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Barnabas in Churches

Resourcing work among children and families

‘And when you welcome one of these children because of me, you welcome me.’
Matthew 18:5 (CEV)

Welcome to the Barnabas in Churches website. We are passionate about bringing the Bible to life for children and families and so, on this site you will find ideas for your Sunday and midweek groups, material for all-age worship, links to our books, resources for training and information about our programmes and ministries.

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Naomi and Ruth

In recent times the news has been dominated by stories of people who have been forced to leave their countries and look for a new home somewhere in Europe. The story of Naomi and Ruth has much to teach us about how God welcomes and cares for those who, as refugees, face the loss of family and familiar surroundings. This simple retelling of the story in the book of Ruth is suitable for use with a small group or as part of all-age worship.

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Messy mission

The story in the first twelve chapters of the book of Acts, telling how the Christian church took its first exciting steps forward, is full of drama, surprise, opposition and blessing. This church was on fire for mission, as well as trying to work out how best to care for its growing membership. This idea, based on the letters A C T S, would work well for a group session or within an all-age service. It includes a group drama.

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Acts 1-12 drama

Tell the story of Acts chapters 1 to 12 by reading the script and matching the actions to the words in bold.

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Speaking in tongues

A selection of words for 'hello' and 'peace' in several different languages. This activity gives a taste of how the Holy Spirit enabled the praises of God to be heard in every language on the day of Pentecost. Suitable for a children's group or as part of an all-age service.

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Praying with the world

Ideas for prayer from the worldwide family of the church. Suitable for use with a children's group or as part of an all-age service in church.

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A lame man is healed at the Beautiful Gate

A fun way to tell the story of the healing of the lame man at the Beautiful Gate, using a well-known nursery counting song.

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'What is God like?' animal images

A presentation of animal picture clues in the Bible that help us understand what God is like. They come in both Old and New Testaments and each image helps us understand a little more about the nature of God. The presentation would work well at a special service celebrating pets and the amazing variety of animals in God’s world.

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God's Story for Under 5s

God's Story for Under 5s

The first in a series of three resources designed for use across the 0-11 age range in a church context, as a year-long weekly programme or as one-off session materials to highlight individual stories at key times of year. Covers 36 key stories from the Bible, with varied storytelling methods and a range of activities.

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Meet the Team

Jane Butcher

Jane Butcher is based in Birmingham. She oversees the Barnabas Schools Team, leads teacher training across the UK and heads up BRF's Faith in Homes ministry.

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Martyn Payne

Martyn Payne is based in London and is responsible for updating the Barnabas in Churches website.

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Chris HudsonChris Hudson joined the Barnabas Children's Ministry Team in 2007. His particular interest lies in using music, storytelling and drama to help children explore the Bible. He is increasingly spending more time on teacher training, and oversees the Barnabas in Schools website.

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