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Youth Emmaus helps young people aged between 11 and 16 to get to grips with the basics of the Christian faith.
Glossy A4 book and CD. 14 x 60-90 minute sessions. Three sections:
11 – 16s preparing for baptism and confirmation/ fringe youth / any interested youth
Clear, attractive, very good.
Very clear. Each session self-contained and well sign-posted, but with room for flexibility
Easy to follow, excellent layout. Comprehensive introductory wisdom for leading groups and youth with culture awareness.
Clergy, youth leaders, older youth
Handouts provided, and activities.
Good, and accessible
Familiarisation with material, but all requirements listed.
Assumes post-modern cultural background. Material organised according to computer terms e.g. ‘backing up', ‘mega bytes' etc., so fine until the language changes ... But content not affected.
Most material group based, but sensitively.
Great mix of styles, good pace, lots of interactive features, lots to do, practical applications, relevant games
Should suit a wide range of social backgrounds and abilities. Flexibility encouraged. Material included for All-age service ideas.
Interaction and honesty enabled and ‘processing' between sessions encouraged.
Theme-based with biblical basis.
In order to convey truth and provoke discussion and reaction – the rest of the session material revolves around the biblical starting points.
Always applied directly.
Solid Christian understanding that would be widely applicable. Mainstream Anglican understanding evident in supplementary material for confirmation and Anglican Eucharist, and some liturgical prayers. Service material supplied for start and finish of the course, which could easily be adapted.
Excellent, focused, inspiring material which engages with the main issues of what it means to be a Christian.
This is a major aim of the material – to enable exploration of the implications of being a Christian, and it should achieve it well.
Clear encouragement to explore who God is, and engage with him.
Directly and relevantly.
The final session focuses on this entirely, but it is implicit throughout
Encourages discussion and action appropriate to the age-group.
Beginnings of this as an integral part of the Gospel e.g. fairtrade.
Not a strong feature.