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Please be assured of our  prayers as you continue with your vital work with the children and families, albeit for the time being virtual, in the Diocese of Chichester. Well done and be encouraged in all you do. I was helped by reading this today I hope it encourages you too:

 “Don’t be afraid, I’ve redeemed you. I’ve called your name. You’re mine. When you’re in over your head, I’ll be there with you. When you’re in rough waters, you will not go down. When you’re between a rock and a hard place, it won’t be a dead end – Because I am God, your personal God.” Isaiah 43: 1--4 (The Message) 

May Camp will be streaming live 23 - 24 May - for the full programme HERE
Click on the image for children and families resources and activities
Thy Kingdom Come
New Hymn by Pete James 
Rogation Sunday at Home 17 May 2020

You can download a  liturgy by Revd David Swyer for use at home

Why not plant some seeds with your children in pots on the windowsill or in your garden and encourage your children to water them and watch them grow saying a short prayer thanking God for his creation.
Resources for Ascension Pentecost and Trinity

See on our designated youth web page  HERE

Ascension Saddleback Kids Video

Ascension Bubbles Prayer Activity

Download Hollie Butler Wadhurst Church The Ascension Activities

Ascension Spiral Prayer Activity

Ascension Barnabas in Churches Ideas Hub

The Lords Prayer Thy Kingdom Come Sign Language

Pentecost Saddleback Kids Video

Going for Growth Pentecost

United Methodist Church Pentecost Ideas for Families
Download The Children’s Society Prayers for Each Day TKC 21-31 May 2020

Download Ruth Hine St Ethelburga Make a Pentecost Mobile

Download Mothers Union Daily Prayer TKC 21 – 31 May 2020
Download Hollie Butler Wadhurst Church The Disciples Activity Worksheet

Flame Creative 8 Ideas for Pentecost Crafts

Godly Play Ascension and Pentecost
Godly Play Pentecost
Download Ruth Hine St Ethelburga Speaking in Other Languages Activity

Download Diocese of Guildford Reflective Story Script Pentecost

Pentecost Explained with Lego!!

Download Ruth Hine St Ethelburga The Church’s Birthday Activity

Friends and Heroes First Pentecost Video

Ishmael Fruit of the Holy Spirit Song

Download Family Prayer Activity Beacons of Light Diocese of Chichester

Download Hollie Butler Wadhurst Church Pentecost Activities

Download Family Prayer Activity God of Light Diocese of Chichester

Jane Hart Christchurch Pentecost Headband Activity

Download Ruth Hine Fruit of the Holy Spirit Activity

Trinity Sunday Resources from Barnabas in Churches
The Blessing  

Recorded in a week during 'lockdown', and sung by children from many nations.

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.
Discover the Growing Faith Adventure vision and information booklet HERE 

Is a call for children, young people ad 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 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.
Revd Dr Sharon Moughton-Mumby creator of Diddy Disciples offers lots of Church at Home ideas and also bedtime stories and  compline for children:
To read during lockdown - Sarah Flannery provides guidance on: 

Family & Inter-generational Ministry
Parents & Guardians
Children's Ministry
Preteen Ministry
Youth Ministry
Inter-generational Worship & Serving
Spiritual Milestones
Disability Ministry
Curriculum & Ministry Design
Marriage & Divorce Ministry
Crisis & Counselling
Navigating Human Resources and Organisational Charts 

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 

During the current period of isolation we encourage you to visit our web site and Facebook pages which are being updated daily

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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