Youth & Children

Youth & Children’s Work

Argyll & The Isles Youth & Children’s Officer: Rev’d Beki Cansdale, Curate at St John’s Cathedral, Oban


The youth and children’s officer is here to offer help, whether big or small, for all things related to youth and children. It may be that you are in need some resource ideas, or perhaps you’d just like to talk to someone and bounce some ideas are. Maybe you’re running a project in the local community and you need some practical help. Whatever it is, please feel free to give me an email/call and I would be delighted to help in any way I can.



General Resources


Scotland’s very own Claire Benton-Evans has written great books for kids. Here.


Youthscape exists to provide research, innovative thinking, support and resources for young people and those working with them.





Games with a Purpose by Martin Saunders

Games that have a deeper meaning and help you to link to teaching. Here.


50 No-Prep Youth Group Games (blogpost)

Few resources required, no prep, and some games require just 3 people! Here.


Games for Small Groups



Socially Distanced Games



Planned Games and Activities

Requires some prep, great if you have more time to plan. Here.


Games for Online Meetings

Here. And Here.


Games for Online Meetings with Kids





God’s Daughter’s by Hannah Fytche

Great for working with teen girls, engaging with many challenges they face in life and at school. Here.

God's Daughters: Loved, held, accepted, enough


Halloween / All Soul’s & All Saint’s




What is Halloween?

Great wee YouTube video explanation of what Halloween is in relation to church, Jesus and light. Here.


History & Ideas & More Resources

A handy wee PDF with some history, ideas and further reading/resources. Here.


More background information from BBC



Party / Group Gathering


Light Party – Halloween alternative. Resources and ideas from SU. here.


Halloween Themed Snack Ideas



Halloween / Light & Dark Games



Structured Services/Meetings


All Age Worship/Activity Ideas

Some fun, creative ideas for all age worship. Here.

All Saints Day


Printable Type Resources

Word searches, crosswords, prayers etc on Etsy. Great for the back of church in case any kids come. Here.


Service/Meeting Ideas from Roots

Presented as a service, there are plenty of ideas for prayers, responses, songs and activities that could be used in a whole host of informal meetings with kids, ecumenical services, messy church, services of the word etc. Here.


Session from BRF around light (Bible Reading Foundation, Christian Charity)


Hallowe’en – Light and dark


Session from BRF around Saints


Saints alive


All Saints Day Activity Ideas

From Virginia Theological Seminary. Here.

8 Activities for All Saints’ Day




Lectionary for readings and for looking up Scottish saints that can be learnt about and used in activities. Here.


Celebrating the Saints – lots of information on Saints. Here.


Stories of the Saints – A beautifully illustrated book with Saints Stories. Here.

You can also find some of the saints stories read aloud on YouTube. Here.


A Friend in the Dark by Alison Mitchell

Perhaps helpful for having at the back of church, just in case. It looks at Jesus as light and helps kids afraid of the dark. Here.


The Bumper Book of Resources

Activities and ideas from a wide range of sources. Here.


Story Assemblies of 24 Saints by Heather Butler


Story Assemblies of 24 Saints: 24 off-the-peg assemblies for the school year



Advent and Christmas

Some resources put together to help people think through planning in a pandemic and advent in a pandemic. A blog from a provisional deacon in the United Methodist Church who is a mum and youth group leader. Here and Here.


Learning / Schools

P6 & P7 resources from SU Scotland. Here.



Party Group/Gathering

12 Covid-friendly ways to celebrate Christmas with your youth group. Here.


A blog from a provisional deacon in the United Methodist Church who is a mum and youth group leader. Great for ideas for games, activities, themes. Here.


Advent activities for families, to be done together or at home. Same blog as above. Here.


Youth group Christmas game ideas. Here.


More youth group game ideas, a whole range from competitive to team to challenging. Here.


Youth group games that are linked to bible passages and therefore learning points.

A group of experienced youth workers from America put resources together for youth leaders. Designed to be broad theologically and accessible/adaptable for all denominations. Here.


Online games in case you have to meet virtually at the last minute. Here.


182 Christmas Trivia Questions and Answers for fun. Here.


Structured Services/Meetings 

All Age Worship from Services to short talks, puppet/drama scripts/ prayer stations and more. Here.


From Caritas (Australian Charity tackling poverty at home and abroad) – Youth resources for 4 weeks of advent. Here.


Advent ideas: things to think about, meditate on, do and read. Here.


Advent resources, reflections, challenges and prayers from the Archbishop of York’s Youth Trust. Here.


Family Friendly Resources from Virginia Theological Seminary. Here.


Activity/Craft Ideas

Mission Together, the children’s branch of Missio – the Catholic Church’s Official Children’s Charity for overseas mission. They have some good, free to download craft resources for advent. Here.


YouthESource, from the Lutheran Church – Advent bible studies/devotions/skits/dramas. Here.


A group of christians associated with the Reformed Church in America who produce Jesus centred resources, activities and ideas for families and children. Here.