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For those working with younger children

50 Praise, Pray And Play Sessions

- Easy To Run All-Age Outlines For Use Throughout The Week

by Rona Orme


Another excellent resource from Barnabas, each session has a fun activity that in turn forms the basis of the bible passage talk and prayers, the prayers themselves are experiential too, and if you have the time there are even more activities that can be done as reflection pieces. At the end of the day you can't fail to find a session in here that will work for you, that is fun and that is ultimately really easy to do.


The sessions cover the highlights of the church seasons, so we have lent, advent, easter, pentecost, christmas, trinity and more, as well as bible highlights like creation, fruits of the spirit, jesus, thanksgiving, prayer .. and finally a series of sessions on the senses.
All of these are literally so well put together you can do them straight from the book, or of course they work in such a way you can tailor your own sessions from them too.

On the whole this is an excellent addition to anyone's library of resources who is likely to have to do an all age (or Childrens/Youth) session and wants a service that is fun and engaging as well as being biblically rooted.



Review by Melanie Carroll  (05/03/15)
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Publisher: Barnabas imprint of BRF
Published: February 2015
ISBN: 978-1-841-01662-7
Paperback
Price: £9.99

Christianity: Key Beliefs And Traditions

- An RE Resource For Teaching Christianity At Key Stage 2

by Cavan Wood


Christianity: Key Beliefs and Traditions is produced as a resource for inform and equip RE teachers by looking at key theological ideas such as creation and salvation, the life of Jesus and the growth of the church.

The book will enable teachers to help Key Stage 2 pupils engage with reflect on and engage with the key ideas, stories and themes of the Christian Faith.

It is classroom friendly, with a fresh approach that will help teachers communicate more effectively with their pupils. Each of its thirty-four sections begins by suggesting some learning objectives, introduces the subject and suggests one or more activities, each which will appeal to children at Key Stage 2 level.

All in all a most useful resource for both classes and assemblies and highly recommended.



Review by Graham Wise  (29/09/14)
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Publisher: Barnabas imprint of BRF
Published: June 2013
ISBN: 978-0-857-46251-0
Paperback
Price: £7.99

Story Assemblies For The School Year

- 36 Assemblies With Five-Minute Stories, Teacher's Notes And RE Follw-up

by Edward J Carter


Story Assemblies for the School Year contains just what the title states. Edward Carter has a proven track-record of storytelling with primary age children and here the stories are essentially parables about God and events in the Bible creatively to enable children to engage with the big story of God's love for the world.

The book is divided into six themes each with six stories which can be used on a weekly basis.

The themes are God's Creation, the message of the Old Testament prophets, stories about Christian values, the story of Holy Week and Easter, Jesus' resurrection and ascension, and the journeys of the apostle Paul.

This is another useful resource for teachers who are looking for easily useable material for RE lessons or assemblies.

Extra useful resources can be found at www.barnabasinschools.org.uk/extra-resources">www.barnabasinschools.org.uk/extra-resources  



Related website:www.barnabasinschools.org.uk/extra-resources

Review by Graham Wise  (29/09/14)
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Publisher: Barnabas imprint of BRF
Published: June 2012
ISBN: 978-0-857-46227-5
Paperback
Price: £8.99

What Price Peace?

- A Teaching Resource for Primary Schools exploring issues of War and Peace

by Chris Hudson


This is a brilliant book, and though designed for use within a primary school setting and for a number of subjects—RE, PSHCE, Literacy & History—I would seriously recommend it to anyone wanting a resource dealing with 'The Great War' for children, or indeed all age groups.

The stories cover a range of people and topics dealing with War and Peace, and are perfectly suited not only for a school setting but could also be used without much difficulty in a sermon setting, I would think.

The book includes prayers, suggestions for activities, thoughts for the day, sketches, and a whole host more activities and ideas. They are divided between the age groups of 5-7 & 8-11, but can easily be taylored to work with an older group if required.

This is perfect school material, well formulated, planned, and set out—but I really think that many other groups and organisations, not just schools, would find real benefit in this book during this Centenery of the 1914-1918 War.



Review by Melanie Carroll  (26/03/14)
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Publisher: Barnabas imprint of BRF
Published: March 2014
ISBN: 978-1-841-01691-7
Paperback
Price: £8.99

Creative Ways to tell a Bible Story

- Techniques and tools for exploring the Bible with children and families

by Martyn Payne


Definitely read the introduction: well worth it, so don't skip it.

Section 1: The Way In. Of the ideas presented, I found 'Getting into Character' the most helpful as this is possible to achieve in assemblies, which is where I tell the stories.

The Bible Box is a variant on the treasure box I used to use, which is very effective. Most people should be able to find at least one method which works for them.

Section 2: The Way through. Know the story: "only when it has come alive again for me can I hope to bring it to life for those who are listening" [p.44]. Again, there should be a method in the suggested ones which resonates; responses based on sounds or actions, walking the story, bringing a picture to life or acting the story out together, are some of the helpful suggestions.

Section 3: The Way Out. Good selection of ideas to use together to "explore and reflect" on the story, rather than the storyteller saying "...and this is what it means". Over time, eacch person may develop different techniques, combining ideas to help to explore the story's relevance / resonance to those who have heard it.

Worth adding to the library.



Review by Pam Sanders  (31/10/13)
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Publisher: BRF (Bible Reading Fellowship)
Published: March 2013
ISBN: 978-0-857-46113-1
Paperback
Price: £8.99

The Big Book of Therapeutic Activity Ideas for Children and Teens

- Inspiring Arts-Based Activities and Character Education Curricula

by Lindsey Joiner


If you work with children over 5 or teenagers in any kind of therapeutic or educational setting then this is a book that will spark your imagination and provide you with a number of invaluable resources.

Whether you work in a group or on a one to one basis; in a formal teaching or therapeutic capacity or a more informal leaders role then this is a book you will welcome on your book shelf. Filled with activities to do with young people to aid them in dealing with a variety of situations such as self esteem issues, negative thoughts or anger management to name but a few you will be glad to have this on hand when planning sessions.

The book is set out in what I think of as a cook book style, with a list of materials required, the purpose of the activity and then a brief but clearly written description of the activity, including easy to scan handouts where required. Not all activities are suitable for all settings, with some specific to day camps or longer group settings but I would be very surprised if there isn't something for everyone here. I think it is worth mentioning that some of the activities have a very American feel on first reading but can easily be adapted to meet other nationalities requirements. And that is for me perhaps one of the beautiful things about this book, most of the activities can easily be tailored to suit individual needs and settings, indeed many of the activities have variations already included.

 

As a counsellor I can honestly say I have and will continue to use some of the activities in the book.



Review by Allison Carroll  (22/05/13)
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Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers from Gardners Books
Published: November 2011
ISBN: 978-1-849-05865-0
A4 Paperback
Price: £19.99

There Is A Season

- Celebrating the Church Year With Children

by Margaret Pritchard Houston


This book is a brilliant resource for anyone working with children. Whether it is for school, church services, Sunday school, holiday clubs or for family use at home this book is a gold mine of ideas for celebrating the major events in the church year with children. I entirely agree with the author that the book "is an attempt to make the great feasts of Christianity accessible to children in a way that does not dilute their ability to instil awe, wonder and joy" and would add that her attempt is a hugely successful one. The author clearly explains why good liturgy for children is important and her discussion of the theology and reasons behind the approach and content of the book is both well informed and engaging. Indeed, the book is probably as useful as a guide for how to think about children's work, especially children's services, as it is a source of ideas.

The book covers a traditional selection of events, namely: Harvest, All Saints / All Souls, Christmas, Epiphany, Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, Easter and Pentecost; the author provides for each a liturgy, suggestions for adding a Eucharist to the liturgy, suggestions for adapting the ideas for use in schools, and ideas for extension activities and for activities at home.

This book was a joy to read. Both the ideas and the approach to children's work will be enormously useful and informative for me personally in the future. If there were to be only one book on children's work available, this should definitely find a place high on the short list.



Review by Tim Hupfield  (13/09/13)
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Publisher: SPCK (Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge)
Published: March 2013
ISBN: 978-0-281-06911-8
Stapled A4 Paperback.
Price: £12.99

Top Tips - On Worshipping with under-5s

- Practical Pointers for Anyone Working with Children

by Alison Dayer


This is a short guide (only 30 pages) making it an ideal book to buy if you were thinking of starting a regular worship session for under 5s. This handy little book could be quickly read and digested by your team.
This book will help you work through the whole process of planning a regular under 5s worship slot. It includes thinking about your venue, the music you will use, the time you have and how to structure it, how to do the Bible story and how to pray.
For leaders who don’t manage to read the whole 30 pages there is a single page at the back containing ten Top Tips.
It is all useful and sensible advice, especially good if you are new to working with this age group. If you are a seasoned professional then you might not learn anything new but it is always useful to be reminded of the ground rules. It is easy when working with this age group to spend too long, use complicated language and try too many new things!
One thing missing from this book is the parents. Under 5s tend to be accompanied by a parent or carer to any worship session they might attend. Parents will be joining in with worshipping with their children. This book seems to forget about the parents – make sure you don’t!

Review by Kathy Bland  (06/02/12)
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Publisher: Scripture Union (SU)
Published: November 2011
ISBN: 978-1-844-27568-7
Stapled A5 Pbk.
Price: £3.50

Mega Top Tips: On Offering the Best Children’s Ministry

- Practical Pointers for Anyone Working with Children

by Paul Butler


Another of the newer Mega Top Tips, which are expanded versions of the very good Top Tipsseries from Scripture Union. This one dealing with Offering the Best Children’s Ministry - Practical Pointers for Anyone Working with Children really is an amazing whistle stop tour of all the differing fields and opportunities of children’s ministry and the things one really needs to know and deal with. I do have to say that I think this would be best utilised either by those new to Children’s Ministry or those churches which are undergoing a change of leadership or focus, as much of it, as one would expect from such a whistle stop, is quite basic. However it perhaps wouldn’t hurt for those more established in Children’s Ministry to have a quick look and see if they are missing any opportunities to expand their work as in that respect it is quite comprehensive.

Review by Melanie Carroll  (26/01/12)
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Publisher: Scripture Union (SU)
Published: 2011
ISBN: 978-1-844-27532-8
Stapled A5 Pbk.
Price: £4.99

The Story of REinspired

- Developing Creative Partnerships Between Churches and Schools

by David Skinner, Paul Haynes and Jane Earl


Taking the key principles in developing a purposeful relationship between the local church and local schools, this book offers experienced insight to inspire more creative approaches to engaging with schools and resourcing RE sessions. The first part takes measurable steps to focus on getting started from a realistic starting point, remaining open to what the working relationship brings forth as respect deepens and partnership emerges. Having that understanding in place, the second part looks at how to apply it to the activities with children; it includes an appendix of session ideas and helpfully addresses some of the challenges that are always present when working with children. Most chapters conclude with reflective questions to prompt the reader to think further and consider these issues in the context of their own setting. Throughout the book the story of the original group of churches that became REinspired helps remind readers that this is tried and tested, whilst encouraging other churches to take positive steps to begin the journey for themselves.

Review by Siân Hancock  (16/08/11)
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Publisher: Barnabas imprint of BRF
Published: 18 February 2011
ISBN: 978-1-841-01771-6
Paperback
Price: £8.99

The Growth of Love

- Understanding Five Essential Elements of Child Development

by Keith J. White


The forward being written by the great Sir Richard Bowlby immediately indicates that this is a book that students connecting child care and theology will want to read. However, White himself downplays his academic contribution on the basis that it is the reflections of a practitioner rather than a substantial research project. Over a hundred years of the White family’s lives have been spent in community with damaged children at Mill Grove, the home at the centre of the book. Therefore White has both depth and humanity to offer the reader in this exploration of child development, not a process to be copied but rather a way of life that allows love to grow.

Review by Naomi Nixon  (28/05/11)
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Publisher: Barnabas imprint of BRF
Published: 09 April 2008
ISBN: 978-1-841-01461-6
Paperback
Price: £8.99

Unseen Worlds

- Looking Through the Lens of Childhood

by Kate Adams


How much of your childhood do you remember? This book is not just a fascinating account of the results of research that has attempted to document and analyse the often unrecognised reality inhabited by young children, but it is also a vehicle for simulation of a reader’s own memories. This is obviously a difficult field, but Adams brings to it a creditable academic rigor, whilst at the same time producing a readable and well organised text.
We are reminded that adults can often dismiss the experiences of childhood as simply ‘It’s just your imagination’, the title of one chapter. Though childhood only found a life of its own in the fifteenth century, it has been transformed a number of times since, to be today very much a product of this age. Fear has taken our children off the streets and into our homes, offering in exchange all that can be accessed though TV and the internet. Adams provides a timely critique of how this has affected children’s dreams and other imaginings. Each chapter concludes with a summary that may give recommendations for those who wish to attempt a more enlightened response with their own children. The book also offers us the opportunity to peep through the lens of childhood, something that may well also illuminate our later life.

Review by Paul Scott  (30/03/11)
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Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers from Gardners Books
Published: 15 July 2010
ISBN: 978-1-849-05051-7
Paperback
Price: £19.99

From the Ground Up

- Understanding the Spiritual World of the Child

by Kathryn Copsey


This accessible book will be an inspiration to all who work with children. It starts with the child and the nature of children’s spirituality, what it means to be made in God’s image; moving on to child development and the innate ‘hungers’ (developmental needs) that emerge; followed by the impact life experience and world view can have upon spirituality. The biblical reflections on children show how Jesus demonstrated upside-down values, the importance of a child-centered approach and how that can ‘repair damaged spirituality’. Copsey concludes setting this within the urban context and shares some stories of children met through the work of CURBs which helps the reader visualize what this looks like in practice.
Raising the profile of children’s work, Copsey advocates the need for a child-centered attitude - prayer support, home group focus on understanding children (how Jesus saw children); she challenges others to consider have you ever thought… Why kids can’t sit still in church? Why it’s important to address a child by their name? Reminding Christian communities that in welcoming a child you welcome Jesus and challenging them to become more family aware as a church – get to know your families.

Out of print at BRF but still available from CURBS at £7 plus p&p, details on their site. www.curbsproject.org.uk Editor

Review by Siân Hancock  (10/03/11)
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Publisher: Barnabas imprint of BRF
Published: 20 May 2005
ISBN: 978-1-841-01386-2
Paperback
Price: £7.00

More Core Skills

- Extended Learning Skills for Church-based Children's Ministry

by The Consultative Group on Ministry Among Children


This is as always an excellent book from Barnabas. It has a lot of detail and everything you might possibly need. I particularly like the suggestions for worksheets and help for those with a particular special need as this can be daunting for volunteer church teachers and ministers. This book has also covered a whole range of possibly challenging situations that those working with children might meet, giving advice and help on how to cope and solutions for use every day.

Review by Annette Rose  (29/11/10)
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Publisher: Barnabas imprint of BRF
Published: September 2010
ISBN: 978-1-841-01700-6
A4 Paperback
Price: £12.99

A Child Sees God

- Children Talk About Bible Stories

by Howard Worsley


Ever wondered what your child or children are thinking about when you read the bible together? Well, if you are looking for a book that illustrates the freshness with which children can still respond to the Bible, and its relevance to life today, then A Child Sees God by Rev Dr Howard Worsley, is that kind of training manual. Although the introduction appears quite academic, the following chapters seek to examine several different Bible passages, within clearly defined thematic titles. As selected parents and children discussed the stories together, their conversations and experiences have been recorded and then Howard Worsley has added a relevant comment relating to their discussions. It certainly provided an interesting insight into how children, of varying ages, still respond to the Bible.

Review by Wendy Downey  (23/08/10)
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Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers from Gardners Books
Published: 15 April 2009
ISBN: 978-1-843-10972-3
Paperback
Price: £14.99

Faith in Education

- A Tribute to Terence McLaughlin

Edited by Graham Haydon


This collection of essays on faith-based education is bound together by reflections on the life and achievements of Terence McLaughlin and is published at an important time. Although from an essentially Roman Catholic perspective (addressing specific denominational issues of doctrine and practice) the book provides a robust defence of Christian education across the spectrum. Even though it has been written as an academic collection, the writing is accessible and provides clear coverage of the critical issues. My only regret is the lack of a biography to fill me in and frame the work of this energetic and effective academic who has left such an interesting collection in his wake.

Review by Terry Young  (29/06/10)
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Publisher: Institute of Education from Gardners Books
Published: 09 November 2009
ISBN: 978-0-854-73853-3
Paperback
Price: £15.99

Called by Mind & Spirit

- Crossing the Borderlands of Childhood

by Gavin Knight & Joanna Knight


This is a very important book for anyone wishing to understand the place of children in the Church and how to use that understanding to enrich and engage. Gavin Knight is a priest and a School Chaplain, and Joanna Knight is a child psychologist. They explore the identity, formation and vocation of children and adolescents, from both a theological and psychological viewpoint, using the sacraments and faith/life occasions – baptism, confirmation and ordination – as the pathway. Borderlands refers to the route through childhood to adulthood, together with their present geographical location of Monmouth. At times I was not sure that I was finding cohesion between the two journeys of theology and psychology, but that was of less concern because of the discovery of exciting ideas and thoughts so vital to assist children at a time when so many childhood values are threatened.

Review by Carole Burrows  (01/06/10)
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Publisher: Mowbray imprint of Continuum
Published: 25 February 2010
ISBN: 978-1-441-13761-6
Paperback
Price: £14.99

Through the Eyes of a Child

- New Insights in Theology from a Child’s perspective

by Edited by Anne Richards & Peter Privett


To mark the thirtieth anniversary of the United Nations International Year of the Child, this book has been published by Church House Publishing (C of E). The reader must judge whether the contributors to this volume have succeeded in their aim of seeing religious experience through the eyes of a child. Perhaps more importantly the essayists address the still problematic issues of the theology of childhood, children’s theological insights, childhood spirituality, and so on. In spite of decades of observation there still does not seem to be an agreed understanding of the religious development of the child, and certainly no consensus on how that development relates to the adult, and adult religious development. This is a work in progress.

Review by Ian Gibbs  (12/10/09)
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Publisher: Church House Publishing (CHP) part of Hymns Ancient & Modern
Published: January 2009
ISBN: 978-0-715-14088-8
Paperback
Price: £19.99

Children's Spirituality: What it is and Why it Matters



by Rebecca Nye


Spirituality has still to gain credibility in some Christian circles. However Rebecca Nye dispatches any such scepticism with a carefully argued case, suggesting that children’s spirituality is a formative influence on their development. It was Nye, after all, who introduced Godly Play to Britain. Children, she maintains, delightfully lack adult need to define and categorise, thereby separating religious from non-religious. They see mystery as a normal component of existence. Their world erupts with wonder. Therefore Nye reasons that it is time for Churches to take this on board and assess the spiritual merits of all they offer to their children.

That is quite a challenge, but her 'Think and discuss...' interjections help focus the mind, and the later chapters offer more detailed guidance. She suggests that our telling of Bible stories should lack prescriptive explanation, a neglect that would still terrify many a Church. Nye even suggests that Churches aren't necessarily the best places to encounter children's spirituality - the bath may be better.

There is much here to prompt thought, to encourage conversation, and to transform what we do. It is all presented in a well organised accessible style. I would certainly recommend it to those who work with children, and those who do not see such activity as their particular forté - adding also those who avoid it like the plague.

Review by Paul Scott  (23/11/09)
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Publisher: Church House Publishing (CHP) part of Hymns Ancient & Modern
Published: November 2009
ISBN: 978-0-715-14027-7
Paperback
Price: £8.99

Top Tips on Prompting Prayer

- Practical pointers for anyone working with Children and Young People

by Sarah Bingham and Vickie Blyth


A great book to encourage us all to use creative ways to pray. It is difficult enough for some adults to sit still to pray – let alone children. So this book gives lots of ideas and examples of practical ways to pray but also stresses the principles behind prayer. Though it is a book for those working with children and young people, some elements of the book could be adapted to teach children about the importance of prayer. It’s also full of real life examples of prayer methods which were effective, which are an encouragement to all. It is written in a very easy to digest style and concise enough to read in one sitting, but also very good to dip in and out of.

Review by Ann Evans  (16/03/09)
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Publisher: Scripture Union (SU)
Published: 18 January 2008
ISBN: 978-1-844-27322-5
Stapled A5 Pbk.
Price: £2.99

Pretty Much Everything You Need to Know About…..

- Working With 5 – 7s

by Colin Draper, Helen Franklin and Sara O’Shea


This is a thorough book which could be used by an individual or by those wanting to train a team of children’s workers for this age group. It is a book to be read from cover to cover or to dip into for inspiration and encouragement. We are encouraged firstly to understand the view a 5 –7 year old has of life, family, and God. Only when we understand their perception of the world can we help develop their understanding of it and of God. The book gives very clear and honest advice on how to care for the children of today – those from single parent families, from different social and ethnic backgrounds and those with disabilities or illness. Practical ideas are shared in how to put together a team and a programme. A very useful book to have on your bookshelf.

Review by Ann Evans  (16/03/09)
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Publisher: Scripture Union (SU)
Published: 18 January 2008
ISBN: 978-1-844-27305-8
Paperback
Price: £8.99

Understanding Children Understanding God



by Ronni Lamont


Jesus proclaimed “Let the children come to me” so children are important in God’s family. Understanding Children Understanding God works on two levels to help us understand why. Firstly it is an introduction to developmental psychology. Do Sunday School teachers need an understanding of child psychology? Yes and no. This psychological aspect is possibly the weakest part of the book. Children develop at different speeds so to have a strict guide can be less than helpful. Also developmental, or child, psychology is a contentious subject – just think about how often education styles change to suit the newest theory. Even so, the use of developmental psychology can help us take the children in our churches more seriously than is often the case.
Where Understanding Children Understanding God is stronger is as an introduction to the Godly Play scheme. This is a religious education system that can be used in Sunday Schools but can also be used in secular schools, hospitals and other “non religious” situations. If Godly Play has a weakness it is its reliance on a specific style of psychology. But if a church is looking to build its children work, especially reaching out to the community Godly Play is a tool worth considering.

Review by Phelim McIntyre  (18/08/08)
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Publisher: SPCK (Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge)
Published: 18 October 2007
ISBN: 978-0-281-05820-4
Paperback
Price: £12.99

Rural Children, Rural Church



by Rona Orme


Though I was born and bred in a big city and spend the best part of my childhood and early adult life in one, I have also spent the last 35 years or so in the countryside and I realise that those that live in the rural areas of our land have very special needs to consider . Over twenty per cent of the rural population is made up of children and these children especially nowadays need to be considered carefully when churches are planning their strategy. So often the children are without sensible and effective transport networks, often when home via the school bus they are not able to get back into a town area for entertainment and company. This is when the rural parish comes into its own in providing some much needed support and activities. This book in the “Sure Foundations” series of Church House Publishing offers very sound advice and guidance to all who are working in young people’s ministry, giving examples of how to improve how to plan and how to attract the young people to church and its connective tissues.

Review by Ian Gibson  (30/04/07)
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Publisher: Church House Publishing (CHP) part of Hymns Ancient & Modern
Published: 16 February 2007
ISBN: 978-0-715-14126-7
Paperback
Price: £5.99

Where are the children?



by Margaret Withers


Most of the youngsters attending church are the children of the congregation. Margaret Withers identifies another group of 'hidden' children who use the church hall for sports or drama, belong to a uniformed organisation or visit as part of an RE lesson. This book is about enabling those children to hear the Christian story. It aims to provide thought-provoking guidance to explore the wealth of opportunities for evangelism among children, and a training base for clergy and children's workers.

Review by Guy Marshall  (26/04/07)
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Publisher: Barnabas imprint of BRF
Published: 18 February 2005
ISBN: 978-1-841-01361-9
Paperback
Price: £7.99

Fired Up...Not Burnt Out



by Margaret Withers


Most churches are committed to providing a biblically-based nurture programme for their children, but many rely on the goodwill of parents and other adults to supply the leaders and helpers. This book is designed to help the non-specialist understand the biblical rationale for nurturing children in the Church and gain the basic skills needed ti be an effective leader or helper.

Review by Guy Marshall  (26/04/07)
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Publisher: Barnabas imprint of BRF
Published: 18 May 2001
ISBN: 978-1-841-01209-4
Paperback
Price: £5.99

Core Skills

- Developing and Extending Key Skills for Children’s Ministry

by the Consultative Group on Ministry Among Children


A comprehensive curriculum for training and equipping children's workers, I can imagine this making a significant impact in churches of all denominations up and down the country. This is an extremely user-friendly course guide (web based support for group leaders is available), which would be especially rich if used in an ecumenical context, where different ideas and approaches can be explored. Dealing with six key areas: child development, leadership skills, programme planning, children and community, pastoral awareness and spirituality and the Bible, this course will empower and encourage children's workers whatever their level (or length!) of experience. Sessions are interactive and thought provoking, with plenty of opportunity for group work as well as personal reflection. Go to www.coreskillsforchurches.com for more information.
Includes Photocopy Permission

Review by Samantha Luscombe  (27/03/07)
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Publisher: BRF (Bible Reading Fellowship)
Published: 22 September 2006
ISBN: 978-1-841-01507-1
A4 Paperback
Price: £12.99

Every Child : A Chance to Choose

- The Challenge of Children’s Evangelism

by Penny Frank


I found this book very uplifting and inspiring; ideal for any one involved in children’s ministry. The only difficulty in reading this book will be putting it down! It offers a great deal of information of why and how to engage in children’s ministry both in the church and in the wider community, covering many topics including faith development, training, the big picture of children’s evangelism, co-operation across denominations and much more, wrapped nicely around snippets of real life tales from up and down the UK. Each section contains discussion points which will have you questioning your work within your church, helping you to go further for each of the children you serve and for those you are yet to reach. An excellent piece by Penny Frank, which can be added to on the website discussion pages; www.chancetochoose.com; well worth the visit.

Review by Guest reviewer  (13/02/06)
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Publisher: Children's Ministry
Published: 02 February 2002
ISBN: 1-842-91053-1
Paperback
Price: £4.99