitless, Youth for Christ, Scripture Union, Message Trust, the Pais Movement, LIGHT, Urban Saints and Redeemed Christian Church Of God. Collectively this group has facilitated the creation of various initiatives and resources including Mission Academy, 
Mission Academy Live and Amplify, part of Advance 2020 but with a specific focus on developing 11-17 year old evangelists.

Residential Conference Camps and Activity Centre in Sussex

Resources for Creationtide & Harvest


Four experienced authors and practitioners offer intergenerational approaches for engaging with questions of death and life in a safe and supportive setting. The material guides church communities who are dealing with the death of loved ones and other situations of loss.
Wild Worship is for families and churches that want to use creative ways to connect with God outdoors. This guide is great for children's workers who are tired of being inside and want to take their groups outside as part of their worship and teaching experience.  Rachel Summers is a forest school practitioner. Wild Worship is a practical book full of reflection, prayer and activities to help families and church groups experience God in a new way.
Helping churches to reconnect and value their environment. A creative worship and activity resource for churches to use outside the church building, Outdoor Church functions in any green space and is suitable for churches in urban, suburban and rural contexts. - Four sessions for each season - Four stand-alone service outlines, one for each season - Material based on Bible stories and parables - All-age activities and seasonal prayers - Indoor alternatives for rainy days

 ‘All Seasons: Exploring Outdoors’  4 simple outdoor sessions that include worship

Also ‘How to guide’ called ‘How to go outdoors with your group’ HERE

You will find a wealth of CHILDREN'S AND FAMILY WORK AT HOME resources from various sources HERE

Contributed by children's and family work leaders from across the Diocese of Chichester, leaders from the Church of England National Networks and various key organisations and publishers.

Nurturing Healthy Minds Together

Research exploring the published literature and policy developments around prioritising and supporting the emotional wellbeing and mental health of very young children – from conception to reception. In 2019, the National Children’s Bureau (NCB)  research and policy team undertook a rapid review of the literature around:
• The extent and nature of mental health support needs in under 5s
• Interventions offered by different providers for families of children aged 0-5 years
• Experiences of families of early years’ interventions/programmes
• Models of parental engagement
• Parental knowledge of the social and emotional needs of 0-5 year olds

The review focuses mainly on UK-based literature. The search approach included academic databases, reference lists of journal publications, and grey literature, e.g. relevant governmental and non-statutory reports from across the four nations. The review is followed by an analysis of those public policies which focus on support for social and emotional development and mental health from conception to age 5 across England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. The research for this report was carried out pre-COVID-19. The implications included in the summary report have been updated in the light of reported experiences across the early years sector between March to May, 2020 HERE 

See also Parent and Infant Foundation latest Infographic HERE

Discover the Growing Faith Adventure vision and information booklet HERE 


Is a call for children, young people and young adults to write/draw/record their concerns around creation care and climate justice. The submissions will be curated into a travelling exhibition touring UK Cathedrals in 2021.

Coronavirus impacts all of us, but love unites us all. We are aware now more than ever of how interconnected our lives are and the importance of looking out for our neighbours as well as our common home. In the midst of these uncertain weeks and months, Letters for Creation is a project that can be done from home. 

‘Letters’ don’t have to be physical letters: videos, photographs, poems, songs, posters and so on are all welcome, and the ‘letter’ doesn't have to be addressed to anyone in particular. See HERE about how to take part from home.

Faith at Home is a national C of E campaign that builds on the work of Growing Faith and Everyday Faith to support the faith development and pastoral care of children and young people. Highly recommended 8 - 10 min videos for use with families at home HERE 

I have set up a page of resources on our web site to support children who are suffering from anxiety, trauma or bereavement HERE

Diocese of Chichester Hubs for youth children's and family work support

We now have Hubs established in the Deaneries of
Rotherfield Hastings Brighton Cuckfield Chichester Horsham Crawley and Worthing 

To join a Hub near you contact:

Youth Children's and Family Work 

We encourage you to visit our web site and Facebook pages which are updated regularly

For children's leaders continuing professional development, training, individual or group consultations, support with resources, hosting workshops and also introductory sessions to Messy Church, Godly Play, All-Age Worship, Theology of Childhood, Families and Faith, Toddler Groups and much more to support you in embracing the Diocesan Strategy, please contact me at the address below.
Kind regards
Revd Dr Irene Smale
Diocesan Children's and Families Work Advisor (Part-Time)
Chaplain to the Prebendal School Chichester
Cathedral Deacon
Lecturer in Practical Theology
M: 07980 617 584
Department for Apostolic Life
Diocese of Chichester
Church House, 211 New Church Road, Hove BN3 4ED
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