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How kids in Italy are dealing with quarantine!

Kids in Italy have been in lockdown for weeks now! We love this video from The Florentine – where they asked some of these kids for their advice on how to…

Kids in Italy have been in lockdown for weeks now! We love this video from The Florentine – where they asked some of these kids for their advice on how to get through a lockdown at home!

Click here to watch the full video: https://bit.ly/3e6c1zp

Posted: 7/04/2020

How my personal experience drove my love of camps

People often ask me why I love camping so much. Camps are super fun, they create amazing memories and allow people to build incredible friendships. Going deeper, at the…

People often ask me why I love camping so much.

Camps are super fun, they create amazing memories and allow people to build incredible friendships.

Going deeper, at the centre of every camping journey is your personal experience – and my experiences with camps growing up inspired a love for them as an adult.

I remember going on my first Beach Mission as an assistant leader when I was 15. We started each day with worship and a devotion together before going to the beach to show God’s love through various community programs. Spending this week with a strong Christian community of leaders showed me what it is to be a Christian.

After that camp, I became more engaged with church and started reading my bible to keep growing. It was my experience on SU Beach Missions as a teen that led me on a lifelong journey of faith. This is why I’m so passionate about camps.

Camps give young people the opportunity to get a glimpse of God’s Kingdom. Camps are not an everyday experience.

Research from McCrindle and The Christian Venues Association shows Christian camps have significant positive impacts on faith formation*.

As camp leaders and church congregations, it’s important for us to understand the flow of a camp – there are three main stages…

1. The lead-up
As campers get ready to go on camp, they can go through many emotions – ranging from excitement to anxiety. It’s important that parents and camp leaders are aware of these emotions – and able to set realistic expectations for the child so that they are not caught off guard when they arrive on camp.

2. Not an ‘everyday’ experience
Camps can start off relatively similar to the ‘everyday’ we know, but when they get rolling and the camp’s community starts to grow, many campers experience God’s love – something they might not feel in the everyday.

3. Heading back to the ‘everyday’
When camp is over, leaders, parents and churches can support their young people by helping to welcome them back into the ‘everyday’. Life after camp can be a bit dull – so youth groups and social activities are a great way of helping young campers transition back.

Overall, the sense of community that develops over the course of a camp, and the time spent learning and growing in faith is transformational. My experience on Beach Missions at age 15 changed the course of my life, and I’ll forever be grateful for that.

Due to COVID-19, our normal SU Camps were not able to run in the Easter Holidays. For the Winter Camps Season we have moved to an online model – which we are so excited about!

We believe that having online camps will create an online community that will allow our kids to still have a peak experience – you can find out more at our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/sucamps/

*https://www.christianvenues.org.au/impact/

 

About the author…

Jane has been involved with SU Camps and Community Outreaches for 15 years. She has experience as working as a chaplain and has a background in nursing. Jane currently works as the Camp Specialist for SU QLD, overseeing the camps and missions across Queensland.

Posted: 28/05/2020

Kids’ Talks with Colin Buchanan

Compassion Australia have partnered with Colin Buchanan to produce Kids’ Talks – a new video series featuring short talks, Bible readings, prayers and of course, music! Click here to…

Compassion Australia have partnered with Colin Buchanan to produce Kids’ Talks – a new video series featuring short talks, Bible readings, prayers and of course, music!

Click here to access these great songs and materials! https://bit.ly/2zgaYNr

Posted: 20/05/2020

Lionheart’s Disciples – discipleship workbook for kids!

Lionheart’s Disciples is a children’s discipleship program focused on introducing children to the core beliefs of the Christian faith. It comes in the form of a workbook, which includes…

Lionheart’s Disciples is a children’s discipleship program focused on introducing children to the core beliefs of the Christian faith.

It comes in the form of a workbook, which includes 40 studies around God’s character and the salvation story. The target age is 7-14 year-olds.

If you’re interested in this resource, find out more at: http://lionheartsdisciples.com/

Posted: 8/05/2020

Lost Sheep Stories

Lost Sheep is a fantastic website full of stories, activities and resources for families, churches and children! To find out more, click here: https://www.lostsheep.com.au/

Lost Sheep is a fantastic website full of stories, activities and resources for families, churches and children!

To find out more, click here: https://www.lostsheep.com.au/

Posted: 24/06/2020

Matilda + Theo – a beautiful story for children about coronavirus

This beautifully illustrated story, targeted for kids, talks about coronavirus and helps them process what’s been happening in life around them. To access a free pdf version of Matilda…

This beautifully illustrated story, targeted for kids, talks about coronavirus and helps them process what’s been happening in life around them.

To access a free pdf version of Matilda and Theo, click here: https://www.childhood.org.au/app/uploads/2020/04/MatildaTheoLR.pdf

Posted: 1/06/2020

ParentTV’s specific videos for kids aged 2-12

ParentTV is a well-known and well-respected organisation in the the parenting/advice space. They have countless videos from experts across sectors including psychology, psychiatry, early childhood, behavioral science, speech pathology…

ParentTV is a well-known and well-respected organisation in the the parenting/advice space.

They have countless videos from experts across sectors including psychology, psychiatry, early childhood, behavioral science, speech pathology and many more.

Their content is aimed at providing confidence for parents by giving them access to reliable information and relevant advice for the situations they find themselves in.

They also have content for kids – specific to different age groups!

To access ParentTV’s child-focused videos, click here: https://parenttv.com/child-topics/

Posted: 12/05/2020

Shiny Ordinary Family Moments – a children’s book

The Australian Childhood Foundation have produced a beautiful e-book for children in the midst of Covid-19. It’s called ‘Shiny Ordinary Family Moments.’ Click here to access a pdf version…

The Australian Childhood Foundation have produced a beautiful e-book for children in the midst of Covid-19. It’s called ‘Shiny Ordinary Family Moments.’

Click here to access a pdf version of the story: https://www.childhood.org.au/app/uploads/2020/05/ShinyMoments.pdf

Posted: 29/06/2020

Superbook Kids – animated bible stories and games!

Superbook is full of games, interactive activities and videos to help kids engage with and learn about the bible. Click here to access the games, articles and videos from…

Superbook is full of games, interactive activities and videos to help kids engage with and learn about the bible.

Click here to access the games, articles and videos from Superbook: https://us-en.superbook.cbn.com/

Posted: 8/06/2020

What is Family Space?

Family Space is a resource-based website that’s all about nurturing the family unit.

Our mission is to equip, empower and nurture family households and church families across Australia.

Family Space seeks to support children, teenagers, parents and churches through practical resources, activities and expert advice.

We’re all about nurturing healthy families and creating healthy communities.

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