Parish of Bisley and West End

Children's and Families

Welcome to our Children's and Families page

We are back in church - don't forget to book your pew!

We will still have some services and resources available online (including the weekly worship at home sheet for families), but we are really looking forward to actually being back in our church buildings and seeing you again!

The services will look very different to what we were used to, for the time being at least, but we will be running Messy and Puppet services every month.  All our services will be conducted following the current Government and Church of England guidelines to keep everyone safe.  They will be much shorter than "normal", as we are not currently allowed to share craft resources at Messy Services (or sing!), BUT we will have prepared individual craft packs for children to take away from the service and make at home.  There will be a story or reading, a short talk and showing/demonstration of the crafts or puppet sketch and some prayers. 

We will be seating families / households / bubbles / individuals in every other pew on both sides of the aisle.  Booking is essential so that we can ensure all those attending are able to adhere to the social distancing guidelines and sadly places will, therefore, be limited.  Face-masks must be worn by those who are able to wear them. 

Our Harvest Festival Service is on 4th October, at 10am in Holy Trinity church, West End  - "Pew bookings" for this service will be taken through the Parish Office in the week before the service on 01483 473377 

We are really looking forward to welcoming you all back into our churches.  In the meantime, please do continue to let us know if there is anything we can help you with and please do ask if you have any questions about our services or resources.


In the meantime  - if there is anything we can do to help please get in touch - click here to email me.   We really would appreciate some feedback!  If we're doing things you like, or not doing things that you would like us to, or even if we're doing things in a way that doesn't work for you - please do let us know.  We want to be here for you and without feedback we can't make changes.

If you make any of the craft ideas posted here please do send me pictures - I'd love to put a gallery together of all your work.  All our previous ideas and activities are still here - they've just moved to our Archive page

We are exploring other things we can do with the Children's and Families ministry during this time so follow us on Twitter and Facebook to stay up to date with all our efforts and, hopefully, still feeling part of our amazing Church Family - we miss you!

Each week I will post a fun, new PDF  Family Worship Activity for you to explore and enjoy

This weeks pack click on the link for 27th September - Water from a Rock!

 Craft ideas 10 commandments

 These are the crafts from our Messy Service craft pack (6th September).  We looked at "God's Rules" and how we gained freedom by following the rules, especially focusing on  "Love your Neighbour as yourself".  Romans 13.9

Click here for the craft pack ideas


 Our August Puppet Service is having a look at CHANGE and the POSITIVE things we can find in change, even if it seems daunting at first.  I hope you enjoy the puppet sketch! (16th August)

Our GOD is a changeless God, who loves us no matter what.  So I've made a new challenge for you to find the positives in change, or maybe change the way you think about things to make them more positive.

 Positivity Challenge Cover PAge

 Click here to download the challenge

 I hope you enjoy the Positivity Challenge - let me know how you get on!


 

 Kindness Cover Sheet

 There will be a few copies of BOTH challenges available at the back of our churches, during the Private Prayer sessions, if you would like a paper copy.  Alternatively you can download the PDF here Kindness Challenge by clicking on the link.

 

 

 I've made a new booklet of activities for young children during lock-down for our Mustard Seeds (and other youngsters!!).  Check it out here

I've now made a follow up - Lock-down 2 which can be downloaded here

 Cover for workbook




All our previous craft ideas and instructions are now on the Archives page - click here to view

Despite all the restrictions that we are living with at the moment we still have much to be thankful for,  this is a lovely idea that helps remind us of this.  See if you can spot these on our Notice Boards when you walk past our churches

 We are thinking of you and you remain in our prayers.  I love this idea!  To download your own blank version - click here.  I'd love to see what you think ...

 Messy Families prayer Sheet

 

 


 Im thankful for

 You can download your own copy of this to complete here

 

 

 We are all missing seeing the people we love.  Why not send them a picture from your family to theirs with love!  You can download a blank copy of this sheet here

 completed sending love picture

 


We're publishing video's of our services - please do check them out! The most recent ones are on the front page, but you can re-visit previous recordings here on our online services page

There is a free game available for all mobile devices called Guardians of Ancora.  It takes you on an adventure through Bible stories.  It's 100% free, with NO in app purchases and is Biblically faithful.  It is aimed at 8-11 year olds, and I have to confess is quite good fun!! (yes, I've played it - Bx)

The Puppets Discuss Worship from Home:  Gordon and Skip are Isolating together and discuss worshipping from home.