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.
Travel to the Mediterranean with Paul
Some of you may be travelling to Europe during the holidays, so here are two new ideas to explore Pauls' travel with the gospel to Mediterranean islands:
These build on some existing ideas on the Barnabas in Churches website about Paul's missionary journeys in Greece:idea
We are Family conference
We are Family - a joint conference from CGMC and The Methodist Church - is taking place on 11-12 September 2015 in Liverpool.
Find out about this groundbreaking project that is looking at the current shape of work with families across the church in the UK.
- How is the Church working with families today?
- What does this ministry look like?
- What training and resources are available for those working in this field?
For more information and to book, click here.
August sees the publication of Core Skills for Family Ministry - a new training resource in the same series as Core Skills for Children's Work, written by an experienced team of practitioners from across the denominations. This new publication will be launched at the 'We are Family' conference, so do pop along to the BRF stand and check it out.event
Ideas for June
Here are some new ideas for June:
- Giddy Giddy Gideon: Gideon was an unlikely hero of God. He came from the smallest family of the smallest tribe of Israel and he was full of doubts about his ability to do what God asked of him. This version of the call of Gideon is one you can use with young children.
- Simon says: Jesus is invited to a dinner party that is interrupted by an outsider who gives him the love and welcome he should have received from his host. This version of the story is a performance piece for an act of worship or a reflection on welcome, love and forgiveness.
Celebrating the Holy Spirit
The church is the people of God, filled with the life of the Spirit, following the way of Jesus and working together for God locally all around the world. Each person has a gift and ministry in this church. Our new idea this month is an all-age celebration outline that draws on St Paul's teaching in Romans 12, I Corinthians 12 and Ephesians 4.idea
Focusing on fatherhood
Some churches use the Sunday of Father’s Day in June (in the UK) as an opportunity to celebrate the fatherhood of God and also to encourage a positive relationship between human fathers and their children. This outline for a group session focuses on a father who came to Jesus for help because his son was very ill. It could also be adapted as a framework for an all-age celebration in church.idea
Reflective story for Easter
Our new idea this month The new beginning is a reflective story that has been used regularly by the Barnabas team as a presentation of the life of Jesus that links Christmas to Easter. The fact that these two major festivals are often only months apart can be confusing for some. It's an ideal story to share with your group or in church over the Easter season.
Our second new idea this month The feeding of the 5000 is a participative version of the miracle of the five loaves and two small fish that turned a surprise picnic with Jesus into an unforgettable feast.idea
New ideas for an Easter service or special event
For those thinking ahead and preparing an all-age service to celebrate the mystery of Easter, here is a new idea you might like to try out:
- Easter cross words: this contains a simple illustration for turning hate to love via the cross
And for an outline for a more general all-age service or special event, then take a look at the following:
- Celebrating 1 in 100: an outline that focuses on ways to explore the parable of the lost sheep
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.