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With Lent on the horizon, we have been putting together a bunch of resources and ideas for how to journey through this liturgical season with your children and church families.

We have highlighted some below, including 'Our Transforming God', a family resource we put together for the Anglican Diocese of Wellington, to go alongside their adult Lent devotions. Our website is also full of ideas to enrich Holy Week with your children and families. 

Don't forget to share your stories of what resources you use and let us know what you get up to! Your good news story might well encourage another church around the country to try something new. 

May you know God's love, delight, joy and hope as you journey with your children in the first term of the school year.

The Strandz Team

Safe Practices at the start of the year

The start of the year is a great time to do a review of your children's ministry safety practices. Are your leaders, programmes and spaces safe? Here are some top tips to building a strong team of leaders. Resourced also have some tips on Communicating with parents

Holy Week with children

Often Easter can be a difficult to navigate with our smallest of disciples, particularly around the sorrow and pain of Good Friday. Our website has a whole range of resources and ideas to help journey well this Easter, with intergenerational and family friendly Good Friday ideas. Keep your eyes out for an article unpacking this a bit more in the latest edition of Anglican Taonga.
Lent, Holy Week and Easter ideas on our website

New Lent Family Resource

The Diocese of Wellington has put together a lent resource called Our Transforming God, and we have put together some Family studies on the theme of transformation.

You can order your hard copies from the Anglican Centre ($5 +pp) or check out the free Family resources which we have put up on the Strandz website.

Each week includes a family film with discussion questions (Zootopia, The Peanuts Movie, Inside Out, Wall-E, Annie, Paper Planes), so grab some popcorn, make yourself a blanket fort, and hit play. 

Easter Step by Step

A video telling the story of the Stations of the Cross, with some wonderful illustrations by the Dutch artist, Els van Egeraat

Contributors needed!

Connectible has been up and running for a year, and we are thrilled that so many of you are using it. It was designed to be a platform where everyone could share their ideas and lectionary resources, so please get in touch if you have something to share. From prayers, te reo words for the day, crafts, talks, jokes, questions - every idea is welcome! We will be holding a Connectible Resource day in April if you would like to come along and create material for it. Email Diana 

Training & Events

There are so many great opportunities for training this year! Here are a couple of highlights in the next month

Andrew Root
A day looking at 'Encountering Christ in community together' in Dunedin, 11 Feb - info here

Messy Church Retreat
Spaces for the Kapiti retreat are all booked up, but still room for Saturday day visitors. More info here or email Debbie

Godly Play Core Training
Auckland - 16-18 March
Wellington - 20-22 March
Information and Registration

All training info is on our website and NCMN.org.nz

Network catchups

Don't miss catch ups coming up in the next couple of weeks:
  • Wellington - Tues 14th and Thurs 6th at Scripture Union, 1-2.30pm
  • New Plymouth - Tues 21st Feb, at Taranaki Catherdral, 10am. 
  • Kapiti - Weds 22nd Feb, Waikane Baptist, 10am.
Find out more on the NZCMN website
New Zealand Children's Ministry Network

Book review: Diary of a Disciple

Waikanae Anglican got in touch to let us know how much their intermediate aged kids are loving 'Diary of a Disciple,' from Scripture Union UK (available on Book Depository). "It's like Diary of the Wimpy Kid and my intermediate group are loving it! It's so well done and quirky!" And when the kids couldn't come along to church every week, they were keeping up with the story at home. 
Check out our YouTube playlists with media clips galore

The Strandz Network

The Strandz Network is made up of some great people around the country. If you want to talk to someone about your local children's ministry and how the Anglican dioceses could best support you, then these are the people to hunt down! 

Auckland - Jacolize Becker
Waikato - Ellen Bernstein
Taranaki - Catherine Whaley
Waiapu - Jocelyn Czerwonka
Wellington - Colette Stevens (North)
and Debbie Smith (South),
Hannah Rowan
Nelson - Sue Fallow
Christchurch - Paul Hegglun
Dunedin - Andrea McDougall
Church Army - Glennis Bisset
Anglican Schools - Anne van Gend
Strandz Enabler - Diana Langdon
Strandz Administrator - Jess Weichler

Easter@Home

Our friends in the Baptist Children and Families Ministries have their Easter booklets for sale, to be posted out mid March. Order them here.
Contact: Strandz Enabler Diana Langdon and Administrator Jess Weichler
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