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Children's Work Resources & Activity Books

Material and advice to help with Children's Church, school and home activities.

My God book

- A Prayer Journal Scrapbook

by Victoria Beeching


One of a new series of spiral bound activity books, this particular one is suitable for a child of any gender and is aimed at the 5-8 year old age group (however it is worth noting that it only mentions this on the 'adult page' so if you removed this page it would be a great resource for older ages with learning difficulties too).

Filled with lots of activities that involve imagining and drawing rather than just writing, its a great way to start a prayer journal, the scrapbook of the title is because lots of the sections involve you cutting out images and sticking them in … a selection of which are provided at the back for ease of use but you can also suggest they use things they find in magazines or elsewhere. It;s strongly tied into the Prayer motif and very soundly biblically based, using both old and new testament people, stories and ideas. A great activity book for personal use or even for use in a group setting I think.



Review by Melanie Carroll  (16/04/16)
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Publisher: Scripture Union (SU)
Published: January 2016
ISBN: 978-1-785-06406-7
Paperback
Price: £6.99

Pray With Me

- Seven Simple Ways To Pray With Your Children

by Grace Mazza Urbanski


This is a really helpful and easy to read book on how to pray with your children, what's best about it though is that these are actually quite deep prayer techniques that are being presented in a marvellously simple and easy way to grasp. Urbanski demonstrates how spontaneous prayer, traditional prayers you know by heart, scripture, song, silence, and reflection can be used with Chirldren, to draw both the children and yourself deeper into prayer.

To be honest given the depth of detail in the exercises and questions, that though they are aimed at family settings specifically, these could easily be tailored and used in any beginners to prayer groups or settings with a few tweaks.

Catholic based but not only for catholics. the sections on Lectio Divina (praying with scripture), Praying with Silence, and praying with reflection really are excellent and well worth utilising...



Review by Melanie Carroll  (29/01/16)
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Publisher: Ave Maria Press from Alban Bks
Published: September 2015
ISBN: 978-1-594-71574-7
Paperback
Price: £9.99

The Adventure Cruise Midweek and Holiday Club Programme

- : A Ready to Roll Five-day Holiday Club or 12-week Midweek Club

by John Hardwick


John Hardwick has years of experience in children's ministry and consequently this latest Midweek and Holiday Club Programme The Adventure Cruise is packed full of great ideas to engage children from 5 to11and help them to discover how they too can get on board with Jesus. The cruise takes the children on a voyage of discovery on the High C's (pun intended) of choice, courage, call, change, commitment and challenge.


The material has been designed to be used in a traditional holiday club week or in a longer series in a midweek club setting by dividing each of the sessions into two. The ingredients include songs and accompanying actions, opening talks, theme illustrations and challenges, a serial drama based around the Watt family, craft and games suggestions, puppet sketches, quiz questions, Bible story narrations, fun sheets, time fillers and prayer ideas. In addition there are useful templates for publicity, and administration items for your club, such as badges, invitation cards, registration forms and so on. The material in the book may be further enhanced by buying a CD containing songs and the drama sketches as well as online resources such as songs with accompanying actions on YouTube. There is a such a variety of ideas to choose from to bring each session alive and get the message across most effectively that much planning remains to be done by the local team. John is keen to emphasize the need to plan your own programme from his resources, in order to make the material best fit the children and the situation in which you are working.


The book begins with some helpful sections on setting up a club for those new to this kind of enterprise and is a good checklist for more seasoned leaders. This material includes how to stay within the law whether on DBS checks, OFSTED requirements or photocopy licences, as well as safety issues such as fire exits and First Aiders.


A huge amount of work and skill has gone into this production. The punchy message comes across with a light touch through humour and lots of varied age-appropriate activities. Children and leaders will have a memorable time enjoying it together and the fruit will be seen in individual lives for months and years to come.



Review by Chris Leach  (05/02/15)
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Publisher: Barnabas imprint of BRF
Published: November 2013
ISBN: 978-1-841-01840-9
Paperback
Price: £11.99

The Jesus Story

- Messy Readings: Told Through 25 Readings from the Bible

by Lucy Moore


Lucy Moore writes in an engaging and winsome style in this short booklet designed to be read by enquirers wanting to know more about Jesus, his life, words, works and challenges. The fact that it is short makes it seem an achievable goal in an age when many people do not read much.

In the introduction she gives some useful tips for those new to reading the Bible—for example don’t start at the beginning and try to read straight through to the end as with a usual book. She goes on to include some brief background on how the Bible came to be written and put together, why there can be differences between the four gospel writers’ version of events and some scene-setting helping readers to get into the mindset of those living in Palestine around 2000 years ago.

Each reading begins with a short passage of Scripture (sometimes abridged as denoted by ... ) from the Contemporary English Version (CEV). The full reference is always given so the extra keen could look the passage up for themselves. There then follows a comment, sometimes moving the story forward, sometimes explaining something that may be unclear or confusing. As the readings progress readers are gently invited to consider for themselves their response to what they are reading. At the end of the book Lucy gives some options for those who would like to take the next step on their journey of exploration or discipleship, and suggests people and places who will be able to help with this.

The cover design and interior artwork  clearly denote that this comes from the Messy Church stable but I was wrong in thinking it has been written for children. It could be for older children or teenagers and the back cover suggests it could be read by families, but it is really aimed at adults who are exploring the Jesus story and I think it is going to prove to be a very accessible and useful tool for those involved in all-age evangelism to give to people wanting to discover more .



Review by Christine Leach  (22/11/14)
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Publisher: Barnabas imprint of BRF
Published: September 2014
ISBN: 978-1-841-01583-5
Booklet
Price: £2.49

Creative Ideas For Children's Worship Year C

- With CD ROM

by Sarah Lenton


This is the follow-on to Creative Ideas for Children's Worship covering Years A and B of the Lectionary.  Based on the Sunday Gospels it also includes material for the major holy days.

 

There is also a CD ROM containing all the material in the book plus additional cartoons. Each Sunday has a script which sets the theme together with ideas for setting up the program for the session. There are prayers, Bible readings and interactive games and activities, followed by ideas for the children being 'back in church'.

 

Although having an Anglican/Roman Catholic profile, the material could be easily adapted for use in a Free Church context and offers some imaginative material for opening up the Gospels to children of all ages, throughout the year. Although it follows the lectionary, it could easily be used outside of a liturgical context.

 

For children's church leaders looking for ideas and activities this volume, together with the previous two would be very useful to have on the shelf.




Review by Graham Wise  (01/10/14)
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Publisher: Canterbury Press imprint of Hymns Ancient & Modern Ltd
Published: November 2012
ISBN: 978-1-848-25241-7
Paperback
Price: £24.99

Through The Year With Who Let The Dads Out?

- A Years Worth Of Ideas For Reaching Out To Dads And Their Pre-School Children

by Mark Chester & Tony Sharp


In true Dad style, this book does exactly as it says on the tin... It is a guidebook to take you through the year with a 'Who Let The Dads Out?' group. 

It is by no means restricted to that purpose, but its lay out and content focus on that as its primary aim—and rightly so, it is the title of the book. 

The structure of the book, with monthly themes, reflection material and step by step guides through engaging activities, lends itself well to those who need a format to follow. A very practical requirement when organising such a group. 

However they interject this format with ideas pages, discussion starters and most importantly Top Ten lists. Whilst encouraging the set up and establishment of a 'Dads' group, the material is totally adaptable to any generic version of such a group or even to your own family life with your children.

If you are a male adult carer of young children searching for discussion topics and activity ideas to engage in within your family, church community or wider social group, then this book provides the material to get you well on your way.



Review by Barry Mason  (03/07/14)
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Publisher: Barnabas imprint of BRF
Published: 23 May 2014
ISBN: 978-1-841-01727-3
Paperback
Price: £6.99

God Rescues

- Mosaic For Small Groups Of Children With A Wide Range Of Ages

by ed. Maggie Barfield


Another great selection of 12 bible based sessions for use in small groups of children across a genuinely wide range of ages—perfect material in fact for a mixed age Sunday school covering the theme of 'God Rescues'.

Like many such books on the topic, we have the obvious studies on Moses and the Exodus in the Old Testament, then we move into the New Testament with the parables as they demonstrate how 'God Rescues' the lost and rejoices in the found. Finally the last four sessions focus on Acts and how sharing the good news with others is us being involved in 'God rescuing' others.

As always the sessions are well presented and set out with times, step by step instructions and good background as well as extra idea's if needed. Included within are of course the photocopiable activities, resources and colouring sheets needed to do the full session with the differing aged.

A great addition to a really helpful series.



Review by Melanie Carroll  (07/06/14)
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Publisher: Scripture Union (SU)
Published: June 2014
ISBN: 978-1-844-27873-2
Stapled A4 Paperback.
Price: £11.99

Bake Through the Bible

- 20 cooking activities to explore Bible truths with your child

by Susie Bentley-Taylor, Bekah Moore


This book contains 20 Bible stories, told in a simple, engaging style, that take your child through the whole storyline of the Bible. Each story is supported by a cooking activity that reinforces the main teaching, along with questions to discuss while cooking, and a simple recap to use when enjoying what they've cooked.

Cooking activities include:

  • Sparkly promise cookies to remember God's wonderful promises to Abraham
  • Happy crepe faces in response to God's promise to send His Rescuer and Forever-King
  • Spiral tuna wraps for a picnic that links with Jesus' miracle of feeding thousands
  • An empty bread tomb with Easter dips to celebrate Jesus' resurrection

You don't have to be a good cook—just ready to have some fun as you Bake through the Bible!



Review by x  (07/05/14)
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Publisher: Good Book Company
Published: September 2013
ISBN: 978-1-909-55900-4
Paperback
Price: £8.99

God Of The Sandpit

- 50 Prayers for Children, Young People, School Staff and their Christian School Communities

by Rachele & Gabby Tullio


This is a short book made up mainly of a short reading/poem/meditiation and then a few questions and finally a prayer. Originally written within the context of catholic schools the material in it works for any christian teacher or school, regardless of denomination.

What I found most interesting is that such a wide mixture of people are being aimed at in this one short book. Some of the material is definitely teacher or school worker orientated—dealing with stress found in classrooms, with engaging with children and parents, and other such very familiar topics to anyone familiar with a school setting. Whereas other material is firmly aimed at the children and therefore very suitable for assembly or classroom prayers.

I can see that this book really would be useful in a few settings, not least I think for finding material for the school newsletter or bulletin boards as well as classroom use.



Review by Melanie Carroll  (19/03/14)
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Publisher: Mosaic Resources distributed by Alban Books
Published: October 2013
ISBN: 978-1-743-24101-1
Paperback
Price: £10.99

Destination Church: 11 Studies on Church Life and Worship: Student Workbook



by Sheila Stephen


How do you prepare young people to make the change from Sunday School to church? This workbook with leaders' guide has been written to help young people make that transition. The 11 studies cover subjects such as "What is a church?", "What is worship?", "What happens at communion?" and "Am I really a Christian?"

The material has been prepared as an interactive Bible study / Sunday School lesson. The workbook lists all the relevant Bible verses and has space for the young people to write answers to the various questions. The leaders’ guide gives the answers and background information to help plan the session.

These lessons are geared towards an independent evangelical church that teaches believer's baptism but could be adapted for other traditions. They would be most suited to young people aged 15 upwards who have regularly attended Sunday School.

Review by Alan Hill  (03/05/13)
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Publisher: Day One Publications
Published: 2013
ISBN: 978-1-846-25389-8
Paperback
Price: £3.00

Fill the Gap!

- 120 instant Bible games for Sunday schools and midweek groups

by Rebecca Parkinson


Working with children is hugely rewarding, and yet we often deny ourselves the experience and the reward because - for whatever reason - we feel children are not "where we're at"; that today's generation is somehow beyond our reach, too sophisticated, complex or challenging.

Rebecca Parkinson's delightfully creative and engaging book will go a long way to eradicating such negativity. If you feel reading Bible stories with children is simply not enough, then get hold of this book instead and play some games!

Fill the Gap! includes 120 games for 60 different Bible stories taken from both Old and New Testaments. For each story there is one game for 4-7 year-olds and one for 8-11 year-olds. Importantly, none of the games need an extensive selection of resources but can be played with the kinds of things every children's corner is going to have. (For those of us who plan incessantly the author provides a list of common resources that could easily be kept together in a small box.) With each game there is a story reference, a recommended age band, a stated aim, full instructions and a helpful hint.

My sense is that the success of the book - in reinforcing the story behind each game - will depend on the activity leader telling the story more than once or perhaps telling the story several times as the game is played. Although not designed for school assemblies some of the action games could certainly be used in that context. A simple scripture index at the back of the book would be a useful addition.



Review by David Ford  (21/05/13)
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Publisher: BRF (Bible Reading Fellowship)
Published: October 2012
ISBN: 978-0-857-46004-2
Paperback
Price: £8.99

Destination Church: 11 Studies on Church Life and Worship: Leaders Guide



by Sheila Stephen


How do you prepare young people to make the change from Sunday School to church? This workbook with leaders' guide has been written to help young people make that transition. The 11 studies cover subjects such as "What is a church?", "What is worship?", "What happens at communion?" and "Am I really a Christian?"

The material has been prepared as an interactive Bible study / Sunday School lesson. The workbook lists all the relevant Bible verses and has space for the young people to write answers to the various questions. The leaders’ guide gives the answers and background information to help plan the session.

These lessons are geared towards an independent evangelical church that teaches believer's baptism but could be adapted for other traditions. They would be most suited to young people aged 15 upwards who have regularly attended Sunday School.

Review by Alan Hill  (03/05/13)
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Publisher: Day One Publications
Published: 2013
ISBN: 978-1-846-25349-2
Paperback
Price: £6.00

Bible Stories Painting Book 1 – Paint Palette included



Text Juliet David, Illustrations Simon Abbott


I’ve been playing!

Book 1 and the similar Book 2 (978-1-859-85979-7) came together and the "paint palette included" statement intrigued me as I had not met it before. I needed to have a go before I could write a review.

They are fun! With a not too wet brush you can get colour from the palette and the tubes of paint, so plenty for all the pictures. If you wanted to you could mix them on the palette as an artist would do. The pages are perforated so can be pulled out easily: before painting I would suggest. There is another illustration on the reverse side so each one is worth drying carefully before going on to another and do heed the warning to leave the book open to dry off the paint palettes!

With adequate adult supervision there are hours of fun here. Little ones would enjoy just splodging, older more dexterous children could produce lovely pictures.

Review by Mary Bartholomew  (25/03/13)
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Publisher: Candle Books imprint of Lion Hudson
Published: March 2013
ISBN: 978-1-859-85978-0
Shaped, stapled A4 pbk
Price: £3.99

Messy Christmas

- 3 Complete Sessions and a Treasure Trove Of Craft Ideas For Advent, Christmas And Epiphany

by Lucy Moore and Jane Leadbetter


Here is a handy mix of craft ideas for Advent and Christmas together with prayer ideas, songs and suggestions for actions for justice. If you are looking for an alternative way of approaching the message of Christmas then there is plenty of food for thought - homeless dens and collecting boxes, a white Christmas from Australia (coconut sweets), stress relief gifts and wood 'upcycling' to name a few. There are also some interactive stories and plenty of cooking ideas. A good, low cost book of ideas to dip into. You are bound to find something you can use or that will inspire you this Christmas.

Review by Kathy Bland  (07/11/12)
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Publisher: BRF (Bible Reading Fellowship)
Published: August 2012
ISBN: 978-0-857-46091-2
Paperback

Silent Stars Speak

- A Fun Sticker & Activity Book

by Keith McCullogh


This would make a good present or stocking filler for a junior school aged child. There are 12 ‘lessons’ about stars, each containing a range of quiz questions, crosswords, wordsearches and codes to break. The lessons link facts about stars to the wonder of God’s creation and Bible stories that include stars or eclipses etc. The centre page has stickers that can be used on various pages throughout the book.
I found this to be a really interesting and inspiring book – definitely more than your average sticker book! A great book for a would-be star gazer. Answers to the quizzes are included at the back.

Review by Kathy Bland  (07/11/12)
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Publisher: Day One Publications
Published: July 2012
ISBN: 978-1-846-25291-4
Paperback
Price: £5.00

Mosaic – God Is With Us

- For Small Groups of Children With a Wide Age Range

Compiled and edited by Christine Wright


12 Bible based sessions plus a bonus all age service. For small groups of children with a wide age range.
As the book states ‘It is hard now for Churches to compete with all the opportunities and activities that fill the 21st century child’s life.’ This is a flexible printed product which enables you to choose suitable activities for use across the age ranges.
The book is linked with the website which provides extra activities for the different age groups. There are 3 series which each have 4 sessions, Paul’s letters to the Churches, Peter and Jesus, and Elisha.
Each of the sessions is clearly laid out with a preparation section, which states the materials needed, (which is minimal and most groups would already have), what needs to be photocopied, the optional materials seem to be resources which need to be bought, for example the SU Timeline, however this is used in most of the sessions, though there are some props needed in some of the sessions, optional items may be worth the effort and expense.
The sessions include, prayer, thinking and games, activities can be selected to suit your group, not losing the overall theme of the session. There are also some songs with words and music included.
The sessions are easy to follow with minimal preparation, I would read the session, decide which activities to use, collect the materials, re-read and go!

Related website:www.scriptureunion.org.uk/lightlive/

Review by Sue Jones  (02/10/12)
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Publisher: Scripture Union (SU)
Published: Spring 2012
ISBN: 978-1-844-27726-1
Stapled A4 Paperback.
Price: £11.99

Mosaic – God Is Good

- For Small Groups of Children With a Wide Age Range


12 Bible based sessions plus a bonus all age service. For small groups of children with a wide age range.
As the book states ‘It is hard now for Churches to compete with all the opportunities and activities that fill the 21st century child’s life.’ A flexible printed product which enables you to choose suitable activities for use across the age ranges.
This book is linked with the LightLive website, which provides extra activities for the different age groups. There are 3 series which each have 4 sessions, David, Jesus and the early Church.
Each of the sessions is clearly laid out with a preparation section, which states the materials needed, (which is minimal and which most groups would already have), what needs to be photocopied, the optional materials which seem to be resources that need to be bought, for example the SU Timeline, however this is used in most of the sessions, so optional items may be worth the effort and expense.
The sessions include, prayer, thinking and games, activities can be selected to suit your group, not losing the overall theme of the session. (Unfortunately no songs or music suggestions are included).
The sessions are easy to follow with minimal preparation, I would read the session, decide which activities to use, collect the materials, re-read and go!

Related website:www.scriptureunion.org.uk/lightlive/

Review by Sue Jones  (02/10/12)
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Publisher: Scripture Union (SU)
Published: Spring 2012
ISBN: 978-1-844-27719-3
Stapled A4 Paperback.
Price: £11.99

Bible Timeline

- Bible History at a Glance

by Scripture Union Team


This is one sheet of colourful paper, approx 2 A4 sheets end to end. On one side is an Old Testament timeline , with a New Testament line on the other. It is fairly basic and is meant to be used alongside the Light range.
The whole thing folds down to be pocket sized, so gives easy reference, showing a basic heading, the year, a brief outline of what happened and the key biblical people. The Old Testament gives references approximately 200 or so years apart and the New Testament is approximately 100 years in total. This gives children a good idea of how far apart things happen in the bible. A useful initial introduction to the timings of biblical events, presented in a clear simple way.
There is also a larger version of the timeline printed on laminated paper.

Review by Sue Jones  (02/10/12)
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Publisher: Scripture Union (SU)
Published: Spring 2012
ISBN: 978-1-844-27730-8
Folded little booklet
Price: £4.99

Boom

- Igniting the Power of God’s Word in Young People Lives. A SU Resource for 11-14’s

by Scripture Union Team


60 ways to open up the bible with young people from beyond the church community. It is linked with the LightLive website. This book is split equally between Old and New Testaments, with 12 themes from Creation to Revelations. Each theme has 4 or 5 activities including ideas for art, drama, quizzes, photocopiable sheets and discussions. Each theme could be used in it’s entirety in one session or split over 4 or 5 sessions depending on the dynamics of your group, another option would be a half day activity day where all the sessions are incorporated along with some extra games etc.. Unchurched groups may need to adapt the material, whereas church groups would work well straight from the book.
Each activity states what it is, why it is being used, for example to discover something, and the materials needed for the session, in a clear easy to use format.

Related website:www.scriptureunion.org.uk/lightlive/

Review by Sue Jones  (02/10/12)
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Publisher: Scripture Union (SU)
Published: April 2012
ISBN: 978-1-844-27694-3
A4 Paperback
Price: £11.99

God Helps Me – Sticker Book 1



Text by Juliet David illustrations by Clare Caddy


See also God helps Me - Sticker Book 2, ISBN 978-1-859-85974-2
A pair if sticker books to delight and teach little ones of 3yrs and older. So many stickers, 60 of them in each, they are on the end pages as well as the centre ones, but as usual with sticker books, you can pull them out carefully leaving the completed pages a readable book for a long time to come.
At the foot of each page is a one line explanation of the picture above such as ‘God helped keep Daniel safe from the lions’ or ‘God helped the shepherds find baby Jesus in the stable in Bethlehem’ each with their Bible reference. Softly coloured, gentle pictures have white spaces with feint outlines of the stickers needed.
Hours of fun and a good teaching tool if taken a picture at a time – which would need adult supervision to prevent stickers being applied to all the pages at one time without understanding the stories portrayed.

Review by Mary Bartholomew  (26/09/12)
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Publisher: Candle Books imprint of Lion Hudson
Published: 21 September 2012
ISBN: 978-1-859-85973-5
Stapled A4 Paperback.

Messy Nativity

- How to Run Your Very Own Messy Nativity Advent Project

by Jane Leadbetter


This book details three really exciting possibilities for Advent or Christmas community outreach projects. Although obviously these projects were done under the Messy Church umbrella, the title is somewhat misleading. This is not a book that will help you to do your normal Messy Church sessions at Christmas!
The three projects are as follows:
A sheep trail in your town utilising shop windows.
A posada journey of nativity figures around your church, Messy Church, or school families
A street nativity (script not included)
If you are looking for an exciting Christmas project to help you engage with your local community then this book might help! The most detail is given for the sheep trail including knitting instructions for the sheep.
The nativity journey is also well explained and detailed.
The street nativity leaves much to your own imagination!
Well worth buying if you would like to explore either of the first two ideas. The sheep trail has obviously been very successful in South Liverpool and reading all about how they did it is quite inspiring.
Messy Christmas is on its way, so hopefully that will help with Messy Church session planning!

Review by Kathy Bland  (24/09/12)
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Publisher: Messy Church imprint of BRF
Published: June 2012
ISBN: 978-0-857-46055-4
Paperback
Price: £4.99

David - Sticker Book



Text by Karen Williamson, illustrations by Amanda Enright


Suitable for children aged three and over, the pictures on each page have a white space the shape of the sticker that needs to be found from one of the pages in the centre. Usefully they can be pulled out without spoiling the book and each page of the story has it’s own stickers to make it easier for little ones. Adult guidance would make for a neater result, but no reason why the child cannot do most of the sticking for themselves, and have fun doing it, while they learn the story very simply told at the foot of each page. When the sticking is all done, you still have a readable book to be read and re-read.

See also Stories Jesus Told – Sticker Book again with text by Karen Williamson and illustrations by Amanda Enright.
Both these are cheap but very good value.

Review by Mary Bartholomew  (24/09/12)
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Publisher: Candle Books imprint of Lion Hudson
Published: Spring 2012
ISBN: 978-1-859-85931-5
Stapled Paperback
Price: £2.99

Hands-On Bible Craft Book



by Christina Goodings


An excellent and fun resource book for children’s workers or for crafty carers and parents because the crafts in this book are great fun to do both for children and adults. I particularly enjoyed making the Fishers of Men Boat (though to be fair mine didn’t look quite as good as the one on the cover of the book!) and the ‘Moses and the Frogs’ origami had my charges in fits of laughter as it quickly became apparent that they could follow the diagrams much better than I! There are also some food crafts in here and I love the ‘wine’ grape juice pressing! There really is something in here for most ages and ability levels and the fact that they span both the Old and New Testament and are so tied in to Bible stories and scripture verses means that they are also a great addition for any Sunday school curriculum too, as well as being suitable for holiday club or any other activity times.

Review by Melanie Carroll  (10/09/12)
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Publisher: Lion
Published: August 2012
ISBN: 978-0-745-96277-1
Paperback
Price: £5.99

Who Let the Dads Out?

- Challenging and Inspiring Ideas for Dads and Their Pre-school Children

by Mark Chester


I have been a member of an established (non-church) dads group for several years. Recently my role has changed to that of group leader, albeit with much support. With this in mind, I was asked to review this book by the TGBS Editor, a member of a local church.
I found this book to be well written, in a thoughtful style that was neither condescending nor excessively deep. The author’s ideas and experiences are conveyed clearly, with several points of discussion along the way. There are differing approaches to dealing with the various age ranges, which I found interesting.
Numerous, clearly defined measures are suggested for group organisers to follow. Some are rather obvious but many others are less so. There were many simple, practical steps suggested, particularly regarding how to make new dads feel at ease. From my own experience of various parent/toddler groups, this is easily overlooked for men. Even we can feel shy sometimes!
Although the book is written from the church’s viewpoint, it highlights issues that are common to any parent group, male or female. This includes the stigma that can be attached to joining a group that is perceived as being run by ‘do-gooders’.
This was a well informed read, as a Stay-at-home-dad and group leader myself I can safely say the author knows his stuff.

Review by Tim Gluyas, Leominster

Review by Guest reviewer  (24/08/12)
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Publisher: Barnabas imprint of BRF
Published: 03 March 2012
ISBN: 978-1-841-01885-0
Paperback
Price: £6.99

Go Teach – God’s Word to 5-7s – Autumn 2014 - Primaries



Compiled by the ‘Go Teach’ team


Also Come Learn, work book £2.60 and Visual Aids with CD £6.75
Go Teach is a four year programme produced in each of three editions, Spring, Summer and Winter. Each issue has a Teachers Guide, Visual Aids and Activity sheets. A Sample booklet is available from the Publishers.
This series of workbooks, teachers’ resources and visual aid resources (including excellent CDs) is carefully and attractively produced. The ‘packaging’ is such that it makes you want to open it ~ that’s a good start! It also substantially delivers what it promises. The Programme and Catalogue leaflet clearly states: “Go Teach exists to produce Bible teaching materials to help churches, schools and individuals teach God’s word to children and young people.” This approach to Biblical knowledge will suit a conservative evangelical approach. Others will find it worth buying these materials as high-quality resources to use within a wider framework.”
See also material for other ages.

Review by Ian Terry  (07/10/05)
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Publisher: Go Teach Publications Ltd
Published: 2014
ISBN: 977-0-950-72313-7
Paperback
Price: £8.25

Go Teach – God’s Word to 3s-4s – Autumn 2014 - Beginners



Compiled by the ‘Go Teach’ team


Also Come Learn, work book £2.60 and Visual Aids with CD £6.75
Go Teach is a four year programme produced in each of three editions, Spring, Summer and Winter. Each issue has a Teachers Guide, Visual Aids and Activity sheets. A Sample booklet is available from the Publishers.
This series of workbooks, teachers’ resources and visual aid resources (including excellent CDs) is carefully and attractively produced. The ‘packaging’ is such that it makes you want to open it ~ that’s a good start! It also substantially delivers what it promises. The Programme and Catalogue leaflet clearly states: “Go Teach exists to produce Bible teaching materials to help churches, schools and individuals teach God’s word to children and young people.” This approach to Biblical knowledge will suit a conservative evangelical approach. Others will find it worth buying these materials as high-quality resources to use within a wider framework.”
See also material for other ages.

Review by Ian Terry  (07/10/05)
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Publisher: Go Teach Publications Ltd
Published: 2014
ISBN: 977-0-950-72213-0
Paperback
Price: £8.25

Go Teach – God’s Word to 8s-11s – Autumn 2014 - Juniors



Compiled by the ‘Go Teach’ team


Also Come Learn, work book £2.20 and Visual Aids with CD£5.75
Go Teach is a four year programme produced in each of three editions, Spring, Summer and Winter. Each issue has a Teachers Guide, Visual Aids and Activity sheets. A Sample booklet is available from the Publishers.
This series of workbooks, teachers’ resources and visual aid resources (including excellent CDs) is carefully and attractively produced. The ‘packaging’ is such that it makes you want to open it ~ that’s a good start! It also substantially delivers what it promises. The Programme and Catalogue leaflet clearly states: “Go Teach exists to produce Bible teaching materials to help churches, schools and individuals teach God’s word to children and young people.” This approach to Biblical knowledge will suit a conservative evangelical approach. Others will find it worth buying these materials as high-quality resources to use within a wider framework.”
See also material for other ages.

Review by Ian Terry  (07/10/05)
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Publisher: Go Teach Publications Ltd
Published: 2014
ISBN: 977-0-950-72413-4
Paperback
Price: £8.25

Joseph - A Picture of Jesus

- Just Add Children

by Colin D Jones


If you are running, or planning to run, a holiday club, but the lack of resources or planning is a stumbling block then this is one of those resources that helps make sure you have absolutely everything required. Colin Jones has made sure that you do not only get five insightful Bible stories (and the extra supplement of Eric Liddell’s ‘Serving the Lord’ story), but also all the handouts, activity sheets, and craft descriptions for the children to get stuck into. He hasn’t stopped there, but with the included CD Rom has also provided sheet music, powerpoints and full instructions for the plays and talks to accompany each day’s activity. If you need inspiration for everything from activities to storytelling to fit around one continuous theme then this resource will definitely be a great addition to your tool bag.

Review by Barry Mason  (09/08/12)
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Publisher: Day One Publications
Published: March 2012
ISBN: 978-1-846-25331-7
A4 Paperback
Price: £35.00

Run the Race

- Holiday Bible Club for 5s -11s

by Jennifer Haaijer


No ISBN, the number used is for the use of our data base only.
Also available an A4 Stapled Paperback Visual Aids with accompanying DVD
This is a Holiday Club programme with a sports theme, produced by Go Teach Publications together with Child Evangelism Fellowship. It contains many ideas and suggestions which could be adapted into any situation. There are puzzle pages and ideas for craft activities. The Bible teaching material focusses on Jesus, Philip and the Ethiopian, Paul, Peter and Stephen, showing children the importance of running the Christian race with the support of other Christians.
I was not inspired by the accompanying pictures or Theme song but there is a lot of useful material here if you pick and choose.

Reviewed by Joyce Busby, Retired teacher, URC Church Secretary, Hereford.

Related website:http//www.cefbritain.org

Review by Guest reviewer  (24/07/12)
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Publisher: Go Teach Publications Ltd
Published: 11 November 2011
ISBN: 9-990-00054-9
Stapled A4 Paperback.
Price: £18.99

On Your Marks

- A S.U. Holiday Club Programme

by Simon Barker


Includes photocopiable resources
DVD £19.99 ISBN 9781-844-27570-0 Booklet £2.50 ISBN 978-1-844-27571-7

Another Holiday Club Programme from Scripture Union packed with ideas! If you are looking for a week’s holiday club, material which could be used on a weekly basis, or in Sunday Worship you would not be disappointed. If anything, there is too much material – but this means you can select what best suits your situation. Some of the material is suitable for children with Special Needs. The resource book, plus the DVD is further backed up with more material on line. The accompanying small booklet for the children Get Set is not really suitable for children under the age of nine because of the level of reading skills required.

Reviewed by Joyce Busby, Retired teacher, URC Church Secretary, Hereford.

Review by Guest reviewer  (24/07/12)
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Publisher: Scripture Union (SU)
Published: Autumn 2011
ISBN: 978-1-844-27569-4
Stapled A4 Paperback.
Price: £12.99

Every One a Winner

- True Stories of Changed Lives From the World of Sport

by Jonathan Carswell & Emma Newrick


This is a book of 18 short stories (19 if we include the Jonathan Carswell's own testimony in the preface) of sports people whose lives have been given over to God, and who at some point in their lives and sporting careers came to really know Jesus and allow him to make the difference in their lives. These aren't long biographies, indeed they are mostly just the right size to be used in any class room assembly or teaching session, and for the most part that is the feel they have to them; class room readers that will engage with the 13+ age range. Given the focus on sport due to the Olympics this is an incredibly handy guide to have especially as more than one Olympians story is told in here. There are also a number of stories from people that won't play professional or competitive sport on Sundays, including both footballers and rugby players. In this way they are great object lessons too.
It's an easy to read book with a wide range of different sporting activities being represented, it even includes a pool players testimony amongst it's stories, so there's something for everyone in here, even those not into athletic sports.

Review by Melanie Carroll  (10/07/12)
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Publisher: Authentic Media
Published: June 2012
ISBN: 978-1-850-78780-8
Paperback
Price: £6.99

Story Box Bible Tales

- 25 Stories from the Bible for Sharing, Making and Living

by Eve Lockett


This is a book which I think has possibilities for use well beyond the stated audience of 6-10 year olds. The entwining of Bible stories and themes with modern life and attitudes, as in ‘Breaking the Rules’ would resonate with a wide age range. There seems potential, for example, for using the book at a Quiet Day, putting together themes/stories on a similar line.
The Easter story in particular struck me as one which could be used in a women’s group where those participating did not feel valued, using the Biblical story to tell their story in a way which might feel less threatening. Within the ‘Beginnings and Endings’ the 1 Corinthians 13 section could be adapted quite easily for a Marriage Preparation Class.
Also good fun for 6-10 year olds!

Review by Pam Sanders  (26/06/12)
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Publisher: Barnabas imprint of BRF
Published: October 2011
ISBN: 978-1-841-01810-2
Paperback
Price: £7.99

Team Talk

- Five Presentations for Key Stage 2 Assemblies

Script Writer Piers Lane


This is a well thought through and creatively produced DVD resource for use within schools at Key Stage 2 level. The presence of Dan Walker (Football Focus) as the presenter just adds to the professional feel of the whole resource. Each session is completely stand alone, but fits well within a developing theme of the five sessions. The interviews with genuine Olympic athletes bring a powerful insight into the reality of being a Christian in the world of sport, but they also share the relevancy of God in the midst of competition, training and living life. The video clips are done at a level that capture the attention, the best example of which being Jon's sharing of a bible story whilst playing in goal during a school football game. This resource will bring a relevant aspect to any school assemblies or class in the run up to London 2012 Games – or after.

Review by Barry Mason  (11/06/12)
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Publisher: Scripture Union (SU)
Published: Spring 2012
ISBN: 978-1-844-27715-5
DVD
Price: £19.99 (incl VAT)