We know that lockdowns can feel a bit overwhelming, isolating, or well, just plain boring! We're here to help you get through this time with some pretty great resources. Check them out below:

  • LES MILS on Demand (Website/App): LES MILLS and TVNZ are working together to offer you free access to renowned Les Mills classes. Choose from BODYBALANCE, BODYCOMBAT, BODYATTACK, LES MILLS CORE and LES MILLS GRIT CARDIO, lots of different options for you to try an at home workout and keep your body moving!

    Children.Com Exercises Tips For Kids At Home (Website): Regular physical activity is an important part of overall health, especially for growing children. Being active not only improves a child's physical health, it also offers cognitive and emotional benefits such as improving attention span and mental well-being. This Article shares ideas on how to get the entire family moving at home.

    Seek by iNaturalist (App): get outside, explore, and learn all about the nature around you!

  • The Bible App for Kids (App):  introduces children to 41 of the “big” Bible stories, & helps them understand the overall story that the Bible is telling. Kid-friendly navigation helps them find and select whichever story they want, then reads it aloud to them in a friendly narrative style. Throughout each story, fun, interactive animations keep children engaged, and select stories even include games designed to help them learn, understand, and retain important Bible story concepts. Plus, paired with their companion website, Bible App for Kids offers free resources designed to complement the app, such as coloring pages, activity sheets, and video episodes.

    The Parenting Place (Articles/Courses/Events): walks alongside you and your whānau from the moment your little one is born, until the time they raise tamariki of their own. Whether you have a newborn, a teenager, a troupe of grandkids, or nieces and nephews, they have a range of programmes, courses, camps and resources, tailored for you and your whānau. From parenting courses to family coaching, online courses or monthly inspirational emails, everything they do is designed designed to inspire, encourage, and support the strengthening of your relationships. Check out their Lockdown specific resources here

    RNZ Parenting During Lockdown Resources (Website): Being stuck at home with children isn't always easy, but RNZ is here to help. Here's their comprehensive guide to online resources for children to learn, have fun and explore at home. From Stories/Books to Music/Movement & Mindfulness, and everything in between, there's bound to be a nugget of gold for you!

    Helpguide.org Parenting During Covid (Website): Parenting has always been tough, but home schooling, working from home, and all the financial uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 has made it even tougher. These parenting tips can help you cope.

    At Home With Kids During Lockdown (Website): Parentline Manawatu have compiled a bunch of resources for parents with kids during lockdown! From parenting support to activities, educational resources, and mental health healthiness links, there's something for everyone. 

    Ministry of Education Learning At Home Guide (Website): practical tips and advice from the MoE for parents with kids learning at home.

  • Sacred Space (App/Webiste): a daily guide to creating sacred space through guided prayer.

    Reimagining the Examen (App/Audio Book): offers a modern take on St. Ignatius’s 500-year-old prayer. Its Examens can be adapted to users’ particular needs and situations. With soothing music and step-by-step guidance, users can choose from one of the themed Examens—picking the reflection that best fits their current state of being—or select the Examen of the day.

    De Pree Centre (Website/Email): daily devotionals, group devotional series & devotional guides that will help you go deeper in your relationship with God.

    Richard Rohr's Daily Meditations (Email): daily email meditations brought to you by Richard Rohr and guest authors based on this years theme "a time of unveiling".

    Pray As You Go (App/Website): a daily prayer session designed to go with you wherever you go, to help you pray whenever you find time, but particularly whilst travelling to and from work, study, etc. A new prayer session is produced each day of the working week and one session for the weekend. It's not a 'thought for the day', a sermon or a bible-study, but rather a framework for your own prayer.

    The Bible App (App): offers a free digital Bible, devotionals, verse of the day, prayer list, videos and more! You can use it on your own or connect with friends/our church community. Plus, there's a Kids App too!

  • Equip Mental Health Services (Facebook): Equip's Facebook Page is filled with daily encouragements, resources and quotes to inspire you! Check it out.

    Mental Health Foundation Wellbeing Tips (Website): Looking after our wellbeing is essential right now. We can’t afford not to do it. The MHF tips for wellbeing are based on the Five Ways to Wellbeing and Te Whare Tapa Whā.

    Pick what works for you, adapt it, and keep at it! 

    Ministry of Health Mental Health Lockdown Tips (Website): Information and tools available to support your own and others’ mental wellbeing and where to get help if you need it.

    Cleaning Up The Mental Mess (Podcast): Dr. Caroline Leaf is a cognitive neuroscientist, author, & mental health and mind expert. Whether you are struggling in your personal life or simply want to learn how to understand and use your mind to live your best life, this podcast will provide you with practical & scientific tips and tools to help you take back control over your mental, emotional, and physical health. 

  • YMI - meant to be read as “Why am I?” (Articles/Videos): an online Christian platform for millennials that fosters deeper conversations about everyday life. Through a variety of content, such as articles, artworks, and videos, we invite you to walk with us as we journey through the Whys of life, discover our purpose in Christ, and share our stories with each other.

    Bridgetown Daily (Podcast): a podcast by Bridgetown Church for daily meditations on scripture, a quote, or the life of a saint to ground you in God and his peace. 

    Rightnow Media (Videos): Say hello to the streaming library of Bible study videos that inspires faith every day of the week. From kids shows to relationship studies, there's something for everyone! Plus, you can sign up for free with Windsor Park, just click here.

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