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Resources

At this unprecedented time when Christian children's and youth work (like all other) is reduced from gathered to dispersed outreach and we are no longer able to meet directly with families and individuals for pastoral or faith-based purposes, we have provided a number of free resources you may find useful. 

Ranging from URC guidance for children’s and youth work coming out of lockdown to risk assessment tools, information and consent forms, these resources will help you continue to deliver the vital work you do.

Read more: Coronavirus resources for children and youth workers

PILOTS have a range of resources available for affiliated companies. 

Each year an Overseas Voyage magazine is produced which has as its theme one of the countries that the URC has a connection with as part of the World Wide Church.  This booklet, in loose-leaf or PDF form, is packed with games, recipes, activites and crafts, information, and prayers providing material for a project based on that country. Many companies use this as part of their programme planning, others may focus on it for a full day of activities on a theme or for an act of worship. Recent countries covered have been Canada, South Korea and Pakistan and the theme for the coming year is Taiwan. 

In the past, Pilots has also produced annual worship material on a theme. This is now incorporated into a bigger resource booklet on the Children's and Youth Work theme for the year. 2020's theme was Common Ground and the resource book is available on the general resources page for Children's and Youth Work, with the Pilots worship material forming a pull-out section of four planned sessions as the centre pages. Next year's resource booklet and worship material will be on the theme of Heroes and Villains and will be available from January 2020. Using the worship material, Pilots companies may choose to follow the theme in preparing a service for Pilots Sunday in June. 

Additionally, Pilots have a range of merchandise ranging from polo shirts and sweatshirts, badges and awards to promotional  bags and frisbees 

Affiliated companies can order any of these by using the order form on URCLE and sending it to the PILOTS DESK. 

 

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The Pilots Overseas Voyage is available to affiliated companies on the Pilots URCLE page or by emailing the Pilots Desk. 

Pilots Worship materials are included in the annual CYW resource book and are available as PDF download on our resources page. 

 

Coronavirus resources for children and youth workers

CORONAVIRUS: At this unprecedented time when Christian Children's and Youth Work (like all other) is reduced from gathered to dispersed outreach and we are no longer able to meet directly with families and individuals for pastoral or faith-based purposes, we have provided a couple of resources you may find useful. Read more

Supplements to our bimonthly newsletters

A special supplement to our bimonthly newsletter with details of our Advent resources

A special supplement to our bimonthly newsletter with links to a variety of resources which may be suitable for your setting

 A special supplement to our bimonthly newsletter with links to continuing professional development/skills development

A special supplement to our bimonthy newsletter with links to a variety of resources to explain to children and young people about the virus and to support them through anxiety, grief and loss

A special supplement to our bimonthly newsletter with links to resources suitable for 11 to 18 year olds

Training Digest - April 2020

 

A Guide to using Zoom for our conferences/training/webinars (PDF)

 Infant Feeding Policy

Infant Feeding poster A4 smallLocal churches are encouraged by Mission Council to adopt the new URC Infant Feeding Policy which was approved in November 2020.

The policy states:

Anytown United Reformed Church (‘the church’) wants this to be a safe place for infants to be fed by their carers/parents.

We will give all parents and carers active and practical support for their needs in feeding their infant here whether by breast or bottle.

It goes on to give guidance to enable local churches to fulfil this in practice in a variety of ways.  The document can be adapted to the local context, and should be taken to the Church Meeting for adoption.

The policy should then be displayed in the church along with the accompanying poster. The logo may be used on websites and newsletters and so on to indicate that the church has adopted the policy.

We hope that the policy enables churches to be truly welcoming to infants and their parents and carers. 

Download the editable policy here 

Download the A4 poster here

Download the A3 poster here

Download the logos on blue background, on white background

 

Resources for recruitment of volunteer leaders and helpers 

Children's volunteer leader role description, application form and agreement 

Children's volunteer helper role description, application form and agreement 

Youth volunteer leader role description, application form and agreement

Youth volunteer helper role description, application form and agreement 

Advent Resource for 11 to 14 year olds 

Advent resourceA weekly resource for eleven to fourteen year olds to use either alone or in a small group to reflect on the four words of Advent. This resource has been compiled by the CYDO+ team to accompany the Bible Project's Advent Words series on YouTube.    

  Leaders' Pack - all four sessions 

  Week One:  Hope

  Week Two: Joy

  Week Three: Peace

  Week Four: Love

 

 

 

Families on Faith Adventures @ Home

This resource now has its own designated webpage where you can find all our editions of our weekly intergenerational resource: https://urc.org.uk/families-on-faith-adventures

Other resources

The URC and Pilots and other associated organisations also publish resources for use with children, young people and in intergenerational settings. 

Prayers for Foster Care Fortnight 11 to 24 May 2020  

Prayer resource for Foster Care Fortnight  

Common Ground: Resource Pack 2020 

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 Additional drama for Common Ground 

 The Gift’ and ‘Where are the children?’: Extra Resources

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Download your spare calendars and prayer dice here:

  • Calendar (pdf)
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  • Prayer dice (pdf)
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  • One Body resource pack is available as PDF via email. Please click on the image for a link. 
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  • Resources for Lent and Easter 2020 

                          Easter stations in schools

                          Easter story bag

                          Wilderness Reflections - Lent Journal 

                          General resources 

 

  •  Resources for work with Under 5s and their families  2020

During 2020 the CYW team and CYDOs+ will be sharing some resources, links and ideas to resource churches and individuals in their work with Under 5s and their families. New factsheets or resource sheets will be added to this library throughout the year. 

 

  Bumps and Babies 

  Adverse Childhood Experences (ACES) and 1001 Critical Days 

  Babies in the Community 

  Mental health for new parents

  ROOTS for Churches - Worshipping with 0s to 5s 

  Toddler Groups 

  Parenting for faith 

  Setting up and running an effective creche

  The Benefits of Sensory Bins 

  0-5s in church (including infant feeding)

  Baby loss

  Bibles and other resources for Under Fives 

   

  Dads

 

 

Families on Faith Adventures-Week 30-God Is.pdf

 
 

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