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Faith Adventures for Children Together and Youth Resource

Faith Adventures for Children Together is a free weekly resource from the United Reformed Church to support church children’s group leaders and volunteers as they plan and deliver Bible-based, child-centred, engaging sessions for ages 12 and under.

From January 2024 it is accompanied by Faith Adventures: Youth Resource which seeks to supplement the sessions with prayers, discussion and activities which extend the material to engage the 11 to 14 age range.

Session outlines provide ways to experience, explore and express faith together through Bible readings, stories, prayers, activities, and wondering together, with a postcard home to enable children and families to nurture their faith in daily life.

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"How To" introductions to the resources

FACTsheet: a "how to" for Faith Adventures (PDF | 178kb)

An explanation of the approach used in FACT, guidance as to how to make best use of it, and some extra suggestions you may find helpful in your planning

How and Why to use the Faith Adventures: Youth Resource - an introduction (PDF | 196kb)

Faith Adventures: Youth Resource is designed to be used alongside faith Adventures for Children together as many items are suitable for use across the age ranges, depending on your group.

Sample Sessions:

FACT: Matthew 17:1-9 : The Transfiguration   sample session   (PDF | 435kb)

FACT: Matthew 17:1-9 : The Transfiguration   sample postcard home  (PDF | 198kb)

A one-off sample issue of Faith Adventures for Children Together, on the theme of the Transfiguration: exploring who Jesus is.

The sample session is to aid planning for your children's group. The sample postcard home is something that you would give to a child or family to enable them to explore the story at home.

Planning a service or a session around a particular reading (e.g. from the lectionary or to fit a certain theme) and want to know whether it's covered in any of our resources? Use this helpful index to help you know where to look. It covers Faith Adventures: Children Together, Families on Faith Adventures @ Home, Holiday Club materials and will also include Friends on Faith Adventures and Faith Adventures: Youth Resource eventually. It will be regularly updated with new Faith Adventures: Children Together materials as they are written.

 

Bible index  (PDF|355kb)

Although it is not possible to include a translation for all our materials, churches where children speak Welsh may wish to use the Welsh version of the gathering prayers for the children to say together.

Gweddi Ymgynull   (Gathering Prayers in Welsh)  (PDF|77kb)

Week one: 1 Chronicles 28  9-12,20 - Building the temple

session outline (PDF|503kb)              postcard home (PDF|172kb)     YOUTH RESOURCE  (PDF|263kb)

Week two:  Proverbs 24: 3-4 - Build your life like your home

session outline (PDF|738kb)              postcard home (PDF|240kb)     YOUTH RESOURCE  (PDF|245kb)

Week three:   John 14: 1-2  - My father's house has many mansions

session outline (PDF|634kb)              postcard home (PDF|162kb)     YOUTH RESOURCE  (PDF|249kb)

Week four: Acts 4: 32-37 - The apostles share their homes together

session outline (PDF|458kb)              postcard home (PDF|190kb)     YOUTH RESOURCE  (PDF|716kb)

Week five: Matthew 7:24-27 - The wise and foolish builders

session outline (PDF|903kb)              postcard home (PDF|173kb)     YOUTH RESOURCE  (PDF|259kb)

Week one: Psalm 90: 2  – God

session outline (PDF|2mb)              postcard home (PDF|319kb)     YOUTH RESOURCE  (PDF|500kb)

Week two:    Acts 1: 6-11 - Jesus

session outline (PDF|1020kb)              postcard home (PDF|287kb)     YOUTH RESOURCE  (PDF|241kb)

Week three:    Joel 2:28-29 - Spirit

session outline (PDF|843kb)              postcard home (PDF|236kb)     YOUTH RESOURCE  (PDF|239kb)

Week four: John 14: 16-17 - Trinity

session outline (PDF|1mb)              postcard home (PDF|224kb)     YOUTH RESOURCE  (PDF|719kb)

Week one: Joshua 2: 1-7  – Rahab's brave decision

session outline (PDF|966kb)              postcard home (PDF|231kb)     YOUTH RESOURCE  (PDF|272kb)

Week two:    Luke 6: 27-16  - Love your enemies

session outline (PDF|817kb)              postcard home (PDF|330kb)     YOUTH RESOURCE  (PDF|340kb)

Week three:    Acts 27: 21-44 - Paul's Shipwreck

session outline (PDF|531kb)              postcard home (PDF|196kb)     YOUTH RESOURCE  (PDF|291kb)

Week four: Psalm 56  - If God is with us...

session outline (PDF|491kb)              postcard home (PDF|330kb)     YOUTH RESOURCE  (PDF|275kb)

Resources for this month focus on the theme of PEOPLE but we are aware that some churches may be looking for materials on the elements of the Easter story. You will find resources for this in our Families on Faith Adventures materials and we have also created a supplementary Easter Resource entitled EASTER ENCOUNTERS  (PDF|2mb) which focuses on the people involved in each stage of the Easter story, with crafts and prayers to support each step along the way. Feel free to use whatever fits your setting and requirements best, or to mix and match at will.

Week one: Verses from Psalm 119 - God's people

session outline  (PDF|775kb)         postcard home (PDF|346kb)     YOUTH RESOURCE  (PDF|205kb)

Week two: Exodus 2.1-10  – Mothering Sunday - Moses in the bullrushes

session outline (PDF|1mb)              postcard home (PDF|221kb)     YOUTH RESOURCE  (PDF|364kb)

Week three:  1 Corinthians 12: 27-31 - We are the body of Christ

session outline (PDF|1mb)              postcard home (PDF|247kb)     YOUTH RESOURCE  (PDF|287kb)

Week four: Matthew 26: 17-30  - The Last Supper

session outline (PDF|707kb)              postcard home (PDF|306kb)     YOUTH RESOURCE  (PDF|350kb)

Week five:  John 16: 16-24 - Easter - you will be sad for a time

session outline (PDF|1mb)              postcard home (PDF|205kb)     YOUTH RESOURCE  (PDF|324kb)

Supplementary resource for Easter: Easter Encounters (PDF|2mb) 

 

Week one: Luke 2:36-38  – Anna prophesies about Jesus

session outline (PDF|1mb)              postcard home (PDF|289kb)     YOUTH RESOURCE  (PDF|369kb)

Week two:    Psalm 139 - God knows me

session outline (PDF|644kb)              postcard home (PDF|245kb)     YOUTH RESOURCE  (PDF|325kb)

Week three:    Galatians 3:27-29 - We are all children of God

session outline (PDF|448kb)              postcard home (PDF|227kb)     YOUTH RESOURCE  (PDF|441kb)

Week four: Isaiah 11:1-2  - Identity of Jesus

session outline (PDF|594kb)              postcard home (PDF|269kb)     YOUTH RESOURCE  (PDF|334kb)

Youth Resource for January 2024 will be added by 5 January - apologies for the delay

Week one: Proverbs 27:1  – God of Surprises

session outline (PDF|495kb)              postcard home (PDF|192kb)     YOUTH RESOURCE  (PDF|223kb)

Week two:    Luke 5: 1-11 - A surprising catch

session outline (PDF|1001kb)              postcard home (PDF|255kb)     YOUTH RESOURCE  (PDF|242kb)

Week three: Genesis 6-11-7.10  – Noah's surprising challenge

session outline (PDF|657kb)              postcard home (PDF|189kb)     YOUTH RESOURCE  (PDF|269kb)

Week four:  Acts 12: 5, 7-16 - Rhoda and the disciples surprised by Peter

session outline (PDF|573kb)              postcard home (PDF|202kb)     YOUTH RESOURCE  (PDF|258kb)

 

Week one: Luke 1: 26-31  – An ordinary couple

session outline (PDF|743kb)               postcard home (PDF|257kb)

Week two: Luke 2: 8-18 - Ordinary shepherds

session outline (PDF|723kb)               postcard home (PDF|294kb)       Youth Resource sample (PDF|266kb)

Week three: Matthew 2: 1-2, 9-11 - Ordinary stargazers

session outline (PDF|748kb)               postcard home (PDF|267kb)       Treasure Hunt template (PDF|140kb)

Week four:  Luke 2: 1-7  - An extraordinary gift

session outline (PDF|912kb)               postcard home (PDF|345mb)

Week five: Luke 2: 25-33 - Simeon recognises Jesus

session outline (PDF|943kb)               postcard home (PDF|207kb)

 

Family Film Night: Polar Express (courtesy of Wessex synod and National Synod of Scotland)  (PDF|mb)

Week one: 1 Samuel 18-20 – David and Jonathan                           session outline (PDF|556mb)  (Coming soon)              postcard home (PDF|289kb)

Week two:     Philippians 2:19-26 - Paul and Timothy                      session outline (PDF|559kb)         postcard home (PDF|243kb)

Week three: John 11:1-44 – Jesus cries with his sad friends        session outline (PDF|566kb)               postcard home (PDF|237kb)

Week four:  Selected Proverbs  -  Wisdom about friendship         session outline (PDF|589kb)               postcard home (PDF|499kb)

 

A4 colouring pages for all four weeks (PDF|553kb)

Week one: Genesis 2: 4-15 – Creation                                  session outline (PDF|565kb)               postcard home (PDF|250kb)

Week two: Psalm 65 -  God over all creation                      session outline (PDF|726kb)               postcard home (PDF|199kb)

Week three: Luke 13: 6-9 – Parable of the fig tre              session outline (PDF|492kb)               postcard home (PDF|222kb)

Week four: Proverbs 30: 24-28 – Small but wise              session outline (PDF|776kb)               postcard home (PDF|345kb)

Week five:  Revelation 22 1-2 - Healing of the nations     session outline (PDF|358kb)               postcard home (PDF|359kb)

Week one: 2 Chronicles 1: 7-12 – Solomon requests wisdom                                                 session outline (PDF|643kb)               postcard home (PDF|316kb)

Week two: Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 -   A time for everything                                    session outline (PDF|607kb)               postcard home (PDF|220kb)

Week three: John 8: 1-12 – Woman caught doing wrong                                 session outline (PDF|1mb)               postcard home (PDF|283kb)

Week four:  Acts 9  - Saul on the road to Damascus                                         session outline (PDF|1mb)               postcard home (PDF|297kb)

The following five resources are designed to cover weeks before/after the summer holidays, when most groups stop meeting together. Dates have not been specified as school holidays vary around the country. If your group continues to meet during the school holiday, we recommend that you look at the resources available in our Holiday Club materials or Families on Faith Adventures @ Home These should provide enough material to keep you going until the next month's resources are published.

 

 

Week one: Matthew 6: 9-13 – The Lord's prayer                                       session outline (PDF|404kb)               postcard home (PDF|411kb)

Week two: Psalm 27: 4-5,7-8 -  One thing I ask                       session outline (PDF|601kb)               postcard home (PDF|184kb)

Week three:  Nehemiah 2 – God's in this                              session outline (PDF|801kb)               postcard home (PDF|313kb)

Week four:  I Thessalonians 5: 16-18  - Pray for and with   session outline (PDF|540kb)               postcard home (PDF|401kb)

Week five: Daniel 9: 3-5 & 9 - Sorry prayers                            session outline  (PDF|682kb)          postcard home (PDF|273kb)

Week one: 1 Kings 10: 1-13 – Queen of Sheba visits                                                 session outline (PDF|885kb)               postcard home (PDF|168kb)

Week two: Psalm 121 -  God watches over coming and going                      session outline (PDF|665kb)               postcard home (PDF|188kb)

Week three: Luke 10: 30-37 – Good Samaritan                                session outline (PDF|905kb)               postcard home (PDF|193kb)

Week four:  Acts 11:19-26 - Barnabas goes to Antioch     session outline (PDF|448kb)               postcard home (PDF|318kb)

Week one: 1 Chronicles 12: 38-40 - David's coronation                 session outline(PDF|452kb)               postcard home (PDF|285kb)

Week two: Psalm 9: 1-2, 7-11 - A psalm of praise                              session outline (PDF|452kb)               postcard home (PDF|260kb)

Week three: Philippians 4:4-7 - Rejoice in the Lord Always          session outline (PDF|551kb)               postcard home (PDF|263kb)

Week four:  Acts 2: 1-14 - Pentecost                                                   session outline (PDF|490kb)               postcard home (PDF|398kb)

Week one: Psalm 118: 26-30 – Palm Sunday                                                 session outline (PDF|483kb)        postcard home (PDF|349kb)

Week two:  John 19: 16-19, 40-41 and John 20: 1-8 Easter                      session outline (PDF|401kb)          postcard home (PDF|200kb)

Week three: Romans 8: 31, 32, 34, 35 – Resurrection                                session outline (PDF|465kb)          postcard home (PDF|226kb)

Week four:  2 Kings 4: 18-20, 32-37  The Shumamite woman’s son      session outline (PDF|556kb)           postcard home (PDF|241kb)

Week four powerpoint game (ppt|897kb)

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For more on this theme, see the URC 2024 holiday club materials, Sparks and Stories, or the themed all-age resource book Story, Story, Story.

Week one: Psalm 114

session outline (PDF|1mb)              postcard home (PDF|289kb)     YOUTH RESOURCE  (PDF|369kb)

Week two: Matthew 17: 1-9

session outline (PDF|644kb)              postcard home (PDF|245kb)     YOUTH RESOURCE  (PDF|325kb)

Week three: 2 Peter 1: 12 - 19

session outline (PDF|448kb)              postcard home (PDF|227kb)     YOUTH RESOURCE  (PDF|441kb)

Week four: Exodus 7-12

session outline (PDF|594kb)              postcard home (PDF|269kb)     YOUTH RESOURCE  (PDF|334kb)

Week five: Exodus 12

session outline (PDF|594kb)              postcard home (PDF|269kb)     YOUTH RESOURCE  (PDF|334kb)

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