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Planning your children’s ministry each week, Sunday after Sunday, can be an never ending task! How often do we get to Monday morning and despair at having to start from scratch, again? Strandz has put together this new resource to help make planning a little more fun, and spark some creative ideas. 

Planning Your Kids Ministry Like a Ninja (or something similar)
A 52-page notepad with space for brainstorming and planning your children's ministry ideas each week. Rip off a new one each week, reflect on how things went in the last session, and plan for next Sunday. The reverse side has a run sheet to help ensure the session goes smoothly. 

We are also throwing in an A3 sized 2017 planner will help you see the big picture, the overarching themes, across the year. It includes the NZ school holiday dates and space for you to write down your term themes and notes. The Revised Common Lectionary days are also included, to help you follow along with the church calendar and resources on Connectible.  

And this Strandz resource is designed and created right here in New Zealand.

How much do they cost, I hear you ask? Only $10 + p&p! They have been flying off the shelves so far, that we've nearly sold our entire first print run in a week, so we'll be sending a second batch to print asap! 

Order from our website!

The Strandz Team 

Easter Resources

"Burying the Alleluia” and a Lenten pathway are just two great ideas on our Strandz Easter and Lent pages.
Other ideas include:

Strandz Lent Resource

We love hearing how you are using the 6 week lenten study that we created to go alongside the 'Our Transforming God' material produced by the Anglican Diocese of Wellington. Weekly films include Zootopia, The Peanuts Movie, Inside Out, Wall-E, Annie, Paper Planes. A church in Taranaki are adapting the material to make a 6 week series for their children's ministry. 

Bible Society Easter

Free leaflets from the Bible Society NZ, featuring line drawings from their Big Little Bible app, by kiwi illustrator Mesh Holswich.
Lent, Holy Week and Easter ideas on our website
Winchester Lent 1 Contemplative Action

Lent reflections

A beautiful set of lent reflections, from the Diocese of Winchester, looking at the life of St Benedict.
 

Explore Together 

A new Explore Together book has been released, with 12 sessions, including themes: praising God, calling the disciples and spiritual gifts. Also includes a special Good Friday session can be done outdoors or indoors. Available soon from SUNZ, or order now from Book Depository
 

New Contemplation Curriculum 

The Anglican Schools Office and Presbyterian Schools Office have collaborated on a resource website for Christian Contemplation, crammed with ideas and insights and information to be used in schools. With the ever increasing popularity of mindfulness, this is a great resource to have.

Training & Events

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

Unlimited Children's Ministry Conference
Christchurch - 18 March
Includes a Strandz workshop on Phase, and others including Messy Church 
More info here

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

WAY2GO 2017

Children's ministry in a changing world. Registrations are open for Scripture Union's children's ministry conferences in Auckland, Wellington and Invercargill. There are some great workshops lined up, so get your teams along!
More details here

Network catchups

Don't miss catch ups coming up in the next couple of weeks:
Find out more on the NZCMN website
New Zealand Children's Ministry Network

Not the best day for kids?

Explaining Good Friday in a child appropriate way can feel like navigating a minefield. It is an important day, and we must resist the temptation to gloss over it and head straight for Easter Sunday. Here are some ideas:
Lent Cartoon Jesus in the Desert

Jesus in the Desert

Some beautiful visuals on the 40 days Jesus spent in the desert, set to music. 
Check out our YouTube playlists with media clips galore

The Strandz Network

The Strandz Network are meeting again in a couple of weeks. 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,
Jemma Allen
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
Contact: Strandz Enabler Diana Langdon and Administrator Jess Weichler
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