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Seasonal Resources

A selection of helpful links and ideas for your ministry, in church and home.

From Advent to All Saints day, travel through the Church Year with your children's and youth groups. There is also a selection of ideas for travelling liturgically at home.

Click on the links below to find the relevent sections:


Advent resources

  • Excellent pinterest board on Advent & Christmas by Mary Hawes
  • Advent in 2 minutes - Excellent youtube resource on advent - Advent in 2 minutes - Excellent youtube resource on advent
  • Re:Quest has Advent information & resources, click on the Festivals icon at the top and scroll down - http://bit.ly/2ZrmcXX
  • All-Age Advent Service from ROOTS in four parts. Starting with creation, it moves to the Old Testament promise of justice, the coming of the Saviour and finally the expression of hope in Revelation - http://bit.ly/2UFrgo0
  • The Real Advent Calendar - The Real Advent Calendar is a Fairtrade Advent calendar with a free 24 page Christmas story-activity book. http://bit.ly/2GDWTu8
  • We Wonder family podcast for Advent is around 15 minutes long and designed for listening to as a family but could be used with groups or for planning sessions too. - Find out more

Family Advent Reflections: Books and resources

  • The Christmas Story is written for parents, grandparents and carers to share with their children through an interactive family Bible and prayer time. Each section provides a brief comment on the passage, questions to discuss, a visual aid to encourage engagement with the story, an activity idea, a prayer idea, a key verse and an Old Testament story link. Find it here

Christmas resources

Many churches and other venues will be delighted to be opening up for Christingle Services again this December. All the resources you might need to plan and run a service in a range of settings are now available. Christingle Resources can be found here


Epiphany

Resources and ideas to explore with home, school and church


Candlemas


Lent


Mothering Sunday

  • Ideas for use in a service or group celebration from the Mustard Seed Team
  • Children's Society Resources
  • Round the clock care - celebrating carers on Mothering Sunday, a children's session from ROOTS on the Web
  • Excellent Mothering Sunday Pinterest board packed with ideas and links, from Mary Hawes
  • Some great downloadable ideas from BRF
  • A collection of alternative and inclusive prayers for Mothering Sunday can be found here.

Easter

Pentecost


Harvest


Halloween

Hallowe’en has become firmly fixed in the annual calendar and has deep and ancient pre-Christian roots. Like many of these festivals it was adopted and adapted by the church as of the eve ‘All Saints’ or ‘All Hallows Day’ hence Hallowe’en. All Hallows remembers all of the people who have served God.  

Lots of the associated customs come from these origins: carving turnips (pumpkins), sharing food and drink, dressing up, and mischief or misrule. Trick or Treating might have origins in soul cakes where people prayed for other households and those who had died and were given a ‘soul cake’ for their prayers.  

Many churches have embraced this season in the form of light parties or giving away gifts of sweets and carving a pumpkin with a cross or heart has become popular more recently.  

Resources for churches, families and schools

Some ideas to help churches, families and schools to connect, create and reflect with this festival. 


All Saints and All Souls

All Hallows’ Day, also known as All Saints’ Day is on 1st November and is a day to remember all the saints who don’t have their own saint's day.

All Souls’ Day on 2nd November is The Commemoration of the Faithful Departed and celebrates all the saints. It allows us to remember with thanksgiving those whom we have known more closely. The people who gave us life, cared for us or nurtured our faith.


Remembrance


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