Great Biblical game for kids – Guardians of Ancora

If you are looking for an immersive Bible experience for children – take a look a this Scripture Union app! Guardians of Ancora is a world-class digital game –…

If you are looking for an immersive Bible experience for children – take a look a this Scripture Union app!

Guardians of Ancora is a world-class digital game – an amazing virtual world that 8- to 11 year-olds can enter, and a place where Bible stories come alive.

For more information and to download this exciting app click here: https://guardiansofancora.com/

Posted: 21/04/2020

FREE Bible story colouring in sheets for kids!

The guys at The Bible App for Kids have a fantastic selection of resources for kids to engage with the Bible – including about 50 colouring in sheets! To…

The guys at The Bible App for Kids have a fantastic selection of resources for kids to engage with the Bible – including about 50 colouring in sheets! To download the HD versions of these sheets, click here: https://bibleappforkids.com/parents/coloring-sheets

 

Posted: 17/04/2020

5 keys to prepare you for home-based learning

With the recent announcement here in Queensland that schools will be moving to home-based learning for the first 5 weeks of Term 2, it’s time to get ready for…

With the recent announcement here in Queensland that schools will be moving to home-based learning for the first 5 weeks of Term 2, it’s time to get ready for the adventure. This is going to be new for many of us, but here are 5 ideas that just might you get into the swing of homeschooling!

1. Get a Few Things Straight

A bit of clarity from the start is sure to help everyone down the track. As Term 2 approaches, sit down and talk with your kids about your expectations of them as at-home students. You also need to hear from them. What do they think about doing school from home? Are there things they’re concerned about? Are there things they’re looking forward to?

2. Become Masters of Time & Space

(No, not quite like Doctor Who)… Time – Get a good daily routine going. Each child’s school may set this up in some way, but if not, help your kids to design a school day that works for them. When does it start and end? What does break time look like? What should be covered during the day? Space – It’s also important that your child has a space set up for effective learning. Does the space provide them with what they need? Does it allow them to focus on their learning without too many at-home distractions?

3. ‘Home-based Schooling’ Does Not Equal ‘Online Learning’

We live in an amazing time where our technology allows us to do incredible things when it comes to online learning. Most, if not all, schools will be running an online learning program to facilitate virtual classroom experiences. BUT, keep in mind there are other ways to learn at home that don’t involve the internet. Can your kids read actual books, create some art, build something, cook something or run around outside as part of their learning program?

4. Get the Balance Right

The current circumstances have put all of our lives out of balance and trying to get some sense of balance back is going to be a daily challenge for everyone. Be mindful that your new at-home student is engaged in that daily re-balancing act but may not always have the awareness or words to describe their experiences. They are the same person with their usual social, emotional and spiritual needs – just living in a world that has turned sideways on them. Keep an eye on them. Do they need some physical activity? Do they need to connect with their friends? Do they need some fresh air?

5. Keep Talking

In the end, if you keep the lines of communication open with your kids, you almost can’t go wrong. Check in on them regularly and create opportunities for them to share how things are going for them. What’s working? What’s not working? What do we need to change to make this crazy new world order work better for us?

All the best with it. We hope you enjoy your home-based schooling adventure and that these 5 ideas help to get you off to a great start.

 

About the author…

Steve has over 30 years experience in school, community and church-based youth work. He is currently working as the Training & Development Manager at SU QLD, overseeing teams that deliver training and produce resources for SU QLD staff and volunteers. He holds post-graduate qualifications in Social Work, Politics & Government, and Christian Studies.

Posted: 16/04/2020

Coronavirus ‘sanity guide’ to help with stress and anxiety

We love what the guys at Ten Percent Happier are doing! They’ve released a ‘Coronavirus Sanity Guide’ to help people cope with the stress and anxiety this disease is causing around…

We love what the guys at Ten Percent Happier are doing! They’ve released a ‘Coronavirus Sanity Guide’ to help people cope with the stress and anxiety this disease is causing around the world. Check it out at https://www.tenpercent.com/coronavirussanityguide

Posted: 9/04/2020

Animated Bible Videos for your church!

The Bible Project is a non-profit animation studio that produces short-form, fully animated videos to make the biblical story accessible to everyone, everywhere. Follow the daily Blog or watch…

The Bible Project is a non-profit animation studio that produces short-form, fully animated videos to make the biblical story accessible to everyone, everywhere.

Follow the daily Blog or watch animated videos which explore stories from the Bible and Biblical themes. This is a great resource to use in your personal faith journey and also for those engaging in a spiritual Program. Its all free and available at https://thebibleproject.com/

Posted: 7/04/2020

Covid-19 and Domestic Violence

Here’s some great advice from the Domestic Violence Action Centre about how to deal with DV in an isolation situation. If you have to stay at home with a…

Here’s some great advice from the Domestic Violence Action Centre about how to deal with DV in an isolation situation.

If you have to stay at home with a violent partner, here are some key points to consider:
• Identify safe areas of the house where there are ways to escape if possible.
• If possible, have a phone charged and accessible at all times with numbers to call.
• Call the police on 000 if things escalate and you are concerned for your safety. Notify the police if there are any Covid-19 concerns on site.
• Let trusted friends and neighbours know of your situation and develop a plan and visual signal for when you need help.
• Make a habit of backing the car into the driveway and keeping it fuelled.
• Your life and your children’s lives are important. If you must leave for safety reasons, then do so. If you have been exposed or you are sick park in a safe location and stay in the car while contacting a GP or hospital nearby to organise to get tested and to discuss quarantine options.
• Call DV Connect on 1800 811 811 to see if they can support with other accommodation options if needed.

Credited to – https://www.thehotline.org/help/path-to-safety/ and www.dvac.org.au

Call DVAC for further safety planning and support:
DVAC Ipswich 07 3816 3000
DVAC Toowoomba 07 4642 1354

Australian Department of Health https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert/coronavirus-covid-19-news-and-media
World Health Organisation https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

Posted: 7/04/2020

Daily quarantine mental health checklist

We thought this was a great little daily checklist to make sure you’re looking after your mental and physical health in quarantine!

We thought this was a great little daily checklist to make sure you’re looking after your mental and physical health in quarantine!

Posted: 7/04/2020

How to protect children from online abuse

We loved this article from Australian eSafety Commissioner Julie Inman about how you can protect your children from online abuse in the midst of Covid-19. https://lnkd.in/g8Rzu7S

We loved this article from Australian eSafety Commissioner Julie Inman about how you can protect your children from online abuse in the midst of Covid-19.

https://lnkd.in/g8Rzu7S

Posted: 7/04/2020

Church livestream directory

With restrictions now in place for large gatherings to prevent the spread of Covid-19, churches across Australia have had to adopt new technologies – with many moving their services…

With restrictions now in place for large gatherings to prevent the spread of Covid-19, churches across Australia have had to adopt new technologies – with many moving their services online.

If you’d like to worship and be encouraged from the Word alongside fellow Christians, check out some of the international and QLD-based church livestreams below!

If you’re church is hosting a livestream – please feel free to share a link in the comments of this post to get the word out!

Posted: 7/04/2020

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

‘Boredom Busters’ for each day in April!

One of our chappies recently shared this awesome Boredom Buster calendar! We think it’s a fantastic calendar of activities to try out over the month of April!

One of our chappies recently shared this awesome Boredom Buster calendar! We think it’s a fantastic calendar of activities to try out over the month of April!

Posted: 7/04/2020

Camp@home this Easter!

Missing out on Easter Camps this year? SU QLD Camps is running a camping@home series over the Easter Holiday break! There will be a new activity each day so you…

Missing out on Easter Camps this year? SU QLD Camps is running a camping@home series over the Easter Holiday break! There will be a new activity each day so you can camp from home! Get involved by following SU QLD Camps Facebook Page here: https://www.facebook.com/sucamps/

Posted: 7/04/2020

150+ things to do with kids at home

Check out this fantastic list of 150+ online resources to keep your kids entertained and educated from home! Click here: https://bit.ly/2yA0TKx

Check out this fantastic list of 150+ online resources to keep your kids entertained and educated from home!

Click here: https://bit.ly/2yA0TKx

Posted: 7/04/2020

5 Ways to Celebrate Easter in Lockdown

A couple of years ago, finding time to gather over the Easter weekend challenged our family. The traditions of childhood did not fit anymore and we needed to find…

A couple of years ago, finding time to gather over the Easter weekend challenged our family. The traditions of childhood did not fit anymore and we needed to find new ways to gather and celebrate.

My sister found a bakery that was advertising weird hot cross bun flavours and our family decided that we should find out what all the fuss was about. On Easter Saturday, we convoyed out to the bakery and selected the weirdest flavours we could find. We took them to a nearby dam where we feasted on our bounty. We had such a good time; we created a new tradition of it, enjoying non-traditional baked goods by the dam every Easter since.

This year has brought change for all of us. Our regular family traditions may not be possible and this Easter could be looking very different for you and your family. So how can we adapt for our current situation or create new traditions to gather and celebrate?

Here are 5 tips for adapting or making new traditions:

  1. Grieve the loss

This year will not be the same and that fact might be painful. We have had to cancel: Going to Good Friday Mass/Service (in the traditional sense), Easter Sunday family lunch, the annual long weekend camping trip, and/or visiting nanna. Ouch! These losses hurt because they are important; they are the rituals we enact to express our individual and shared identity. We need to acknowledge the loss and allow others and ourselves to grieve.

  1. Invite change to be your friend

Festive seasons, such as Christmas and Easter are “high traffic” times in family calendars and schedules. We unconsciously commit ourselves to so many activities and events because it is what we have always done, and presume that it is what we should always do. By the end, we are exhausted and wonder why we put ourselves through it again. Traditions should be meaningful (see below) and express things we value. This year you may find your family calendar wide open. Perhaps this is your opportunity to examine what really is important for you and your family and focus on that, clearing out the festive hustle.

  1. Make it meaningful

We keep traditions because; a) we enjoy them b) they hold significance for us and/or others. Starting new traditions will require finding meaning and purpose in what we do. Just because another family is engaging in a particular activity does not mean that your family has to. This as an opportunity for your family to discuss what you believe the best parts of Easter are, and why. Use this conversation as a springboard to create moments that mean something.

  1. Keep it simple

When we envision traditions, often we get a glossy postcard picture in our minds – what they are supposed to look like. Unfortunately, reality rarely matches this expectation and the pressure of making things perfect ends up adding unnecessary complexity to our days. When starting new traditions, less is more. Do not try to replace everything. Pick one or two moments that are the most important to you and your family and find a simple alternative.

  1. Be prepared

This is less about making sure you have all the ingredients/equipment you need for your new tradition (though that is important) and more about its success or failure. Starting new traditions is not an exact science; you cannot guarantee success. Be prepared for this experiment to flop and to have a good laugh about it. Your family is testing out new material and that includes a risk of failure. Shake off the pressure to be perfect, and have fun with it. Maybe your new tradition will stick and your family will have discovered a new way for them to share what is important with each other. Succeed or fail, you will have gathered and celebrated and that is the ultimate win.

About the author…

Tess is a former school chaplain and youth pastor with 15 years of experience in youth work. She now serves as SU QLD’s Children and Youth Program Team Leader, delivering training and professional development to chaplains and youth workers. She holds a bachelor of communications and diploma of youth work.    

Posted: 7/04/2020

Some Parenting Advice for the Christmas Season

Christmas is just around the corner and for many the pressure is on to find just the right gift for each child. In a world that has become so…

Christmas is just around the corner and for many the pressure is on to find just the right gift for each child. In a world that has become so driven by and focused on achieving goals, it is clear that many parents have taken their eyes off the best gift to give to those you helped bring into this world.

Take a moment to reflect on your goals for your kids. For many it is providing a good education, setting them up for a good job, finding a life partner or a healthy lifestyle. As important as these may be, there is one goal that sits atop the list.

The biblical teaching clearly sets the home/family as the primary center for faith formation and nurture. As Christian parents our highest ideal is that our children will find the faith that we have and become lifelong, active followers of Jesus. To provide extra support, God has provided the gathered church, grandparents, extended family members, friends and mentors.

So what strategies and priorities are you setting in the everyday dance steps of life to work towards achieving that goal? Proverbs 22:6 “Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it,” is a proverb (not a promise) that will most often be realised if we work hard at it.

Reflect on your week and consider how much time is being invested into this one goal. The only screens at the meal table should be the reflections in the eyes of each of the family members present as we listen to, and reflect biblically, on the events of our day. What family traditions are we implementing? What are we sacrificing as parents to create the time and energy into this one goal for our children? This is not about quoting Scriptures at our children all day – it is about seeing faith as a natural and intentional ingredient in our daily life. It is vital that we explore the big and the small questions of life around table conversations, windscreen conversations, bedtime conversations…. all of which flow from the words of Deuteronomy 6.

Can you add these ‘gifts’ for your family to your list?

  1. Get back to the meal table (a ‘screen-free zone’) with your family on a regular basis. Listen, laugh, struggle and journey together.
  2. Celebrate together the ‘seasons/events’ in your family year – birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas, Easter, holidays, first/last days at school, etc.
  3. Create your Family Traditions: choose your own meal on your birthday; write affirming words in all birthday cards to each other; family ‘treat’ after church; reading the Christmas story around a candle; etc.
  4. Write down a short list of goals for your children and develop some priorities that will work towards achieving them.
  5. Have fun together. Start and maintain an ever-growing list of activities you can all enjoy together – and make the time to tick them off.

So finish this sentence: One gift I will bring to my family this Christmas Season is … ?

Merry Christmas, everyone! Wishing every blessing upon you and your family in this special time.


Terry Williams
Family & Children’s Ministry Specialist
Scripture Union Queensland & International

Posted: 5/12/2019

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