We work together with local churches in south Cambridgeshire to support The Children's Society.
Here you can read about the campaigns we have run in church and in our local community to support the work of The Children's Society. Where applicable we've also added templates for you to download and adapt for your own church.
If you'd like to discuss any of these ideas and how you can use them in your church, please contact Rob Needle.
If you need help with any of the templates please contact Nicky West.
Schools / children
Our popular Advent Challenge is back for 2021 - with a few new challenges! Simply click on the version you want to download and print. If you want to adapt the Advent Challenge for your church, download the Powerpoint document (A4 size) which you can then edit easily. (Visit our news section for the recipe for the no-churn ice-cream challenge!)
Share joy this Advent, with a kind and thoughtful deed every day for 24 days. Don't forget to raise money at the same time for The Children’s Society, by asking friends and family to sponsor you or make a donation.
Want to give the children in your family a sugar-free challenge this Advent? Try our 'Share Joy' Advent Challenge calendar. With 24 'challenges' it's a great way to get children to think about other people in their neighbourhoods and further afield - and they could even ask for sponsorship to help raise funds for The Children's Society. There are two versions: one for families and one for schools. Simply download the Word document of the one you want and then edit and personalise for your church or school. You can also edit any of the challenges, image and Church logo, to make it unique to your organisation!
To promote our fund-raising campaign this Lent we created an A4 poster for display around St Andrew's. If you'd like to do something similar, either at Lent or anytime, download this powerpoint template, which will allow you to edit and insert your own church logo.
In Summer 2019 Stapleford held its annual Village Weekend, with the recreation ground hosting stalls, local crafts and family activities. St Andrew's used one of its stalls to run a game to raise awareness of the plight of refugee children fleeing conflict in Syria - and to promote the work of The Children's Society in helping them.
In the giant board game we produced, participants rolled dice to move their pieces along two commonly-used routes used by refugees escaping conflict to reach the UK.
Accompanying flash cards highlighted the dangers and hardships facing refugees making the journey. See photos, left, for an example of one of the fact cards.
The game has since been used by churches in south Cambridgeshire.
The board was produced on foamboard, making it more durable than heavy-duty card, and measured 1.2m x 0.8m. If you'd like to find out more about this or produce a similar board game for your church, please contact either Rob Needle
or Nicky West
For Lent 2019 St Andrew's joined The Children's Society 'Strengthening the Safety Net
' campaign, raising more than £245 over 40 days.
We asked church-goers to 'buy' paper links for £1, and week by week displayed the purchased links in church.
Our Lent idea was a simple, very low-cost campaign which doesn't need anything beyond paper, scissors and tape or glue - and of course some willing volunteers to put them all together!
The photo shows some of the paper links which were displayed below the organ in St Andrew's for Lent.
This was in support of the Community Hidden Harm Awareness Team (CHAT) project in Essex, helping children affected by parental substance use.
We asked our congregation members to select items to 'purchase' in our 'shop window' which was on display in the church porch. The items included school or PE uniform, holiday lunches and toiletries. Once 'purchased', the items were added to cards decorating our Christmas tree, so we could see at a glance how much we had funded. In total church members raised £160.