Snowdrop prayers

What fragile things could you pray for? If you can find some snowdrops, take some photos and use them to inspire your prayers. Every year I love it when I see snowdrops appear. I love their fragile beauty, intricate petals and flimsy stems buffeted by Winter winds. I love their tenacity at arriving while snow still threatens. While other bulbs … Read more

Two types of frosty prayers

When you see something looking beautiful because it’s covered in frost, praise God for it: “Woh, God, that’s just SO beautiful!” This is a really simple, seasonal prayer activity to do as a family at home: Go outside when there’s frost.A walk somewhere would be nice, but it will work even if it’s just for … Read more

10 Ingredients for a successful all-age small group

Due to Covid, many churches have been looking creatively at how to meet together, and I’ve been  encouraged to see many groups considering more inter-generational ways of meeting together. Recently, I heard of a small group looking at meeting with adults and children together once a month. As they discussed this, they realised they wouldn’t … Read more

#Thanktober

#Thanktober is a simple idea: Let’s be thankful for something every day and grow our ‘thanks muscles’. Get your FREE thanks resources here. Did you know that there’s science showing that people who practice daily gratitude are more joyful? Watch this short clip of Brene Brown’s research here. I found this to be true when … Read more

Duplo prayer

A really simple way to pray without using words is to build a Duplo house and give it a title such as: The House of Peace. Invite people to choose a Duplo person to represent someone they know who needs more peace / they’d like God bless with peace and put them inside the house. … Read more

Wooden spoon Bible stories

wooden spoons with faces drawn on them for a story

Draw people’s faces  on wooden spoons and use them to tell Bible stories! We created these together, making a collection of men and women (and some other odd characters!). We tried out using a pyrography pen, but it was a) very VERY hot so I didn’t feel comfortable letting my 8 and 10 year olds … Read more

Fridge magnets thanks

Write things you are thankful for with fridge magnets. You could use the words in a spoken time of prayer, for example before a meal once a week. I find this allows us to pray for things which we might not think are ‘important enough’ in a spoken prayer time, for example, I would thank … Read more

Using loose parts to play Bible stories

I was recently looking at the Benedictus, otherwise known as the words Zechariah says on the birth of his son, John the Baptist in Luke 1:67-79. It’s a powerful passage, although not as well-known as Mary’s song a few verses earlier in the chapter. As I looked at it, I started to see connections with … Read more

Celebrating Baptism Birthdays

This week is my eldest daughter’s baptism birthday. She was baptised at our (then) local Anglican church age 1, with a large congregation of our family and friends. It was a wonderful event, with lots of interactive elements in the service and a bring and share picnic at ours afterwards. She was too young to … Read more

Review: Roots at home

Title: Roots at home Price: free until July 2021, then £3/m Published by: ROOTS | Worship and learning for the whole Church (rootsontheweb.com) Perfect for: families looking a weekly Bible focus with activities in step with the Lectionary Best bit: Good variety of activities, with QR codes to link to online videos Worst bit: the design is a … Read more

A picture meditation for Pentecost

This picture was created by Peter Privett, part of Godly Play UK – you can find his full resource here. I’ve just shared this picture meditation. You might like to print the picture out and display it somewhere in your home. This way you can think about it over the week. This is an activity … Read more

A simple Sabbath ritual

Would you like a way to mark you Sabbath, to make it different from the other days of the week? In our home, we mark it with a weekly Shabbat meal, a simple ritual we do together as we begin our Friday evening meal (which is always roast chicken!!). You can find out more about … Read more