Holy Habits Session 6 – Service Resources for children under 11 A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C Stead ISBN 978-1-59643-402-8 A short story book for younger children about the importance of being kind and helpful to others. The story reminds us that service should be both given and received. How can we also serve those who serve us? The Enormous Turnip: Ladybird First Favourite Tales by Irene Yates ISBN 978-1409309574 A turnip grows so big and heavy that it cannot be pulled out of the ground. Everyone must work together to help pull up the turnip. It is only with the help of the smallest creature that the turnip can be pulled up. A short story about team work, which reminds us that each of us has an important part to play. Think about how this relates to the URC’s Charter for Children in the Church, which states “Service is for children to give, as well as adults.” Resources for All Ages Let Justice Flow – An introduction to Social Justice. This resource introduces users to a range of social justice concerns, including climate change, world trade, poverty and the stigma which often surrounds mental health and disability, asking why Christians should care, as well as seeking guidance from scripture on how Christians ought to approach these crucial issues. Each page is packed with information, suggestions and activities to assist both individuals and local church communities in the struggle towards a fairer, more just society. Contact [email protected] for free printed copies or download from the URC website. https://bit.ly/2LAZ6d0 Resources for young people Vinspired – https://vinspired.com/ Vinspired is a UK volunteering charity aimed at 14- 25 year olds. Vinspired helps young people make their mark on causes that they care about, whilst learning new skills and talents along the way. The website contains lots of practical advice about how to get involved in volunteering. You can search for volunteer opportunities in your local area, a great way to offer service in your local community. Film - Pay It Forward (2000) (Rating 12 – BBFC Insight: Contains some moderate violence, language, drugs and sexual references) A high school teacher sets his class an assignment to think of an idea to change the world for the better, then put it into action. One student’s plan to “pay forward” favours takes off and spreads across America. A study course considering some of the themes is available on the vision4life website. http://www.vision4life.org.uk/wp- content/uploads/2010/11/pay-it-forward.pdf Christian Aid Collective www.christianaidcollective.org The Christian Aid Collective is a movement for change. They campaign and speak out against the injustice in our world and challenge the systems that keep people poor. Their website is full of stories about how Christian Aid’s global partners are supporting communities throughout the world. Check out their Bible Study resources or get involved in their latest campaigns. International Citizen Service (ICS) www.volunteerics.org “International Citizen Service (ICS) is a UK Government funded programme providing volunteer placements to 18-25 year olds and Team Leader placements to 23-35 year olds. UK volunteers work side-by-side with local volunteers in developing countries, staying with host families in the local community.” Read this report from Natalie Gibbs (URC Youth Assembly Moderator Elect) about her time spent volunteering in Bolivia through ICS.