Kids Online

Kids Online
Captain Alan Price, Kevin Mayhew, 2000 (Previously: Young Saints by Anglican Renewal Ministries in 1993)

£9.99 (Approx)
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Overview

What does it say on the tin?

Kids Online is a children’s discipleship course, born out of a longing for children to know and experience God’s love for them, and to realise that his plan for them starts right now, not just when they are older.

Aimed at 8-11 year olds, it is primarily for children who want to move on in their faith, although the course does cover the basics of Christianity and can be used for evangelistic purposes.

Designed for use with small groups, the sessions covered are:

  • You’re special ‘cos God loves you.
  • Why we need Jesus.
  • God in us – the work of the Holy Spirit, Part 1.
  • God in us – the work of the Holy Spirit, Part 2.
  • Stepping out with Jesus.
  • Going and growing with Jesus.
  • Communion for kids.
  • Into membership – into action.

Each session is clearly laid out, giving the aims, synopsis of the session content, suggested songs for worship, activities to stimulate thought and discussion, as well as photocopiable resource sheets and worksheets.

Children will learn to use their Bible, pray and worship together as they respond to God and grow in their faith and love for Jesus.

What do you get and how?

Leader’s handbook with instructions, worksheets and session resources. Available from Kevin Mayhew.

Who is it for?

8-11 year olds in small groups.

Cost?

£9.99

Review

  • What is the overall quality of material presentation?

    Good. Glossy paperback handbook with clear subheadings and heading for each session. Resources are clearly labelled and appealing both in text format and animations used.

    How clear are its aims and outcomes?

    Several aims clearly stated at the beginning of each session.

    How accessible are the leader's notes?

    Very. Clear instruction for preparation, set-up and leading. Leader's are given word-for-word instructions of how to run each section. Clear subheadings and title enable leader to know where the sessions are going.

    Who could lead it?

    Preferably an experienced children's worker. This is due to the fact there is teaching on the Holy Spirit and so leaders need to be in agreement with the teachings. It is possible to have other people facilitating the session too though.

    How helpful are the participants' resources?

    Good, clear, attractive and thought provoking. Worksheets stay relevant in relation to the session aims and incorporate fun activities, while staying true to the Bible.

    How good is any digital material?

    Digital material is minimal and comes externally in the form of worship songs by ‘Kidsource'. Leaders may choose more recent worship songs.

    How much prep will I have to do?

    Preparation is dependent on how leaders want to run the session. There is an optional ‘Introductory meeting' where leaders can explain to children and parents what the course will be about which should be done well in advance to running the programme. Weekly, preparation is quick and easy. This resource is intended to be run in the home so not much space is needed and resources are easily obtainable. The leader/s should be familiar with the sessions and aims however, so that they can tailor certain aspects for their group. Eg worship songs, activity inclusion etc.

    Is there website support? Links?

    None listed.

    Is it dated?

    No, stays relevant to the Christian faith and real life issues.

  • How well does it encourage interaction with the group?

    Interaction is encouraged through activities and discussion. As the programme is intended for use with smaller groups, children can get to know one another and trust one another as they work closely with a small group of people.

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

    Mostly learning is through discussion and filling in the worksheets. Activities at the beginning aid learning too.

    How adaptable is it to my situation?

    Sessions are aimed to run for 1 hour as an after school/ weekly session with children. Children should be willing to come along in order to ensure they are open and ready to hear what God intends for them. Suggested to have 10 children per small group, and to run in the home with 2-3 leaders, both for accountability and one-to-one work with young people. Resources are supplied so just need to be photocopied. Adaptable where leaders may want to substitute sections for their particular children present. To be used alongside Sunday school etc. not to replace it.

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

    Encouraged during teaching periods and worksheet filling ing. Children can discuss the answers to the questions provided to them in a more intimate setting.

  • How much of the material is Bible-based?

    Approximately 40% directly Bible based. The rest is application or response.

    How well is the biblical material presented and used?

    Presented in a range of ways to accommodate different learning styles. Reading and puzzle solving are the main two ways in which biblical material is presented, and from this children are encouraged to answer questions and apply it to their lives today.

    How well does it apply biblical material to everyday life?

    Material allows comparisons between the time the passage was written to the children's lives today. For example, they are at times presented with modern day illustrations of parables to help them understand what the passage means for them. They are also challenged to apply material in a much deeper way which questions how they live their lives, for example, they may be asked: ‘What good things can you do more of for God?'

    Is there a particular theological perspective?

    No, open for all denominations. Positive emphasis on the Holy Spirit and it working within children. Also mention to churches reciting their own creeds, and a specific session on the significance of communion.

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

    Starts with helping children to understand that they have a very special place with God, that is, God does not hold adults above children. This inspires children to be encouraged by God's love for them, and they then go on to learn how to live out their lives for Him practically. Encourages whole-life discipleship by affirming the children in their place with God, then asking questions like ‘How can you be useful to God?' and ‘How can you live for God?'

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

    Session 6 is all about ‘Going and growing with Jesus'. Children are given tools to equip them to grow in their individual circumstances. For example, they are armed with help on Bible reading, prayer, fellowship, learning and worship.

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

    There is a section on ‘Promises from God' on every sessions worksheet. This allows children to see the promises God has made and understand what they mean by questions and activities. Sessions on the Holy Spirit also introduce children to the gifts of the Holy Spirit, such as speaking in tongues. These may be completely new and exciting concepts for the children.

    How well does it connect with real life issues?

    This is done by applying the teachings to the children's lives, but also by the inclusion and instructions for pastoral care. The resource acknowledges that children may be coming from all walks of live, so encourages leaders to be available and ready for children to bring up personal matters.

  • How well does it encourage personal evangelism?

    Done in sessions 5-8 predominantly. Mention of the gifts of the Holy Spirit helping children talk and act like Jesus. Also challenges such as ‘How could you be useful to God?'

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

    Children are encouraged to learn about jobs in church, and how valuable they are!

    How well does it connect with global issues?

    Not huge focus.

    How well does it encourage global mission?

    Not a huge focus.

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