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United Parish’s Pumpkin Project

To spread some joy around this autumn and bring a message of hope  the United Parish of Ballyclare and Ballynure have developed The Pumpkin Project – Let your Light shine (Matthew 5:16). Families are invited to take part in a pumpkin carving competition. All the details of what to do can be found on their website www.theunitedparish.org or via the Facebook page facebook.com/thepumpkinproject They

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Online training for Children’s ministry

Here’s are 2 recommended training events coming up that are both free! Hand in Hand and Children Matter Christmas in a pandemic Wednesday 21st October 1.30-3.00pm (BST) What can we do this year? Are you looking for ideas for on-line church, for families to do together at home, or for taking the Christmas story outside to your community in a socially-distanced way? Or have

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Building Blocks 2020 is online!

The annual Children’s Ministry training event ‘Building Blocks’ is going ahead online this year on November 7th. The event usually takes place in Dublin so this year it will be very accessible to everyone! Lucie Hutson, the founder of Muddy Church is facilitating one webinar and Mel Lacey, the director of Children’s ministry training at Oak Hill College in London is doing another. There’s

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Updated Guidance Announcement – 14th October 2020

Due to the Government’s announcement of new restrictions across Northern Ireland, the recommendation from Bishop George Davison is for Parishes to conduct no in person children’s and youth work from 16th October 2020 to 1st November 2020. This is to reflect the school closure dates and will be reviewed at the end of October. Parishes are encouraged to continue to support children, young people

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Children’s Ministry Network Autumn Newsletter

  Children’s Ministry Autumn Newsletter 2020 The Children’s Ministry Network’s latest Newsletter is available by clicking on the link above. This autumn the focus is on outdoor activities which will be very suitable for the season that we are in. With many of our church based children’s groups and activities not yet up and running in a face to face format, this newsletter gives

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All Aboard Bitesized

The All Aboard Bitesized material is available here. Each week an activity sheet and 2 short storytelling videos will be available to share with families in your Sunday School.  The Bitesized material is taken from Year 2 of the All Aboard Programme. The full programme will be available from this October. 


Coping Strategies for Anxiety for Parents and Children

Lydia Monds from the Children’s Ministry Network has put together a very useful, practical  faith based resource for coping with anxiety, either for a parent with anxiety or for a parent supporting a child with anxiety. It really is a fantastic resource with activities that children will enjoy and that will enhance the parent-child relationship. Click on the link below to access. Coping Strategies for

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All Aboard in a Bitesized version!

All Aboard Bitesized will be available from September 2020. As children go back to school in September, they will stay in Year group bubbles in order to minimize the spread of infection. Since children’s groups in church  consist of children from different year groups and different schools coming together, many churches have decided to delay reopening their children’s groups in a face-to-face format for

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United Parish Cabin Fever highlights

Dianne Hamilton the Youth, Children’s and Families associate at United Parish (Ballyclare & Ballynure) has sent through this video showing how some of the leaders and kids got involved in CABIN FEVER in their parish. Dianne and her team had daily zoom calls with the kids during Cabin Fever week in order to bring a live interactive element to the Holiday Club. The video

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Brilliant Response for Cabin Fever!

A big thank you to everyone who helped make ‘CABIN FEVER’ the Connor Diocesan online Holiday Bible Club, such a success. Its big strength was that so many churches in the diocese were willing to get involved by sending in videos to be part of the online programme. We had rectors, curates, and children’s workers, dressing up as Professors and Silly Scientists, taking part

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