Exploring the Bible with under fives

How do we provide the best possible welcome for the youngest children in our faith community?

"Very early experiences are fundamental to our development as human beings. This is the case in faith development as in all other areas of life. So it’s important that the church makes good provision for babies and toddlers, in the same way that it makes provision for other members of the community." Victoria Goodman, ROOTS early years specialist.

How we welcome and get to know children in our faith community is crucial to their faith development.

Leader resources

Messy Church

Messy Church is an all-age expression of church that encourages families to come together, to make, to eat and to celebrate God.

Diddy Disciples

Diddy Disciples is an exciting new Lectionary-based resource which is recommend for churches working with babies and toddlers. It can be used on a Sunday morning, or as outreach in a mid-week group.

This resource uses songs, actions, repetition, and movement. Written by a priest and theologian who is also a mum with small children, it is thoroughly road-tested and comes highly recommended.

Tiddlywinks

Each Tiddlywink Big Book contains 25 Bible based activity sessions. Each session provides a range of activities for you to choose from to create a fun learning experience for your group. Activities include play activities, games, story, rhymes, songs, and prayer ideas. As well as giving you material which can be adapted to work in almost any group of young children, there is also help for group leaders to make your group fun.

How to plan your group programme using Tiddlywinks

Children’s Play Areas

Young children learn through looking, touching and playing. In a Christian faith based play area, children are surrounded by and play with images of the Christian faith. Experiencing aspects of the Christian faith and worship through objects, symbols and play can be an important part of their growing up in the Christian faith. Visit the Children's Play Areas section of the Spirtiual Child website