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Children and Families’ Noticeboard

Welcome! This page offers ideas and resources to help you to explore faith and spirituality in a variety of ways within your family. It is often being changed and updated so do keep coming back to have a look!

What’s on each week?

For the time being, we have decided that it is safest to continue gathering over zoom. However, we are offering a range of provision in the hope that different elements will offer something that most people can connect with in some way. As soon as restrictions are lifted, we aim to resume Gathering on the Green on the 4th Sunday of each month. In the meantime above is the pattern of what will be on offer -there will be occasional changes depending on availability so please keep an eye on specific weekly details above.

In addition to gathering online, do keep in mind that there are other mechanisms in place to support you – perhaps you would like a doorstep visit either to entertain the children for a few minutes or to have a grown up chat; or you might find that there are times when a little extra help in delivering shopping or meals would make life more manageable. Do let us know and we will do our best within the community to respond.

Family Provision in February

Coming Up Soon:

7th Feb – 9.30am 

Breakfast Zoom Session – Sarah A will be leading us in a story/reflection this week. Look forward to seeing you and sharing news then.

14th Feb – 10am

The theme for this month’s service is ‘Love’ and, as well as hearing a variety of our friends’ voices, we’ll be drawing inspiration around friendship and love from Charlie Macksey’s beautiful book, “The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse.” If you don’t already know this book I strongly recommend getting hold of a copy as it is packed full of wisdom and gentle musings!

Over the next couple of weeks, or using craft as a prayerful act during the service, you might like to create something within your household. Muddy Church who are full of creative ideas have created and shared these images (below) as suggestions of how you could share love with your local community by decorating your window. Alternatively you might like to send a card or picture to a loved one.

 

   

Tues 16th Feb – PANCAKE PARTIES  This year our pancake parties will be over zoom with a focus on Fairtrade Fortnight. There will be two sittings, all are welcome at either.

4.30pm – 5.30pm: Pancake agape service with a simple liturgy, suitable for younger children.

6.30pm- 8pm: Suitable for all ages, short liturgy, time to chat whilst making pancakes, pancake competition and quiz

It may be helpful to prepare your pancake ingredients in advance, but there will be time to make the pancakes during the party. Prizes for most unusual pancake filling (that you are willing to actually eat!) and most impressive pancake design at the 6.30pm sitting! We’d love everyone to be able to join us so please let us know (by emailing cerigallivan@hotmail.co.uk) by Friday 12th if you need ingredients or pancakes delivering to you. Ceri Gallivan

Weds 17th Feb – Ash Wednesday on the Green (pre-booked drop-in) – Ash Wednesday falls in the middle of half-term so we hope you will feel able to mark it by dropping by the green to say hi and collect a Lent Resource Bag during the day! These Lent bags can be for you to use in your own time, or to join us over zoom on the Sunday mornings leading up to Easter where we will explore use the resources together. If you are unable to collect a bag but would like to be involved, we are very happy to arrange delivery.

For more details and to request a Lent bag please complete this Google Form by Friday 12th February.

Private Prayer in the Building

 

Along with gathering on Sundays, you might like to take time out to reconnect within your family and to continue enjoying moments of slowness / mindfulness that have been so important over the last few months. You are welcome to visit the green at any time, where there are creative prayer stations to explore.

Equally, the church remains open for private prayer and you are welcome to visit the church, which is a wonderful sensory experience, and it can be really lovely to have such a space all to yourselves! There are creative prayer stations around to explore. If you would like to arrange a convenient time to visit just let me know.

For further details about all of these activities, including dates and times click here.

 

 

 

Resources for Sunday Mornings:

Useful Resources for standard Sundays:

Here is a copy of the visual cues for a ‘regular’ service booklet.

Makaton Signing for themed services:

The Lord’s Prayer:

This is the repeated phrase during the Prayer of Thanksgiving:

This is how we sing ‘The Peace’ together as a call and response…

Zoom church – creative ways of connecting.

As we settle into something more like a normal routine here are some ways of creating a prayerful space within your home, ready for services or those precious moments of quiet!

This link also gives helpful ideas about creating a prayer corner at home.

In addition to creating a sacred space, our household has found it really helpful to be actively prayerful by creating prayer squares together while participating in services. The video explains a bit more but its really very simple and you don’t need any special resources – just paper and something to draw with. Enjoy!

B – Tots Playgroup

There is a growing bank of nursery rhymes and songs that can be found on our facebook page! Hannah has been taking requests and adding one or two each week. Also we are now meeting through zoom occasionally which has been a lovely opportunity to remake contact – parents sharing their experiences of the last few weeks and children delighting in singing songs together. If you would like to be involved in B-Tots please go to the Btots Broomhill Playgroup Facebook Page.

Hannah can be contacted on childrensworker@stmarkssheffield.co.uk