Updated 23 July: Updated guidance on restarting children’s activities to reflect new guidance on face coverings from the Church of England.
Re-opening of churches and youth and children’s provision
Some of you will be thinking about how you can begin doing some face to face work with children and young people as restrictions ease. Our Go Team has been working with colleagues nationally to put together a guidance document that includes answers to FAQs you might have as you think this through in your context. You can download these two documents below. There is also guidance on how to run an on-line holiday club.
As you will be aware, the Government guidance is constantly changing, and we need to be aware of the current geographical restrictions which could be implemented at any time depending on the spread of the virus.
For the latest advice visit the Church of England website’s Coronavirus ‘Schools, nurseries and youth provision’ section.
Resources for children and young people
Visit the Go Team’s section of the website for a range of helpful resources, including the Bible Chat Mat and the LecDec. The Go Team are active on social media so do follow them for a host of other useful content on Instagram and Twitter. You can also sign up for ‘Inform’ , their regular e-bulletin.
You could also check out the following:
- The Scripture Union’s Leaving Lockdown section contains lots of useful resources
- Unlikely Heroes Holiday Club, a weekly on-line holiday club from churches in and around Bath from 25 July. Visit their YouTube Channel and download the poster below to promote to your networks.
- For details of on-line Holiday Clubs in the Exmoor area visit the Exmoor Youth Project website. You can also check out Cludo Club from Portishead.
- Movement has taken their worship on line. They have also launched the Movement Podcast, the first episode of which looks at creative ways you can make an impact.
- Scruffy TV is a channel set up by vicar the Revd Philip Hawthorne, St Stephen’s and St Mary’s, Bath, also known as @, who is also the man who helped bring the Tweenies and other # classics to life! Find him on his YouTube channel
Faith at Home
Faith at Home is a national Church of England campaign that builds on the work of Growing Faith and Everyday Faith to support the faith development and pastoral care of children and young people.
- Experiences that inspire parents and families to grow in faith together in the ‘new daily normal’ of the home
- Resources that equip children and young people to explore faith together and feel supported pastorally as part of school and church communities
- Networks that connect school leaders, church leaders, chaplains to share great practice and build community together focused on the faith development of children and young people
Check out the Church of England Faith at Home section to find out more and to access a range of resources, whether you have a school role, are a parent or a church leader.
On social media keep up with the conversation using #FaithAtHome.
Message to clergy and lay leads from the education team about school links
Can the Education team help your school?
During these extraordinary times, the diocesan education team will continue to offer support to children and young people through schools and parishes where they can. Find out more
On 27th July 2020 the government updated the guidance around reopening schools in September, you can find this guidance here.
The education team has pulled together a range of materials to support bereaved children, young people and families. Go to the Bereavement Support page to find out more.
As the country unites to face the challenges of this pandemic then, so as schools should we. In this way nobody should feel alone even if we are physically distancing.
Colleagues from across the diocese have offered avenues of support and help from conversations to practical engagement with capacity and CPD opportunities, planning for schools returning, curriculum delivery etc. The following have directly offered support already:
- The Bath & Wells Multi Academy Trust, are happy to have supportive conversations with school leaders, especially church schools, at this time. they are also happy to share their own thoughts and documentation on planning for schools to reopen.
- Alun Williams, CEO Midsomer Norton Schools Partnership, is also offering to support schools, especially smaller schools, in practical ways.
- Suzanne Flack, CEO Redstart Learning Partnership, and Ian Robinson, CEO Oak Partnership, are also keen to facilitate information exchange with schools across the diocese and in particular across Somerset. They have also produced a list of supportive offers which you may wish to contact them about. The offer of support from Redstart Learning Partnership includes;
- Developing a recovery plan
- CPD programme for TAs to compete during lockdown and CPD programme for those working with SEMH pupils
- Wellbeing resources to support all staff
- SEMH programme for return to school
- Use of IT to support home learning – especially use of Google Classrooms
- Support for heads running schools on their own and enabling colleagues to join regular heads of school meetings
- To provide a contact with a colleagues in a similar setting and networking opportunities with other colleagues
We are sure other MATs across our diocese will also be equally keen to offer friendly hands of support and a listening ear, so please do get in touch with MATs, LAs and federations if you need to. Or contact your diocesan schools adviser (David or Karen) and let us help.
Below, you can download a prayer book for use during Coronavirus.
Worship for Everyone – Looking to the Rainbow
Looking to the Rainbow is a brand-new song from Nick & Becky Drake for schools to perform during the Covid-19 lockdown.
They’ve put together everything you’ll need to make your own version of the song featuring your school – whether the children are in isolation or if you’re at school with the children of key workers.