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Sunday school programmes - downloads

Tried and tested resources which are ideal to use regularly in Sunday Schools, or in mid-week or special occasions, all available as PDF downloads.

The Gingerbread Nativity (PDF Download)

The Gingerbread Nativity (PDF Download)

A four-week exploration of Advent Renita Boyle

The perfect recipe for a memorable and tasty exploration of Advent and Christmas! The Gingerbread Nativity uses the popular tradition of making and decorating gingerbread houses and biscuits to explore the themes of Advent and the story of the first Christmas. It includes instructions, diagrammatic illustrations, recipes and top tips for making, baking and decorating, as well as fake or no bake and allergy-free alternatives. It also includes Advent reflection and discussion starters for each session; 25 'taste-a-day' family activities; ideas for a gingerbread themed family service and 'choose and use' ideas for adapting the material for use in other settings.

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Not Sunday, Not School Bible Heroes! (PDF Download)

Not Sunday, Not School Bible Heroes! (PDF Download)

A once-a-month children's programme for small churches Eleanor Zuercher

Not Sunday, Not School Bible Heroes! contains eleven off-the-peg themed activity programmes and a five-session holiday club based around the lives of Old and New Testament Bible heroes, both well-known and less familiar. The material builds on the success of Not Sunday, Not School! and Through the Year with Jesus! by offering a further year's worth of programme ideas to facilitate children's work in small churches and rural communities. Ideal for church-based children's leaders working with 3-11s. PDF Download.

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Let's Get Together! (PDF Download)

Let's Get Together! (PDF Download)

Flexible fun-filled activity ideas for the whole church family Sue Langwade

Let's Get Together! is an exciting mix of creative ideas designed to encourage the whole church family to relax and have fun together in a variety of situations. The resource includes themed starter activities, Bible-based storytelling, action-packed drama, punchy puppetry, instant crafts, team games, reflective prayers and take-home Bible bloodhound challenges. Ideal for One-off specials, Midweek events, Holiday programmes, Away days, Sunday worship and Churches Together initiatives. PDF download.

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Fill the Gap! (PDF Download)

Fill the Gap! (PDF Download)

120 instant Bible games for Sunday schools and midweek groups Rebecca Parkinson

Fill the Gap! contains 120 easy-to-play Bible-based games with little or no preparation needed - perfect for picking straight off the shelf! The ideas are designed to help local churches fill up those awkward gaps of time in Sunday schools, midweek clubs, holiday clubs, after school clubs and children's camps. PDF Download.

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Few Children Great Opportunities (PDF Download)

Few Children Great Opportunities (PDF Download)

12 stand-alone sessions for mixed-age church-based groups Sue Price, Ruth Alliston

Few Children, Great Opportunities contains 12 ready-to-use thematic sessions exploring the character of God through the model we see in Jesus. The programme is ideal for church-based children's work where there are small numbers of children and an age range from 3 to 11 years. It can also be adapted for home use by families who want to spend time growing in faith together. PDF download.

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Seasonal Activities for Christmas Festivities (PDF Download)

Seasonal Activities for Christmas Festivities (PDF Download)

Three five-week teaching programmes exploring the true meaning of Christmas with 7-11s Vicki Howie

Seasonal Activities for Christmas Festivities is ideal for children's leaders looking for lively, thought-provoking session material in the run-up to Christmas. The resource provides three years' worth of exciting programme ideas designed to unpack the true meaning of Christmas with 7-11s. Each programme contains five sessions that fit readily into the autumn half-term leading up to Christmas, and includes an optional short presentation for a Christmas service or related event.

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Story Box Bible Tales (PDF Download)

Story Box Bible Tales (PDF Download)

25 stories from the Bible for sharing, making and living Eve Lockett

Story Box Bible Tales uses simple everyday objects and a variety of helpful prompts to encourage children to tell and share stories from the Bible, and interweave these stories with their experience of everyday life. The aim is to enable children to own Bible stories in a meaningful and lasting way, and to engage both children and adults on a journey where the story is told and shared together. PDF Download.

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Creative Ideas for Advent&Christmas (PDF Download)

Creative Ideas for Advent&Christmas (PDF Download)

80 seasonal activities for use with children Jane Tibbs Currently out of print

Creative Ideas for Advent and Christmas contains a wealth of inspirational easy-to-do ideas for the busy weeks in the lead-up to Christmas. All the ideas use readily available materials and have instant appeal. Many can be slotted in to any situation, used to illustrate the story of Christmas, or just done for pure enjoyment as part of the exciting 'getting ready' time. Some use seasonal objects that are easy to find in the shops, such as paper chains, or things that many people will have in their Christmas box, such as last year's Christmas cards. Ideal for 4-11s. PDF Download.

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The Big Story (PDF Download)

The Big Story (PDF Download)

36 session outlines and reflective stories exploring six big themes of God's love Martyn Payne

The Big Story contains a treasure bank of creative, visual storytelling sessions designed to unpack six big Bible themes. The approach connects up the whole story of the Bible and attempts to give an overview of God's purposes by seeing the Bible not as a collection of unrelated events but as an amazing and ordered revelation of God's love. Each of the 36 sessions contains a wealth of thought-provoking activities and reflective ideas to accompany the storytelling.

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A-cross the World (PDF Download)

A-cross the World (PDF Download)

An exploration of forty representations of the cross from the worldwide Christian Church Martyn Payne and Betty Pedley

Tells the stories behind 40 crosses from different parts of the world, with extension material for use in both schools and churches

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The Gospels Unplugged (PDF download)

The Gospels Unplugged (PDF download)

Fifty-two poems and stories for creative writing, RE, drama and collective worship Lucy Moore

This book is for busy teachers and church leaders who have endless demands on their time and energy and need stories that jump off the page, into the imagination and, from there, into daily life. Drawn from all four Gospels, the pieces are 'unplugged' in that they get into the heart of the biblical text, reflecting the life of Jesus in action: who he is, what he said and what he did. Some tell the story, some explore an aspect of the original account. Many pieces include children.

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