Not Sunday, Not School Bible Heroes!

A once-a-month children's programme for small churches

Eleanor Zuercher

Currently out of print £9.99

Content

Ideal for church-based children's leaders working with 3-11s.

Not Sunday, Not School Bible Heroes! contains eleven off-the-peg themed activity programmes and a five-session holiday club based around the lives of Old and New Testament Bible heroes, both well-known and less familiar. The material builds on the success of Not Sunday, Not School! and Through the Year with Jesus! by offering a further year's worth of programme ideas to facilitate children's work in small churches and rural communities.

Each two-hour programme offers material for a range of practical activities including storytelling, games, art and craft, drama, discussions, music, cookery and Bible teaching, plus ideas for an act of worship following a workshop session. These activities are designed to explore the stories of God working through people throughout history, including considering how we ourselves might fit in.

The programmes are introduced with helpful hints on how to run an effective children's programme outside of Sunday worship, including information on planning and preparation, using the Bible, creative and reflective storytelling and a concluding act of worship.

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Author info

Eleanor Zuercher is by profession a chartered secretary, but recently gave up her job as company secretary with a firm of city solicitors in order to train as a teacher - which she suspects may be her true vocation! Eleanor lives and works in a rural parish in the West Buckingham Benefice (a group of six rural parishes) where, for the past four years she has been running workshops for children aged 3-12. Alongside this work she oversees all the children's work for her parish as well as being involved in planning and taking services, taking school assemblies and occasional RE lessons, acting as a liaison person between the church and the local infants school and developing other links with the local community. Eleanor has also undertaken a number of training courses, most recently Leading Children, a correspondence course run by St John's Extension Studies, which she passed with commendation. The rural affairs magazine, Country Way, published a feature on her work in a recent edition.

Reviews

Another lovely book from Eleanor that contains a series of ready to go sessions - this time on Bible heroes such as Abraham, Gideon and Rahab - as well as a 5-day holiday club programme that focusses on New Testament heroes and us. Each session has an introduction for leaders and then a good way to share the Bible material and plenty of choice of craft, games and other activities. I love the (optional) guided visualisations and meditations. Lots of ideas that will work well with mixed-ages and in a small group - ideal for rural and small churches.

From The Diocese of Peterborough


Review from Jill Hopkinson in Country Way - January 2014

This is the third book from Eleanor Zuercher, forming a wonderful series of resources for monthly children's work programmes in small churches. Not Sunday Not School and Through the Year with Jesus are now out of print, but well worth trying to find second hand.

This approach is distinct from a Messy Church session in that it is a purely a children's programme rather than something for all ages and whole families. That is its strength, not a weakness. This time the focus is on particular characters from the Bible, 11 of the 16 workshop programmes are on the Old Testament. This is refreshing and will give anyone working with children an awful lot of resource material on this often overlooked part of the Bible when working with children. The other five themes are designed to be a five day holiday programme but could be easily used as individual sessions.

There are a wide range of activities described most of which can be done by children aged three to 11 and some of which are targeted at the upper and lower age range. I found it particularly helpful that there was a good range of discussion activities, a focus on prayer and a well written meditation or reflective piece that could be used with the whole group to help them explore both the character and the text more deeply. Each session also includes scripted drama which is usually participatory and full instructions for any craft activity.

Even if you do not use this book to deliver a monthly two hour programme as suggested, it is packed full of resources that can be used to work with children during a service or at other times.


From Rona Orme, Diocese of Peterborough

Another lovely book from Eleanor that contains a series of ready to go sessions - this time on Bible heroes such as Abraham, Gideon and Rahab - as well as a 5-day holiday club programme that focusses on New Testament heroes and us. Each session has an introduction for leaders and then a good way to share the Bible material and plenty of choice of craft, games and other activities. I love the (optional) guided visualisations and meditations. Lots of ideas that will work well with mixed-ages and in a small group - ideal for rural and small churches.

Book details

  • ISBN: 9780857461506
  • Published: 21 June 2013
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  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 192
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