Light Live

LightLive for children
Scripture Union, running since 2008

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Overview

What does it say on the tin?

LightLive is an online resource providing Bible-based lessons for children’s, young people’s and mixed-age ministry, and gives you FREE access to thousands of activities.

Whether in church, Sunday school, small-groups or other settings, LightLive is here to help you run fun, Bible-based sessions, which can be tailored to the specific needs of your group(s). You can:

  • Follow the LightLive syllabus and create sessions in a matter of minutes
  • Create your own tailored syllabus
  • Access a range of activities and ideas
  • Enrich your programme with multimedia resources
  • Search, save and print – all from one website
  • And so much more…

What do you get?

All advice, activities, bible passages and resources available to download from Scripture Union’s website.

Who is it for?

Children aged 5-11 years old (Bubbles: <5years, Splash 5-8years, Xstream 8-11years)

Cost?

FREE, relies on donations

Review

  • What is the overall quality of material presentation?

    Good. Although initially the website may seem a little daunting, there are helpful tutorial videos to help make the most of the resources and session plans available. Material is easy to understand and relevant resource sheets are available with each individual section chosen.

    How clear are its aims and outcomes?

    Aims are stated clearly under a ‘Why' subtitle of each section of each session.

    How accessible are the leader's notes?

    ‘Session overview' which appears once you have chosen your session to run is accessible to all and gives a helpful summary of preparations and motivations. Easy to understand language for activities, teaching and suggested proactive responses, which should facilitate leaders of all levels to prepare and run sessions well. Also a tab which brings up the relevant Bible verse can be found on the right of the page, should the person planning need to be reminded of the relevant verses.

    Who could lead it?

    Anyone passionate about leading children to Jesus. Whether you are a first time leader or experienced children's worker, these resources give enough information to lead a session well and be creative with it to suit your specific audience.

    How helpful are the participants' resources?

    Very relevant to their teaching counterparts and creatively produced. Allow children to complete puzzles, drawing, quizzes etc which are all in line with the session theme.

    How good is any digital material?

    Digital material is mostly necessary for planning and understanding the LightLive website. Helpful video tutorials allow leaders to navigate the website and compile group sessions. Very easy to follow and put in to practice, available at Scripture Union. Also some digital material to facilitate actual sessions. For example, Bible passages/stories may have been pre recorded for children to listen to. Very engaging and age appropriate.

    How much prep will I have to do?

    Preparation is varied. If leaders choose to follow the syllabus series for each age group, preparation is quicker as the session and activity options are laid out for you. There is also the option of custom designing sessions which takes more time as activities and passages have to be chosen and collated. In either case, resources needed are given and these will have to be sorted prior to delivery of material. In some cases, it may be necessary to allocate others to co-lead/ facilitate sections so helpers should be chosen in advance where you may have a larger group. Familiarity with the passage used is beneficial. All this considered, preparation should be reasonably quick and easy.

    Is there website support? Links?

    This whole resource is website based at Scripture Union other links which are necessary are listed in the relevant sessions where they are used. Resources and activities can be created, compiled and downloaded once finished. The LightLive website requires a username and password to log in. If you are already a member of the Scripture Union website, these log in details should already work.

    Is it dated?

    No. Thousands of activities already available and the website is updated constantly.

  • How well does it encourage interaction with the group?

    Very well. Interaction is encouraged all the way through with games, activities, Bible time and application of material. Children can talk, play, listen and be hands on with each section. Interaction during Bible time is brilliant, as it allows children to get involved with the main themes of the session by taking part in the story.

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

    Very well. This resource has taken in to account the fact that children learn and enjoy the Bible in different ways from hands on making crafts to listening and talking. Each session provides a variety of ways to keep children of all backgrounds and levels engaged and excited about the Bible.

    How adaptable is it to my situation?

    LightLive website is adaptable to all situations of teaching children aged 5-11 years about the Bible (also has resources for young people 11+years). Sessions average on ~45 minutes running time and are appropriate for Sunday school and small group mid-week sessions. With over 10,000 activities to choose from, leader's have the freedom to adapt and tailor group sessions to best suit their children. Can be run with small or large amounts of children, so long as adequate ratio of children to adults is met. Extremely flexible, leaders can even select what resources they have available to them when creating a group so that appropriate activities are selected when searching the website, e.g. the online resource also allows you to add other leaders by simply entering their email addresses so everyone has access to the same session at home or at work. Can either follow the Light syllabus, or custom make sessions to fit in with the themes your church are running at the time. Creating sessions involves choosing activities from three tabs which include introductory activities, Bible material and living what they have learnt.

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

    Each session includes an opportunity for children to apply what they have learnt. For Bubbles, this comes in the form of the ‘God and me' section, in both Splash and Xstream, this is done in the ‘Living the life' section. Children are encouraged to apply what they have learnt in a fun and creative ways.

  • How much of the material is Bible-based?

    Explicitly around a quarter is Bible based, if following the Light syllabus (session depending). The rest of the sessions are about applying the Bible passage and responding to it.

    How well is the biblical material presented and used?

    Leaders are given helpful background notes and context of passages to help them understand Bible material. This means that presentation can be delivered well and accommodate for different learning styles. Bible material is presented in fun and interactive ways to help the children stay focussed and enjoying themselves. It is then applied by a variety of mediums, such as discussion, activity completion and reflection.

    How well does it apply biblical material to everyday life?

    As there is such a wealth of resources available for LightLive, it is easy to find or tailor sessions to focus on how the Bible is relevant to everyday life. Children may be asked to think about what they have learnt and discuss how it can be put in to practice in their own lives.

    Is there a particular theological perspective?

    No, sessions are so adaptable that they can be used with any church, and can include/exclude denominational practices as appropriate.

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

    Again there is such a vast amount of material that whole-life discipleship can be the main topic of a session, or implicit throughout other sessions. Children are encouraged to consider Jesus in everything they do, even in the daily mundane things. Programme also challenges certain attitudes so that children can think about how they approach life and whether this is in line with what God wants for them.

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

    Gently does this by linking Bible stories with the children's lives, thoughts and experiences. Children have a fantastic opportunity through this course to understand God's character. Also has specific sessions to help children proactively grow in their faith, for example a session aim specific for this is: ‘To discover that we can only live as Jesus wants us to, if we are close to him'

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

    Such a wealth of material covers vision and promises of God by having sessions which focus on the lives of people who God made promises to, or gave their lives purpose. For example, David, Jeremiah, Abraham, and many more. Children can see how God turned bad situations and worked them for good. They are given the opportunity to ask God if he will help them live and see as He sees.

    How well does it connect with real life issues?

    Thoroughly done. Children are given the chance to study things they may find difficult and think about how to respond. For example, there are sessions on being brave, dealing with hard times and decision making.

  • How well does it encourage personal evangelism?

    Searches in the search bar allow leaders to specifically find activities explicitly for evangelism. Evangelism is otherwise encouraged by inspiring the children to share the good news of Jesus with friends and family by what they say, what they do and how they act.

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

    Encourages children to consider the world God made and look after it. Local involvement is covered by topics such as looking at the impact good and bad relationships with people can have. Also a good approach to this is taken in sessions on understanding what Jesus expects from us.

    How well does it connect with global issues?

    Global issues are approached in a very baseline, simplified way. For example, children can consider that the earth is God's world and that he made everything in it, therefore we should be working to look after it and the people who live on it regardless of what country they reside in. Global issue sessions may have to be tailored by the leader themselves.

    How well does it encourage global mission?

    Overarching principle taught for this is that all people are equal and belong to God. As children, they are asked, how can they help people across the world? Examples may include prayer or sponsoring a child through parents etc.

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