CBC during COVID-19
In response to recent government advice, we have taken the hard decision to suspend all organised church activities, events and services involving people meeting together, with immediate effect. This includes Sunday services, and all regular groups run by or on behalf of the church, or held elsewhere (including home groups, and Home Central). Ministers and office staff will be working from and are still conatactable in the usual ways We'll be providing resources on our main YouTube channel, and our Youth and Children's worker's Bible Applied channel.
We know this is going to be a tough time for families, so we've got some resources that you can use.
For kids to watch
The Pilgrim's Progress – Out in cinemas last year and a great watch. Maybe for older children! You’ll need this link to watch it: View The Pilgrim’s Progress
Authors reading children’s Christian books:
- Watch Dai Hankey reading Eric Says Sorry.
- Watch Trillia Newbell reading The Garden, The Curtain and The Cross.
- Watch Lauren Chandler reading Goodbye To Goodbyes.
- Watch Dai Hankey reading Eric Says Please.
- Watch Dan DeWitt reading The Friend Who Forgives
- Minno streams good Christian content. You may need to filter through some of the rubbish but there are some good finds in there.
- If you are a Netflix subscriber then you have access to the newer series of Veggie Tales. Good for the younger audiences.
- We have been watching SuperBook at church. Be aware that some of the episodes can mention death, sacrifice, blood etc., all biblical but maybe inappropriate for younger audiences.
- Saddleback Kids as they have a load of resources for younger children. Lifekids is more aimed at the very young but can still be engaging.
- Michael J. Tinker is a children’s Christian songwriter and performer. He has a live stream each day to check out:
For kids to read
- FREE – Download the full size images of popular childrens Christian books on The Good Book Company website.
- 10 of Those has some great suggestions: https://www.10ofthose.com/uk/products/children-youth. They have made up some school closure packs which can be found here
- The Good Book Company also provides great resources: https://www.thegoodbook.co.uk/children/
For kids to do
SING ALONG – Awesome Cutlery (yes, that is their name!) have done some fantastic children’s songs. Go and have a watch and sing along on their YouTube channel
Easter materials for 5 lessons for Children up to age 11 are free here (just go to the “download all files” in the top right).
TEACHER WILLING TO HELP – Daniella Hodgson is willing to help via video link any families with primary school aged children. Please do feel free to get in contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Twinkl is a website for teachers but have opened up their resources to parents during the pandemic. They have whole day plans, it is brilliant! Link: http://twinkl.co.uk/offer, You used to have to use a code for this, if it asks you then use: parentstwinklhelps
- If you haven’t already then sign up to Pinterest, it is full of ideas and free resources. It is particularly good for craft activities and ideas. Link: https://www.pinterest.co.uk.
- Mustard Seeds have made their Easter Sunday school material freely available. If you wanted to do some more sit-down time with the children and focus on Easter then here are the links: Lesson 1 / Lesson 2 / Lesson 3 / Lesson 4; 'Dead or Alive' is a 2-part series Lesson 1 / Lesson 2
- Lifeway Kids App: Available on both the iOS App Store and Google Play, the Lifeway Kids’ App gives you access to a range of curriculum options, including The Gospel Project, Explore the Bible, and Bible Studies for Life. You’ll need to pay to access specific units of study, but it’s worth it to access the games, colouring, videos and other content to help study the Bible with your children. Link: https://www.lifeway.com/en/shop/the-gospel-project/kids/app
- Guardians of Ancora: A great game for children from Scripture Union
- Christian Craft Ideas: Here is a list: https://wehavekids.com/education/all-christian-crafts
- The Body Coach Jo Wicks is doing daily P.E. lessons which have been watched by millions, great for adults to join in with
- If you want some family Devotions then check out https://mrphil.tv/ and give it a go.
There are some more ideas at https://www.pinterest.co.uk/gracefamilieschildrenandyouth/.
Resources for Young People in Self-Isolation
- You could listen through a Bible book
- You could download this app and work through a devotion each day
- I know a YouTuber who could help you
- This is the YouTube version of the conference I want to take everyone to in November
- You could buy a book
- Or a comic if you’d rather that
- You could explore this site
- This could be worth checking out: https://content.scriptureunion.org.uk/resources?f%5B0%5D=collection%3A498
- This could also be worth exploring: https://www.dare2share.org/training/
- This mobile app is worth an explore: https://subsplash.com/reasonablefaith/app
- Spending time on this website is a good use of time: gotquestions.org
- 3 minute lockdown reflections are being posted here
- There is a load of other books here
The Bible Applied
Go through Titus or 1 Thessalonians using the playlists at YouTube.com/TheBibleApplied. The Bible Applied will be releasing Family devotional material for parents and teens to do together soon, watch this space!
- Photograph something around the house beginning with every letter of the alphabet
- Photograph something of every colour of the rainbow
- Take a photo that only has objects of one colour
- Take a close-up picture of something
- Take a photo in black and white
These can be limitless!! You can also find 30 day art challenges online, but here’s a few ideas to get you started:
- Do a drawing without taking the pen off the paper
- Draw/paint a self-portrait
- Draw a picture that is no more than 1inch tall/wide
- Draw/paint about something that inspires you
- Draw/paint something from your favourite book
- Invent an imaginary friend and draw/paint them
World Record Challenges
Challenge the group to try and beat some silly world records:
- Most spoons balanced on the human body (79 to beat)
- How quickly can they eat 3 cream crackers (14.45 seconds to beat)
- Farthest distance to blow a pea (7.51m to beat)
- Farthest distance to throw a paper airplane (69.14m to beat)
- Tallest toilet paper tower in 30 seconds only touching one roll at a time (28 rolls to beat)
- Most underpants put on in 1 minute (18 to beat)
- Largest bubblegum bubble blown (50.8cm to beat)
- Most Smarties/M&Ms eaten with chopsticks (one at a time) in 1 minute (20 to beat)
- Most dominoes stacked in 30 seconds (48 to beat)
Learn Something New Challenges
- New language – e.g. Duolingo
- Crash Course – http://www.youtube.com/user/crashcourse (loads of subjects to pick from)
- Challenge everyone to learn as many digits of Pi as possible (there’s a song to help: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3HRkKznJoZA)
- Something physical – yoga, tai chi, Pilates, weight training (can be done with cans of beans!!), deep breathing/meditation (tutorials for all can be found online)
- Writing – do a mini-NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) where you set a word count and challenge them to write a story in that time frame, challenge them to write a poem every day
- Ted Talks – encourage them to watch a new Ted Talk each day