Quick Links for Children & Family Ministries

We’re excited to share that we’ll be posting regular updates from Chris Barnett, Children & Families Worker for VIC/TAS Synod. The updates include events, resources, blogs and training opportunities. Every update is a terrific asset to churches & individuals seeking to minister alongside children and their families.


  1. NEW from Lost Sheep 

The Image of God

Cecil and Psalm 8


Mary and the Gardener 

+ the Christmas favourites…

Bethlehem Town

Jed and Roy McCoy

Tonight in the Palace

The Three Wise Camels


  1. Advent Resources 

Busted Halo Resources

Advent Liturgy (UMC)

Advent Ideas (Barnabas)

Advent Ideas (Faith in Homes)

Advent Resources (Uniting World)

Pinterest  Advent & Christmas Ideas (Mary Hawes)


  1. Christmas Giveaway Resources

Kidzone Christmas (Salvation Army)

Christmas Book Set (Salvation Army)

Christmas at Home (NSW/ACT Baptist)

Christmas Family Time (Messy Church)

Christmas Countdown (mainly music)

ADVENTure Family Devotions (Ali Campbell)

The Really Good News of Christmas (Bible Society)


  1. Resources recently highlighted by practitioners

Playmap (Playgroup planning tool)

Surprise the World (book)

Prayer Mate (prayer app)

Generation Next (books)

Heather Price (music)


  1. The Value of Stories (via Mary Hawes)

The healing power of story

Sharing (church) family stories

The importance of fairy stories

Hearing stories from the older saints

Why adults need kids’ books more than ever


  1. Some Resources (via CRCNA)

The coach’s calling

Spiritual characteristics of teens

Ministry with stressed out youth

Justice and reformed confessions

Found: Psalm 23 from Sally Lloyd-Jones

Some books to explore for your children’s ministry library


  1. Seven Practical Things at Max 7

Resources in multiple languages

Curriculum resources

Advocacy resources

Seasonal resources

Training materials

Great animations

Activity materials


  1. A Miscellany of Articles

A topsy-turvy kingdom

A global children’s forum

Meditating on the Psalms with children

Are you teaching your children “twee-ology”?

Beyond Holiday Clubs: what should come next?

5 things churches need to consider about children’s ministry

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