Hello to the St Robert’s and St Michael’s Church Families!
30 April 2020
I hope you are still finding ways to have fun and enjoy yourselves as well as learning and working each day.
James and Alistair have been doing a lot of baking in our house and helping with some of the housework such as mowing the lawn and doing the dishes. They
are getting rewarded for this, of course!
As we are all still largely stuck at home I thought I would send you on some more recommended resources for families looking for some faith-based stuff.
“Roots”, the organisation that we use for much of our Junior Church content, are offering free weekly resources for families to look at, based on the readings for the week. These are available each week at https://www.rootsontheweb.com/ (look for the “FREE resources” button on the right). It has prayers, a bible story, activities and printable sheets which are updated each week.
For Crumpet Church and in schools we use a lot of Bible stories from “Open the Book”. Sadly because of copyright we cannot continue to record our own versions of these stories for you to look at online, but…. They are putting up some assemblies online, with the stories often told by Bob Hartman himself, author of the Lion Storyteller Bible. To keep up to date and find these resources, follow them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/OpentheBookuk/.
Finally, here’s an idea for us all. VE Day is coming up on Friday 8 May. There will be a 2 minute silence at 11.00am to remember all those who died in World War II to achieve Victory in Europe, as well as others who have died in military conflict and the victims of Covid-19. After this, how about holding your own “stay at home street party” by decorating the front of your house in red, white and blue and having a party in your front garden or from the front of your house? An excuse for party food and picnics, games, music and fun, visible to all who pass by or live nearby. Share your pictures of your stay at home street party with us on Facebook.
We know it is not easy for you at the moment. John and I continue to pray for you all every day, adults and children, that you would stay safe, happy and healthy. Do get in touch with us at any time. We’d love to hear from you.
Revd. Abbie and Revd. John
Here are some new resources for hard-stretched families!…..one for small children; one for teenagers; and one for adults – a daily reflection for Holy Week (BEWARE – big file this one – about 21Mb, so only available in the DropBox)
Monday morning assembly on YouTube: Tune in and join us for our weekly online assemblies, 11.00am on Mondays at www.youtube.com/fischymusic
- FischyTunes: Our music video website for children. They can watch our songs for free at fischytunes.com(we’ve just added some more Fischy favourites this week).
- Spotify (and other streaming platforms): Pop on our “Twenty Years of Fischy Music” album on Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music or wherever you stream your music.
To help with the rhythms and routines of your new daily life, we are releasing seven songs, one for each day, all with challenges and activities related to each song. Every week for the next few weeks we will continue to add songs and resources.
We encourage you to sign up to receive our eNewsletters or follow us on Facebook or Twitter to hear about new songs and activities as they are made available.
From 23rd March, 2020 we’ll be posting a daily prayer and worship activity. These will appear on this page, and also on our social media accounts for Twitter, Facebook and Instagram (use the hashtag #EngageAtHome).
They will include a simple prayer or worship activity which families can engage with together, using movement, interaction, craft, play and more. We will be varying the themes and types of engagement with God, and we are sure that you’ll be able to adapt the ideas to suit your family.
STORIES & ACTIVITIES
Take some time to learn about the Easter Story from home. This downloadable pack has lots of fun games and activities based around Easter, as well as helping us to understand the significance of the Easter Story for the people at the time of Jesus, as well as for us today. Follow this link to watch the story unfold on RE:quest.
Offer lots of fun resources for family worship, some of which are freely available and others are free if you sign up to emails. Here is one activity booklet related to Holy Week: