10 Big Bible Stories

10 BIG Bible Stories
James Rubacki and Jo Squires, BIG Ministries, 2011

£9.00 (Approx)
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Overview

What does it say on the tin?

10 BIG Bible Stories has grown out of BIG Ministries’ desire to bring the Bible alive and communicate the story of God relevantly. We love to inspire people (little and not-so-little) to worship our BIG and incredible God…

What do you get?

Leader’s guide with full instructions and extra ideas. Purchasable from www.bigministries.co.uk.

Who is it for?

Children aged 5-11 years in small groups or within all-age church services.

Cost?

£9.00

Review

  • What is the overall quality of material presentation?

    Very good. Bright glossy cover. Attractive inside layout with large text.

    How clear are its aims and outcomes?

    Not explicitly stated, however the resource states its main aim is to help communicate the Bible relevantly and inspire people.

    How accessible are the leader's notes?

    Extremely accessible, easy to read and follow.

    Who could lead it?

    Anyone. Clear and simple instructions.

    How helpful are the participants' resources?

    Participant resources are all external and require the leader getting the correct equipment. Mainly in the form of crafts and props, resources aid sessions well.

    How good is any digital material?

    Digital material not used, however suggestions of worship songs and extra resources from BIG Ministries website are helpful.

    How much prep will I have to do?

    Minimal. These sessions offer three formats for each one, a BIG session, solo session and small session. The BIG session requires the most preparation as it is for larger groups and all age services. This session tends to have the most people/ props needed. The other smaller sessions require less preparation and should be quick and easy to do. In all cases, a list of what is needed can be found at the beginning.

    Is there website support? Links?

    A couple are mentioned for certain sections: http://en.origami-club.com and bigministries.co.uk are the main two links.

    Is it dated?

    No. Although suggested worship may be replaced by most recent kids' songs. There is one reference to DEAL OR NO DEAL as a game concept which may need to be substituted in the future. Easy to replace any material which may become out dated.

  • How well does it encourage interaction with the group?

    This is done well in every session for BIG, Solo and Small. Each format allows the young people to engage as the story is told, for example, by responding to certain ‘trigger words' in a Bible passage with a rhyme or response. In solo sessions, activities may be used alongside reading stories to keep the children from getting distracted.

    How well does it cater for a variety of both learning and delivery styles?

    Good variety is offered across the sessions. Lots of listening activities, interactive responses/crafts and visual stimulus suggestions.

    How adaptable is it to my situation?

    Very. 3 volumes so far produced each with 10 easy lessons. Clear frameworks given for delivering sessions for big groups/congregations, solo groups with one leader and small groups. Quick and easy to prepare, clear kit list for what is needed. No specific time is suggested so leaders can gauge this as needed. Usable for ages 5-11 years, churched or non churched. Fun, easy, dynamic.

    How well does it encourage people to work together in applying the material?

    Not a huge focus, but subtly done by suggestion of discussion in small group layouts.

  • How much of the material is Bible-based?

    Most of each session.

    How well is the biblical material presented and used?

    Presented in an accessible way to children through interaction as the story is told.

    How well does it apply biblical material to everyday life?

    Not a huge focus, although discussion groups occasionally encourage children to consider what the stories mean to them.

    Is there a particular theological perspective?

    No, open to all.

  • How well does it inspire people towards whole-life discipleship?

    Not a huge focus, although discussion groups occasionally encourage children to consider what the stories mean to them.

    How well does it encourage and enable people to grow in their faith?

    Small group sessions encourage children to discuss what they have learnt.

    How well does it stretch faith and vision of God and his purposes?

    Resource does not go in to huge depth for this as it is for all children of all backgrounds and is for use in many contexts such as an all age service.

    How well does it connect with real life issues?

    Stories about relevant Bible characters and how they responded to God can be learnt and considered by children today.

  • How well does it encourage personal evangelism?

    Not a huge focus.

    How well does it encourage local or network-based community involvement?

    Indirectly via Bible stories taught and how the main characters respond to God's word.

    How well does it connect with global issues?

    Not a huge focus.

    How well does it encourage global mission?

    Not a huge focus.

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