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Welcome to The Oak Church Family Resources Page. We hope the information and resources you find here will inspire and grow you, your children and the wider community. You can filter which resources you can see using the buttons below. These resources are created each week as part of our Sunday Gathering at The Oak, click here to join us live at 10:30am each Sunday.

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God’s Wonderful World Week 10

27th June 2021

This term in the Nest we are learning about the world around us to help us remember to be thankful for all the wonderful places God has created. This week we are looking at the Woodland!

Verse ‘I will give thanks to You, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all Your wonderful deeds.’ Psalm 9v1

Book Five Minute Bible Stories by Fiona Boon & Hayley Down (pages 71-91) (see link here). Tamsin, one of our fantastic Nest team, has recorded a video of this term’s book including a Makaton signed story and song (see link here).

Songs Who’s the king of the jungle - Creator God - If I were a butterfly - Praise the Lord - When I look (see the videos here) - Father God (to the tune of Old MacDonald, lyrics below, have a go at making up more verses with your child about other things you can find in the Woodland).

Father God made the world, E-I-E-I-O,

And in the Woodland He made a bird, E-I-E-I-O

With a tweet tweet here, and a tweet tweet there etc.

Activity Make collages with Woodland items such as leaves, seeds, flowers etc. If you are able to, you could go on a walk in a Woodland to collect these items and use the time to talk about all the special things that can be found there - we can thank God for the wonderful Woodland.

Either stick these items onto a piece of card with glue or tape. Or if you have sticky back plastic you can let your child stick the items onto a sheet of this. Once they are finished you can then add a second sheet of sticky back plastic to the other side to seal their creation (these look lovely hung up in a window so the light can shine through them). See example here which suggests using tape to attach the sticky back plastic to the table to help it stay still while your child creates their picture.

God’s Wonderful World Week 9

20th June 2021

This term in the Nest we are learning about the world around us to help us remember to be thankful for all the wonderful places God has created. This week we are looking at the Woodland!

Verse ‘I will give thanks to You, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all Your wonderful deeds.’ Psalm 9v1

Book Five Minute Bible Stories by Fiona Boon & Hayley Down (pages 71-91) (see link here). Tamsin, one of our fantastic Nest team, has recorded a video of this term’s book including a Makaton signed story and song (see link here).

Songs Who’s the king of the jungle - Creator God - If I were a butterfly - Praise the Lord - When I look (see the videos here) - Father God (to the tune of Old MacDonald, lyrics below, have a go at making up more verses with your child about other things you can find in the Woodland).

Father God made the world, E-I-E-I-O,

And in the Woodland He made a bird, E-I-E-I-O

With a tweet tweet here, and a tweet tweet there etc.

Activity Create a texture walk to explore the Woodland. Set out plates/boxes with different woodland/forest items on for your child to walk bare foot on each (or feel with hands if they don’t want to walk on them). For example: soil, leaves, sticks, pebbles, seeds, water (to help with cleaning at the end!). You could also put some of these items in a big box/bowl and let your child play with them, build with them etc.

As they walk around, talk about how the different items feel and how God made the Woodland and all the different things we find there - we can thank God for the wonderful Woodland.

God’s Wonderful World Week 8

13th June 2021

This term in the Nest we are learning about the world around us to help us remember to be thankful for all the wonderful places God has created. This week we are looking at the Arctic!

Verse ‘I will give thanks to You, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all Your wonderful deeds.’ Psalm 9v1

Book Five Minute Bible Stories by Fiona Boon & Hayley Down (pages 71-91) (see link here). Tamsin, one of our fantastic Nest team, has recorded a video of this term’s book including a Makaton signed story and song (see link here).

Songs Who’s the king of the jungle - Creator God - If I were a butterfly - Praise the Lord - When I look (see the videos here) - Father God (to the tune of Old MacDonald, lyrics below, have a go at making up more verses with your child about other things you can find in the Arctic).

Father God made the world, E-I-E-I-O,

And in the Arctic He made it cold, E-I-E-I-O

With a brr brr here, and a brr brr there etc.

Activity To help your child learn about the ice in the Arctic create some frozen objects for them to explore. Either make ice cube pom poms by putting a pom pom (or any other small object which can get wet) in each section of an ice cube tray, add water and freeze. Or you could put some slightly bigger objects (toy animals work well for this) in a bowl or plastic box, add water and freeze. Once frozen pop the ice out of the tray or bowl and let your child try to ‘free’ the objects using a metal spoon and a small bowl of warm water.

As you play, talk to your child about the fact there is lots of ice in the Arctic and many things can get frozen in it (although probably not pom poms!) - we can thank God for the wonderful Arctic.

Stories & songsWatch all

We sing songs and tell stories in all our Sunday gatherings of children and young people and encourage our families to sing and tell them during the week. (Double click once you've pressed play to put the video into full-screen.)

Guess what, God loves you

A fantastic song about how God loves us no matter how we feel.

Praise the Lord

A simple song about praising God all the time.

Who’s the king of the jungle

The kids in the Nest really enjoying dancing along to this brilliant song!

Who built the ark

A fun song for our Noah's ark series.

The animals went in two by two

Another fab song for our Noah's ark series.

The wise man built his house

A great song about one of the stories Jesus told to help us remember to build our lives on Him!

God’s love is big

A wonderful song about how much God loves us.

Go tell it on the mountain

A great Christmas song about sharing that Jesus has been born!

Oh what a glorious night

The children in the Nest enjoyed learning the actions to this fun Christmas song!

Away in a manger

A lovely version of the classic Christmas carol.

Our Easter Story

Check out this super cool Retelling of the Easter story...told by kids.

Great big God

Join in with the actions in this song about how big our God is!

Jesus loves me

Another brilliant song about God's love for us.

123, Jesus is alive

A simple and fun new song for our Easter term about Jesus' death and resurrection.

Unique

A brilliant song about how God has made us all unique!

Jump around

Jump around and sing in the name of Jesus to this energetic worship song!

Big family of God

A great song we're using in our 'God made me' sessions about how we are all different but God loves each of us individually.

When I look

This song is a fantastic reminder that God made us, He is everywhere and He loves us!

Deep, deep, deep

A fun action song about going deeper in our faith.

All through history

Another great action song about God's faithfulness throughout history.

If I were a butterfly

A lovely song to help our little ones learn all about God's amazing creation.

Creator God

A fantastic song we love doing the actions to in the Nest.

Angels we have heard & Hark the herald

A wonderful video for children to enjoy whilst listening to carols we sometimes sing at our Sunday Gatherings.

Oh what a special night

The children in the Nest love this Christmas song about when Jesus was born, including lots of fun animal sounds!

Jump for joy

A really fun Christmas song reminding us of the joy God brought by sending Jesus.

Nothing is impossible

A great song we use in both Treehouse and The Nest.

Books & resourcesView all

There are so many resources available for us to use to help our families grow in God together. Here are a few that we have found helpful.

Five Minute Bible Stories

This is a new book we are using in the Nest for our 'Easter', 'Christmas' and 'God's wonderful world' sessions. A perfect Bible for young children, filled with great retellings of Bible stories that everyone will love.

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Noah’s Ark

A fantastic book we are using in the Nest for our 'Noah's Ark' sessions. It is a bright and colourful retelling of this well known Bible story, which is very suitable for young children.

Buy on Amazon

My Very First Prayers

This book is designed to help teach young children how they can talk to God. With fun rhyming text and beautiful illustrations, it describes how, where, when and why we should pray.

Buy on Amazon

The Story of Easter

The story is told in rhyme and uses beautiful illustrations to engage and inspire little minds as they explore the story of Jesus' death and resurrection.

Buy on Amazon

This Is Easter (Our Daily Bread for Little Hearts)

Introduce your little ones to Jesus and the true meaning of Easter through colourful images and rhyming text. This captivating book draws you into the story of Jesus - from telling fishermen to "come and follow me!" to giving His life on the cross. Perfect for toddlers, this engaging little book shows how Easter is all about God's amazing love!

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God Knows All About Me

This is a new book we are using in the Nest for our 'God made me' sessions. Using fun, engaging rhyme, this book shows our little ones from an early age that God knows everything about them. It goes through the different parts of the body and feelings and reminds us that whatever happens 'God knows all about me'!

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God Loves Little Me

Another book we are using in the Nest for our 'God made me' sessions. This short board book reminds us of some of the things God loves about his creations, complete with actions for children to join in with.

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This Is Christmas (Our Daily Bread for Little Hearts)

With lovely pictures and rhyming text, this book helps toddlers learn the true meaning of Christmas. Based on Mary and Joseph's journey to Bethlehem, this adorable book leads young children straight to Jesus - the best gift of all!

Buy on Amazon

God Made Me This Way

We loved naming all the animals in this book in our Nest sessions about creation. From a monkey's swing to a zebra's stripes, God made all of us just the way we are! Using adorable animals, this book explores how fearfully and wonderfully God has made all of His creations.

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Stories Jesus Told

We have used this book in the Nest and the stories are fantastic for young children. With delightful illustrations and easy to read text, these simple, short and often funny stories are great for sharing truth with our children.

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Diary of a Disciple: Luke’s Story

Dr Luke has a story to tell. It's a super incredible, massively, mind-boggling totally AMAZING, absolutely awesome, epically HUGE story. Luke wrote down everything that happened because he wanted everyone, everywhere in the whole world to hear what he had to say.Luke's story tells you who Jesus is, what he did, the people he met, all the super interesting things he had to say, and it has a pretty jaw-dropping twist right at the end...Diary of a disciple: Luke's story is a contemporary retelling of Luke's Gospel. Written in a quirky, contemporary, accessible style, Diary of a disciple offers a way into the Bible for the next generation.

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Diary of a Disciple: Peter and Paul’s Story

Sheep falling from the sky, bald heads, fiery heads and wrinkly noses, boys falling out of windows, people throwing rocks, storms and shipwrecks, prisons and fish biscuits?! How could all of this be part of just one story? Well. Dr Luke has a story to tell a story about a man called Peter and a man called Paul. It s a totally epic tale, a stunning super-saga, a page-turning, jaw-dropping dazzler of a yarn and it s all here, in one book, just waiting for you to get stuck in... Diary of a Disciple: Peter and Paul s story is a contemporary retelling of the book of Acts. Written in a quirky, contemporary, accessible style, Diary of a Disciple offers a way into the Bible for the next generation.

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The NCV Youth bible

The New Century Youth Bible, first published in 1993, has consistently been among the top three selling Bibles in the UK.  Contemporary and easy to read, with lots of great explanatory notes and 'extra' bits to help young people relate the word to school, home, relationship issues etc. Ideal for any young person from around the age of 11 years, through the teen years and beyond. Boys might prefer the alternative colour cover design available here.

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The Jesus Storybook Bible

This children's bible is told in 44 stories- 21 from the Old Testament and 23 from the New Testament and is a firm favorite here at The Oak.  Every story links to the ongoing plan of God's "Never stopping, never giving up, unbreaking, always and forever love." It does this by linking every bible story to Jesus's death and resurrection.

"I like this Bible because the stories are long enough for a 9 or 10 year old not to feel patronized, but explanatory enough for a 5 year old to understand."

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Action Bible

This is a great bible for children and younger teens to enjoy the bible through the use of a comic strip.  It doesn’t mince its words and with 200 stories doesn’t shortcut some of the more difficult stories.

“We’ve found this to be so helpful for our boys, they’ve enjoyed it so much and have read the whole thing several times.” Chris & Lisa Mason

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