Children's work

Our range of Barnabas resources for churches continues to provide good, workable ideas to help you when you meet with children, whether it is on Sundays, mid-week or on one-off special occasions.

Changing patterns in society cause us to look more broadly at how the church engages with those around, and many of our books and ideas can also help as you think about faith in the home - the most natural place to learn! - and about meeting with children beyond Sunday mornings. We are very excited by the success of Messy Church as an initiative to encourage adults and children together as they grow in faith.

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Welcome to the Lord's Table Course Book - new edition

Welcome to the Lord's Table Course Book - new edition

A practical programme for children on Holy Communion Margaret Withers £12.99

Welcome to the Lord's Table is a fully revised edition of a highly successful programme, used in many churches and denominations throughout the UK. Rewritten for a new generation, it has been brought up to date, fully reflecting changes in both church process and church culture over recent years. New illustrations and new content will enhance the book's appeal and usefulness.

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Welcome to the Lord's Table Activity Book - new edition

Every page in this book has been designed to help you mark a very important journey. Step by step it will help you to learn all about belonging to God's family. So it's about you and God. You can fill in the pages by yourself or with the help of a grown-up. If you are using this activity book as part of your church's Welcome to the Lord's Table programme, you will have the opportunity to offer it at your first Holy Communion as a sign that you belong to God and are part of his family.

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Messy Church Does Science

Messy Church Does Science

David Gregory £9.99

Helping Messy Church leaders use science to explore aspects of the Christian faith. In popular culture there is a perceived conflict between science and faith, yet in many ways scientific understanding can enhance faith. This resource offers Messy Churches the tools to use science to explore aspects of the Christian faith; demonstrate that science and faith are complementary; and enable children and adults alike to appreciate the wonder of creation. 100 sizzling ideas from a range of contributors provide inspiration for the Bible-based activities element of Messy Church.

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Messy Church Does Science (PDF Download)

Helping Messy Church leaders use science to explore aspects of the Christian faith. In popular culture there is a perceived conflict between science and faith, yet in many ways scientific understanding can enhance faith. This resource offers Messy Churches the tools to use science to explore aspects of the Christian faith; demonstrate that science and faith are complementary; and enable children and adults alike to appreciate the wonder of creation. 100 sizzling ideas from a range of contributors provide inspiration for the Bible-based activities element of Messy Church.

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Messy Parables

Messy Parables

25 retellings for all ages Martyn Payne £8.99

Creative ways to share the stories Jesus told. Jesus' parables intrigued, inspired, engaged and challenged the crowds, combining everyday imagery with surprising twists that prompted all ages to wonder and discover the treasures of the kingdom of heaven for themselves. Through 25 tried-and-tested retellings, together with sections on the importance of story, the power of parable, the challenge of all-age storytelling and becoming a Messy storyteller, this resource communicates the immediacy and relevance of Jesus' message for Messy congregations today.

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Messy Parables (PDF Download)

Messy Parables (PDF Download)

25 retellings for all ages Martyn Payne £8.99

Creative ways to share the stories Jesus told. Jesus' parables intrigued, inspired, engaged and challenged the crowds, combining everyday imagery with surprising twists that prompted all ages to wonder and discover the treasures of the kingdom of heaven for themselves. Through 25 tried-and-tested retellings, together with sections on the importance of story, the power of parable, the challenge of all-age storytelling and becoming a Messy storyteller, this resource communicates the immediacy and relevance of Jesus' message for Messy congregations today.

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All-Age Worship

All-Age Worship

Fully revised and updated Lucy Moore £8.99

This book is for those who sense that worshipping God together is probably a good thing, but are nervous of trying to lead their church towards that vision. It acknowledges that we don't live in a perfect world - or church - and that no one has all the answers. It also argues that you are the expert for the ways in which your church can best worship God, and helps you start to find those ways and adapt them for your local setting

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Seasonal Specials for Children's Ministry

Seasonal Specials for Children's Ministry

children's group activities for ten key occasions through the year Ann Diaz £11.99

Seasonal Specials for Children's Ministry provides engaging material for ten special events through the year. Each section offers a reflective time, craft, game, snack, drama and community outreach idea, and Easter and Christmas include extra activities to inspire, inform and celebrate. Whatever your form of children's ministry, Seasonal Specials is an essential all-purpose, year-round resource to help children develop in their faith.

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Comfort in the Darkness

Comfort in the Darkness

Helping children draw close to God through biblical stories of night-time and sleep Rachel Turner £7.99

Sleep, dreams and the night can be mysterious and sometimes troubling. Children can be afraid of the dark, have nightmares and night terrors, sleepwalk, or have insomnia. How do we deal with their concerns and fears and help them to draw close to God at night? This collection of Bible story retellings exploring God's character and promises will enable parents to help children grow in peace, confidence and understanding of who God is.

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God's Story for 7-11s

God's Story for 7-11s

36 Bible-based sessions for midweek and Sunday groups Becky May £12.99

Let's share God's big story! Use as a year-long weekly programme or dip in and out to highlight individual stories at key times of year and supplement other activities. Varied storytelling methods enable children to engage with God's big story in different ways, with a range of activities to illustrate and explore the story, catering for different learning preferences and play styles and using materials that most children's groups will already have to hand.

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God's Story for 5-7s

God's Story for 5-7s

36 Bible-based sessions for midweek and Sunday groups Becky May £12.99

Let's share God's big story! Use as a year-long weekly programme or dip in and out to highlight individual stories at key times of year and supplement other activities. Varied storytelling methods enable children to engage with God's big story in different ways, with a range of activities to illustrate and explore the story, catering for different learning preferences and play styles and using materials that most children's groups will already have to hand.

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God's Story for Under 5s

God's Story for Under 5s

36 Bible-based sessions for midweek and Sunday groups Becky May £12.99

Let's share God's big story! Use as a year-long weekly programme or dip in and out to highlight individual stories at key times of year and supplement other activities. Varied storytelling methods enable children to engage with God's big story in different ways, with a range of activities to illustrate and explore the story, catering for different learning preferences and play styles and using materials that most children's groups will already have to hand.

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50 Praise, Pray and Play Sessions

50 Praise, Pray and Play Sessions

Easy-to-run all-age outlines for use throughout the week Rona Orme £9.99

This book provides 40 one-hour session outlines to be used in a midweek setting with families who would not normally attend Sunday church. The outlines explore a biblical theme or story through a variety of inclusive elements, including gathering activities, interactive ice-breakers, craft activities, different approaches to storytelling, simple forms of visual prayer, reflective discussions and a challenge to take into the week ahead.

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Creative Ideas for All-Age Church

Creative Ideas for All-Age Church

12 through-the-year programmes for informal church services and special one-off events Karen Morrison Currently out of stock £7.99

The twelve themes in this book contain a wealth of creative worship ideas, all designed to encourage the church family to listen to each other's stories. Through listening and worshipping together in a less formal setting, the material promotes creative thinking and enables people of all ages to learn together in worship and grow in faith as part of God's family.

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The Gospels Unplugged

The Gospels Unplugged

52 poems and stories for creative writing, RE, drama and collective worship Lucy Moore £12.99

A resource for busy teachers and church leaders to help them bring the Gospels to life and get to the heart of the biblical text. Click on Mid-week ideas for more like this.

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Messy Church

Messy Church

Fresh ideas for building a Christ-centred community Lucy Moore £8.99

Bursting with ideas to draw people of all ages together and help them experience Christian community outside of Sunday worship

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Messy Church 2

Messy Church 2

Ideas for discipling a Christ-centred community Lucy Moore £8.99

A further fifteen units of fun, food, crafts and mess, with a year's worth of material that your Messy Church will love.

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The Lord's Prayer Unplugged

The Lord's Prayer Unplugged

A wealth of ideas opening up the prayer in ten sessions Lucy Moore £12.99

This book will enable teachers and church leaders to teach this wonderful prayer in a creative way.

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