A year’s worth of material for running a midweek or weekend group with families from the local community
50 Praise, Play and Pray Sessions provides a practical way for churches to engage with families who might not normally attend Sunday church. The Peterborough Diocese Children’s Missioner uses her passion for her work with children and families. This combined with her training as a reader and her experience leading creative worship in a primary school, Rona developed this compendium of 50 sessions for all ages.
Requiring little preparation or no set-up time, each session lasts between 45 and 60 minutes and explores a biblical theme or story through a variety of inclusive elements, including gathering activities, interactive ice-breakers, simple craft activities, different approaches to storytelling, accessible forms of prayer, reflective discussions and a challenge to take into the week ahead.
From Together July-August 2015 Edition
Another excellent resource from Barnabas, each session has a fun activity that in turn forms the basis of the Bible passage talk and experiential prayers. There are more activities that can be done and reflection pieces if time allows. At the end of the day you can’t fail to find a session in here that will work for you, that is fun and that is ultimately really easy to do. Sessions cover Lent, Easter, Pentecost, Christmas, Trinity and more, plus Bible highlights like Creation, Fruits of the Spirit, Jesus, Thanksgiving, Prayer and a series of sessions on the senses. All are so well put together you can do them straight from the book or, of course, tailor your own sessions from them too. On the whole this is an excellent addition to a library of resources for those undertaking all age (or Children/Youth) sessions and wanting a service that is fun and engaging as well as being biblically rooted.
Review by Melanie Carroll
Thank you for this book, Rona. It is an invaluable resource for me and the children at “Shepherd’s Delight”. Your sessions are deep, thought provoking and dynamic. I have been using this book as my blue print for our sessions and can see how children’s faith has flourished over the past few months. I ran a session this afternoon, and a couple of children told me they did not want to go home!
Review by Diocese of Peterborough Children’s worker
Rona is the author of Creative Mission and More Creative Mission (Barnabas for Children, 2011 and 2013)
See the book on the brf website