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Resources for children

The church staff are gathering together resources to help us grow and remain close to God in this time. They will be listed here as we find them.

Solar System

As you will be aware, neither Gazebo (our Wednesday after-school club) nor Young Church (our Sunday session for children) is running in person at the moment. But we are pleased to launch ‘Solar System’, a new set of online resources for children produced by Cambourne Church. (We are especially grateful to David and Liz Wadsworth who have taken the lead in bringing these to you, but many others have been involved as well.)

Every three weeks we will be producing a new package of online resources to use at home with children. Each Sunday there will be a new ‘stellar starter’ – a video recording of a story with reflections and a song. There are also various ‘planets’ orbiting around those stories – activities of various kinds to help children of  different ages engage with the stories. ‘Rockets’ for the youngest, ‘Rovers’ for those who want to explore the most, and ‘Shuttles’ for those who are somewhere in between. But just choose the ones that are right for you and your family. Do them all if you like!

You will find that we will produce and upload new ‘planet’ activities once every three weeks, but the activities relate well to all three of the ‘stellar starter’ stories.

The first set of videos was uploaded on Sunday. We are exploring the life of King David as recorded in the Bible, and these first three ‘stellar starters’ all focus on the early part of his life. I think that you and your children will find them fun and engaging.

Here is a document giving details of the programme for the first three weeks. It tells you what videos you will be able to find, tells where to find them, and invites you to join a Facebook group where families can talk about what they have been doing – showing what the children have produced – and even ask questions so that there is an online community to support the online activities.
The videos can be found here.

Young Church
Over the summer the YC team will be having a well deserved break, but we've found a great alternative: check out Virtual Sunday School on YouTube to see the weekly videos they are offering.

Holiday ClubZephaniah Trust Holiday Club 2
We're really disappointed not to be able to offer a holiday club to the primary school aged children this year. However there are some fantastic virtual holiday clubs happening over the holidays:

  • Monday 27th - Friday 31st July - Tale Spin - three holiday club sessions featuring songs, stories, games, craft, theatre and more - looking at stories Jesus told with the power to change the world. Live on YouTube at 10am on Monday, Wednesday and Friday This is coordinated by a charity in Bradford, The Zephaniah Trust, who work with schools, churches and community groups to 'take light into dark corners'. They're also on Facebook:
  • Monday 3rd - Friday 7th August - Virtual Holiday Club on YouTube.
  • The morning session will be live every day at 9.00am lasting about 35 minutes with wrap-up sessions each day at 5.00pm. The Holiday Club is on the theme of the armour of God (Ephesians 6 v.10-20) and is entirely free. It looks to be fun. Click here for more details  or visit the Virtual Sunday School website. They're also on Facebook

Talking to children about social distancing
Hedgehog and Tortoise want to give each other a great big hug, but they're not allowed to touch. The creators of the The Hug (pub. Faber & Faber), Eoin McLaughlin and Polly Dunbar,  bring you a story: While We Can't Hug.

Talking to children about Coronavirus.
There is a useful article from an American website called FamilyFire on talking to children about Coronavirus, available from
Please note that ‘A guide for parents, developed by the National Association of School Psychologists and National Association of School Nurses’ is an American based guide.
I have also found a BBC video for parents talking about coronavirus with some useful material available from

Axel Scheffler has produced a book about Covid-19 Coronavirus just for children - and it's available as a FREE download. The Gruffalo illustrator worked with consultant Professor Graham Medley, two head teachers and a psychologist to make sure the book got the messages right, answering questions about quarantine, how you can catch the virus and what happens if you get ill. Publishers Nosy Crow have asked for donations in lieu of payment, to go to our fantastic health workers:

Talking to children about staying at home
Stay at home Superheroes – This is a lovely way to talk to children about staying at home in these strange times.  You can find the story on Facebook and on the Sophie's Stories website.

28 June
In this week's stripped-down edition of YoungChurch@HOME, Liz tells the story of a disciple who went to tell people about Jesus.


For more fun with this story, why not download this ROOTS Activity Sheet!

21 June
A video about Fathers Day.
There is a craft in this video and you will need paper, card and pens.

This week we are looking at Jesus teaching about Sparrows.

Some material has been taken from the church resource ROOTS and is used with permission.
© ROOTS for Churches Ltd ( 2002-2020.
Reproduced with permission.

14 June
This weeks young church looks at the call to action from Matthew 9:35 - 10:13.

Items you will need for the craft activity are:
Old Magazines/Catalogues
Glue Stick
Scissors Paper/Card

Some material has been taken from the church resource ROOTS and is used with permission. © ROOTS for Churches Ltd ( 2002-2020. Reproduced with permission.

13 June
A moment with God is a new stand alone video, this week it looks at animals.

An update from Jane

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7 June
This week we are looking at the Great Commission.

For the craft you will need:
Coloured Card / Paper / plain white if that's all you have
Stickers / Stampers / anything else you have
String / Ribbon
Pencils / Colouring Pens

Music Credit: "Fretless" Kevin MacLeod ( Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License hhtp://

Some material has been taken from the church resource ROOTS and is used with permission. © ROOTS for Churches Ltd ( 2002-2020. Reproduced with permission.

31st May
Welcome to the young church video for this week which celebrates Pentecost by looking at Acts 2:1-21.

There is a windmill craft referred to which can be found here.

There is also a great activity sheet in colour here or in black and white here.

Additional, there is a colouring sheet here.

A flame head band is made with yellow and red card (or magazine pages), glue and scissors.

The story basket used contains ribbons, a white glove and ball from roller deodorant, battery candle, windmill and flame headband (see above) but you could choose to put in whatever you wish to stimulate talk about the story with young children.

For the crafts shown on the second video you will need card, scissors, colouring pens and thread to hang for the spiral hanger. For the crow scarer/kite you can use what you find along the lines of plastic bags/cling film, straws/skewers, fishing line/strong thread/string, possibly acrylic paint if you wish to paint the plastic bags, glue, scissors...and hopefully somewhere high to hang it outside and some wind!

Enjoy, and happy birthday to our church.

Please note that materials have been used, with permission, from the Roots web site and the pictures used in the story were from and the original illustrations are the copyright of Sweet Publishing.

28 May
On Sunday we remember Pentecost, the day when the Holy Spirit burst into the church with mighty gusts of wind and tongues of fire! Here are a couple of activities you may wish to do with your children
A colouring sheet
An origami dove

23 May

This weeks YoungChurch@Home video looks at Acts 1.1-11 - Jesus' Ascension.

For the craft activity you will need: Toilet roll, string, glue, sticky tape, paper, card, safety pin, scissors, cotton wool or toilet paper, paint and colouring pens.
There is an activity sheet that can be found here.

This video uses material adapted from Roots and Diddy Disciples.
Adapted from Diddy Disciples © Sharon Moughtin-Mumby 2017
Some material has been taken from the church resource ROOTS and is used with permission. © ROOTS for Churches Ltd ( 2002-2020. Reproduced with permission.

16 May

Welcome to Young Church. This week we are looking at John 14:15-21 with an emphasis on the connection between loving Jesus and keeping His commandments.

There is no walking outdoors this week, alas but we do have a memory game and crafts that require two colours of card (or magazine pages would be good too), scissors, glue, thread and a safety pin.

A coloured activity sheet (sorry there is no black and white one this week) is available here and a colouring sheet here.

Some material has been taken from the church resource ROOTS and is used with permission. © ROOTS for Churches Ltd ( 2002-2020. Reproduced with permission.

14 May
Bible Chat Mat allows people of all ages to read the Bible and have conversation together, whether around a meal table, sitting on the sofa or wherever works best. This activity can be done as a household, friends together, home group, Sunday group or even in a school club. The sheets can be coloured and doodled on, allowing you to respond to the Bible story in your own unique way. The sheets can be downloaded at the bottom of the linked page.

9 May
Hello Young Church, here is your video this week which is all about John 14: 1-14. Even though it is Paddler’s turn, there are bits in there for Voyagers too although some are hidden -  so look and listen carefully. 

The friendship WWJD bracelet activity will require thicker coloured thread (like the sort used for embroidery), masking tape, scissors, an old magazine, a skewer (or knitting needle), drying area (I used an old butter pot) and glue. As I’ve run out of glue stick I show how to make  glue out of flour and water although the flour may be harder to come by than the glue stick! Just thought it might be handy to show an alternative.

Dough is used for the prayer. This can be easily made with 2 parts flours, 1 part salt, a smidge of oil and cream of tartar (the cream of tartar powder, used in baking, is optional), food colouring (also optional) and two parts water. I use boiling hot water which, whilst not suitable for younger children to pour in, does save on cooking it in the microwave or on the hob. When you add the boiling hot water and mix, it first looks like there is too much water but just keep stirring. Once the dough is formed in the bowl, tip it out onto a floured surface to kneed. It soon cools down to a lovely warm dough which children find restful to kneed especially if you have added a drop of lavender oil. Making this is not on the video but it is a lovely sensory experience. It also keeps for what seems like ever in an airtight container, especially if you use the cream of tartar, and is a great alternative to play dough.

A drum is used for the praise – sorry! Pans, boxes or just clapping are good substitutes.

The opening video includes lots of signs and crosses seen outdoors. Although searching for these yourself isn’t explicit, hopefully you will be inspired to hunt for them while you are next out on a walk.

Additionally a coloured activity sheet is available here, black and white activity sheet here and colouring sheet here.

The bracelet craft is in this video.

7 May
Together, Apart, a set of free, intergenerational resources for these strange times when we cannot be with each other. Each week you’ll find Bible study ideas for all ways of learnings and all ages (not just ‘for the kiddies’). You can use them on your own, over Skype with friends, or on the sofa with your little ones and big ones.

Bible Podlets Bible study and discussion for all ages from the Blackburn Diocesan Board of Education

As pentecost approaches, here are some activities for children and families.

3 May

Welcome to the videos for Young Church this week on John 10:1-10. There is the main usual video plus two shorter craft videos on sheep making: one for Voyagers and one for Paddlers.

The Voyager sheep making craft requires wool, card board tray/box, card, paper, a magazine, kitchen paper, a folk, scissors and glue (optional dolly peg).
The Paddler’s sheep making craft requires the inside of a toilet roll, four short sticks, big blob of plasticine or blue tac, glue, cotton wool, card/paper, pen and scissors.
Another craft requires brown card (the back of an old writing pad or cereal packet), glue, scissors and pen.

There is a challenge to see how many gates you can find on a walk. The video also asks if the children can find the kissing gate. It’s on the far edge of our Country Park in Lower Cambourne, by Crow Hill, and leads to the Windmill.

If you would like to visit the sheep and lambs, I found on my walk, they  are in the fields on the road between Bourne and the old A428. I got there by walking on the paved roadway which leads up from the bungalow in between and on the far side of Lake Sirius and Whomping Willow Lake. This leads up to the road going to Bourne. The lambs and sheep are in one of the fields opposite the end of the paved roadway from the bungalow. They get moved about a bit for new pasture so you may need to walk up the road towards the left to see them.

For black and white activity sheets see
For colour activity sheet see
A colouring sheet can also be found at

Hope you enjoy the video and have a blessed time together.



26 April

Liz and Becky present Young Church@HOME | Stories, Crafts and Activities.
This video uses material adapted from Roots and Diddy Disciples.
Adapted from Diddy Disciples © Sharon Moughtin-Mumby 2017
Some material has been taken from the church resource ROOTS and is used with permission. © ROOTS for Churches Ltd ( 2002-2020. Reproduced with permission.

24 April
From Debbie Hill, Development Officer for Children and Families, Diocese of Ely
You may be aware that we have Way of Life in Ely Diocese. The Family Way of Life is being rewritten specifically for Coronavirus lockdown times and all sessions are based on the concept of 'Being'. Activities are designed for families with children of different ages to select how they want to explore the theme. Week 1 is available here Being the Body.

Little Worship Company Family Devotionals A faith based television, book, app and music series to help families discover God together.

21 April
During this period of lockdown ‘Roots’ is offering a range of free resources for people of all ages. These can help us reflect on and engage with the Bible passages that are being read in our Sunday worship. They are specifically designed for families and individuals to use at home.

19 April

This week we are looking at John 20: 19-31 with a focus on embracing the risen Jesus and feeling His comforting hugs so His, ‘Peace be with you.’

The template for the activity is available here and you will need glue, scissors and colouring pens or pencils.  There is also an activity sheet available here in colour or black and white. Additionally,  this is a colouring in sheet not mentioned in the video but we thought, in retrospect, you might like this too.

All material has been taken from the church resource ROOTS and is used with permission.
© ROOTS for Churches Ltd ( 2002-2020.
Reproduced with permission.

17 April
Creative coping strategies to help young people manage stress, anxiety and other big feelings This workbook extract is designed for children aged 8-14. Either the whole pdf can be printed or just pages you think may be relevant to your child.

A lot of our children enjoy playing with play dough. Here is a resource from the diocese of Crewe with lots of ideas of things to make with playdough.

Illustrated Ministry are offering free weekly resources for families if you sign up via the banner at the top of their webpage. Once you sign up you can get access to the other resources they have sent out previously during the Coronavirus period.

The Highnam Benefice have a YouTube channel which includes songs, crafts and videos aimed at children.

12 April - Easter Sunday

5 April - Palm Sunday
Young church


For the Palm Leaves Prayer Banner, you will need 4 copies of this sheet, string, scissors and colouring pens or pencils.  If you want to make Palm Sunday spinners, you will need a copy of this sheet, some colours, scissors, glue, sellotape and a straw or a pencil.   If you download the Where’s Jesus sheet (the one that Liz Wadsworth drew!) you can try to find Jesus and also look to see how many mice you can find!  Happy searching!

All material has been taken from the church resource ROOTS and is used with permission.
© ROOTS for Churches Ltd ( 2002-2020.
Reproduced with permission.

3 April
Engage Worship are posting daily family prayer and worship activities for you.  Here is the link, but they are also on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram (use the hashtag #EngageAtHome).

Here is a new song from the new Rhyming Bible Songs Album by Bob Hartman and Sam Hargreaves – the Clip-clop beat (Palm Sunday).  Enjoy!

And finally I have just looked at this fantastic resource from the Diocese of York – Holy Week @ Home.  There is a daily series of activities and each day you build part of an Easter Garden – do have a look – this is an amazing resource!

2 April
Two Vine Worship videos from Jane exploring Good Friday and Easter Sunday.

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31 March
John Hardwick has shared his Facebook page Praise Aerobics - Keep-Fit at home with BIBLE Bopping An opportunity for children to learn Bible verses at the same time as keeping fit at home.

30 March
A short talk on fear for worship (assembly) at The Vine Inter-Church Primary School.

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29 March
Young Church - Joshua and the walls of Jericho


Welcome to the Young Church Online section for Sunday 29th March 2020.

Today we are looking at the story of Joshua and the Walls of Jericho, and how God’s people worked together in hard times. It mirrors the adult material of Unity that Bill will be looking at in the main service.

The story of Joshua and the Walls of Jericho forms part of the main service as a setting the scene storytelling slot. But here you can also watch the full Young Church session that I have recorded this week, which includes the story, a prayer activity, and some ideas for other activities too.

I hope that children of all ages can access the story. If your child is very young, playing the story is a really good way to get your child to engage with it. Let them watch the story, and then make the story with Lego/Duplo, or Megablox and figures, or indeed junk boxes to make the walls and maybe playmobil for the people. Older children often really enjoy this activity too!

If your child enjoys craft projects, alongside the finger labyrinth in the video, they could make a trumpet to blow as a reminder of the story, or to use in acting out the story. Download template here.

I hope that you enjoy the session :-)Laser maze

Thursday 26 March
Ideas for your kids to do at home

Just for fun… Target age – lots of ages I think! I would love to try the laser maze, and the balloon pingpong – it’s up to you!

Do you have any crepe paper and masking tape? How about a DIY Hallway laser maze? Idea available from
Making a paper spinner – get the instructions from

Or how about balloon ping pong?Balloon Ping Pong

These ideas have been taken from - a post with lots of ideas for ways to keep your children occupied.

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Welcome! Whether you've just moved to the area, or have lived here all your life, we hope our website helps you to find out everything you want to know about our Church.

When & where does the church meet?

Due to the latest government advice regarding the protection of our community during the Coronavirus pandemic we have taken the unprecedented and sad, but necessary, decision to suspend all church gatherings including home groups and Sunday Worship until further notice.

Through this time of restrictions due to COVID-19 you can find our main Sunday offering, Sunday Diffferent, on our YouTube channel A new service premieres each Sunday at 10.15am and is available to watch at any time after then.
Please look at our Facebook page and this website for further details about how we will be walking together at this difficult time.

Sunday morning services are normally held at 9.30am & 11.00am; the 9.30am service is more traditional and reflective, while the 11.00am service is more contemporary with activities offered for children and young people. Communion is celebrated on the second and fourth Sunday of the month. We all meet together at 10.00am during the month of August. On the fourth Sunday of the month at 7pm there is an informal service called Encounter. 

We meet at:

Cambourne Church
Jeavons Lane
CB23 6AF

You can see a map on our contact us page

There is limited parking available on the site.

What should I expect when I visit the church?

You will receive a very warm welcome particularly from our Welcome Team who will be able to answer your questions and direct you to where you need to go. There will be some singing to start with as well as some prayers and a reading from the bible. There will be a talk (some reflections) from one of the leaders of the church, with a chance to discuss it further at the end of the service. 

Tea, coffee and biscuits are served after the service where there is plenty of time to meet new people and ask more questions.

What is there for children and young people at church?

We have a fantastic programme for the children and young people at the Church for ages 0–18. Children and young people stay with their families at the start of the service as we worship (sing songs!) together for the first part of the morning. Someone will announce when the children and young people need to go to their programme. We have young church for those from 0 - Yr 6 and a youth group called Xtreme for our young people in years 7-11. 

For more information about what happens in the children's and youth work please visit the relevant age group section under church life.

Is there a dress code?

No! Please just be yourself and come dressed in your 'normal' clothes.

Will I have to join in?

Not at all!
You are free to simply observe or participate as much as feels comfortable for you.

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