Goodbye winter, hello spring! As we are well and truely immersed in term three, its a great idea to take some time to pause, take stock, and plan ahead. The last few months of the year will fly by, so think about having a planning meeting to map out how you will end the year well. We also want to think about how we transition children between groups, introducing them to new leaders and making sure that none fall through the gaps.
We hope you enjoy this September newsletter. As always, we love hearing your stories and and news - so get in touch!
Blessings The Strandz Team
Fathers Day Resources
"A really good Father’s Day could be a day where we remember we all have different ways of viewing this day. All of us. We celebrate each other and our humanity when we recognise that. That doesn’t take away from the wonderful dads, they stay wonderful, we keep celebrating them – it just makes sure nobody is left behind."
Excerpt from an article on Emily Writes about the spectrum of Father's Day experiences. Head to our website for other ideas for celebrating the men in your community this Sunday
New Zealand Children's Ministry Network
It was an honour to spend time with some of New Zealand's national children's ministry leaders last week, to pray for the kids and churches of New Zealand, and look at how we could collaborate and partner together.
As Ivy Beckwith says; “We need to provide intergenerational communities where children can take risks, grow in their faith, and connect with adults who will love, mentor and inspire them. Frequent and regular cross-generational opportunities for worship, learning, outreach, service and fellowship offer distinctive spiritual benefits and blessings.”
We have put together a quick Intergenerational Audit to help you identify how Intergenerational your church ministries are. Download it here and find out more information and resources on our website
National Youth Advisor finishes in role
A huge thank you to Phil Trotter, who has been in the role of National Youth Advisor for the Anglican Dioceses of New Zealand for the past 5 years. He has been instrumental in advocating for an Anglican youth ministry qualification, growing the Abbey (national Anglican youth workers conference) and has been a joy to partner with. Diana, our Strandz Enabler, and Phil have worked to break down the silos between the children and youth ministries, strengthening a foundation of intergenerational ministry with youth people. We wish Phil well in his new role in the Diocese of Christchurch!
You can find out more about Phil's new book - Youth Ministry Well - on the Resourced website soon. It really is a great read!
Photo: Brad Wood
Connectible Resource Day
These wonderful people (Hannah, Rochelle, Tori and Colette) worked hard at the Connectible Resource day on the Kapiti Coast, putting together ideas and material for term 4. Their ideas will help equip churches all over the country to include intergenerational elements in their Sunday lectionary based services. Thanks team!
The Big Little Bible
The Bible Society NZ has put together a five week session plan based on the Big Little Bible. They will also send you a copy of the Big Little Bible for free!
Each week features a key Bible story taken from The Big Little Bible (but you can use any Bible). The stories bring to life key messages for children including trusting in God, keeping your eyes on Jesus and saying thanks to God. Through these sessions, the aim is to demonstrate how we can learn from the Bible.
To download the five-week session plan, and order your Big Little Bible, click here
New Fidget Spinner prayer worksheet
With such great feedback about our Fidget Spinner prayers, we put together another worksheet for kids to draw or write their prayers. Great for those kids who aren't confident to pray in a group or for small group times.
New family worship from Grace Vineyard in Christchurch