#LiveLent – Let Your Light Shine
John Kiddle, CHP, 2018

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Overview

What does it say on the tin?

Live Lent Let Your Light Shine. Introduced by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York.

A 5 session course for groups, with material based on the Live Lent Let Your Light Shine booklet’s weekly themes:

The booklet takes you on a six-week discipleship journey through the Gospel of John, exploring what it means to be a witness. For each day from Ash Wednesday to Easter Day there is a short reading, a pause for reflection and prayer, and an idea for a simple action that will enable the light of Jesus to shine through our everyday lives.

What do you get?

The booklet is for personal use, and is available via the website (£2.99). The group session materials are downloadable from the same (free), along with posters, logos, and information about access to the accompanying app. The app supplies both the reading, and the ending prayer, as an audiocast, as well as the rest of the daily personal material. You can also sign up for the daily reflections via daily emails or text messages throughout Lent.

Sessions:

  • Change
  • Bread
  • Light
  • Life
  • Leaving

The booklet is written by John Kiddle (author of the best-selling #GodWithUs) in association with Thy Kingdom Come, the global prayer movement that invites Christians around the world to pray for more people to come to know Jesus.

Who is it for?

Small groups, individuals. Youth, adult, Beginning, Growing.

Review

  • What is the overall quality of material presentation?

    Excellent contribution to the Lent season. Beautifully produced booklet and accompanying apps etc, with thoughtful, lively and creative content including optional story-telling videos. A breath of fresh air from the Church of England.

    How clear are its aims and outcomes?

    Both the booklet and the group material are very clear in aims and layouts, all focused on these two questions: How can I receive God’s life more fully?; How can I live God’s life more generously, imaginatively and joyfully, in such a way that others can see it, hear it and take hold of it themselves?

    How accessible are the leader’s notes?

    The downloadable notes are easy to use, very clear and partly repetitive (in a good way) as they lead through the sections of each session: Gathering (feedback etc); Word (engagement with Bible); Story (video, script or live story, plus discussion); Challenge (group or individual; suggested or your own); Prayer (response to one another and the theme). There are a few pointers for leaders, but generally the material is self-explanatory.

    Who could lead it?

    Any facilitator – material is straight forward and easy to use.

    How helpful are the participants’ resources?

    The booklet for individuals, on which the group material is loosely based, follows a pattern for each day: a reading, a brief reflection, Pause for own response, Pray Thy kingdom come, Witness …Thy will be done, with suggestions. Interspersed with great images, and on attractive glossy paper. Very well laid out.

    How good is any digital material?

    Optional videos are linked to the group material, with short, focused stories from a variety of people and ways they are finding to witness and bring life and hope to a vast range of communities, from schools to refugees, young people to senior, everyday to specialised. Well produced, engaging and inspiring.

    How much prep will I have to do?

    Familiarisation with material including downloading the group documents, ordering booklets for the group (though the group could run easily just with the group items), deciding on whether to use videos or the supplied scripts; but material is easy to use.

    Is there website support?

    Links? Good backup website with Faith in Action material, videos, downloadable items etc. The app works well with the daily material, including the images, plus a helpful local church finder, and information about other Church of England apps.

  • How well does it encourage interaction with the group?

    Great interaction through feedback and icebreakers to begin, engagement with the Bible passage through a Lectio Divina style approach, questions, prayer and commitments to action.

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

    Good mix of media, from listening to – if videos are used – watching, reading, discussing and praying. Some hands-on responses as well, and creative ideas.

    How adaptable is it to my situation?

    Should suit a wide variety of people – simple yet effective and engaging approach.

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

    A strength of this resource. Both personal and group application is integral to the material. Non-prescriptive but highly motivational, and with plenty of great ideas.

  • How much of the material is Bible-based?

    Each session (and daily reading) revolves around a reading from John’s Gospel - reference only; text not printed in the material. However, on the app, you can listen to the reading. The rest of the session flows with and from this.

    How well is the biblical material presented and used?

    The group material is based on a Lectio Divian approach, with the Bible passage from John’s Gospel read three times, along with the invitation to consider it in different ways. The accompanying questions encourage responses from a reaction to the passage, a group, and personal perspectives.

    How well does it apply biblical material to everyday life?

    All of the applications are deeply embedded in everyday life, with lots of inspiring material from the real lives of others to help group members get going with ideas themselves.

    Is there a particular theological perspective?

    From the Church of England, but widely applicable.

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

    The combination of biblical material, space to consider and respond, and opportunities to decide on ways to apply it to one’s daily life are definitely inspirational. Should indeed encourage whole-life discipleship.

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

    Lot of ideas; realistic approach to the challenges of the biblical material; great ideas for prayer and witness; it would be hard not to grow in faith.

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

    There is a good focus on developing one’s discipleship such that it is attractive to others too – and the underlying implication that this is what we should be about. This is being part of God’s purposes.

    How well does it connect with real life issues?

    Big principles of care for others, and the truth of the Gospel are expressed in an accessible variety of ways, along with the invitation to respond.

  • How well does it encourage personal evangelism?

    An essential part of this resource, as expressed in its aims, and generally delivered.

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

    Appropriate network and community responses are included as stories, and there are plenty of invitations to consider how we might involve ourselves in similar ways.

    How well does it connect with global issues?

    Not a particular focus.

    How well does it encourage global mission?

    Not a particular focus, but implicit. The calls to faith in action are generally centred locally, but some of the stories are on a more global stage.

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