Here are two simple, child-friendly liturgies for making Christingles and for lighting Advent candles. You can use them for all-age worship, for school events, for Messy Church or for regular services. Obviously, the Chocolate Orange Christingle also works with regular oranges. The Advent prayers (below) can be used one each week, or all at once … More Simple Liturgies for Advent – Christingle / Advent Candle Prayers
I told myself I wasn’t going to write a Nativity this year – too much other stuff going on. And if this was going to be a book, it needed to be out about two months ago. But the muses struck and the idea formed, so here it is, the Nativity I promised myself I … More Christmas Gone Worng + MP3!
This fab interactive Christingle is great for a school assembly, all-age worship or Messy Church. Follow the clues to build up the Christingle bit by bit and find out what each part means. As the elements are found and brought up, you can assemble larger versions on a giant Christingle at the front or a … More Christingle Treasure Hunt
Spelling out the word HARVEST, this uses road signs to help us think about topics for prayer, particularly concerned with our roles as stewards of God’s earth. It is suitable for all-age worship, for an assembly, for a youth-led service or for a midweek group. It includes a confession for the first section. You can … More Road Sign Harvest Prayers
2 Sam 11:26-12:13a & Ps 51 Back when I was a young, bright thing I bought a pair of flowery ‘dockers’ (Doc Marten boots). Loved ‘em. Wore ‘em loads. I even wore them to an ordination service once. I was in the choir and ‘cos it was a posh do we had to wear robes. I … More “How come I didn’t see that before?”
A fun resource for exploring the Parable of the Great Banquet and the excuses we all make to God’s call on our lives. This simple craft generates over 500 different excuses for not tidying your room / handing in that report to your boss / getting up at 4am for the baby / eating your … More Excuse-O-Matic!
This is a fun trick to illustrate how we may think that we have chosen God, but in fact, he chose us, before the creation of the world. It’s great as an attention-grabber for a sermon, youth groups, All-Age Worship, Messy church or school assembly. Prepare this trick by writing a large 9 on a … More John 15:9-17, Eph 1:4 – ” I Chose You”
Some ways of praying using our fingers and hands. These are useful for All Age Worship, for assemblies and schools work, for Sunday School and for praying at home as a family. Pointing Prayers (referring to 2 Corinthians 5:17 – new beginnings) In our prayers today we will use a pointing finger to show us … More Hand and Finger Prayers
Epiphany is out of the way, and Christmas but a distant memory. Now we settle down to the rest of the year. What a great time for a Nooz Tart. ‘What is a Nooz?’, I hear you ask? I think it’s like a giant purple glow-in-the-dark bananana, but with bigger stripes. I expect they’ll have some … More How to Make a Nooz Tart
OK, one final extra resource, in case of last-minute panics. This script was written for the yoof group at my church, and can be performed with puppets (so you don’t need to learn lines) or by people. Don Key, a chat-show host, interviews Wally Jumper, a shepherd, Dr Wiseman and Mary, (plus their animals) but … More Hope Is Coming