Its raining cats and dogs

It’s raining cats and dogs… and elephants? Noah’s Story
Philip and Stephanie Chapman, Kevin Mayhew LTD, 2003

£12.99 (Approx)
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Overview

What does it say on the tin?

Noah was not only supremely obedient to God but he had the presence of mind to record a few voicemail messages so that future generations could share the drama of his experiences. Here they are, forming the backbone of this valuable resource. Using the Bible, games and songs, children will be encouraged to climb inside the story and they will be inspired to develop their own ideas and reach their own conclusions about God’s part in their everyday lives. The children will discover that even though Mrs Noah’s legendary porridge reached a sticky end, the human race didn’t… mainly thanks to her husband’s boat-building skills and his ability to listen to God instead of his mocking neighbours!

What do you get?

Leader’s guide, including all activities, manuscript of song and FREE CD of voicemail, songs and backing tracks. Purchasable from Kevin Meyhew LTD.

Who is it for?

7 – 11 year olds.

Cost?

£12.99

Review

  • What is the overall quality of material presentation?

    Good. Glossy covered leader's guide with clearly laid out sessions. Different fonts/layouts sign post relevant sections effectively.

    How clear are its aims and outcomes?

    Not explicitly stated, but inferred by each session title.

    How accessible are the leader's notes?

    Very easy to read and the notes consider all aspects of leading the sessions well. Give helpful tips on how to keep children engaged.

    Who could lead it?

    Someone with experience in children's work, however there are many other roles which can be delegated to others.

    How helpful are the participants' resources?

    Participant resources are not included as the sessions are mostly facilitated by songs and CD recordings. These effectively keep the children engaged with the story of Noah.

    How good is any digital material?

    CD included with song, backing track and voicemail recordings from Noah. Brilliant.

    How much prep will I have to do?

    Not a huge amount. Quick and easy preparation, however it would be helpful for all leaders to be familiar with the sessions and running orders. Leaders may also want to substitute games/activities at times so this would require forward planning.

    Is there website support? Links?

    No

    Is it dated?

    No, all content relevant for the story of Noah and activities are not dated. Contemporary comparisons with popular culture are not drawn upon so this resource will stay relevant.

  • How well does it encourage interaction with the group?

    Suggests groups be formed in first session to build relationships and trust.Interaction is key throughout - lots of games, songs and discussion.

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

    Children are encouraged to listen, write and do. Even prayer is made interactive with movement and noise.

    How adaptable is it to my situation?

    A variety of activities mean that this resource can be used in any space available. Sessions must be run in chronological order as they lead on from one another. Allow for a lot of fun to be had. Access to CD player is essential. With larger groups of children, more adult support is needed. 10 sessions provided, running time of approximately 60 minutes each.

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

    This is focussed on in the 'group chat' times and 'prayer circles'. Children are encouraged to consider how they deal with problems by comparing how Noah dealt with his obstacles.

  • How much of the material is Bible-based?

    Around a fifth. The rest is interactive and not necessarily based on the passage mentioned.

    How well is the biblical material presented and used?

    Presented by reading aloud by an adult. Children then answer questions about the passage to see how much they remember. Activities, prayer and recordings are all kept relevant to the passage and the session theme.

    How well does it apply biblical material to everyday life?

    Introduces this concept throughout. Children are encouraged to consider how they deal with problems by comparing how Noah dealt with his obstacles.

    Is there a particular theological perspective?

    No, available for all to use.

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

    By allowing young people to learn about God and his promises, they can then decide if they want to live His advice out!

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

    This is gradually built upon session by session. Starts off asking who we follow, before moving on to trusting God and asking Him to help us.

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

    This is touched upon in the 'group chat' times and prayer.

    How well does it connect with real life issues?

    All the way through. Children consider how God is relevant in their worries, their choices and struggles.

  • How well does it encourage personal evangelism?

    Gently by allowing children the space and opportunity to talk to God themselves.

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

    Not a huge focus.

    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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