Shuffle
Youthscape 2016

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Overview

What does it say on the tin?

Shuffle is a set of 42 cards, each with a daily challenge designed for teenagers who are exploring the Christian faith. Covering a range of aspects of Christian life, the cards include challenges on the Bible, praying, social action and church. Young people are invited to play a new card every day for six weeks of experiencing faith in a new way. But if they pick a challenge they don’t feel ready for today, just put it back in the pack and Shuffle!

What do you get?

Whilst the website says there are 42 cards, my review pack had 44 cards, each approximately 8cm in size. Each card is double-sided. One side has a title of the card’s focus (e.g. ‘pray about today’s news’ or encourage someone who has inspired you’) and a Bible verse.

On the reverse, there is a challenge related to the card’s focus (e.g. ‘Find out what’s happening in the world today – turn on the TV or check the internet. Look for situations that need God’s intervention, and pray about the people, places and things you read about’). There is also an extreme challenge, which aims to take the challenge a bit further, perhaps for those more experienced in living out their faith (e.g. ‘Sign up for notifications on a news story and commit to keep praying about it’).

Each card has a short prayer based on the card’s topic.

The pack also has a card for the young person to give to their youth leader, informing them that they are going to use the cards.

There is a folded instruction sheet explaining how to use the cards.

Who is it for?

Aimed at young people, it would work well for anyone from 11 years upwards. Adults will probably benefit from them too! They would be suitable for anyone who is exploring faith, just become a Christian or has been a Christian for a while and wants to make their faith more real. The cards can be used individually or in small groups. Although the suggestion is to pick a card and carry out the challenge on a daily basis, youth groups could use them by choosing a card for the week and then challenging the whole group to complete it over the week ahead, feeding back the following week.

Cost?

£6 per pack, or £50 for 10, discounts available on request for larger quantities

Review

  • What is the overall quality of material presentation?

    Superb. The packs is professionally produced and the cards are simple in design, but of a high quality.

    How clear are its aims and outcomes?

    The cards are designed to ‘help you connect with God in a different way’ each day. Each card is very clearly written and the challenges are easy to understand.

    How accessible are the leader’s notes?

    n/a

    Who could lead it?

    This is designed for a young person to pick up and use themselves

    How helpful are the participants’ resources?

    If using in a youth group, it would be best for each young person to have their own pack of cards (although not essential). Most young people would find them easy to use.

    How good is any digital material?

    n/a

    How much prep will I have to do?

    Nothing! Just read the card out and go for it!

    Is there website support? Links?

    No.

  • How well does it encourage interaction with the group?

    The resource is designed primarily on the understanding that it will be used by individuals on their own, but it does suggest that it could be done with a friend or in a small group. Some of the ‘extreme challenges’ suggest telling another person about what you are doing for that day’s challenge.

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

    The challenges are very simple to follow, and vary in type of activity, some involving stopping and thinking (e.g. ‘spend 3 minutes in silence’ or ‘go without your phone for a day’), some are creative (‘write a letter to God’ or ‘write a Bible passage in your own words’), some are actions (‘welcome someone new at your church’ or ‘leave an encouraging Bible verse somewhere someone will find it’) and so on.

    How adaptable is it to my situation?

    Very! And the idea is if you don’t particularly respond to one card, just shuffle the pack and pick another.

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

    It leaves it open to the individual, they can either use the cards alone or work with a partner.

  • How much of the material is Bible-based?

    Each card quotes a Bible verse that is connected with the day’s challenge. Some of the challenges focus on this verse, or encourage the participant to do something with a Bible verse (e.g. write it in their own words or draw a picture).

    How well is the biblical material presented and used?

    It is simple, clear and useful.

    How well does it apply biblical material to everyday life?

    It connects Bible verses to challenges well. For example, one day has the verse Matthew 5:14 ‘You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden’. The challenge connected to this is ‘Think and pray about how you could use your influence on social media this week.’

    Is there a particular theological perspective?

    No.

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

    This is a great way to help young people think daily about how they can put their faith into action.

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

    Very much so. The tasks are accessible but with sufficient challenge to make them grow.

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

    The challenges are far-reaching, helping participants to see that God wants to be a part of all areas of their lives.

    How well does it connect with real life issues?

    Some of the challenges are about current affairs, while others are about what is going on with people around you in your life.

  • How well does it encourage personal evangelism?

    Some of the cards are specific about this, for example practising how you would explain your faith or praying for three people. The extreme challenges will take these further and encourage them to tell the people they are praying for them.

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

    Some challenges are community focused such as helping with a homeless project or foodbank, or writing to your MP.

    How well does it connect with global issues?

    Whilst not explicit, some of the challenges could cause an individual to petition about a global issue.

    How well does it encourage global mission?

    Not explicit.

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