(Click either image to download the reading pack and if you wish to download the Church pack click the blue poster)
The Bible Buddies are fired up and excited about heroes of faith!
A Bible Buddy is a small toy which a child adopts and promises to look after. The main difference to any other toy is that this buddy needs feeding – not with pet food but with the word of God!
You will see we have two reading packs. The red pack has passages from the International Children’s Bible for those who are reasonably confident in their reading, or if an adult is reading with them. This pack includes pages for the children to write and draw their thoughts following the reading – this is their space, it is not a test to see if they remember what’s been said but a space to express what thoughts they had, things they felt and or draw those things too. The Orange Easy Reader pack has shorter passages taken from the Big Story Bible Book – these packs are for those who find reading more of a struggle. There’s no writing / drawing pages in this pack but you could print them from the red pack if you wish.
If you don’t want to print loads of paper why not give out the link for our Bible Buddies App? This can be downloaded onto mobile devices and tablets and includes all the Bible Buddy packs. Click on the QR code image above to download and print or click here: https://bit.ly/3Q8AVDO
If you are running an adoption day in your parish or diocese you can download the Church pack. You can run this as a stand-alone event, maybe have a teddy bear’s picnic if you wish or incorporate it into an all-age service, or at the end/start of a holiday camp. The Church purchases however many toys you think you will need. We recommend using the small TY teeny or beanie boo toys for affordable options that come in a variety of colours and animals, but work with your budget and shop around to find what is best. The key however is to ensure that one child is not getting a larger toy than any other.
The Church pack includes:
- A poster which you can put your details into or use on social media.
- A care guide for the children to learn how to look after their pets.
- A certificate of adoption for each child to choose the name of their new buddy.
You can ask the children to send in photo’s of their buddy on adventures as – at the park, the beach etc which you can display on social media (ensuring you have parental permission and adhere to your GDPR policy if children are in the photo’s)