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The 2009 partly improvised film starring Martin Freeman and Ashley Jensen, is an excellent film for all ages. Based around a class at St Bernadette’s Catholic school and their attempt to put on a school nativity, it covers many themes and ideas as well as helping to tell the Christmas story.

Why not have a film night with your group, or a Sunday afternoon church event? We have created some discussion cards on 5 themes found in the film to help get you and your group (whatever age they may be) thinking, talking and reflecting together. Download the discussion cards here.



Help children piece together the story of Jesus with the Children's Society Christingle. Christingle celebrations are held in churches and schools and are a great way of teaching children the story of Jesus using a Christingle orange to symbolise various elements of the story of Jesus. Children have fun making the Christingles using oranges, candles, red ribbon and sweets while also learning what each part means to Christians.

The Children’s Society works with some of the 3.6 million children living in poverty in the UK. Donations made through Christingle will go towards the charity’s work with these children and their families to help ensure a better future for them.

For more information about Christingle and how to get involved visit


Real Advent Calendar

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Here in the Children’s and Youth Work department we are counting down to Christmas with The Real Advent Calendar - a new and fun way for parents, grandparents and Godparents to share the Christmas story. 

Behind each of the 25 windows there is a Fairtrade chocolate star and a few words from the Christmas story. Behind the final window there is a 24-page Christmas story booklet to read, keep and enjoy.

The Real Advent Calendar is available from Tesco stores nationwide and selected retailers. You can read more about thecalendar on their website


Alternative Advent Calendar


CS adventThe Children’s Society offers support for your personal Advent pilgrimage with this year’s Advent calendar. With its combination of film, words, audio and stories, it will make for an interesting Advent journey.


Open a window each day for a couple of minutes respite from the madness of the season. It promises to be as satisfying as a chocolate calendar with way fewer calories… unless you put a big box of chocolates by your screen!


Gingerbread Nativity


gingerbread nativityFancy a spot of baking this Christmas? Why not enter BRF’s (Bible Reading Fellowship) Gingerbread Nativity competition! 



Check out their website for more information.


Macclesfield URCWhen 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.

The Child Friendly Church Award Scheme is there to help! By working hard to consider how all aspects of their life and work affect children and families, child friendly churches are able to demonstrate that they are doing everything in their power to cater for the needs of parents, carers and young ones in their context.

A Child Friendly Church award means that a local congregation:

  • has a comprehensive and shared vision for Children’s and Youth Work
  • provides good opportunities for the voices of children and young people to be heard
  • takes seriously and responds to feedback from children and young people
  • provides opportunities for children and young people to be involved in planning, organising and delivering child friendly church services
  • makes suitable provision for under 5s in church
  • provides groups and organisations to help nurture children and young people
  • takes Safeguarding, Health & Safety and First Aid seriously


The map below shows which local URCs currently hold the Child Friendly Church Award (correct as of July 2017). Please click on the map, or contact your CYDO to find your nearest child friendly congregation.

 CFCA Map 140717 1640

If your church doesn’t have any children, working for the Child Friendly Church Award is a great way to start thinking about how best to support and encourage them and their families to become involved with your congregation.

If your church does have children, working for the Child Friendly Church Award offers a great framework for reviewing your current work, ensuring that your church truly is aware of and catering for the needs of children in your community and context.

The Award doesn’t promote one, specific, perfect model of child friendly church, because there’s no such thing! Every church needs to respond differently to the challenge of being child friendly, depending on location, demographics, availability of volunteers and so on. As such, the application process is designed to be flexible in celebrating the good efforts which churches are making as they strive to do all they can in serving the needs of children in their context.

So, what are you waiting for?! Contact your CYDO or the Children’s and Youth Work Office for more information.

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Following the General Assembly 2012 resolution calling on all churches to celebrate the work of Pilots as part of all of their worship in June, the 2013 Pilots worship pack: Gifts, was sent to all churches. Here is a downloadable extract from the pack of the suggested service for Pilots Sunday. For further copies of the whole pack, which contains a wealth of resource material, contact The Pilots Desk.

Gifts extract for downloading


Welcome to the Children's and Youth Work pages!

Church House and Synod level Children's and Youth Work staff (CYDOs and their equivalents) are working from home and doing all they can to support you during this challenging time. Please don't hesitate to contact them, preferably by email.

Nominations for the Lundie medal and award are still being welcomed! 

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Children and young people are 'equal the life of the Church' (URC Charter for Children in the Church), at every level.

The United Reformed Church welcomes families, children, young people and young adults and the Children's and Youth Work team are here to help build an intergenerational church where everyone belongs, is valued and has a voice. We exist to accompany children and young people/adults on their journey with Christ. 

Why not explore our pages and see what we have to offer, whether you are a child or young person, parent or carer, volunteer or employed church worker, or just someone who wants to encourage and pray for children, young people, young adults and families. 

Our team consists of Sam (Head of Children's and Youth Work), Lorraine (Programme Officer), Steve (Pilots Coordinator), Heather (PA) and Triin (Admin assistant) and we are always only too pleased to help. If you have any further questions or need any information, please click here to contact our friendly office staff.

  • We produce a bi-monthly newsletter from the Children's and Youth Work team which you can read here or you can sign up to have it sent to you regularly by email  here.
  • At some points in the year we have a supplement to our newsletter – a training digest or book reviews etc. 


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