Youth and Children’s Work Resources
Brochures/leaflets to download:
Addressing Tragedy – following the tragic shooting of Mike Brown in Ferguson Missouri in 2014, the Diocesan Youth Missioner put together a framework for churches to address the issues and questions this might provoke in young people. Mary Hawes, National Going for Growth (Children and Youth) Adviser, has adapted it slightly (with permission) so that it could be used following any tragedy, in case churches might find it useful following a death, or global disaster.
Advent Resources – a collection of material for schools and children’s groups prepared by Revd Andrew Holford.
Beulah Land – feltboard resource suitable for use in Sunday Schools, All-Age Worship, baptism and confirmation preparation, assemblies, holiday clubs and more.
Confirmation resources suitable for use with your youth group/young people.
Experiencing the Festivals – a resource to help parishes and schools connect over the main Christian festivals (some info regarding the National Curriculum may be out of date, but the majority of this resource booklet will still be useful to those looking to connect with their local school).
Godly Play resources – details of the Godly Play story boxes available to borrow from the Diocesan Resources Centre.
Pray and Play Corners factsheet.
Supporting Transitions – tips on how vulnerable children can survive the Transition Storm as the end of the school year arrives.
TRANSforming Churches – a practical guide for the inclusion of trans and gender non-conforming people in the church.
Where have our children gone? – a toolkit for churches with few or no children.
Development Agencies:Christian Aid Educational teaching resources for schools: introduce the global dimension to your school day! Download or order easy-to-use assemblies, classroom activities and games to help students engage with world issues and reflect on their own role as global citizens.
Christian Aid Collective: a movement for change. We’re a group of students and young people taking action against the injustice in our world and challenging the systems that keep people poor.
Regional Co-ordinators: Christian Aid’s Regional Co-ordinators are keen to get out and about – speaking, preaching and coming along to your events. They are looking forward to sharing stories of Christian Aid’s work and can support you and your church to get involved. Hertfordshire’s Co-ordinator is Adrian Whalley, who is based within the Diocesan offices in St Albans.
Tearfund’s Together Groups resources Gather a group of game-changers and discover the role you can play in ending extreme poverty. Together Groups help you identify your unique skills and explore how we can work together to make a real difference to our global neighbours. It starts with an interactive quiz that matches you with one of 11 personas, connecting your skills with God’s story. Next, learn how those personas combine to give us the best chance of achieving our goal, before exploring the positive impact our everyday actions can have on those living in poverty. Get started by taking the interactive quiz and take a look at the session guides below. They’re customisable and designed for groups of any size and context: youth groups, Christian unions, schools work, smaller gatherings.
BRF Ideas Hub – resourcing work among children and families.
Godly Play UK – a creative and imaginative approach to Christian nurture, their website includes details of training events.
Going for Growth website – the national Church of England Youth & Children’s work website.
Mermaids UK – offers family and individual support for gender diverse and transgender children and young people.
Messy Church – everything you need to know about Messy Church: ideas, blogs, contacts.
MindEd – a web portal which contains a wealth of information for anybody working with children and young people’s mental health issues.
PAPYRUS – prevention of young suicide website.
Roots – worship and learning resources for the whole church.
The Resource Vault – an online resource where children and young people can get the advice they need, when they need it, on various mental or emotional health issues. Resources are sorted in different age groups, making them easy to find and relevant.
Thy Kingdom Come – prayer resources for children’s and youth groups.
Urban Youth Workers Institute for those who are working in more urban and diverse contexts.
Worship Workshop – helping schools build better worship.
101 fun ideas for working with young people – great activity ideas for your youth work sessions.
Youth Specialties are the ‘Youthwork’ equivalent in North America and they have some interesting commentaries and resources.
Local Youth and Children’s Work Organisations:
Just Talk Hertfordshire have worked with a number of partner agencies to produce a large number of resources to be used with young people and parents. They’re to raise mental health awareness and normalise conversations about mental health. These have been designed to engage particularly with boys and young men, but they can be used with girls or mixed groups also.
Pro-Action are a membership organisation, supporting and representing over 200 organisations to deliver high quality services to over 40,000 children and young people across Hertfordshire.
The 2:67 Project offers advice, support, encouragement, networking, resources and training in all areas of youth and children’s work across the St Albans and Harpenden area in any and every church/organisation.