Children's Work Theory & Practice

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What Price Peace?

- A Teaching Resource for Primary Schools exploring issues of War and Peace

by Chris Hudson


This is a brilliant book, and though designed for use within a primary school setting and for a number of subjects—RE, PSHCE, Literacy & History—I would seriously recommend it to anyone wanting a resource dealing with 'The Great War' for children, or indeed all age groups.

The stories cover a range of people and topics dealing with War and Peace, and are perfectly suited not only for a school setting but could also be used without much difficulty in a sermon setting, I would think.

The book includes prayers, suggestions for activities, thoughts for the day, sketches, and a whole host more activities and ideas. They are divided between the age groups of 5-7 & 8-11, but can easily be taylored to work with an older group if required.

This is perfect school material, well formulated, planned, and set out—but I really think that many other groups and organisations, not just schools, would find real benefit in this book during this Centenery of the 1914-1918 War.



Review by Melanie Carroll  (26/03/14)
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Price: £8.99
Publisher: Barnabas imprint of BRF
Published: March 2014
ISBN: 978-1-841-01691-7

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Where are the children?



by Margaret Withers


Most of the youngsters attending church are the children of the congregation. Margaret Withers identifies another group of 'hidden' children who use the church hall for sports or drame, belong to a uniformed organisation or visit as part of an RE lesson. This book is about enabling those children to hear the Christian story. It aims to provide thought-provoking guidance to explore the wealth of opportunities for evangelism among children, and a training base for clergy and children's workers.

Review by Guy Marshall  (26/04/07)
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Price: £7.99
Publisher: Barnabas imprint of BRF
Published: 18 February 2005
ISBN: 978-1-841-01361-9

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Working With 8 – 10s

- Pretty Much Everything You Need to Know

by Claire Saunders & Hilary Porritt


A book devised for those working with children in a church based context, how children learn and grow, with some sensible advice on planning and running a programme. I found this book offers good pointers toward running a programme, including building a team, how to use the bible, prayer etc.. It is a good book if you're with reasonable well-rounded children who come from disciplined homes (or dare I say it, those from the typical "middle class background of the UK church"). It's a good starting base - but as ever, use this to go deeper. Children's work is very rewarding when we dig deeper!

Review by Andrew Elliott  (14/07/05)
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Price: £8.99
Publisher: Scripture Union (SU)
Published: 03 June 2003
ISBN: 1-859-99661-2

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Working With Under 5s

- Pretty Much Everything You Need to Know

by Judith Wigley


The complete title of this book is ‘Everything you need to know about working with the under fives’ and I think it probably is. This is not a book of session plans but allows you much more freedom to arrange life for your individual needs. It begins with looking at how little ones learn and life from their perspective and answers questions such as ‘how do they know about God’? It also covers a host of topics, how to start your own group, what to expect from behaviour, difficult children, and making up a programme. There is an account from six church groups on how they did it. I strongly feel that no one should ever say they are ‘just a children’s worker’, this is vital part of the growth of God’s kingdom and this book will encourage anyone to have a go.

Review by Hilary Morgan  (14/08/05)
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Price: £8.99
Publisher: Scripture Union (SU)
Published: Summer 2005
ISBN: 1-844-27114-5

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