• 14 September 2021

Back to Church with Children’s Ministry

Every parish across the Church of Ireland has a fresh opportunity to welcome children and families back into their activities as this new school year begins.

The Children’s Ministry Network has shared Back to Church packs which provide practical resources for supporting the return of families to church buildings, including postcards, top tips for welcome teams and sample backpack blessing tags. Also included are photocopiable Together@Home sheets to aid with planning and to engage with children through worship services in parishes where a Sunday school or club is not yet up and running.

Over 40 Muddy Church Trails have also been sent out through the network’s diocesan representatives, to encourage people to get outside and wonder afresh about the majesty of God’s Creation. The ‘Great Big Muddy World’ resource comes with trails, wondering sheets and activity pages. This is an ideal way for you to invite local families to come along and have fun and fellowship even if your parish doesn’t have a children’s ministry at present.  You never know what a kind word of welcome can begin!

To receive both resources, contact your diocesan representative (julie@downanddromore.org) or download and print the materials that will work best in your setting from the following links:

Back to Church packs

Muddy Church resources

To check out the latest resources from the network, as the year develops, check in at www.cm.ireland.anglican.org or follow us on Facebook.