Exploring the Bible with Small numbers / mixed ages

The numbers of children coming on a Sunday morning has significantly reduced over recent years in many churches. This is for a number of reasons one of which is the many other things that children and families now do on a Sunday. Children may also no longer come regularly. So children’s leaders do not know how many to expect and a church may run 1 group but for smaller numbers and mixed ages. It is important to welcome and include all children within the worship life of the church and think about how to make worship accessible to all (see All age section of website). Using Lectionary based materials gives an opportunity to follow the same reading as the adults and some programmes include activities to do with different ages. You could also follow a topic based programme. Churches are also encouraged to explore different ways of reaching and working with children ‘beyond Sunday’ and beyond the actual church building.

Ideas and resources specifically for smaller mixed age groups.

All in One Sunday School

Each volume has 13 fun, Bible-based programs full of creative ideas for groups with kids ages 4 to 12. Each session comes complete with active learning experiences to catch kids' interest and teach them lessons they'll remember, interactive Bible stories to help even the youngest kids grasp the real meaning of Scripture, life applications to encourage children to use what they’ve learned, and take home handouts so children can share what they've learned with their families.

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Few Children, Great Opportunities

Few Children, Great Opportunities contains 12 ready-to-use thematic sessions exploring the character of God through the model we see in Jesus. The programme is ideal for church-based children's work where there are small numbers of children and an age range from 3 to 11 years. Because a small number of children with a mixed age range also defines many families, the material can be adapted for home use by families who want to spend time growing in faith together.

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Not Sunday, Not School!

Ideal for church-based children's leaders working with 3-11s Not Sunday, Not School Bible Heroes! contains eleven off-the-peg themed activity programmes and a five-session holiday club based around the lives of Old and New Testament Bible heroes, both well-known and less familiar. The material builds on the success of Not Sunday, Not School! and Through the Year with Jesus! by offering a further year's worth of programme ideas to facilitate children's work in small churches and rural communities. Each two-hour programme offers material for a range of practical activities including storytelling, games, art and craft, drama, discussions, music, cookery and Bible teaching, plus ideas for an act of worship following a workshop session

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Not Sunday, Not School Bible Heroes!

Eleven off-the-peg themed activity programmes and a five-session holiday club based around the lives of Old and New Testament Bible heroes, both well-known and less familiar. The activities are designed to explore the stories of God working through people throughout history, including considering how we ourselves might fit in.

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