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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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Messy Lyfe

Messy Lyfe

Messy Lyfe is a beginner's guide for families who want to learn how to live closer to Jesus every day.

Using a family-friendly approach, the Messy lyfe material draws all ages into a closer understanding of God's love. Through activities, thoughts to reflect upon and short suggested Bible readings, the whole family is given something to think about, be thankful for, to consider in their own lives. By stripping faith down to the essentials for everyday lives, each member of the family can allow Jesus to be there with them throughout the day.

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The story of Joseph

Joseph's story is one of the most compelling dramas in the Old Testament and one that raises lots of interesting questions, such as 'How can we trust in God when bad things happen?' and 'Can we honestly forgive those who have hurt us?' this series of three storytelling ideas explores these questions through Joseph's story:

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Celebrate Bonfire Night

The closest thing to a firework display in the Bible happened on Mount Sinai when God gave Moses the ten commandments. The following outline links Bonfire Night to the story of this event

Celebrate Bonfire Night

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Harvest Ideas

Harvest services and harvest suppers are among the most attended and popular church events of the Christian year. Here are some suggestions for all-age activities that could be part of a church family celebration.

Our Christian harvest festival has its biblical roots in the Feast of Tabernacles. Here are some group activity and craft ideas to create a special prayer space linked to the celebration.

Harvest Craft Idea

Harvest Activity

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Joshua - a reflective story

Starting a new task for God can be daunting. Many Christians in this situation have found inspiration and support from the story of Joshua - who took over from Moses the task of leading the people of God. This reflective story explores how Joshua trusted the Lord.

Joshua - A reflective story

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Travels in Greece - Misson Philippi

New holiday-time series
Have you made holiday plans? How about travelling off to Greece on one of Paul's missionary journeys, which led to Christian churches being established all around the eastern Mediterranean. The dramatic stories of how each community first heard about Jesus are full of inspiration and encouragement for us today. In particular, they explore prayer for guidance, how to share the gospel, and Christian friendships. The session outlines could be used as a series for your group or holiday club, or used as the basis for a series of all-age services.

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Fathers Day and Families

Although Father's Day isn't strictly in the Christian calendar of special days, nevertheless many churches still like to mark the occasion. It is a time to say thank you to fathers and all those other father figures - be they family, friends, colleagues, people at church - who play an important part in our lives, including God the Father.

Here are two new ideas that could be used for a Father's Day celebration:

  • Father Abraham focuses on one of the most famous fathers in the Bible as an example of faith and fatherhood.
  • Families come in many shapes and sizes - and this was as true in Bible times as it is today. The Family of God is a reflective story about some families found in the New Testament and wonders what these families might teach us today. There is also a PowerPoint presentation available with this idea for use with large groups or in all-age worship.

Father Abraham

The Family of God

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Through the Year with Who Let The Dads Out?

Through the Year with Who Let The Dads Out?If your church is looking to run events that will reach out to dads/father figures and children, then Through the Year with Who Let The Dads Out? offers the material you need to provide a structure and content for such events in a fun and informal way.

£6.99

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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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