Follow the Clues
Ian Morrison, Christian Education Publications (CEP), 2010

£34.64 (Approx)
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What does it say on the tin?

Help solve the mystery of the man who defeated death with this fun, action-packed Holiday Club program. As they uncover God’s promises throughout the Bible, children aged five to twelve assist the forensic team led by Detective Duck and Constable Clooney as they follow the clues to Jesus – the man who defeated death! The Director’s Pack includes the full program for five half-days of fun and learning; a DVD with two short animations and a CD-ROM jam-packed with music, PowerPoint presentations and printable support materials.

Also available: Follow the clues Poster Pack and Follow the clues Tract Pack.

What do you get?

A fully comprehensive leadership booklet with all instructions and preparation material (available digitally or as a hard copy). CEP also offers glossy, attractive promotional posters as a separate product that you can purchase to suit your own budget, and advertising plans. Each programme also has a take-home component that is available to purchase separately. A colourful and fun reminder of the week learning about Jesus, these take-home items are available in handy packs of 20.

Who is it for?

Two age groups are accommodated for, 4 – 7 years and 8 – 11 years old. Holiday Club. Children.


  • What is the overall quality of material presentation?

    Very, very good. This is a brilliant Holiday Club series with an excellent theme that investigates the Bible and reveals God’s ultimate plan: to reunite a fallen people with their Creator. The sessions are varied, and there are comprehensive yet concise leader instructions. This resource sets out how to run a holiday club in as easily accessible way as possible, considering the extensive planning and coordination needed to successfully run an inclusive and thorough holiday club.

    How clear are its aims and outcomes?

    The session aim is explicitly stated at the beginning of each session, along with a range of outcomes.

    How accessible are the leader’s notes?

    Leader notes include helpful overviews of the session content, and why the theme has been chosen. There are also handy tips on how to run a successful Holiday Club, and sample timetables to help leaders with their running orders and time allocations (these may vary depending on number of participants). The content of the ‘Director’s Pack’ is relevant, concise and incorporates a logical chronology for leaders to follow.

    Who could lead it?

    Experienced Children’s Workers are best suited to run this series due to the more advanced coordination required to run a Holiday Club. There are many supporting roles which young leaders can get involved in too.

    How helpful are the participants’ resources?

    Participant resources are mostly paper based, and booklets can be purchased in packs of 20 for children to take home. They are relevant, simple, colourful and affordable.

    How good is any digital material?

    The DVD and CD-ROM provided with the Director’s Pack are filled with resources to use in conjunction with the program, to make it visually exciting and engaging for the children. The discs are easy to use and the content for each session is easy to navigate. The DVD contains two short animations; one for promotion in church services, and another as a welcome to play as children arrive at the club each day. The CD contains resources to complement the sessions, such as: artwork for backdrops and flyers, presentations, activities and many more helpful products.

    How much prep will I have to do?

    Preparation is extensive due to the nature of running a holiday club but will vary depending on resources available and the size of the group attending. Each session lists what is needed from a supply point of view, and outlines the session running order clearly and concisely. Depending on the church’s aim for this holiday club, preparation may need a good lead-in time. Preparation should begin a couple of months in advance at least. There is a lot of information to help plan and run a successful programme: everything from promotion, leader roles and how to work with children, to fun activities and Bible teaching. The series contains all necessary content; the leaders need to focus on implementation and logistics of this.

    Is there website support? Links?

    Support for the program can be accessed from two separate packs to purchase depending on the church’s needs and resources available; one is a poster pack to facilitate sessions, the other is a participant pack ‘tract pack’ for children to take-home. Both these packs and other support material can be purchased online on the Christian Education Publications website.

  • How well does it encourage interaction with the group?

    Interaction is a primary focus throughout, with small group discussions, activities, songs, games, interactive dramas and talks.

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

    Very well. This series offers a wide range of visual and audible learning techniques, as well as children learning through ‘doing’ and discussion with their small groups. There is something for everyone.

    How adaptable is it to my situation?

    This series covers 1 week of content suitable for a Holiday Club and includes 5 sessions. Each session runs from 9:30am (suggested) to 12:30pm with time before and after for leaders to set up and pack away. There are also some options for the sessions to be extended if needed, for example, with a movie afternoon or creative task which can be added in. The series has supporting material for everything you need including promotional posters and take away sheets for children. There are instructions on how to run the sessions, who is needed and what preparation is necessary. Holiday Clubs generally require quite a bit of work to prepare so the leader will need time to digest all the ideas presented and to think about how and where they want to promote the series. There is also an option for a Sunday service following the five-day program. Each session lists the supplies needed, but a CD player and access to play videos is needed across the sessions. There is a lot of instruction on how to attract both churched and unchurched children with the promotional material which means this series can be used as an outreach resource too, introducing people to Jesus in a non-threatening and accessible environment.

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

    Children apply material in their small group discussions and by answering questions the leaders up front may ask them. They also apply the material in the ‘elective’ session which they need to choose in advance of attending.

  • How much of the material is Bible-based?

    35 minutes a day are allocated to the talk and small group discussion. Another 30 minutes is allocated for the drama which introduces the passage for the day. The sessions include content from the Old and New Testament.

    How well is the biblical material presented and used?

    Biblical material is presented in four key age-appropriate ways to children: 1) By giving children an image each day which helps lead the way to Jesus (needs to be purchased separately); 2) Through the daily drama which introduces a new character, based on the key passage for the day; 3) By outlining age-specific talks; 4) By incorporating small group discussion and a chance for children to discuss what they have learnt.

    How well does it apply biblical material to everyday life?

    Children mostly apply what they learn during their small groups. They are asked questions like ‘Is there hope for us based on God’s promises to Abraham?’ and ‘What happens when we commit a crime?’ followed by ‘What happens when we sin against God?’ The use of rhetorical questions helps children come to their own conclusions about answers to questions after they have been given the relevant content.

    Is there a particular theological perspective?

    No. It is open to all denominations and contains no specific liturgical practices or references.

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

    Children are inspired to follow God by looking at how he always kept his promises to those who were faithful to him. For example, children see the promises God made to Adam and Eve, Abraham and King David about how their descendants would be blessed. They then learn about who Jesus is and are encouraged to be like him based on his sinless life.

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

    Children grow in faith in two ways. Firstly, by learning about the trail of clues through the Old to New Testament all pointing to Jesus, and secondly by being given the opportunity to discuss with their peers what the stories mean, and how they apply to their lives. Children are in a safe space to ask questions and form a deeper understanding of God’s wider plan to restore his relationship with people.

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

    Follow the clues is all about God’s promises to his people. It takes the children on a fact-finding mission through the Bible, discovering the promises that God gave to his people through the generations. Children learn how each story has a part to play in restoring the broken relationship between God and people. They also see that God is faithful to his promises, even though sometimes people had to wait for years for them to be fulfilled.

    How well does it connect with real life issues?

    Children consider what impact Jesus and Christianity have on their lives. They reflect on their behaviours and approaches to life, rather than a direct focus on how to handle explicit life issues the children come across day to day, or in life.

  • How well does it encourage personal evangelism?

    Evangelism is gently encouraged by providing children with a resource to take home and equipping them with the knowledge to be able to discuss it with family and friends. The resource works as an outreach resource too in promoting the series in the community for all children to attend.

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

    The resource helps leaders advertise and promote the holiday club. In the manual, there are helpful hints on how to get your community involved as well as support materials that can be tailored for your program details.

    How well does it connect with global issues?

    Not a main focus of this series.

    How well does it encourage global mission?

    Not a main focus of this series.

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