Rock Solid

Rock Solid
YFC

£10.00 (Approx)
4.4
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Overview

What does it say on the tin?

Rock Solid is an amazing evangelistic resource that equips you with the ideas and structures to regularly provide a fun environment in which you communicate the good news of Jesus in a creative and relevant way. Hundreds of churches use Rock Solid and its combination of games, interactive activities, discussions, short talks, media and more to see transformation in the lives of 11-14s as they encounter God.

Rock Solid explores a life issue from a Christian perspective, helps you build life-changing relationships and gives young people a brilliant time, wherever they are at on their journey of faith. A Rock Solid session provides a structure of approximately 60 minutes’ worth of activities, but is flexible enough to be shortened, lengthened or adapted to fit the needs of your young people. Using Rock Solid will make a huge difference to your planning time. It will enable you to spend the hours previously taken up by planning youth group sessions in building relationships with your young people or praying for them.’

What do you get and how?

This is a subscription-based website from Youth For Christ at www.yfcresources.co.uk. You have access to hundreds of tried and tested youth group meeting guides. Each guide offers you more than you can use in one session so there is the opportunity to use a session builder to create the perfect session for your young people.

Within each session there are games, ice breakers, media clips, film clip suggestions, short talks, discussion starters and more. You can also search for further ideas if what is offered does not immediately fit your session.

YFC are regularly adding new sessions to this website and they have recommended sessions to use for the term ahead, as well as a list of the most popular used sessions by youth leaders across the country.

Who is it for?

Rock Solid is aimed at young people aged 11-14 years. There is an evangelistic programme and so can be used with young people of no faith nor church background. It is ideal for creating a social group of this age range with all the activities of a 60-minute programme pointing to a clear biblical message for that particular night.

Cost?

£10/month (discounts available if subscribing to other YFC resources: Lumen and/or Mettle). There is an option to try the site free, which allows you to download 9 sessions per year.

Review

  • What is the overall quality of material presentation?

    The material is excellent and very accessible. There is a helpful tutorial video that makes understanding the site easier and the site is simple to get the hang of. The individual activities and games are varied and a clear list of all materials you need for each are listed. On the web page for the session, a list of materials needed is automatically generated as you choose your activities. There is also the option to download your finished session outline, to print it off and to share it with other leaders.

    How clear are its aims and outcomes?

    Each session has a very clear aim and a longer description which helps explain the expected outcomes as well as explaining how it fits into the wider programme. Some sessions also have short videos from the author of that particular session.

    How accessible are the leader's notes?

    These are really clear. Each activity is listed in a simple bulleted list, which gives you a rough idea of how long it will last as well as warning of any preparation that you will need to do. Some activities have attached files to download to help the activity work. These are easy to access and produced in a simple, clean format.

    Who could lead it?

    Rock Solid is designed to be used at a regular youth club and so the best people to lead it would be committed youth leaders. It would be easy for a group of adults to take this material and share it between them so that the leaders run the session together. The leaders would not need to have much experience as the activities are clearly explained and will help the inexperienced leader grow in confidence quickly.

    How helpful are the participants' resources?

    n/a

    How good is any digital material?

    The website is really well thought through with a wealth of material to search for. There are links to videos on YouTube which may be a useful option for some groups as well as links to downloadable resources which are clear and simple.

    How much prep will I have to do?

    This depends on how much you want to make each session unique to your group. Each session has more material than you would probably want to use so time will be needed to read through the options and then to make your selection but this process is made very user-friendly and once you've got the hang of the session builder, you can build a session in next to no time!

    Is there website support? Links?

    The whole resource is web based and you have access to YFC support and advice. The subscription also gives you the benefits of discounted places at Fort Rocky weekends, discount on booking a YFC Mission Team, and access to and discounts for national and virtual training events.

    Is it dated?

    No but there are specific sessions for key Christian festivals such as Easter and Christmas.

  • How well does it encourage interaction with the group?

    All the sessions are designed to be run with a group of young people and all elements encourage good interaction, activity and discussion amongst the group.

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

    There is a wealth of options for each session and so all learning styles and different types of delivery can be selected, depending on the make up of the group.

    How adaptable is it to my situation?

    Very. The user is offered a menu of session elements to choose from and make their own unique sessions, appropriate for their situation.

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

    People are encouraged to discuss their ideas and learning and to learn together.

  • How much of the material is Bible-based?

    Most of the material is built around Biblical themes, with even the icebreakers often helping to introduce the subject for the session.

    How well is the biblical material presented and used?

    The leader can choose how much specifically biblical material is included in each session. This is designed for those of no faith and so the material is presented in an accessible way for anyone of no church background or understanding. There are links to video clips and YouTube videos, as well as creative ways to respond to teaching.

    How well does it apply biblical material to everyday life?

    The material is very practical and encourages individual responses and for the group to apply the session's teaching to their own lives.

    Is there a particular theological perspective?

    The material is open to be adapted to the local church setting and is evangelical in nature.

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

    It is a pre-Christian course and so encourages people to engage with Christian values and core foundations of the Christian faith.

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

    It depends on the sessions that the leader chooses to make up their programme but the purpose of Rock Solid is to enable people to have fun and be introduced to Jesus.

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

    As above.

    How well does it connect with real life issues?

    There are many session themes to choose from which cover all sorts of areas of real life such as love, identity, bullying and addiction.

  • How well does it encourage personal evangelism?

    As an evangelistic programme, the material is more focused on the individual thinking through what they believe for themselves rather than looking to share faith with others, although they are encouraged to live out what they learn. There are some sessions on evangelism if this would suit your group.

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

    The issues raised are done in a way that encourages the young people to consider their actions and values and to apply them in their local community, wherever that may be.

    How well does it connect with global issues?

    There is little material on global issues.

    How well does it encourage global mission?

    There are some sessions, written by The Feast project, which encourage dialogue and interaction between Christians and Muslims.

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