We hope you are enjoying the school break - either with a few slower weeks, or running amazing holiday clubs and camps! Which ever you chose, may you know God's joy and delight in all you do. With one term left until the summer, take some time out to plan the last few months well, so that you can make the most of each week and don't collapse in a heap at the end!
We hope you enjoy this October newsletter. As always, we love hearing your stories and and news - so get in touch!
Blessings The Strandz Team
Positive Alternatives to Halloween
Looking for ideas for redeeming Halloween, or providing a positive alternative option for families? Check out the collection of ideas and resources on our Strandz web page.
The Super Cool Story of Jesus
The Bible Society UK have put together a beautiful animation of the life of Jesus - you can watch it on youtube here
Diary of a Disciple
The Diary of a Disciple resources from Scripture Union have been a refreshing and creative way to bring the gospels to life. Following on from Diary alf a Disciple: Luke's Story, the new instalment of Diary of a Disciple: Peter and Paul’s story is a contemporary retelling of the book of Acts. Written in a quirky, contemporary, accessible style, Diary of a Disciple offers a way into the Bible for the next generation. Download a sample chapter Order it from Book Depository
As we head into the 4th term, the summer is on the horizon - hang in there! There are lots of opportunities to get involved in Christian summer camps and activities, so we thought we'd highlight a few you (or your kids ministry team) might be interested:
The fabulous Strandz Network met in September, and for the first time since Diana has been in the role, we had representatives from each diocese and ministry! We had a wonderful 2 days talking about sports ministry, intermediates, anglican schools, strengthening our NZ children's ministry networks, and prayer spaces. If you would like to find out more about your local Strandz representative, then flick us an email.
Getting ready for Christmas
We know, it seems far too early to be saying the word Christmas... But this year we are producing a Christmas welcome pack for kids in your church community, church groups or those who will visit your church over Christmas and Advent. Th pack contains a colourful multifold story leaflet (featuring our Strandz Christmas on the Move characters) that tells the Christmas story, some special stickers, and a wooden laser-cut nativity decoration they can put on their tree, year after year. We will send out a separate email later in a few weeks with details on how to order them from our website. Stay tuned....
We have also worked with Bible Society NZ on their annual Christmas Leaflet, called 'Escape to Egypt.' This free leaflet tells the story of Mary, Joseph and Jesus as they escape to Egypt. It will prompt children to think about how Jesus started his life as a refugee, and how we can share our kindness, joy and aroha with others.
We have also been updating our Advent and Christmas webpage in preparation for some workshops next month, so that's always a great place to go for inspiration.