One day Wonders

One Day Wonders
Tamar Pollard, The Good Book Company, 2010

£9.99 (Approx)
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Overview

What does it say on the tin?

One Day Wonders contains everything you need to run Bible activity events at Christmas, Easter and Halloween. This flexible material has a wide range of fun activities to choose from … Programme options show how to use the material for a two-hour or four-hour children’s event, or a one-and-a-half-hour family event. All of the activities are linked to the theme, and are built around a choice of Bible-centred talk outlines, which are supported by funsheets for small groups.

One Day Wonders contains everything you need to run a successful and memorable event: pictures, craft templates, publicity outlines and Bible funsheets can all be photocopied from this book.

What do you get?

Click Resource Book which includes leader’s instructions and photocopiable activity sheets. Purchasable from The Good Book Company

Who is it for?

5 year olds to 11 year olds. Best used at children or family events.

Cost?

£9.99

Review

  • What is the overall quality of material presentation?

    Saddle stitch format with a glossy cover. Appealing and colourful cartoon images accurately reflect extensive activity content. Clear from cover that these sessions are for one-off events.

    How clear are its aims and outcomes?

    Aims are clearly stated at the beginning of each session however, an emphasis is put on leader's applying these aims to their chosen audience themselves. The outcomes focus on allowing an understanding of the good news of Jesus, regardless of whether a child attends church.

    How accessible are the leader's notes?

    Language used allows for easy interpretation. The notes are well thought out and extensive. Guidance for both event organisers and small group leaders is given with each session. The resource also includes comprehensive detail on how to organise and run an event well, it outlines key preparation and offers helpful guidelines on engaging with children.

    Who could lead it?

    Individuals who are confident in organising and running children's events. Bible context and background are extensively drawn upon to allow leaders to fully understand the text. Other essential roles are available for those seeking experience in children's work.

    How helpful are the participants' resources?

    Fun and factual photocopiable resources allow good facilitation of sessions. External film and music clips give a good variety.

    How good is any digital material?

    All digital material is external and can be accessed by separate purchase or the internet. A range of songs/clips allows the leader to exercise flexibility in session planning.

    How much prep will I have to do?

    As these sessions are based on one-off events at Christmas, Easter and Halloween, a considerable amount of preparation is necessary. The resource suggests that planning should begin four months prior to an event.

    Is there website support? Links?

    Activity sheets, forms and editable versions of event publicity sheets are available from www.thegoodbook.co.uk/onedaywonders.

    Is it dated?

    No, activities are timeless in engaging young people.

  • How well does it encourage interaction with the group?

    These sessions are tailored for large group events, however interaction within smaller groups is encouraged. 'Small group' time allows children to reflect with one another, while the 'ideas menu' suggests creative activities to encourage team work and fun with one another. Interaction is key throughout all event layouts to keep focus as each session assumes a large quantity of attendees.

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

    Considerably. One Day Wonders is designed for longer children's events; this allows for the sessions to be packed with a choice of fun approaches to learning. From role plays and baking, to learning verses though rhythm, One Day Wonders is inclusive for children of all learning styles.

    How adaptable is it to my situation?

    Three choices of event plans for Christmas, Easter and Halloween mean that this resource can be adapted to both children's clubs, one-off outreach and family sessions. A huge variety of activity choice if also provided and explained well.

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

    Small group sessions allow children to take what they have learnt in the talk and apply it to their small group sheets. Children are given space to reflect and ask questions about the passages which are focussed on.

  • How much of the material is Bible-based?

    Lots. Huge emphasis on New Testament scripture throughout and the talks recreate detailed accounts of biblical passages. Small group activities build on the scene set by the interactive talks. Depending on session layout chosen, Bible-based material accounts for majority of event time. This is all made exciting through the use of games and activities.

    How well is the biblical material presented and used?

    Imaginatively. Biblical material is presented with delivery styles which do well in focussing attention. Delivery is facilitated by getting the children to take part in telling the story and then following up with questions about the passages in more intimate groups. Though the biblical content is extensive, this resource suggests successful methods in keeping children interested.

    How well does it apply biblical material to everyday life?

    Gently. Children are asked to consider the characters of the Bible and question if they ever behave in similar good/bad ways.

    Is there a particular theological perspective?

    One Day Wonders is heavily Bible based with its passages originating from the New International Version (NIV). This resource is aimed at children who may or may not have attended church, so there is a focus on Bible truths and a gentle introduction to prayer. The work of the Holy Spirit is less focussed on.

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

    Whole life discipleship is gently introduced/suggested in these series so that the messages focussed on can be accessed by any level of Christian background. Children are asked to apply what they have learnt in the small group time of children's event layouts. Whole-life discipleship is perhaps less of a focus in the family event session layouts.

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

    The resource is designed to help young people engage with the core principles of christianity at specific annual festivals. Because of this, One Day Wonders enables Christian growth by teaching about the foundations of the Christian faith.

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

    A particular focus is put on the significance of Jesus dying for mankind.

    How well does it connect with real life issues?

    Occasionally. There is more of a focus on what the Bible says and what it means for people today.

  • How well does it encourage personal evangelism?

    Indirectly via crafts and games. These serve as a reminder to young people about what they have learnt, and encourage further consideration of messages communicated.

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

    The resource itself would be used for community outreach/evangelism so this theme is implicit throughout the sessions. Children are also given the chance to feedback/perform after some sessions for their parents/guardians.

    How well does it connect with global issues?

    Not a focus.

    How well does it encourage global mission?

    Not a focus, though it makes clear that Jesus' death was for all nations.

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