Thriving faith for children and young people in the pandemic

Theory and Research

During lockdown churches have had to adapt in how they deliver children’s and youth work. In this video Dr Sarah Holmes and Dr Phoebe Hill share some of their insights.

Dr Sarah Holmes
Liverpool Hope University

Dr Sarah Holmes has been doing research on the impact of lockdown on children’s faith, she shared with us some of the key findings and some tips on how churches can meet the personal needs of children and their families at this time. (Thanks to the Kitchen Table Project for this video).

Dr Phoebe Hill
Youthscape

Dr Phoebe Hill, shared with us some of the challenges facing youth work at this time and gave some ideas of how to handle these challenges. You can check out her recent article here.

Children’s Work

In this video the Ekklesia team interview four innovative methods for children’s work in the context of the Covid-19 restrictions.

Charlie Macdonald
East End Church and Equipping Every Kid

Charlie shared with us how they’ve adapted their children’s ministry curriculum so that churches can use them online and in person with restrictions, you can find these here.

Lizzy Lysaght,
Red Balloon Foundation

Lizzy shared the different ways the Red Balloon Foundation have been helping churches to run their children’s work, both online and in person.

Gareth Hillier
Liberty Church and the Kitchen Table Project

Gareth gave us some really practical ideas of how families can grow in their faith together, with ideas and resources available from the Kitchen Table Project. Check out the raising faith book here and the digital course here.

Lucie Hutson
Muddy Church

Lucie shared with us the free resources and ideas that Muddy Church provides to help get people out into nature and to benefit families’ mental and physical wellbeing.

Other resources

There are a host of resources from other agencies, including our very own Encounters with Jesus videos , which have been created in response to the research of Dr Sarah Holmes.

Together At Home
Bible Chat Mat

Youth Work

In this video the Ekklesia team interview four innovative methods for youth work in the context of the Covid-19 restrictions.

Tim Gough
Llandudno YFC and Youth Hacks

Tim shared with us why it’s important that we adapt our youth work to the current situation we’re in and also gave ideas of activities that can be done during lockdown. His latest book draws together experience from expert practitioners to help anyone involved in youth work to safely and fruitfully set up a social media presence from scratch.

Andy PoolE
St Mary’s Broadwater

Andy shared how they adapted their youth work strategy to fit within lockdown restrictions. If you’d like a strategy for your children’s or youth work do check out The Revealing Jesus mission framework from Scripture Union. 

Ben Jones
Missional Generation

Ben gave us some ideas on how to reach young people through online engagement. Missional Generation have created Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality evangelistic and discipleship resources, if you want more info on this you can contact them for a free webinar.

Use the code MG15 in their shop for 15% off their digital resources helping those exploring Christmas.

Tom and Phebe Bailey
Hope Church Newham and
YoungLife International

Tom and Phebe shared some really practical ideas of things you can do with your youth during lockdown, both online and in person.

Dr Phoebe Hill
Youthscape

Dr Phoebe Hill shared some resources available from Youthscape, that she as a youth worker has found really helpful, Together Apart and the book Now What

Another two resources from Youthscape, are Be Headstrong which looks at mental health at this time and Operation Isolation which is a free resource for youth workers, with all then need to run a session on isolation and lockdown.

Don’t miss out on our next Ekklesia Round Table in December in which we will be looking at How to support your congregation during this time.

December 3rd | 10am – 11:15am

Help! How do I support my congregation through this time?

With church members losing livelihoods, liberties and faith, how can I pastor well?