This came across my desk the other day – click here for a useful list of Messy Church related websites
Here are a few web sites that MAY be worth having a look at for ideas if you are doing an alternative halloween event. There is also some background reading so that you can be informative with parents who want to know why you are being such a spoil sport! Please note that we do not endorse any of the web sites, that is for you to decide if they are helpful to you or not. The likelihood is, that you will have to adapt for your situation anyway.
- Evangelical Alliance – http://www.eauk.org/church/resources/halloween-resources.cfm
- Catholic Culture – http://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/view.cfm?id=1230&CFID=13915291&CFTOKEN=70900778
- Children’s Ministry – http://childrensministry.com/articles/five-halloween-alternatives
- Christian Halloween Alternatives – http://christianity.about.com/od/holidaytips/ss/halloweenaltern.htm
- Nick Harding: Church House Publishing (A good look at the issues) – http://www.chpublishing.co.uk/uploads/documents/0715141015.pdf
- Better than Halloween (as above Nick Harding) – http://www.amazon.co.uk/Better-Than-Halloween-Alternatives-Churches/dp/0715141015
- Ministry to Children – http://ministry-to-children.com/trunk-or-treat/
- Light Party -www.lightparty.org
- Friends and Heroes – Bright Sparks – http://ukstore.friendsandheroes.com/Bright_Sparks_Party_Pack_p/brspk.htm?utm_campaign=1309basenews&utm_source=brightsparks_link&utm_medium=email
- Trick-or-Treat Alternatives: 9 Fun Halloween Activities for Kids – http://voices.yahoo.com/trick-treat-alternatives-9-fun-halloween-activities-8822745.html
- Scripture Union Halloween resources for different ages – http://www.scriptureunion.org.uk/resource/OutlineArchive/2005/Halloween/3280.id
- Games – http://voices.yahoo.com/halloween-games-kids-22800.html?cat=25
- Fishers for Kids -http://www.fishersofkids.com/harvest.htm
- Halloween: What Else Fun Can We Do? – http://voices.yahoo.com/halloween-else-fun-we-do-4125051.html?cat=11
- Unmasking Halloween – CURBS Project – http://www.curbsproject.org.uk/downloads.html
- More background reading and ideas from Yvonne Morris – http://www.going4growth.org.uk/downloads/Trick_or_Treat_-_side_by_side_halloween_special.pdf
- 20 Alternative Halloween Activities – Ideal for a Light Party – http://www.sunhatsandwellieboots.com/2012/10/20-alternative-halloween-activities.html
- Children’s Halloween Bible Crafts – http://www.ehow.com/way_5489239_childrens-halloween-bible-crafts.html
- Healthy Halloween snacks – http://spoonful.com/halloween/best-halloween-recipes-gallery
- Catholic Icing – “the icing on your catholic cake” (I kid you not)… but some great as well as funny and slightly odd ideas for All Souls party cakes etc. – http://catholicicing.com/easy-party-food-ideas-for-all-saints/
- All Souls Games: This one had me in stitches… -http://catholicicing.com/all-saints-day-party-games/
Each chapter (fully worked out all-age service) costs £1.20, so it would be better value to buy the book rather than download it all, but it might be useful if you want ‘one off’ service. Click here to take a look.
Here’s a great prayer resource from the excellent Flame: Creative Children’s Ministry website:
I was thinking about prayer labyrinths the other day and came across finger labyrinths- a portable and very sensory version of the tradition! I had a go at making one and really found that tracing the path helped me to focus in prayer. I thought about buying some for the children to use because it might appeal to the more kinaesthetic while they are listening to God in silence but soon realised it was going to be very expensive as we might like to give all of the children a chance to try it at the same time! The next best thing I could do was make my own.
I’m afraid they’re not as tactile as wooden ones might be, but the sense of following the path on a journey with God is the same! We tested them out with three of the children at Powersource and one, at least, really seemed to find it useful. We’ll introduce them to the children as a whole in the coming weeks. As with everything, what appeals to some will not appeal to all, but if they can help just a few children deepen their engagement with God then it’s worth it!
A printable version of both labyrinths is available here
THE UK’s only Fairtrade charity Advent calendar with a free copy of the Christmas story in the box is going on sale across Britain next week – and is set to raise £25,000 for the Children’s Society.
The Real Advent Calendar has a window for each day of December, behind which is a Belgian chocolate star and a line from the Christmas story.
‘When you open the final, over-sized window, a chocolate star and a beautifully-illustrated, 24-page copy of the Nativity story is revealed,’ explained David Marshall, founder of the Meaningful Chocolate Company which makes the calendar.
The Advent calendar is the latest in a line of products from the company, following the success of the Real Easter Egg, launched in 2011. More than £100,000 has now been raised for charitable projects.
‘Farmers in the developing world receive a good price for their produce,’ explained David. ‘They also receive a premium cash payment to invest in their community – enabling them to buy everything from schoolbooks to solar panels.’
Tesco is the only supermarket stocking the calendar this year. It goes on sale in all stores from 7 October.
‘Supplies will be available in most Tesco stores. This is a very significant step and we hope people will support it,’ said David
The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu said: ‘The Real Advent Calendar offers a unique way to share the Christmas story while supporting The Children’s Society and Fairtrade. I believe it will be widely welcomed by all. The Real Advent Calendar is a chance to educate, stimulate our thinking and do good.’
The Rt Revd Tim Thornton, Bishop of Truro and Chair of The Children’s Society’s Board of Trustees, said: ‘I encourage everyone to go and buy a Real Advent calendar this year. The proceeds will benefit The Children’s Society which works directly with some of the most disadvantaged children in the country – ensuring they are loved, valued and listened to.’
Churches, schools and groups can reserve and place orders with Tesco now by asking their local store to place a manager’s order for The Real Advent Calendar – product number 74819584. To find the phone number of your local Tesco store call 0800 505 555 or visit the Tesco store locator www.realadvent.co.uk/shop
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