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.
Family Life, Liverpool have an easy to use website giving many ideas and resources for the family and aspects of family life during the present Covid-19 crisis . Go to Liverpool Family Life Resources
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.
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.
'Messy Church' Some people may be familiar with 'Messy Church' for young children. If not, they have some resources you may wish to explore
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/
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. Various resources are available, including guides for parents:
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.
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.