There are many organisation that exist to help individuals and churches with ideas for outreach to children & young people. We have pulled a few together here - if you have others please let us know - Contact Page.
Left To Their Own Devices? Confident Parenting in a World of Screens - Parenting our children responsibly in a digital age is a challenge that Care for the Family’s Katharine Hill has been tackling head on.
She explores the impact of devices and the digital age on teenagers and younger children, giving practical advice on screen time, social media, and consumer culture as well as how to tackle some of the more serious issues such as cyberbullying, grooming and pornography.
Whether you are cradling a newborn or riding the rollercoaster of the teenage years, a stranger to Snapchat or have 500 followers on Twitter, this book is for mums and dads who not only want to ‘cope’ with bringing up children in the world of digital technology but to be on the front foot – confidently parenting in a world of screens.
In this second edition, Katharine covers the topics of gaming and ‘sharenting’ in two brand new chapters.
Belong - a new resource from Christian Aid: Belong is a resource which acts as a guide for youth workers to take young people through 11 sessions exploring issues of faith, social justice, and how we can put our faith into action.
Download the Belong resource and accompanying image files.
My Fish Bites – Really useful youth work resource website, including games, talks, sessions and shorter studies ... well worth a look.
The Source 4 Youth Ministry – A website containing games, talks, film clip based talks and much more to help you with your youth work in church – some good stuff here.
Youth Work Magazine – The website of the UK’s Christian Youth Work magazine contains resources, forums, items from the magazine, youth work jobs and more.
Youth Ideas – A selection of very good ready-to-use meeting guides.
Youth Work Resource – is a UK based site aiming to equip both paid and volunteer youth workers in their church & schools ministry. You’ll find a huge range of resources designed to aid you and your church in Christian youth ministry and outreach in both your community and in schools. There are session plans containing full outline with a guided age bracket, games for all occasions ranging from messy to nice and dry suitable for all youth groups, school clubs and Christian Unions. Dive in and take a look.
Scripture Union - Resources, activities, holidays and events for children and young people.
The Good News Colouring Book - A free, downloadable Bible coloring book in 110 languages with the story and pictures to colour from the life of Jesus in the scriptures.
Pilots - Pilots is an ecumenical, non-uniformed organisation open to all children and young people. We believe that every child and young person matters. Consequently, Pilots aims to meet the needs of each community in which it functions, offering children and young people safe and caring environments to flourish in the knowledge and love of Jesus Christ. Take a look.
United Beach Missions: Beach Missions are family outreach! They consist of a lively daytime programme on the beach, with bible stories, all geared to the needs of children, parents, friends and onlookers. A range of specific family events are held in the evenings.
UBM wouldn't be able to operate without team members! Every year about 900 volunteers give a week or more to help around 90 weeks of mission throughout the summer. They need that figure to be nearer 1,000 so that they can increase the size of teams and expand the work in future. Could you join the team? Take a look...
Scripture Union Beach Missions: Scripture Union run a similar scheme - take a look at theirs too!
Nefyn Camps | Urban Saints - Nefyn Camps is a Christian camp, where there will be teaching from the Bible. We welcome campers from a Christian family background or a non-faith background.
The campsite has room for football, netball, unihok and crocker. A large marquee where we come together for meals, meetings, indoor games and craft activities. And the campsite is only a short walk to Nefyn beach where we spend time swimming along with other things.
The Well Learning Hub - The Methodist Children, Youth and Family Team have launched The Well Learning Hub, a YouTube channel that contains videos on topics of use to children’s, youth and family workers.
Current videos cover a range of interesting topics, including spirituality in gaming, intergenerational worship and
digital wellbeing. Videos vary in length, including some short enough to watch in a coffee break! Or you may want to watch with a particular age group in order to reflect and discuss together. Several of the videos have accompanying resource sheets to download.
The Well Newsletter - The Well Magazine is sent out three times a year. It contains stories, news, information and resources. To receive an email notification when a new edition of The Well Magazine has been uploaded, as well as regular 'Snapshots' of news via email, register as a member of The Well here.
The Well Resource - Finally (!), the Well is essentially the name given to our support and resourcing for children’s, youth and family workers in the Methodist Church and there are plenty of free resources to be downloaded here. There some great topics - Mental Health, Supporting Children with Special Needs, Social Media Guidelines, and much more. Take a look.
Student Christian Movement - This website has some excellent resources, roughly divided into devotionals, Bible study, prayer & liturgy, creating workshops, reflections & stories, film lists, and much more. This is a website not just to equip young people going off to university and college, but also to equip the church to welcome students into their fellowships. Really good, take a look.