LightLive for youth
Scripture Union, running since 2008

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What does it say on the tin?

LightLive is a free interactive web experience, providing exciting Bible-based resources for children’s, youth and all-age ministry.

LightLive puts a wealth of activities and ideas for your work with children and young people at your fingertips. Over 10,000 activities are available now with 650 more added every three months.

LightLive is designed to help you tailor the material to the specific needs of your group(s). You can:

  • plan and manage your group like never before!
  • Access the name of activities and ideas
  • Enrich your programme with multimedia resources
  • Search, save and print – all from one website
  • And so much more…

What do you get?

Access to a full programme of youth discipleship teaching resources on the lightlive website Sessions are expected to last approximately 45 minutes but more activities can be added to extend the session, or removed if required.

Who is it for?

There are resources for all young people aged 11-18. There are also all-age resources and service ideas. The use can select how much Bible knowledge the group has to help to help tailor the sessions to the group’s level.


  • What is the overall quality of material presentation?

    Good. There is plenty of choice in session themes and activities.

     How clear are its aims and outcomes?

    Each session has a sidebar explaining the aims as well as the series the session is an element of. There is also a list of preparation for the leader and an introduction to the session.

     How accessible are the leader's notes?

    The website takes some getting used to but the site helpfully offers some short, training videos to help you get adjusted quickly. The notes for each activity are thorough and easy to follow. Particularly helpful is the button which brings up the relevant Bible passage on the screen as you preprare the session.

     Who could lead it?

    Anyone who has a passion for seeing young people get into their Bible more.

     How helpful are the participants' resources?

    There are a number of resource sheets ready to be downloaded and printed off, dependent on which activities you choose. The leader will need to make sure that they are suitable for their group but the overall quality of these is excellent.

     How good is any digital material?

    There are some animations and videos to be used in some sessions. These vary in their quality. This is ok as there are plenty of other activities to use if you don't like one clip.

     How much prep will I have to do?

    Time is needed to build the programme for each term, but this will depend on whether you follow the suggested programme for that age group (Scripture Union have created a rolling 4-year syllabus which can be downloaded) or whether you want to pick and choose and create your own programme. Once this has been done, preparing the individual sessions is fairly straightforward and can be shared with other leaders by email.

    Is there website support?

    The whole resource is on a website and there are occasional links to other sites. There is access to the team who write the programmes as well as a discussion forum, although this doesn't seem to get much use.

  • How well does it encourage interaction with the group?

    Interaction is an expected component of all the sessions, with games, activities and discussions as well as small group Bible studies.

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

    Very well. There are a variety of options for each session enabling the leader to pick and choose what will work best for their young people.

    How adaptable is it to my situation?

    The website is adaptable to all situations for exploring the Bible with young people as well as children (see a separate review).

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

    Each session has response activities to put into practice what they have been learning.

  • How much of the material is Bible-based?

    A lot. Each session is built around a particular Bible passage and story. All the activities and discussions are related to this passage and biblical issue or story.

     How well is the biblical material presented and used?

    There are a number of options for presenting the biblical material each session so that the leader can vary it and tailor it to their group.

     How well does it apply biblical material to everyday life?

    Very well. Every session has material to help the group ground the teaching in their own lives and experiences.

     Is there a particular theological perspective?


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

    This really depends on which sessions are used and how well the leader helps the group discuss the teaching sections. There is plenty of material to enable people to understand discipleship better.

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

    Very well. This is the primary purpose of this resource.

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

    The potential programme is so varied that there can be many different ways to help young people grow in understanding and faith, ranging from exploring how God worked in individual Bible characters' lives to the life issues that they might face.

     How well does it connect with real life issues?

    Very well. There are lots of sessions on life issues such as truth, calling and living out your faith.


  • How well does it encourage personal evangelism?

    This depends on the sessions you use but young people are encouraged to live out their faith as part of the response to the sessions. There are also specific sessions on evangelism, which can be added to a programme.

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

    This is session dependent with plenty of suggestions for living out faith in school, at home and in the community.

    How well does it connect with global issues?

    There is a whole series of sessions on helping young people understand their place in the world, including exploring issues of poverty, caring for creation, war and politics.

     How well does it encourage global mission?

    This is linked with the global issues and teaches how we can make a difference as Christians living in the world. These sessions do encourage the participants to have a greater understanding of mission and being global citizens.


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