WELCOME to the Purbeck Deanery’s blog for Children’s and Young People’s leaders, for sharing ideas and experience in providing ministry for young people and their families in our communities. We hope you’ll find something interesting and useful here as together we work to communicate God’s love to a new generation.

Please pray for this ministry – may God bless you for your interest.

John Wood, Rural Dean of Purbeck

"Lord Jesus Christ, you taught us that we must become like children in order to enter God’s kingdom, and you took children in your arms to bless them; guide us as we work to bring your special blessing to the young people in our communities in Purbeck; through your Spirit, give us wisdom to know how to do this; give us strength to undertake the task; give us compassion and a caring heart to reach out with your love, that your kingdom may grow and all rejoice in your blessing; for your glory’s sake. Amen"

Monday, 9 December 2013


The Edward chapel - decorated and ready for Christmas storytelling sessions. The added sparkle made the sense of wonder even stronger as the children heard the story of Jesus coming to earth.

Storytelling props - many thanks to the Mothers Union. 

Monday, 4 November 2013

More ideas for Remembrance

At our lunchtime collective worship club we talked about Remembrance in preparation for the actual collective worship next week.

We made large poppies from tissue paper to put on our collective worship board.
Cut out 4 large heart shaped pieces

 Hold the petals together in a rough poppy shape by scrunching the bases

Secure the base of each petal together using a green pipe cleaner to make a stalk

Stick a black dot or button in the centre or draw on with black marker pen.

I cut out red petal shapes and each child took some from a bowl as they arrived and sat down.

We listened to Emilie Sandie’s version of Abide With Me from the Olympics Opening Ceremony and I invited them to place their petals on the card to make a cross.

We then lit a candle to represent our prayers for peace. The children decided we should put the poppy petal cross on our reflective area.

I think that this would work with any age group.

More Remembrance ideas can be found here:


Thoughts about Remembrance for school, Messy church, Sunday groups or church

Cut out 4 large red petal shapes from card and a black circle for the centre hold or pin up the shapes to show that they make a poppy

Cut out individual letters P-O-P-P-Y

Place P-O-P-Y at the centre of each petal and replace the centre black spot with the O

P for Praise: we offer praise to God who loves us and cares for us, even in difficult times.

O for Offering: we are thankful for those soldiers who bravely offered their lives, fighting in wars to try and make others safe.

P for Prayer: we pray for the safety of those still serving in wars, we pray for those who have lost friends and loved ones, and we pray for those who have been injured.

P for Peace: Remembrance Day does not celebrate or glorify war, but remembers it and the importance of us continuing to pray for peace.

Y for You:  You can make the choice to bring peace to your own life and the life of those around you. You can pray for God’s peace to guide and comfort you. We all play a part in keeping the memory of war, of bravery and suffering. We also need to remember to play a part in caring for those who are bereaved or injured. Our lives, and our actions may also hold the key to a more peaceful future. We, together are offering praise and prayer to God and hoping for peace

Submitted by Barbara Meardon

Friday, 18 October 2013

Joint school/church project

You could make these for school or church, I worked with primary school children to learn about church altar frontals and the church seasons. We talked about symbolism and colour and they then came up with designs that they would place on a frontal for the school hall.

I then took these designs to the church embroidery group and they created designs inspired by the ideas of the children and made them up. One is done with rag-rugging, one patchwork and one by padding layers of different material (see photo). 

The children were thrilled that their ideas could be made into such beautiful things and were able to share with the whole school how the process had worked.

Lent or Advent pathway

Lent and Advent are at times when the seasons are changing and in the church they are a time when we try to change/do things differently, we try to work at something or give something up and they lead up to our two most important festivals.

Mark out a simple pathway on large pieces of cardboard. Make hills and valleys along the way to make it look interesting and leave space for children or young people to add their ideas, pictures or models.

Choose activities for each part of the pathway that represent something you would like them to think about e.g. for Lent I had one that represented God’s love is our shelter and the children made tents and placed them on the pathway. For Advent you could have one for each of the themes of Advent Sundays.

Pentecost Kites

At the beginning of a service or in the middle during the adult sermon or out in Sunday groups take three kite shapes, add a ribbon on the bottom, make tails from card.
Each shape has a symbol for Pentecost, a dove, a flame, the wind,. Talk to the children/young people about what the different symbols tell us about the Holy Spirit. Then encourage them to decorate the kites. Finally ask them to write prayers onto the tail ribbons and add to the tails/streamers. Here are two of the prayers  the children wrote.
Heavenly Father, Help us feel your Holy Spirit move and shape our lives....Amen
Fill the leaders of all the countries of the world with a spirit of peace and brotherhood. Amen
You could then take these and place them at the altar.

Thursday, 17 October 2013

Who? What? Why? When? Where? How?

If you are anything like me, when you have told your children a bible story you really want them to remember it and hopefully also remember what it has to do with them. An obvious way that most of us do this is by asking the children questions to reinforce the teaching. This is a very small idea to bring a different dimension to asking questions. A die with a question word on each side; Who? What? Why? When? Where? How? The children take turns at rolling the die and either you ask a question using the word they roll or they have to think up the question and ask someone else. Another way is to write the question words on a piece of paper and flick tiddlywinks to chose the question - this can get silly!
Dice available from amazon - link below.