Moving Images, Changing Lives
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Moving Images, Changing Lives offers an entirely fresh approach to exploring the Christian faith based on popular films available on DVD. Film is one area of popular culture that isn’t afraid of exploring life’s big ideas and big questions. Even comedy or animated films often have powerful and thought-provoking undercurrents, making them ideal springboards for discussion and reflection with young people. Ideal for those exploring faith for the first time and as a Confirmation course, the eleven sessions in Moving Images, Changing Lives use films to explore God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, the Bible, prayer, the Church, communion, living the life of faith and more.
Everything that a busy group leader needs to run the sessions is provided, including equipment lists, ice-breaker activities, photocopiable activity sheets, questions for reflection, prayers, film clips and YouTube links.
This course is a 95 page A4 book with everything you need to prepare to run the course. The course is split into eleven sessions and makes a term’s course in the foundations of the Christian faith. It suggests using film clips from over 30 different movies, which you would need to source for yourself. www.chpublishing.co.uk
The course is primarily written as a preparation course for young people, aged 11-18 years old, considering Confirmation in the Anglican Church, but it could easily be adapted to be used as an introduction to the Christian faith.
The book is really well written with each session designed around the idea of a trip to the cinema. Each session includes ‘the foyer' and ‘popcorn' sections which are the introduction and ice-breaker. This is then followed by a ‘trailer', which is a choice of film clips to introduce the theme, before being followed by the ‘main feature' which is the main teaching content of the session. The session concludes with the ‘credits', which gives creative ways to respond to the session through worship and prayer.
The book is very clear about its focus on confirmation preparation and makes good use of the movie theme.
Overall the leader's guide is very well presented and written. It offers clear explanations of each session and how to make the most of the course.
The course can be run by anyone who wants to help prepare young people for confirmation or who want to communicate the basics of the Christian faith. The book gives help with suggested teaching points to make during each session and also provides helpful background to sessions, in case the leader's knowledge is not too deep.
There are photocopiable sheets in the book, which can be used as part of the individual sessions. The authors suggest that participants could be given a folder to keep these sheets in so that they create a record of the course. The handouts are a useful addition to the material.
Whilst the course does not come with any digital content, it does rely heavily on the use of DVDs to show the movie clips. The book gives clear directions as to the title of each movie and where exactly to find the clip on a DVD, using chapter references as well as exact times in the movies to press play and stop on the DVD player. There is a great range of over 30 movies suggested, with there sometimes being different suggestions depending on the age range of the group.
Most of the preparation required will be in resourcing the movies and then watching the clips to make sure that they are suitable to show to your group. The sessions are clearly written and it would not take much time to prepare for each session, once you have the film clips.
There is no website support but they do suggest some useful links throughout the book which may enhance the sessions and keep the material relevant.
The sessions are very interactive and encourage group participation and discussion, possible in small groups depending on the overall number of participants.
The sessions use a variety of teaching styles and will be easily adaptable to the leader's particular preference. There is good use of different learning styles with a range of activities throughout the course to cater for people's different preferences.
The course is written with the suggestion that leaders adapt the course for their own particular group, and make alternative suggestions to activities throughout. It may be that some activities might not quite work with your group but rather than finding a completely different activity, the suggested activity just needs some minor tweaking.
The course encourages people to talk to each other and to build up confidence in sharing their thoughts and ideas as the course progresses. The course is very participative.
Each session is based on an aspect of the Christian faith, and contains appropriate Bible references to explain and to teach.
The material is very easy to deliver and is not overwhelming so would be accessible to young people who are not used to reading a Bible.
The majority of each session focuses on teaching the subject rather than personalising it to an individual's situation, but there is an opportunity in the ‘credits' section at the end of each meeting, to put the teaching into practice through a prayer or worship activity.
This course is designed specifically for preparing young people for Confirmation in the Anglican Church, and so the sessions are written from this perspective.
This is a Christian basics course so focuses on these fundamentals. It is recommended that the course is followed up after to help people continue to grow in their faith.
The purpose of the course is to help young people understand the Christian faith and to make a public expression of commitment. The course is good at leading people through this journey.
The material helps expand people's understanding of God and his wider purposes.
The use of movie clips helps to ground the material in real life, and helps young people to connect with the material.
The purpose is to help participants grow in their own understanding of the Christian faith. It does not mention much about sharing our faith with others.
Participants are encouraged to be active in their local church.
The course does not focus on global issues as it focuses on the fundamentals of Christianity.
It doesn't talk about mission specifically.