Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Resources for Chapel and Assembly

Believe it or not, it is a legal requirement for all students in England and Wales to participate in a daily act of worship. This doesn't mean much for us in Australia except that we can dip into some of the resources created in the UK.

Assemblies.org.uk is a site dedicated to providing resources for worship and assemblies.

All the material is broadly Christian but might be suitable for a wider audience. For those in Christian schools it would be a good place to find some ideas.

But why read about it here...go and look at the site.

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Building a Children's Chapel

"Building a Children's Chapel: One Story at a Time" looks like a great little resource for primary school chapels. The author Bill Gordh worked at the Episcopal School of New York and has drawn on his experience there as a teacher and storyteller. This book is particular focused on the 3- 7 age group.

The book contains:

  • Advice and tips on creating a children's chapel, including challenges of using available space 
  • Techniques for retelling stories for young listeners, including the use of songs and artwork 
  • Suggestions for including parents in the chapel experience and for making chapel meaningful to families from many faiths and backgrounds 
  • More than 30 Bible stories, organized thematically, including the Creation, Noah, the GoodSamaritan, Abraham, Ruth, the Last Supper, David and Goliath, Moses and Passover, Easter,Hanukkah, the Three Wise Men, the Prodigal Son 
  • Collection of songs to support the story themes, with lyrics, musical notation, and easy-to-learn refrains.
You can have a sneak peak at the book here.

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Deeply Christian, Serving the Common Good

The Church of England has just published a fresh articulation of their vision for education called "Deeply Christian, Serving the Common Good".  They have shaped this vision around the four elements of wisdom, hope, community and dignity and provided Biblical support in the document for each of these.

Here is a short quote from the conclusion to whet your appetite:

"...parents who send their child to a school formed around this vision will not be disappointed as they discover an education that embraces excellence and academic rigour within the wider framework of spiritual, physical, intellectual, emotional, moral and social development and enables their children to flourish. We want pupils to leave school with a rich experience and understanding of Christianity, and we are committed to offering them an encounter with Jesus Christ and with Christian faith and practice in a way which enhances their lives."

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Praying each day

There are many resources for prayer on the internet. These are few that might be useful.

Praying Each Day is not a fancy site but it has a short reflection and prayer for every day of the year. This site is produced by the De La Salle Brothers.

The Dear God Project might really connect with students. Anyone can post a prayer on the site and many prayers are very powerful. Students might find it interesting to hear how others pray as a model  for their own prayer.  I  like the way the prayers are laid out with a picture. Some of the prayers are particularly sad - about loneliness, divorce and other hurts.

Operation World is a well known prayer resource from an evangelical perspective.It has a focus on praying for the world. It has information about specific countries and a list of different prayer needs for that country. They also have prayer calendars and resources to help organise those who want to pray in a more systematic way.

The Anglican Board of Mission Australia has its own prayer resources in the form of a Prayer Diary. It is specifically a resource for prayer focussed on mission and for those who work in partnership with ABM throughout the Anglican Communion.

Finally the Church of England has a whole lot of prayer resources on their website. I particularly like their Topical Prayers section that has lots of prayer for things happening in the world right now.