Caz Gatehouse shares some amazing resources to help during lockdown
As I am starting to write this, we have just been told that we are entering into another lockdown, which means our churches remain closed.
Yesterday I was reading an article on the Premier Christianity website titled 14 Things you (probably) didn’t know about Christianity but really should. No.1 was the fact that the ‘Church’ is not the building but the ‘people’. It was a timely reminder that even though our church buildings may be shut – God’s Church isn’t!! We are not banned from worshipping God, doing his ministry, or teaching and learning about Him, or from loving, supporting and encouraging one another – we just need to find different ways of doing it!
Although it’s not the same as meeting in person, technology has been a great way of doing this. Imagine what it must have been like in 1918 when churches had to close during the Spanish flu pandemic; most people didn’t even have a phone to contact friends and family!
So, as well as the services and Messy Church that you can access online, we have a Zoom Children’s Group on a Sunday morning at 10.30am for half an hour. Tuesday afternoon’s at 2pm we have a Zoom Toddler Group for parents/ grandparents to keep in touch with each other, and if the toddlers join in, we can do a song time and story. I email out a weekly ‘Family Time’ for you to use to do ‘Sunday School’ at home.
I am also looking at starting a parents’ ‘catch up and pray’ group. If you are interested in that or any of the above, please do get in touch.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mobile: 07948 799332
There are also many free resources online that you can use. Here are two:
Check out Doug Horley’s website for some fun and crazy antics, as well as great music, with his Crazy Stay at Home Road Show – access via his website https://www.duggiedugdug.org/crazy-stay-at-home-road-show.
The Bible App for Kids is an animated storybook app for smartphones and tablets. It has colourful illustrations with animations activated by touch, games and activities. On the website you can also stream or download video episodes, as well as resources like colouring pages and activity sheets – go to www.bibleappforkids.com
Have fun checking them out and please do get in touch if I can help in any way.
Praying for God’s peace, protection, and blessings on you all at this time.
Caz Gatehouse, Children’s minister