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Resources for you and your children 

Below are a number of resources that I hope will be useful to you and your children during this time. Whilst I have tried to recommend resources that I have come across/used personally, I am not able to check through all the content on all of the links below. Please ensure that any resources you show your children are appropriate for them. If you have any suggestions for resources to go on this page please let me know - email beth@riverchurch.org.uk

Stories

Only a Boy by Scott McLachlan, is a series of nine books which tell biblical stories from a slightly different perspective – that of a young boy. 
 
Written originally as a “read to” book, for Fathers to read to their own children, it tackles well-known events with the aim of encouraging questions, developing an understanding of some of the scriptural principles involved.
 
Scott say, "I originally started to write these at a time when my own son was around ten years old, when I felt the books we had were insufficient in their level of challenge to his understanding. I read to him before bed each night and began to explore the possibility of writing my own material."

We are immensely privileged that Scott has chosen to share these stories with us - we hope you are blessed by them. We will be releasing a new story every week. 

Only a Boy Series

   
Parmashta's Pride 
Click here to download the story Click here for some fun activities relating to the story
Shady & Mad Neb
Click here to download the story Click here for some fun activities relating to the story
The Packed Lunch Factory
Click here to download the story  
Challenge of the Champions
Click here to download the story  Click here for some fun activities relating to the story 
Rants & Underpants 
Click here to download the story   
Zappy the Egyptian 
Click here to download the story  




 



Rend Co Kids Family Devotionals 

Great devotionals to do together as a family, tied in with one of Rend Collectives kids songs. Craft ideas, prayer suggestions and discussion questions all included! 

Lighthouse Click here to download Click here to watch the music video
Fun Click here to download Click here to watch the music video 
Feels Good!  Click here to download Click here to watch the music video 
King of me!  Click here to download Click here to watch the music video 
King of me! (part 2)  Click here to download Click here to watch the music video 
King of me! (part 3) Click here to download Click here to watch the music video 



TV Series 

Recommended Age  Name Website     Description  
6-10 Friends & Heroes Amazon - 1st episode free with Prime Friends and Heroes traces the tale of two friends, Macky and Portia, whose adventures lead them across the ancient world as they fight for justice and even survival against the might of the Roman Empire. There is also a great website where the kids can play games and do activities linked to the episodes!  Screenshot 2020-03-29 at 02.38
4-9 The Story Keepers All episodes available for free on YouTube A children's animated adventure series which tells the story of the adventure of four children on the run from persecution in Nero's Rome. They are hidden in a bakery by Ben, a Christian Baker, who tells them stories of the life of Jesus.  Screenshot 2020-03-29 at 02.32
6+ Superbook The first 13 episodes are available for free on YouTube Superbook teaches children timeless moral truths and life lessons through the captivating, Bible-based adventures of two time-traveling children and their robot friend.

The first three seasons are available on the Superbook website as well as games and activities for the children to interact with - registration is required. 
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Apps

Recommended Age Name Website Description  
2-6 Beginners Bible App Available for iPhone/ipad The bestselling Bible storybook of all time is now available in an iPad app that includes narration, music, and sound effects that help bring 94 Bible stories to life like never before. With Bible characters you can touch, colouring pages, puzzles, and games, this app brings God's Word to children ages 2-6 in an engaging and interactive way. Screenshot 2020-03-28 at 23.43
4-8 The Bible App for Kids Available for all smartphones/tablets  Through interactive adventures and beautiful animations, kids explore the big stories of the Bible Screenshot 2020-03-28 at 23.30
8-11 The Guardians of Ancora Available for all smartphones/tablets Explore the ancient world of the Bible, meet Jesus and return light to the city of Ancora. Guardians of Ancora is a fun, epic parkour adventure game where players have to run, jump, roll and slide their way through stories of the Bible where they’ll meet Jesus and experience the miracles he performed. Screenshot 2020-03-28 at 23.30


'Chat Mats' 


Bible Chat Mat allows people of all ages to read the Bible and have conversation together, whether around a meal table, sitting on the sofa or wherever works best. The sheets can be coloured and doodled on, allowing you to respond to the Bible story in your own unique way. Bible Chat Mats commissioned by the Diocese of Bath and Wells (click here for more info).
 
Instructions Click Here 
Jesus the Builder  Click Here 
Jesus the Chef Click Here 
Jesus the Friend  Click Here 
Jesus the Good Shepherd Click Here
Jesus the Healer Click Here 
Jesus the Miracle Maker  Click Here 
Jesus the Sailor Click Here 
Jesus the Teacher  Click Here 
Jesus the Storyteller Click Here 
Jesus the Gardener Click Here 
It's Harvest Click Here 
 

Kids Worship 

Recommended Age  Name  Website  Description  
4+ Hillsong Kids  YouTube video  One hour or kids praise music from Hillsong Kids! From every album going back to 2003 Jesus is my Superhero! Screenshot 2020-03-29 at 03.24
4+ Bethel Kids YouTube Playlist A great YouTube playlist full of Bethel kids songs and music videos - great to dance and sing along to! 
 
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4+ Rend Collective  Facebook Page Rend Collective run 'Socially Distant Worship Club' throughout the week, hosted live on Facebook. Follow their page for dates and times!  Screenshot 2020-03-29 at 03.38
  Rend Co Kids YouTube playlist Rend Co Kids is part of Rend Collective's ministry creating music that both kids and adults will love and be encouraged by. Screenshot 2020-03-29 at 03.41

 

Object lessons 

Fun ways of demonstrating biblical principles to your children using objects found around the home 

Object Needed Theme Link 
Backpack & Heavy books Worry  Click here 
Blindfold (or scarf) and a chair Faith  Click here 
Toothpaste Words - Thinking before we speak Click here
An egg & a microwave *messy warning* Forgiveness  Click here 
Two oranges & a bowl of water The Armour of God  Click here 
Pepper & soap/washing up liquid The Gospel  Click here 
 
Resources for parents 
Name Website Description
Parenting for Faith  parentingforfaith.org
God has placed you in your child’s life and you are perfectly positioned to parent them for faith, just as you are right now. We want you to feel confident, equipped and resourced, and help you discover what it looks like to help your children and teens be connected to God in the everyday.
 
Parenting for Faith provides loads of resources and keys tools to help you find the best way to parent for faith. Why not check out their podcast 
Ministry to Children ministry-to-children.com/talking-to-kids-about-coronavirus/ Some really helpful tips on how to talk to your children about the Coronavirus. This website is full of articles, resources, activities and videos to help parents
 

Some other useful websites...

 
Together at Home 
Mr Phil TV
Allstars Kids Club 
Help your children learn the books of the Bible 
Help your children memorise scripture with these creative ideas


 
Bethani Chisnall, 28/03/2020