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People were also bringing babies to Jesus for him to place his hands on them. When the disciples saw this,
they rebuked them. But Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”
Luke 18: 15 – 17 (NIV)

 

Children are equal partners with adults in the life of the church. This is the first principle of the URC Charter for Children.

Whether you are a parent or carer looking to learn what the URC has to offer or a children’s worker or church member looking for ideas and resources, this page is for you.

Read on to find out about our Child Friendly Church awards which recognise the work done by many churches in taking steps to welcome and support children and families. Learn about our non-uniformed children’s groups,  Pilots and Friends on Faith Adventures. Try some of our recommended resources.

 

Friends on Faith Adventures

We are proud to announce the launch of our new programme for children aged 5 to 11. Friends on Faith Adventures (FOFA, for short) is a non-uniformed organision produced by Pilots and the Children's and Youth Work team to enable churches to provide child-centred, Biblical discipleship for all. Parents and  carers are encouraged to get involved too. Click on the link to find out more, 

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 Families on Faith Adventures @ Home

More and more we become aware of the need for resources for families to engage with at home, which became increasingly apparent during the Covid-19 pandemic, and so Families on Faith Adventures @ Home was conceived - a weekly Bible-based, non-lectionary resource for families. The resource is aimed primarily at families with under 11s but has proved popular with a wide range of people of all ages. Each week a different Bible passage is explored through story, discussion, activities, prayers, challenges, craft, games, with a pick-and-mix selection of things to do together based on easily-accessible materials. There is a youtube playlist to accompany it. Find the materials here on our dedicated webpageFOFAAH

 

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Looking for a Child Friendly Church ?

When you're looking for a church for your children or family to attend, it can be difficult to know which ones will be welcoming to younger participants. 

Up until 2020, churches were able to apply for the Child Friendly Church Award and were awarded a plaque to show that they had been approved being particularly welcoming to children and families. In 2020 a new scheme was introduced, the Children and Youth Friendly Church Scheme which is designed to help churches and congregations continuially develop their engagement and welcome for children, families and young people. There is a new plaque which they will be awarded when they complete the first round of this scheme, and certificates inside the church which will be renewed every five years to ensure that the ethos of welcome is current and ongoing. Find out more about the scheme and remember that you can contact the CYW office or your local synod representative  to find out which church near you has received the plaque. 


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Pilots

Are you aged between 5 and 18? Do you like making friends, playing games, being creative, adventurous, crafty and active? Do you like learning new things and exploring the world? If so, Pilots is for you!

Pilots companies, based in local churches around the UK, usualy meet on a weekday night, providing different activities, games and challenges to suit all ages and abilities

 

You can find out more on our Pilots page here or visit www.pilots.org.uk

 

Some good resources...

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This is our section where we share ideas and resources for children, families and children's groups. Please feel free to contact us with any more ideas or recommendations. 

 

Suggestions for crafts and activities

Dordrecht kunstwerk jonas in de walvis   

Jonah and the Whale activities 

 

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URC Rocks

 

PDF catalogue of recommended resources

Here is a PDF of some recommended books and websites organised into several categories to help you find exactly what you need.

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