Children & Families

Attention All Parents!

While your children are unable to come to church as usual we are offering some prayers and other resources which you can use to help them maintain their faith and their understanding of what it means to be an Orthodox Christian.

The Morning and Evening Prayers for Children are quite simple to understand (even adults might like to use them😊 ) but for younger children we suggest you pray together, perhaps adding them into family prayer time while so many of us are unable to go out regularly.

If children are not used to saying formal prayers please do not try to make them say all the prayers in one go. Instead select one or two prayers which you might like to share with them and let their use grow naturally. You may print copies of the prayers from the links above.

Also available to print is a copy of the Children’s Guide to the Divine Liturgy, which had been previously available on the Parish Table on Sundays. Why not print off a copy and talk about it with your children so that when we do return to church – soon, please God! – they will have a fuller and clearer idea of what is happening.

We would also encourage you to follow these links to two very good websites for Orthodox children.

You might already be familiar with Let Us Attend: Sunday’s Gospel for Children (http://ww1.antiochian.org/christianeducation/letusattend) because we usually print off some of the colouring sheets and other handouts for the children to use at the Liturgy on Sundays. It has resources for children across the whole school age-range. These are themed around the Gospel for each Sunday of the year. In addition they also have recordings of the gospel reading itself: one for younger children in a simple form and another for older children. You might like to use this during and after our Sunday Typika service if you are following that online.

The other very good resource, not only for teaching our Faith but also entertaining your children with interesting things to do while they are shut up indoors together is Orthodox Pebbles (https://orthodoxpebbles.com/). This offers a very wide range of enjoyable activities for your kids to do at all times of the year. Please do go and look at it. We think you’ll find it very helpful when you’re searching for things to keep them usefully occupied.

We will be adding further to this material as time goes on – and of course if you find stuff which is equally useful, please let us know by email or phone and we will add it to our site.