David

DAVID (Part of the Fast Food Series)
Darren, Kevin Mayhew, 1998

£9.99 (Approx)
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Overview

What does it say on the tin?

Fast Food is the revolutionary Bible teaching resource for pre-teens. It provides a complete study of specific Bible characters, drawing attention to the events that shaped them and their developing relationship with God.

Each character study consists of eleven ‘episodes’ – ten character studies and one review at the end. Each ‘episode’ contains a lesson plan, three A4 OHP masters for photocopying on to acetate which tell that part of the story, an activity sheet to support the lesson and a take-home sheet to reinforce what the children have learnt.

Through Bible reading and open discussion, the children will be inspired by Darren’s stunning artwork (all of which is photocopiable!) which vividly tells the story of these Biblical characters.

At last – Fast Food with nourishment!

What do you get and how?

Leader’s guide including photocopiable illustrations and activities. Purchasable from Kevin Mayhew LTD.

Who is it for?

Young people of pre-teen age years (8-11 years).

Cost?

£9.99

Review

  • What is the overall quality of material presentation?

    Good. Glossy cover, relevant animations. Session layout easy to follow.

    How clear are its aims and outcomes?

    Each session outlines: 1) What the passage teaches young people about God, and 2) What we can learn about the character being focussed on, in this case, David.

    How accessible are the leader's notes?

    Succinctly give helpful instructions on what to do in the session, while allowing room for flexibility. Any leader can feel confident in running the session as lots of relevant detail is given, including suggested answers to questions which the children will be asked.

    Who could lead it?

    Any adult passionate about teaching young people about God and people in the Bible. Instructions are very thorough.

    How helpful are the participants' resources?

    Facilitate the session well. Images to accompany the readings keep children engaged. Worksheets aid learning, and take home sheets keep the children thinking about what they have heard while being fun too.

    How good is any digital material?

    None provided.

    How much prep will I have to do?

    Not a significant amount. Suggested that the leader reads through the session to familiarise themselves with the material, and to choose from which additional materials they may have time to include. Sheets would also need photocopying prior to sessions.

    Is there website support? Links?

    Not applicable.

    Is it dated?

    Partially. Each session gives 3 slides for use along the reading. These are intended for use on an OHP which are rarely used now. The images would be better used now if copied and given to each child.

  • How well does it encourage interaction with the group?

    Interaction is encouraged via 'Fun' sections in some sessions as well as discussions and worksheet activities.

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

    Quite reading/discussion based - may be better done in smaller groups to keep children's attention. Readings are suggested to be read out to the children, adaptability here for leaders to decide how their group will learn best.

    How adaptable is it to my situation?

    As part of the ‘Fast Food Series' this resource contains 11 sessions on David's life and character. Lessons have optional additional material allowing for different running times. Full session takes 45-60minutes. You do not need a huge amount of space for these sessions. May be best done with smaller groups as they look in depth at David's life and require a lot of thinking for young people. Helpful discussion would be aided by smaller groups and therefore less distractions. Best used with Children who know a bit about God already.

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

    Extremely well done. Directly asks young people to apply messages to their activities, and explicitly asks them how the lessons David learnt are applicable to us today.

  • How much of the material is Bible-based?

    Two-thirds of the material, mostly passage and question based sessions.

    How well is the biblical material presented and used?

    Stories are presented by listening, games, writing and, in some cases, practical demonstrations. This allows for children to learn the stories through a variety channels. This resource is great because it encourages young people to look at the details of Biblical characters' lives, rather than just the most popular recounted experiences.

    How well does it apply biblical material to everyday life?

    Very well. The resource does this by explicitly asking young people how what David learnt is relevant to them. This is then taken one step further by encouraging them to consider how this should affect their daily choices and attitudes.

    Is there a particular theological perspective?

    No, open to all. Although passages are taken from NIV Bibles.

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

    Very well. Children see how David learnt that following God's example was best. They are also encouraged to pray, worship and ask questions where necessary.

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

    By focussing on the less commonly recounted stories in David's life, children can learn more about his character than they would have first assumed. They can then apply this to their own thought processes. The final ‘Review Session' reinforces this, as it pulls everything together from the previous sessions and let's participants consider David's life as a whole.

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

    Very well. Children gradually discover how much bigger God's plan for David's life was than his own.

    How well does it connect with real life issues?

    Directly in each session in a question and answer format. Leaders can also take this further by allowing children to think of where examples in David's behaviour may parallel with children's lives today.

  • How well does it encourage personal evangelism?

    Gently encourages children to take initiative in talking about God by take home sheets. This stimulates discussion at home and helps children think of any other questions they may have.

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

    Not a huge focus, although this is done indirectly by getting participants to consider their actions and behaviours, which in turn will influence those they come in to contact with.

    How well does it connect with global issues?

    Not a focus

    How well does it encourage global mission?

    Not a focus

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