Growing Together Pages for This Extraordinary and Challenging Time
Growing Together Pages are a collection of resources for households (people of all ages) to explore or nurture Christian faith in their own time and at their own pace. The following pages have been written in direct response to the challenges brought by Covid-19.
Whilst these pages will deal with challenging themes like fear, anxiety, coping with change, loneliness and loss, it is not our intention to meet these topics head or even to provide answers. Instead we offer these activities and games as tools that might gently prompt conversations about faith and offer hope.
We plan to continue to add new pages regularly during this time.
Living Well Together (Coming soon)
Calming the Storm (Coming soon)
Small Things make a Big Difference (Coming soon)
Supporting Children with Anxiety, Grief and Loss
These resources have been created especially for use during the Coronavirus pandemic.
There are three resources which complement each other;
Fear How do we talk to our children about Coronavirus? Fear and coronavirus
Grief How children grieve and how they can be supported. Grief and coronavirus
Ideas for acknowledging our grief and saying goodbye to our loved ones: Saying goodbye and coronavirus
Here is an order of service https://www.gloucester.anglican.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Order-of-Service-1.doc to celebrate and remember the life of someone who has died. Families or individuals of any age can use this at home if it is right for their circumstances. It is possible to type in the person’s name and print these sheets out.
Growing Together: Pages for more Ordinary Times
Growing Together is a series of monthly sheets of ideas for households (people of all ages) to explore or nurture Christian Faith in their own time and at their own pace. No planning or preparation is involved and there are no tasks or deadlines.
There are eleven attractive double-sided sheets of engaging ideas that follow the Christian year. Each edition has an overarching question, a story and a choice of activities to enable adults and children to consider the question together. Worshipping communities and schools can offer Growing Together to households as a photocopied sheet or as an electronic download. It has the potential to be used in multiple ways. Copies could be given to school Worship Teams or used as a Messy Church ‘Take Away’. The prayer space ideas might be developed for class reflection spaces or interactive prayer spaces in churches. The questions and activities could be used for planning Messy Church, collective worship or all-age services.
To purchase the complete publication, for £21 plus p&p, which includes a hard copy as well as the password for access to digital versions downloads go to www.gloucester.anglican.org/schools/jumping-fish-publications/