Homegrown Christmas Resources

Over the years we have created lots of resources to help you make Christmas and Advent meaningful for the children of your church and communities.  There are Christmas and Advent lessons, children’s talks, all age Advent readings, rituals and worship services, family faith events, outreach celebrations and

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The people of God in the work of God

I was meeting with one our “Kids Friendly” churches recently to help them review their ministry to and with young people and their families. It’s a church with a real heart for serving its community and one that invests abundantly in children’s ministry. When our discussion turned

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Auckland training events

Please join us for our next Auckland training event.  It promises to be an inspirational evening!  SPARK PLUS children’s ministry training  CHRISTMAS SPECIAL Workshops, inspiration, networking SPARK PLUS is an ecumenical training opportunity offered by Kids Friendly, Baptists, Anglicans, Churches Education Commission and Scripture Union.  It is

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Christmas crafts, games, quizzes, lessons….

While the internet offers a myriad of Christmas crafts, games, lessons…. you could ever wish for, some of us just feel overwhelmed.  So for you we have collated some of our best finds: Christmas Games & Quizzes As much as children love to hear the same stories

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A Kiwi Advent Calendar

Looking for a home-grown Kiwi flavoured Advent calendar? For the last five years South West Baptist Church has produced their own Advent Calendar. Last year it was offered to other churches, organisations and individuals to personalise and use in their communities and around 22,000 found their way

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Have you tried Faith Box?

How often do we lament the lack of home grown resources? Faith Box is a fantastic resource created by our very own Rev Nikki Watkin (Kohimarama Presbyterian Church) and Mary Grant (The Parenting Place). It provides fun and practical tools for making faith-time a regular part of family

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Thoughts to make your heart sing

Our latest favourite find….. I’ve yet to meet anyone who doesn’t love the “Jesus Storybook Bible”by Sally Lloyd-Jones.  At this year’s South Island I was gifted a Manna book voucher and to my delight found Sally’s latest book on their bookstand at the conference.  “Thoughts to Make

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OKids Worship Conference

Brendon and Cathie Clancy are running a dynamic; Spirit-led 3 day programme for children (8‐14), youth, leaders and anyone with a heart for worshipping God, from all denominations!!! 15 to 17 July, 9.30 am to 4 pm at Hope Centre, Lower Hutt.  Costs $70 per participant. To register or

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The Matai Phenomenon

The kids at “B@TCH” are developing a B@tCH vocabulary. It has been growing for a number of years. I was recently talking to the kids about the word for that week which was compassion.  We decided that passion was ‘to care a lot’ and that com came from

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Digging by Silvia Purdie

Digging by Silvia Purdie

As I watched little Arli digging on the beach, I loved the boundless energy as he worked. I reflected on how it’s like that with us and our ministries. We can work and work when we feel safe, when there’s other people cheering us on, when we’ve

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