So, it’s youth group planning and it comes to that time of the evening when you discuss crafts; does your brain freeze? Can you only think of the same few crafts? Maybe you are a Sunday school teacher needing a craft idea for your lessons or maybe you are a parent looking for wet afternoon activity ideas!
We all know places we can go to buy craft kits, but this book is different. It is a collection of craft ideas that can be done without running up huge bills. There are a whole range of ideas for different ages, abilities, timeframes and financial constraints.
I cannot claim credit for them being original; they are a collection of activities I have gathered over years of doing youth work.
Tirzah L Jones was raised in Wem, Shropshire where her father was the minister at Wem Baptist Church.
It was in Wem she was converted at a young age and first began teaching in Sunday School and the youth groups. Tirzah did a BAhons in Theological Studies at the Evangelical Theological College of Wales, Bryntirion, after which she spent time in South Wales working in various youth groups. During this time Tirzah gained a CELTA qualification.
In 2007 Tirzah became the full-time youth worker at Kesgrave Baptist Church, Ipswich. Tirzah is a Director of Go Teach, representing FIEC.
At last, a book filled with practical ideas for craft activities that relate to children’s ministry and that don’t cost the earth or require proximity to a specialist craft shop. What sets this book apart is the simplicity of the ideas and the use of easily accessible materials, many being recycled household objects. These are the sort of ideas that can be taken as they are or adapted to suit the age of the audience, and the Bible verse or topic being taught. Having seen Tirzah in action with my own children at UFM family conference, and witnessed the enjoyment they got out of making some of these crafts, I am delighted to see this book in print.
—Rosalind Brown, missionary with UFM worldwide, children’s worker and mother of five
As someone who has spent years trying to do crafts for young people, and hunting about for ideas that work, a book like this is invaluable. All the ideas in one place and simply explained saves me hours of scratching my head and pestering others for ideas. WELL DONE!
—Liz Dakin, Youth worker for 25 years at Wem Baptist Church
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