Gods love unstoppable

GOD’S LOVE IS … UNSTOPPABLE
BIG Ministries, Elevation, 2013

£7.99 (Approx)
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Overview

What does it say on the tin?

A ready-to-use, Bible based resource for use with children aged 7-11. Together, the children in your group will love discovering more about what it means to be a follower of Jesus; who better to look at than, Simon Peter, one of Jesus’ first disciples and leader of the early church.

It’s a mind-blowing story about a fascinating character that proves that anyone can follow Jesus and have their life transformed by Him.

Using songs from the BIG Ministries album, God’s Love Is Unstoppable, alongside the stories about Peter, nine of the session look at and important theme, including: ‘Prayer’, ‘The Holy Spirit’s Power’, ‘Who is Jesus?’ and many more. (There’s also a special tenth session about Rhythm.)

What do you get?

Leader’s manual which includes photocopiable worksheets, a script for the Bible story and all other ideas.

Purchasable from Big Ministries.

Who is it for?

Children aged 7 -11 years

Cost?

£7.99

Review

  • What is the overall quality of material presentation?

    Excellent. Appealing cover and inside material is extremely easy to follow due to subheadings, easy-to-read font and use of pictures. Page layout is attractive to read.

    How clear are its aims and outcomes?

    Not explicitly stated, however the title of each session gives an clear idea of what will be focussed on.

    How accessible are the leader's notes?

    Extremely clear and easy to follow. Both layout and language used for instructions can be accessed by all, and quickly.

    Who could lead it?

    Small group leaders/church children's group leaders.

    How helpful are the participants' resources?

    Worksheets facilitate sessions well as they are fun and interactive, but also provide an opportunity for children to gently consider the questions asked.

    How good is any digital material?

    Resource is to be used in conjunction with the album ‘God's Love is Unstoppable', this can be purchased via iTunes or at www.bigministries.co.uk. Songs are fun, easy and relevant for each session. Actions to the songs can be found at the same website too.

    How much prep will I have to do?

    Minimal, each session has a ‘you will need' section which clearly states what would need prior preparation. The extra resources are easily obtainable. In some sessions, where a choice of 2 options is given for a certain section, leaders would need to decide on which to use prior to running sessions. Also, as the resource is based on Simon Peter, a background knowledge of his life would be beneficial beneficial.

    Is there website support? Links?

    A couple for song and activity support.

    Is it dated?

    No, themes and activities will continue to be relevant.

  • How well does it encourage interaction with the group?

    Very well. This is key throughout the whole of each session.

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

    Biblical passages are portrayed in the form of a script to keep children interested. Worksheets mean they can apply and question what is covered. This resource also includes music and rhythm to help more children access what is being taught.

    How adaptable is it to my situation?

    Sessions are suggested to run for 45-60 minutes. A variety of activities means that this resource can be adapted to fit different group, and if an activity does not seem appropriate, previous ideas can be substituted in. Sessions do not need a huge space to be carried out in and can also be used on small or large groups of children. Easy to use with both ‘churched' and ‘non-churched' children.

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

    This is not a huge focus as children fill in worksheets about the session themselves.

  • How much of the material is Bible-based?

    Around half, the rest is activity based.

    How well is the biblical material presented and used?

    Fun suggestions are made in the ‘Tell it' section for ways to engage the children in the Bible script story. Worksheets allow children to apply to material in a way which is exciting for them.

    How well does it apply biblical material to everyday life?

    Again, this is gently introduced in the worksheets.

    Is there a particular theological perspective?

    Not particularly. Includes mild encouragement in to praying and a session on The Holy Spirit.

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

    A good range of discipleship approaches are covered as this resource follows one of Jesus' first followers.

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

    Gently by encouraging children to answer questions about how the session can be played out in their lives.

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

    Quite well, allows children to learn WHO God is and therefore what His purposes are for our lives. Session on ‘Is there a problem too big for God?' allows children to access the power of God, so they can trust putting their faith in Him.

    How well does it connect with real life issues?

    This is touched upon with questions included on the worksheets.

  • How well does it encourage personal evangelism?

    Not a focus, briefly touched on when considering how the Holy Spirit can help us today.

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

    A whole session based on ‘Serving Others' encourages young people to consider how they treat their family and 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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