Congratulations to Emma Jackson, from West Kirby URC, on winning the URC Lundie Memorial Award in April 2020.
Emma Jackson was nominated by church member Debbie Hedges. 17 year old Emma has made a real impact at the church, using her God-given skills and talents both in Sunday worship and in holiday clubs and children's clubs.
Debbie says, 'Emma is a talented musician and dancer. She has choreographed a dance for the theme song for the last two holiday clubs which was simple enough for the children to follow, yet worshipful. A dance video was then produced with Emma dancing which has been used for holiday clubs and also our monthly kids club, and has also been shared with other churches.
'Emma has also been playing the keyboard and singing in the worship band at church, and, more recently, leading worship. She has continued to do this on a regular basis despite going to dance college this academic year, with the additional time pressures and demands that brings. Her level of commitment is an inspiration to both the young people and adults in our congregation. She is without a doubt someone who uses her gifts, talents and skills to worship God, and for the benefit of the church. She does this without the need for reward or recognition, but I am delighted to nominate her to show my appreciation of her.'
Do you know a child or young person who is playing their part in the mission of God in their church, synod, local community or the wider world? The Lundie Memorial Award is designed to highlight and celebrate such individuals who are using their God-given skills, time and talent to good effect. Each month for 100 months the Children's and Youth Work Committee are awarding a medal and certificate to one of the nominated children and young people, along with a financial award of £100 to be spent to benefit children and/or young people in the church, synod or local community, however the award winner chooses. Please get in touch to get the nomination forms.
Activities at home
Worried about all the time your children will have to be at home during the Coronavirus Crisis? We have discovered a treasure trove of activities to keep your young ones busy. We'll keep adding to the list as we find them.
Activities to enjoy together
on a virtual museum tour whilst on a video call
a group Netflix film night (everyone needs a subscription)
Record a video together to share with your church
Write a song together
YouTube channels for youth
Podcasts for youth
Online resources for families
Saddleback Kids – YouTube
Bible Stories for Kids – YouTube
Life Kids – YouTube
Friends and Heroes – Lots of online resources and activities
What’s in the Bible – YouTube
Hillsong Kids – YouTube
Crossroad Kids – YouTube
Allstar Kids Club Go – Website
Douglas talks – Website
KidSpring Children’s Ministry – YouTube
Illustrated ministries are supporting local congregations and families by providing free, weekly faith formation resources for all ages.
Little Worship Company run a YouTube channel and their own app with content for famillies.
Going 4 Growth have ‘faith at home’ activities that can be done with your family.
Blackburn Anglican Diocese has created Bible Podlets – podcasts to help families engage with the Bible together.
Margaret Pritch has created a Pinterest board with ideas for worship and pastoral care.
Bath and Wells Anglican Diocese have created a resource for families to get into the Bible together at home.
- Live streaming ‘meetings’ from your phone
- Providing stories and activities for families to worship together
- Curating podcasts for people to listen to
- Sending craft packs home with families
- Making videos of Diddy Disciples songs
- Creating parent/team WhatsApp groups
- Making food parcels for those who would get free school meals – look at TLG’s “make Lunch” ideas
- Start a youth Instagram account to keep people connected
- Send weekly texts to your team and parents
- Create challenges for young people and families to engage with – send in videos and the winner gets a takeaway voucher
- Twinkle are offering free unlimited access to their resources if you enter the code UKTWINKLHELPS
- Saddleback kids have great stories videos on their YouTube
- Create an isolation service pack for families
- Jesus storybook Bible YouTube channel
- Roots on the web have some elements for Home Exploring
- Slugs and Bugs have some free resources
- Run a songwriting competition
- Start a crowdfunding page to raise support for those in need
- Do a media/tech audit to see who’s online
Click here for a step by step workbook of different craft ideas.
Our Children's and Youth Development Officer
Steven Mitchell is the Children's and Youth Development Officer. His role is to support, develop and celebrate the children’s and youth work of the Synod.
Steven explained, "I've been involved in youth and children's work in a variety of contexts, both paid and unpaid, for the last 17 years and it's great to be part of a church denomination that champions children and young people."
Whether you have or don't have children or young people in your church, Steven would love to come and visit you and find out how we can develop things further. Below is a list (not exhaustive) of the different ways he can help and support the work you're doing.
- Lead all ages services
- Speak at elders meeting about the trends and issues around children's and youth work
- Help plan and lead holiday clubs or other local events
- Run filmmaking workshops with children and young people
- Give talks or run activities at children's or youth groups
- Plan and lead bespoke training around working with children and young people (working with under 5s, working with teenagers, new children's and youth work resources, general volunteer training etc)
- Organise and lead young leaders training
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If you would like Steven to come and help with any of the above or anything that's not on the list, or would like to speak to someone about anything children's or youth work related, please get in touch.
Steven Mitchell, Children's and Youth Development Officer, email firstname.lastname@example.org, Tel: 07387 580834.