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.
Easy-to-use ideas for the New Year
- The baptism of Jesus - it's no accident that many churches begin each new year by reminding us of the story of Jesus being baptised in the River Jordan. Everything starts and is grounded in the knowledge that God loves us first and foremost. This storytelling idea could be used in a Messy Church celebration, within an all-age worship service or with a children's group at the beginning of the year or a term.
- The temptations of Jesus - the three temptations faced by Jesus in the desert both define his future ministry as well as challenge us as to the best way to make a difference in this world for the better. This storytelling idea could be used for a school assembly, a Messy Church celebration, within an all-age worship service or with a children's group at the beginning of Lent.
- Celebrating variety and difference - why not share this version of 1 Corinthians 12:12-31 and 13:13 with your team as a way of valuing everyone's contribution to the children's and family ministry at your church.
Hand in Hand 2015
The Children's and Family Ministry Hand in Hand Conference is the one-stop shop for resources, ideas and inspiration for all who work with children and families in church and community. Whether your role is paid or voluntary, the conference offers a weekend of lectures, seminars and workshops to equip, encourage and refresh you. And an extensive marketplace allows you to browse new resources, chat with other practitioners and catch up with what others are doing.
The conference takes place from Friday 6 to Sunday 8 February 2015 at the Devonshire Park Complex in Eastbourne. Weekend and day tickets are available.
The focus for 2015 will be on 'Dads and lads' and BRF's Who Let The Dads Out? founder Mark Chester will be a main stage speaker. The conference will look at: how churches can engage with fathers; how they can provide significant male role models, particularly supporting single-mum families; how church can be made more boy-friendly.
But there will still be lots of sessions addressing many different aspects of children's and family ministry, including Messy Church and BRF author Rachel Turner.
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:
- The story of Joseph - the peacock
- The story of Joseph - the prisoner
- The story of Joseph - the prime minister
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 eventidea
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.idea
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.idea
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.
- Travels in Greece - Mission Philippi
- Travels in Greece - Mission Athens
- Travels in Greece - Mission Corinth