Jumping Fish Ltd® publications support RE teaching, spiritual development, values education and collective worship in schools, and help churches to promote links with their local schools. All-age worship materials are also available, to help churches be more “family friendly”.
Supporting school-church links
The Experience Journeys are an exciting way to share the story of the Christian faith and to engage children in the events and celebrations of major Christian festivals. Children travel around stations set up in the church building or outdoor space, and have opportunities to respond through multi-sensory activities.
The Experience Journeys were originally designed to be hosted by a church community for their local primary schools, serving to strengthen mutually supportive links between schools and churches. Churches often choose to keep the displays in place and open the church during the days following schools visits, so that their own members can visit to experience the journey. The journeys can also be adapted for schools to hold the event in their own halls and classrooms.
Each pack comprises a set of laminated cards, giving a colour photograph of each station along with detailed instructions of how to create the stations, as well as careful directions to help the group leaders explore each part of the story with the children. Each station also includes a reflective, multi-sensory activity1.
Experience Harvest – New edition now available! £17.50
Experience Harvest offers an interactive way to explore the rich harvest of our land and the spiritual harvest of our lives. It will enable children to gain a fuller understanding of the significance of nature’s cycles of growth, and to explore Christians beliefs about how the spirit of God produces growth in character, in what the Bible calls “Fruit of the Spirit”.
Experience Christmas – New edition now available! £17.50
Experience Christmas includes detailed instructions for six stations that can be created in different parts of the church, engaging children with the events leading up to Christmas through interaction and reflection. Children work in small groups to explore each of the stations, then come together as a class to visit the final station.
Experience Easter – New edition now available! £17.50
An interactive way to explore the Easter story with children
Experience Easter was written to resource churches to help children and young people explore the Easter story. Six stations cover key moments in the Easter narrative, exploring the events of Holy Week in ways that are interactive and stimulating.
Experience Easter Outside £15.00
Experience Easter Outside was produced for the 2011 celebration of the bicentenary of the establishment of Church of England schools by the National Society. Experience Easter Outside helps churches and schools work together to explore the Easter story, utilizing one of the great amenities that many churches have – outdoor space.
Experience Pentecost £15.00
Experience Pentecost enables children to gain a fuller understanding of the significance of Pentecost, the festival celebrated fifty days after Easter: central to this festival is the work of the Holy Spirit. Six stations, set up around the church, provide an interactive, multi-sensory way to engage children imaginatively with the events surrounding Pentecost.
Eucharist Journey £15.00
Eucharist Journey is an interactive and creative way to engage primary school children in learning about the Eucharist.
The six stations that comprise Eucharist Journey are designed to be located in different parts of the church building. Each station takes as its focus a key Christian symbol.Large colour photographs, together with the comprehensive resource list, make the stations easy to create. A complete script with directions (written in italics) is provided for leaders.
Eucharist Journey is most suited to children in Key Stage Two (7-11 years old).
Eucharist Journey is primarily designed to support the RE curriculum, although it could be adapted as part of the preparation for confirmation or first communion. Sample page:
Experience Church £15.00
Experience Church uses features of the church building to teach about key events in the life of Jesus, offering an insight into the worship and witness of the local church community. It was written to support the primary RE curriculum, and employs a range of multi-sensory activities to engage children in discussion and reflection.
Pause to Reflect on Values £28.00
Part of the Values for Life toolkit, this pack gives details for creating interactive areas focusing on each of the eighteen values. Modelled on the very successful Pause for Reflection, this resource is a helpful tool in promoting spiritual development throughout the whole school community.
Creating a Multi-sensory Spiritual Garden in Your School £23.00
This publication, researched and written by Shahne Vickery, offers a host of practical ideas and advice for schools to create a spiritual garden in their grounds. It includes several hundred high-quality photographs of school gardens throughout the UK as well as many fresh ideas for outdoor prayer and reflection activities.
Each chapter focuses on one of the five senses, and considers how planting, hard landscaping, art installations and wildlife habitats can be used to foster children’s spiritual development, encourage them to appreciate the peacefulness of natural surroundings, and enjoy the space interactively.
Pause for Reflection £21.00
Fifteen ideas for creative, interactive displays to promote spiritual development in the primary school. Each display is fully explained with instructions for assembling the reflective corner, questions to ask the children and follow up discussion ideas.
Prayers for Life in a Church Primary School £5.00
Contains over one hundred prayers for every occasion in the life of the school community: for major celebrations in the school and church year; welcoming a new Headteacher; remembering a child in hospital; opening a governors’ meeting and many more.
Glimpses for Young People £10.00
Glimpses for Young People is a CD-ROM containing hundreds of ideas and activities. It has five sections: Reflections, Spaces, Stations, Music, and Breaths. It is designed to help young people reflect upon their spirituality. It has no particular faith bias, and is, therefore, suitable for everyone working with young people.
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Leading Worship £10.00
This course is designed to train lay people to lead worship, and to understand and follow church guidelines. It is written and edited by members of worshipping communities of various sizes, types and church styles. The resource offers a structured and exciting way to train lay people to lead worship responsibly while following Church guidelines. A CD-ROM contains all of the material required for six modules of 90 minutes each, including a teaching plan, PowerPoint presentations, and hand-outs to facilitate discussion and group work.
The Resourcing Series
The Resourcing series is a range of all-age worship and activity materials. Many churches are looking for practical, imaginative ideas to engage everyone aged from 0 – 90 in worship. These resources offers ideas for talks, prayers, confessions and much more, for all the seasons of the church year. They all work within a Common Worship framework, but can be adapted for almost any situation. Each pack (except Pentecost) includes an outline for an activity morning. Service ideas can be adapted for use in Eucharistic and non-Eucharistic services. The packs are incredibly good value at £5.00 each.
Resourcing Easter £5.00
The season from Lent through Easter is demanding, and it’s not always easy to see how to engage children and families. This pack includes worship ideas for Lent, Mothering Sunday, Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday and Easter Sunday. It also includes an activity morning for Good Friday.
Resourcing Pentecost £5.00
Pentecost is both a festival and a season. This resource offers all-age services for Pentecost, Trinity and Father’s Day together with a series of worship outlines to accompany Experience Pentecost, which draws on the story of the growing church. These include ideas for celebrating the world church as well as thinking about the work of the Holy Spirit.
Resourcing Summer £5.00
August is often the month when churches give regular Sunday work with children a break, so this pack contains four all-age outlines for each Sunday in the month. There is also a special service to mark the beginning of the school year and a Summer Fun activity morning.
Resourcing November £5.00
There are many key festivals in this season, and this pack includes outlines for All Saints, Remembrance Sunday, Christ the King, Advent Sunday and St. Nicholas (a great festival for a focus on children). There are two activity workshops – for Halloween and St. Nicholas, plus tips on involving children with All Souls remembering.
Resourcing Christmas £5.00
Fresh ideas are always needed for this most familiar of seasons. The pack contains ideas for every Sunday in Advent, Christmas Day and Epiphany. There are also two crib services – one for toddlers and one for families.
Creating Christmas £5.00
The Advent and Christmas season brings many opportunities to meet families and communities in all kinds of contexts. This pack is a pic’n’mix of ideas that can be used to create a whole service or as one-off items. There are openings, confessions, talks and prayers galore.