Building Blocks have shared a 4-page PDF which features some of the ideas and resources presented at their recent online children’s ministry resources evening.
Local parishes across the Church of Ireland are being encouraged to support Climate Sunday – an initiative of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland – in a new short video filmed around our island.
The initiative is calling on all local churches across Britain and Ireland to hold a climate-focused service on any Sunday before the 26th United Nations Conference of the Parties (COP 26), which is taking place in Glasgow from 31st October to 12th November this year, and to commit to long-term action on climate change. The collective action and commitments from local churches across Britain and Ireland will be presented to the UK Government at a Nations Climate Sunday Service in Glasgow on Sunday, 5th September 2021.
The video, produced on behalf of the Church and Society Commission, is introduced by Canon Andrew Orr, a member of the Commission and also Chair of Eco-Congregation Ireland, an inter-church organisation seeking to help churches to celebrate the gift of God’s creation, recognise the inter-dependence of all creation, and care for it in their life and mission and through members’ personal lifestyles.
Archbishop John McDowell remarks: “There has probably never been a time when an emphasis by the Churches on the care of the created order is needed. Climate Sunday gives parishes the opportunity to celebrate God’s work in creation as well as his work in redemption, at a time when the need to do so is most pressing.”
Canon Andrew Orr adds: “Climate Sunday is a fantastic initiative which is already proving very popular, with over 5,000 churches already signed up. It’s a very straightforward way for churches to highlight the issue of climate justice in their congregations and get involved in caring for God’s creation. We hope this video will encourage everyone in all parts of Ireland to take part.”
Parishes are encouraged to share the video widely in their services and through their websites and social media accounts over the summer months, and to register their interest before Sunday, 5th September. More information on Climate Sunday is available at www.climatesunday.org
Drone footage by David Wright and music by Mark Bodino.
Speakers and scenes from around Ireland featured in the Climate Sunday video:
- The Cork and Waterford coastline, filmed by drone.
- Canon Andrew Orr, Chair of Eco-Congregation Ireland.
- White Park Bay, on the Causeway Coast, Co. Antrim.
- The Revd Andrew Sweeney at Redburn Country Park, Co. Down.
- Ms Carolyn Good, Co. Carlow.
- The Revd Cathy Hallissey, Co. Wicklow.
- Archbishop John McDowell.
Social media offers a wide range of opportunities for people to connect creatively and positively with others and share stories about Church life and the Christian faith as a whole.
At the same time, the nature of social media means that it is important to think about how we can communicate in this way and to manage the risks which can arise.
The Church of Ireland Press Office has prepared a selection of graphics to help members of the Church to use social media well, whether in organising an online service or ministry, or in everyday life. More information on the Church of Ireland Social Media policy can be found here: https://www.ireland.
Join Bishop Ferran this Lent as he explores some of the places Jesus went on His journey to the cross, thinking about what it means to keep close to Jesus and follow Him.
In the final episode of the Lent and the Bishop podcast, we think of Jesus’ entry into the city of Jerusalem as described in Mark Chapter 11. This climatic point in the journey to the cross raises a number of questions for our own following of Jesus and encourages us to renew our allegiance to Christ our King.
The Church of Ireland has launched a new Daily Worship app which brings content from the Book of Common Prayer and the Bible to your smartphone by presenting their content in one place, including readings and liturgies for each day of the year.
Luke Hawkins, Chaplain of Wilson’s Hospital School has created this series of seven studies from the book of Daniel. They are a wonderful reminder that God is in control in the midst of chaos and uncertainty.
- ‘The Advent Puppet Calendar App was created to provide families a Christian puppet advent calendar. The advent puppet calendar app has been designed to provide you and the family with a digital Christian advent calendar including daily video clips of the puppets explaining the truth behind Christmas, the nativity and other aspects of the Christian message.’ (https://thatadventpuppetapp.
- ‘Wandering Wise Men’ – ‘This is a great Christian tradition that is an alternative to “Elf on the Shelf.”’ (https://meaningfulmama.com/
- ‘The Kindness Elves’ – Another alternative to Elf on the Shelf, encouraging children to engage in acts of kindness during this season. (https://
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- ‘Muddy Church Adventure’ – a resource which offers activities and ideas for reflecting on the Christmas story outdoors as well as indoors. (https://www.muddychurch.co.
- ‘Muddy Church Jesse Tree’ – a resource for making a Jesse Tree as a family from everyday objects, including activities and suggesting things to collect outdoors. (https://www.muddychurch.co.
- ‘The Bible Verse Advent Countdown’ – a type of Advent calendar, featuring Bible verses counting down to Christmas. It is all there, just to be printed. (https://happyhomefairy.com/
- ‘Flexagon Advent Calendar’ – ‘Print and fold this amazing Advent calendar then flex to find each day’s reading.’ (https://reflectionary.org/
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- ‘Paper City Nativity Scene’ – Free, printable templates to make a nativity scene with just paper. (http://madebyjoel.com/2013/
- Homemade Advent Wreaths – Many of our churches use Advent wreaths and candles. Why not make one at home as a focus for prayer and reflection, with activities – you could use paper/craft materials, plasticine/clay/Playdough, or even traditional foliage! Have a look at the photo below, and find prayers which you can use here: http://www.cm.ireland.
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We have compiled some simple ideas for families, pods, and Sunday Clubs, always with prompts for the wider parish to be involved so people stay connected with the full life of the Church. Much of our focus in this edition is outdoors, encouraging faith in everyday life. Click HERE to download the Autumn newsletter
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