Guides not Guards – a Lent course for 11-18s
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Downloadable material for youth for Lent.
Downloadable sessions for Lent, 2 A4 pages per session:
Session 1: Incarnation, John 1:9-14
Session 2: Baptism, Matthew 3:13-17
Session 3: Temptation, Genesis 3:1-7, 1 Corinthians 10:12-13, Hebrew 4:15
Session 4: Transfiguration, Matthew 17:1-8
Session 5: Passion and Resurrection, Matthew 16:21-28
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Youth 11-18s, small groups, Beginning, Growing.
Super-clear and easy to use
Beautifully laid out A4 pages, with great icons and clear ‘Take home point’ for each session.
Good introductory page explaining how the four icons guide through each session clearly: Welcome, including an innovative opener activity with minimal prep; Word, video from simonscat.com (find the video you want from here if the extended link doesn’t work) with accompanying question, then Bible reading and more questions leading on from this; Worship, listening to a song or other creative activity which prompts time for being with God; Photo Challenge, each to take a photo that fits the topic.
None in addition. Just leaders’ download.
Simon the cat is a good choice for holding youth attention and giving them something to talk about. Lots of choices here in addition to those suggested.
List of materials needed for each session is given. Nothing too onerous, except making sure that the IT equipment is working and ready to roll. Familiarisation with the material.
Other material available from CHYPS.
The opener activities are creative and good; the questions have a good balance of objective and subjective. The Worship moment gives safe space for young people to interact with God for themselves. Then there should be lots of fun with the Photo challenge…
Mix of watching, playing, talking, interactive responses, quiet – a very good variety.
Would work for a wide variety of young people, no matter their style. Easily adaptable to do more or less with each section.
The discussions, games and photo challenge are all well grounded in the theme; the Worship provides a chance to relate privately to God.
Each session is based on a short passage, or passages, from the Bible.
A few sentences give the background to the biblical material – the focus is on both understanding some meanings, and applying it to our own lives.
Gentle but on point questions encourage all to work out what the biblical material means to them. Interactive responses increase this learning.
Good range of topics for leading up to Easter. No punches pulled about the reality of following Jesus and what that might mean – but in accessible and appropriate ways, and without being prescriptive.
Enough on each theme but not too much, and the mix of learning styles provided means that everyone should go home with something that has impacted them. Really great exploration of the topics from a brilliant variety of media.
A good collection of a few of the high points of Jesus’ life and ministry, very well applied to the lives of teenagers. Encouragement to relate to God in real ways, about their real lives and what they face, and to trust in his powerful transforming love.
An engaging and effective approach that will help young people to both connect with biblical material, and work out how it applies to them. There are tools and challenges aplenty, and things to think about and things to do.
The resource is clear that the story of God can only continue with us, and that we are called to reflect Jesus to the world.
Overall encouragement to reflect what Jesus would do in their situations, in action and prayer.
Not a focus.
Not a focus.