Resourcing Children and Parents during lockdown

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8 April 2020 | St Albans, UK [Victor Hulbert]  

Thinking outside the box, Children’s Ministries directors from around the Trans-European Division are doing an amazing job during this time of crisis.

“Theirs has been an intense labour of love to develop and load appropriate materials on the websites of our various unions and conferences,” states TED Children’s Ministries Director Clair Sanches. Her aim is to connect and inspire children and their parents with appropriate resources.

“The internet has never been more vital than at this time,” Sanches says. “It is now our connection with one another, providing support for families, churches and leaders, especially as most of us have been asked to self-isolate and stay indoors.”

Here are just a few examples of the many activities happening around the Division.

Denmark
Anne-May Muller is the Children’s Ministries leader in Denmark. She says, “Every week I put resources for ‘home-sabbath-school’ on our webpage for five age groups. Direct links to the Grace-link lessons, activity sheets that go with the stories, mission stories, etc.” She adds, “A new family activity, a new prayer activity, a new service project is included each week. I have asked different families to make videos of songs they like to sing so that every week new songs are added to sing along to.”

The Netherlands
In the Netherlands, a group of people have been filming puppet presentations, Cor & Ona’s Coronashow. These are then put up online for children to watch on Sabbath. Hundreds of children watch it each week – both in the Netherlands and overseas.

Madelon Comvalius adds, “We make a newsletter for all parents with children/teens. This newsletter contains tips on apps, sites and YouTube channels that parents can use to actively engage with the faith life of their children at home. Each newsletter also offers a few assignments to do together as a family.”

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