Quick Links for Children & Family Ministries (December)

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. FREE Advent Resources Highlighted by CTM Resourcing 

Engage Together – Intergenerational Worship Resources for Advent 2017

2017 Multi-Age Advent Ideas for Households

Advent at Home Resources  

CTM Staff Picks for Advent

An Advent Bible Study Series


  1. Advent Resources

Busted Halo Advent Calendar

Christmas Bowl Advent Resources (scroll down)

Advent Prayer Stations (Building Faith)

Interactive Prayer Stations (Theresa Cho)

More Advent Prayer Stations (Ministry2Youth)

Advent & Christmas (Messy Church Pinterest)


  1. More Christmas & Advent Resources 

BunchOKids Christmas resources

Christmas & Guardians of Ancora

Christmas Resources (Salvation Army)

Journey to Christmas (Messy Church Canada)

Messy Christingle Resource (Children’s Society)

Christmas Session downloads (Messy Church 1&2)


  1. Children, Play and More

The decline of play

The key to raising kind kids

Embracing child-initiated play

Three fears about screen time for kids

Strengthening a child’s emotional intelligence


  1. Stories plus

Storyline online

The moral of the story

What colour was baby Jesus’ hair?

Who counts? 100 sheep, 10 coins and 2 sons (blog)

Who counts? 100 sheep, 10 coins and 2 sons (interview)


  1. Faithing in the home?

Faith in our Families (report)

Laundry in the temple

The power of a dinner table

What partnering with parents looks like

Hospitality – how dinner can be our secret weapon


  1. Church, faith and children

Liturgical muggles

From faith to “faithing”

The value of waiting and being bored

Children, poverty and a growing church

Why describing Messy Church as “church” is important

Raising Samuel – releasing children to discover God’s purpose


  1. A Miscellany of Resources 

Creative Kidswork

Nursery Rhyme Mass

Together with God (podcasts)

Some YouTube Bible Stories (Pinterest)

Some bereavement and trauma resources

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