RESOURCES FOR FAMILIES, CHILDREN & YOUNG PEOPLE
Most of the children in our parishes will be at home for potentially a long period of time. The Domestic Church comes to the fore here and we can offer opportunities to enrich the faith life of our families, encouraging parents to spend time talking to their children about our faith while having some fun.
Easter Craft Activities for Families - a really creative resource
50 days of Easter Challenge
Sometimes we can think Easter is only one day but it’s not. There are fifty days!! So how can we celebrate that? Try the ‘Fifty Days/Fifty Acts of Love’ Challenge and be the love of Jesus in your home today!
Help children know of the 50 days of Easter
This resource pack is for children and families. It is designed to help children realise that there are 50 days in the Easter Season.
We encourage you to share the prayer and the activities with your children as we celebrate the 50 days of the Easter Season,
Fifty Days of Easter Challenge from the Diocese of Derry
Wintershall, the team who usually do the Way of the Cross in Trafalgar Square, and whom lots of catechists will have met at our day of reflection in February have produced some excellent family resources – including the Stations of the Cross we used on our day with them.
Video clips of Encounters with Jesus
Ten Ten Resources A new Sunday Liturgy for families with children of primary school age has been created by Ten Ten Resources to help enable Sunday prayer and worship during the period of church closures.
Following the structure of the Mass, the liturgy includes an animated film of the Sunday Gospel, a short homily on video and an act of Spiritual Communion.
Other free resources available include Daily Prayers for Home and guidance on to how to pray during Holy Week.
GIA This is a regularly updated facebook page with liturgical resources , music and prayer, and also resources for families and children: https://interlude.giamusic.com/covid-19-crisis-resources-featured-on-facebook/ Look particularly at Week22-28th March for ‘Free Resources for Families’
Missio offer activity sheets which include simple tasks, questions, prayers and adapted scriptures. They’ll help children learn, reflect, and stand in solidarity with children around the world already living in hardship. At times like this, we encourage children to remember that we are all part of God’s family.https://missiontogether.org.uk/school-closures-home-activities/
Catholic Kids Media https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2PceGA55X7Y
Catechist’s Journey is an excellent website always and currently has great resources covering various topics, including Marian themes:
Family Prayer Some helpful guidance to family prayer: https://www.catholicnh.org/family2/family/family-life/praying-as-a-family/
Wednesday Word, familiar to parishes and schools, offers activities that families can do at home:
CAFOD’s KidzZone offers games, films, prayers and printable activities:
Also resources for the time of school closures: https://cafod.org.uk/Education/Resources-for-school-closures
These two American websites, Catholic Mom and Catholic Icing offer activities and crafts for children & families:
Emmaus Resources (Monica Brown) have prepared a complimentary resource kit of online videos and music downloads for children and adults by way of offering some spiritual support to parish teams and families during the Covid19 Pandemic and to also help them celebrate Holy Week and Easter.
!New! Resources from Emmaus Productions:
Liturgy Of The Word With Children
CAFOD are offering a webinar of a Liturgy of the Word with Children at home. Parents and children are encouraged to join online for prayers and reflection on this Sunday's Gospel. It is based on CAFOD children's liturgy resources. The link to register is:
After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.