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Roots 2015

Welcome to 2015 from ROOTS!Roots logo

W hope that you’ve had an enjoyable Christmas and feel rested and rejuvenated for 2015.

TherootsJan15magazine exciting news is that our new resources are now live!

These activities are normally only available to ROOTS subscribers but ROOTS has provided them free for you to try.

Every week in Children & Young People
•    More ideas to help engage very young children
•    Our brand new Young People page
•    A downloadable Planning Sheet to help preparation

Every week in Adult & All Age  
RootsJan15magazine2    Notes on the links between the lectionary readings
•    To help the listener, background information and key points in the passage
•    Presentation suggestions for both the Gospel and the Old Testament
•    Online support: a children’s talk before they go into groups, and Pass it on to enable DIY discipleship

In both magazines
•    Response activities marked to show which spiritual styles preferences they support.
•     All the prayers gathered together for easy reference and selection.

RootsJan15MarksgospelYou can see a sample week of the new weekly pages in both magazines for 1 February, which focuses on Jesus’s preaching and miraculous healing in the synagogue at Capernaum from Mark’s gospel.

Pancake party
RootsJan15PancakeSome great ideas for a Shrove Tuesday event with children

You can use these ideas to enliven a simple pancake party, or go for the whole lot and have a children’s or all-age activity evening.
Explore the background to Lent, why we make resolutions, ideas for what you can do as an individual or church community, a fun quiz, games and races, as well as prayer and reflection.

ROOTS resources are published in two magazines – Adult & All Age and Children & Young People, plus a supporting website.

If you’d like a free sample magazine, phone 0845 680 5317, or email to request a copy.

Hand in Hand Conference: February 6-8 2015

hih-banner-1080x3951The  next conference will have a focus on ‘Dads and Lads’. The main session speakers will Squires, supported by some of the BIG Ministries team, posing the question ‘Boys and girls: are they really different?’; Mark Chester from Who Let The Dads Out? speaking on ‘Turning hearts’; and Rachel Turner who will send everyone off on Sunday with an uplifting challenge: ‘The power of one’.

For more information visit the website:

Full weekend:           £87
Friday:           £19
Saturday:       £59.80
Sunday:         £24.40

25% discount for over 65s, full time carers and those actively seeking work.
Young Leaders:
50% discount for those under 21 on 6th February 2015.

Ticket prices do not include food or accommodation.

To book online click here.

For Postal bookings click here (There is a £15 administration surcharge for postal bookings)

Open the Book Conference – Diocese of Salisbury

Tuesday, 14_main_image_The-First-Covenant-God-and-Noah-(high-res) October  2014
09.30 – 15.30 hrs
Salisbury Diocesan Education Centre, Wilton

All those already involved with Open the Book: volunteers, school staff, governors, clergy.  Come and celebrate and learn with us!

Share ideas, best practice and stories, and reflect on what difference Open the Book makes in our schools and parishes

Course Content:

  • further build on the success of Open the Book with your school
  • celebrate Open the Book’s 15th birthday
  • celebrate the new Open the Book website with new resources
  • explore the Christmas stories and Christmas props
  • follow on / Deeper In activities for Advent and Christmas including: Posada, Christmas, Life Path and Prayer Space


  • PSA: 1 credit, including one member of the school staff and up to four parish partners
  • Parish attendees without a member of the school staff: £12 for each attendee
  • Non-PSA: £120 + VAT for each attendee

For more information and for a booking form.  Please contact the course administrator Anna Tucker:

Resource Pack for Alternative Hallowe’en Parties

BibleHalloweenIt’s time to release the grip that Halloween has on our children – let’s fight darkness with LIGHT! Friends and Heroes’ Bright Sparks Party Pack can help! Friends and Heroes Bright Sparks is an exciting and fun party pack for churches and others involved in children’s ministry to use on 31 October – or any party occasion! Bringing some Gospel light into our increasingly dark world, Bright Sparks focuses on light; both the Pharos lighthouse at the entrance to the harbour in Alexandria and also on Sollie, the ‘Bright Spark’ friend and neighbour of Macky.

Choc ‘n’ Chat Conversation Cards

faith-in-homes-1How well do families know each other – their likes and dislikes, hopes and fears? Words don’t come easy sometimes, so FaithinHomes has come up with an exercise that is a fun and easy way to chat and get to know more about each other.

This can be done around the dining table, sitting in the lounge, in the car, on a picnic or anywhere you fancy. And it doesn’t have to involve chocolates – it could be anything your family enjoys.

To start, each person in your family group needs a few small pieces of paper or card and a pen/pencil. Next, on each piece of paper, you all write a question about something you would like to know about the others in your family group.

Questions might include:

  • Which part of the day do you like the best?
  • Who would you most like to meet?
  • Where would you most like to go on holiday?
  • Who do you most admire, and why?
  • What are you most frightened of?
  • If you were God for the day, what three things would you do, and why?
  • If you met Jesus in the street, what would you want to ask him, and why?

Mix up everyone’s cards and place them in a pile face down. Now, take it in turns to pick up a card. Read it out loud and then give everyone a turn to answer, including the person who picked up the card.

After you have all answered, say, three questions, you all get to choose a chocolate to enjoy (or your food of choice).

15 Most Popular Children’s Websites

KidswebsitesIt’s important to study current kid culture if you want to connect with today’s kids.

A great way to stay connected is by looking at websites designed for kids.  Here’s a current list of the 15 most popular sites for kids.

Click in this link for a list and give them a visit.  Look for things like what colors they’re using, what topics they’re addressing, what styles they’re showing, what games they’re providing, etc.