It is no accident that our Lord instructs us all to be like children when it comes to understanding the Kingdom of God. Our ways of doing and being Church when we are children are vibrant, exciting and inquisitive. This is important for us in these formative years as we build the basis of what will come. It is also fundamental for the church which, too, can grow and learn through the example which children set.
Child Friendly Church Award Scheme
When you're looking for a church for your children or family to attend, it can be difficult to know which ones will be welcoming to younger participants.
The Child Friendly Church Award Scheme is there to help! By working hard to consider how all aspects of their life and work affect children and families, child friendly churches are able to demonstrate that they are doing everything in their power to cater for the needs of parents, carers and young ones in their context. Find your nearest Child Friendly Church here.
If your church doesn’t have any children, working for the Child Friendly Church Award is a great way to start thinking about how best to support and encourage them and their families to become involved with your congregation.
Is your church child friendly? Does it have a Child Friendly Church Award yet? If not, why not click the link above or get in touch to find out more?
Are you aged between 5 and 18? Do you like making friends, playing games, being creative, adventurous, crafty and active? Do you like learning new things and exploring the world? If so, Pilots is for you!
Pilots is an ecumenical, non-uniformed organisation open to all children and young people. We believe that every child and young person matters. Consequently, Pilots aims to meet the needs of each community in which it functions, offering children and young people safe and caring environments to flourish in the knowledge and love of Jesus Christ.
Pilots companies, based in local churches around the UK, usualy meet on a weekday night, providing different activities, games and challenges to suit all ages and abilities, with:
Deckhands for 5-6 year olds
Adventurers for 7-10 year olds
Voyagers for 11-14 year olds
Navigators for 14-18 year olds
Pilots also encourages children and young people to develop their leadership skills and hopefully, in time, take more and more of a role in planning and delivering the programme for their company.
Visit www.pilots.org.uk to find out more.
Some good resources...
Each month we share a new resource which you might find helpful. These include materials for young people aged 11-18 as well as their families and those who work with them. These are not always new, but their age doesn't change their relevance! We hope that you enjoy exploring them.
If you have a book or resource that you have found valuable and like to share it with others, or have any comments or questions about resources shared here, do let us know.
Our Latest Suggestion:
Messy Lent by Jane Leadbetter (Bible Reading Fellowship)
A fantastic addition to the Messy Church series allowing people of all ages to engage in creative, messy fun in exploring Lent. If you haven’t tried Messy Church session, this resource could be a great introduction to the concept!
Archive of Resources:
Here is a PDF of all the resources we have suggested organised into several categories to help you find exactly what you need. As always, should you need any assistance or have comments to share, please do let us know.