Resources for Families (Pathfinder Church Northstowe)

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A key feature of life with Pathfinder Church Northstowe is that we pray, explore, and share life and faith together with those across the generations. How do we do that from home right now?

(last updated April 6rd 2020)

Local Story Sharing at 6.30pm on weeknights

The start of our evening broadcast each weeknight is a chance for us to share stories, pictures, and video clips of what we've been up to recently. Please do send us any news (in sending us pictures you give us consent to broadcast them; you may prefer to send pictures without faces)

Some evenings, we'll go to to read a bedtime story together. Other nights it will be a more reflective Evening Prayer as we grapple with the situtation around us. We'll let you know what's coming day by day. (If you'd like to send us a clip of your or your family reading, get in touch!)

In Holy Week, we have a challange a day that we're reporting back on too: Find out how to get involved in Holy Week with Pathfinder Church, here...

Here's a playlist of recent evenings, together with the music we've mentioned.

 

Sundays?

How shall we do this? Let's talk about this... There are so many fantastic online resources out there on Sundays now, we don't want to compete.

We've been sending out some resources to help nuture faith-at-home over the weekend, and then got together on Monday Night to share a bedtime story and talk about what we what we did -- much as we would in our Celebrations in the third part of our normal Gatherings.

On Palm Sunday we had a Zoom coffee at 3.30pm on Sunday afternoon, which went down well. So, on Easter Sunday, we'll do that again, this time at 10.30am, and together watch our pre-recorded Easter Service (Contact Beth to get the log-in information)

 

The Glad Stones (online) Club

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Have you got Primary Aged (ish) children at home? We are encouraging everyone to read Amy Scott Robinson's fantastic faith-based novels, and join The Glad Stones online club. (Pathfinder Church family -- do talk to Beth if you can't afford the books right now... we don't want your children to miss out on this great opportunity)

UPDATE: This is going really well! We can't wait to hear what you all write!

PS> We were looking forward to having Amy Scott Robinson on our Away Day (trying to work out how to do that online instead! But now you'll all know her when we finally get her here in person!

Watch her launch video over on facebook here>>>

 

Need a sing-a-long to start the day?

If you've children at home... Have you seen this? We're big fans of Fischy Music  - Welcome Everyone; Build Up; So Many Questions, etc.... (their Greenbelt session were particularlly good!!) Do take a look: they have put some great songs oline, for free, to help deal with our emotions in these strange days. https://www.fischytunes.com/

And they've launched a weekly 'assembly' too  (note this first session was recorded before the social distancing rules). 

 

 

Colouring Resources

One of our young people calls us "Colouring Church".... and we can't let that slip just because we're not all together!  Have you seen these great resources from Illustrated Ministry, again, kindly made available freely during the current Crisis?

 

Download your FlattenTheCurve resources for those self isolating from www.illustratedministry.com/flattenthecurve

And they shared the images (below) last week. We've round these prayers really helpful -- you'll recognise them from the Evening Prayer Broadcasts. Drop Beth a line if you didn't get a copy of these the other week (sent to everyone on our mailing list):

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 Prayers to use at home

As well as the prayers from Illustrated Ministries (above), we recommend the prayers (for adults and for children)  from the Church of England. 

You'll recognise these from our Evening Prayer broadcasts:

A prayer for the world

 

God of love and hope,
you made the world and care for all creation,
but the world feels strange right now.
The news is full of stories about Coronavirus.

Some people are worried that they might get ill.
Others are anxious for their family and friends.
Be with them and help them to find peace.
We pray for the doctors and nurses and scientists,
and all who are working to discover the right medicines
to help those who are ill.
Thank you that even in these anxious times,
you are with us.
Help us to put our trust in you and keep us safe.

Amen.

 

 

Compline (a prayer of Completion at the end of the day)

As a church, we're praying Compline from home each evening, including this lovely prayer which is a great way to end the day with little ones:

 

Before the ending of the day,
Creator of the
world, we pray
That you, with steadfast love, would keep
Your watch around us while we sleep.

 

Tonight we pray especially for (names family or friends who are affected by Coronavirus) and the people of (country or place which is affected by Coronavirus).
Please give skill and wisdom to all who are caring for them.
Amen.

Last week we used the Northumbria Community liturgies

This week we're using the Church of England Night Prayer

We recommend the beautiful children's book - CandleWalk Read it free online here during the current crisis, with thanks to Church Publishing. 

 

More ideas?

Drop Beth a line! 

Contact Information

For church matters, please contact Rev'd Simon Gilll: Tel: 1954 230434 Email: simon@5folds.org.uk

For administrative matters, please contact the Team Administrator, Gillian Beal. Gillian is available in the 5Folds Parishes Office, Over Church Hall 10-12noon Monday to Thursday. Tel: 01954 203459 Email: admin@5folds.org.uk