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Each month in IDEAS we publish resources for what we call Tea-time Church.

This is our own development of Messy Church and we run it each month in our own church. and we are working towards providing a  resources for 3 years and there is a definite pattern to our offering. The cycle is designed to start in September and for the first 3 months we look at the  story of Moses and then we move to Christmas and then into the life of Jesus. As we move through his life we introduce the parables and stories that he told. Eventually we move into the events of Holy week and Easter. We have just about completed the first year's resources.

Instead of starting with craft we offer suggestions for games. Most of them can be run as folk arrive and are quite energetic. We have always found it useful to run the energy out of children as we start.

We follow this each month with a Bible-bop. These are videos by John Hardwick which, although they can be sung to, the are primarily designed to be danced to. We have found that children of the 21st century really enjoy it and all age from 2 to 92 can join in. We provide one of these each month as part of the package.

Also each month we offer 4 songs as PowerPoint files and videos. Many of these are animated of full videos and  many songs have actions associated with them. We aim to offer three children's songs and one more suited for adults.

There are opening prayers which we provide and then we suggest a video to introduce the theme. Over the 3 years we make use of "The Prince of Egypt", "The Miraclemaker", "The Parables" and "Puppets 'n' Parables". This is generally followed by a short introduction and then another song before moving into the craft. The advantage of working this way is that the theme has been introduced before starting the craft. Generally we offer a community craft that can be put on the wall so others can see what the Tea-time Church folk are doing. We also offer links to other craft activities that are offered online.

If you are running this on a Sunday then we would suggest having a traditional Sunday tea, for instance we find that sandwiches, sausage rolls, pizza are popular and jelly and ice cream is a must.

Finally we finish by returning to worship were we generally look at the biblical story and then explore the passage in a little more depth and then conclude with a "song for the grown up". At the Deepings this is the evening service for that week and some of the older members join us for tea and then the service.

This is the ideal time to think about running this from September later this year and so we are making an offer that will help you. Tea-time church is included in the monthly, quarterly and annual subscriptions for IDEAS or can also be bought indivually for 3. We are offering the whole year 1 for just 30 and then the whole of year 2 for the same price.

You will receive a single password for the whole year's Tea-time Church resources. Do take a look at these resources under IDEAS at the Tea-Time Church Index


Click the Paypal symbol to buy access to Tea-time Church for year 1 (September 2016 - August 2017) for just 30

If you have trouble ordering through PayPal please click here

To obtain username and password immediately for this do ensure that on completing purchase you click on "Return to Family Friendly Churches Trust". In addition we will email you the password as soon as we can.

Click the Paypal symbol to buy access to Tea-time Church for year 2 (September 2014 - August 2015) for just 30

If you have trouble ordering through PayPal please click here

To obtain username and password immediately for this do ensure that on completing purchase you click on "Return to Family Friendly Churches Trust". In addition we will email you the password as soon as we can.

Click the Paypal symbol to buy access to Tea-time Church for year 3 (September 2015 - August 2016) for just 30

If you have trouble ordering through PayPal please click here

To obtain username and password immediately for this do ensure that on completing purchase you click on "Return to Family Friendly Churches Trust". In addition we will email you the password as soon as we can.



Current Resources

Year B

Tea-time Church
December -The wise men & gifts

Advent 3
December 17th - Being a good witness & Cleaning up the mess

Advent 4
December 24th - The nativity story & Mary's Song

Christmas Day
December 25th - Pass the parcel

Christmas 1
December 31st - Waiting rewarded & Preparing a Messiah

Tea-time Church
January - The Rich Farmer

Epiphany
January 6th - Giving and receiving

Ordinary 1 & Covenant
January 7th - The voice of the Lord & Moment of decision

Covenant
Making promises

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