The Grid (for 11-14s)
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Overview

What does it say on the tin?

‘Lively, interactive Bible based learning for young people aged 11-14 years. theGRID for leaders can be used in cell groups, open clubs, traditional Sunday groups and larger celebration events.

11 to 14s can be possibly one of the most difficult ages to communicate effectively with. One minute you can be having an in-depth conversation about the nature of God and the next they want to chat with their friends about the latest cool fashion accessory! They can be very grown-up at times but still occasionally show flashes of the child within. theGRID will encourage a sophisticated relationship with God, not shying away from questions that the young people themselves are asking, but also wants to let that faith grow in a fun and lively environment.

Choose the GIRD for 11 to 14s because:

  • It includes creative activity suggestions suitable for traditional Sunday groups, cell groups, and open youth groups
  • Young teenagers are faced with many challenges, so theGRID is sensitive to their world and resources leaders to meet their needs appropriately.

What do you get?

13 Bible-based sessions per quarter. The leader’s guide is wide-ranging, with materials to suit all types of groups and young people, whether they are Christian or not. There is a variety of activities and different ways to teach the Bible. There is also a participant’s ‘lifestyle’ magazine to accompany the programme and the young people may find this useful. There are activities which rely on these magazines each week if the leader chooses to use them. There is a website which offers a variety of materials to complement each session, including materials for an All Age service on the theme, a flash presentation, powerpoint presentations and resource handouts for some of the activities. Each quarter has a mixture of topics covered, usually presented in short series, picking from both the Old and New Testaments, as well as some sessions on particular topics and issues.

Each session has three different ways of communicating the Bible passage, depending on the faith maturity of the group. Level 1 is for young people who aren’t used to looking at the Bible together, level 2 is for groups who are somewhere in between and level 3 is for young people who are committed to Bible study and discipleship.

Who is it for?

It is for young people aged 11-14 and can be adapted depending on the particular group’s setting and make-up eg for a God-slot in a open youth club, a discipleship Sunday morning group etc. theGRID is part of a range of resources from Scripture Union’ Light curriculum to help churches run ‘fun, flexible and exciting Bible-based sessions for children and young people.’ There are four age groups: Bubbles (for 5s and under), Splash! (for 5 to 8s), Xstream (for 8 to 11s) and theGRID for 11-14s.

Cost?

Leader’s guide is £9.99 for 3 months’ resources, or £34.99 for a year’s worth of resources, the participants’ lifestyle magazine is £2.99 per quarter or £10.50 for the year

Review

  • What is the overall quality of material presentation?

    The material is well presented but some may find it a bit young for the target audience. There is a good range of activities, which are clearly explained and easy to follow.

    How clear are its aims and outcomes?

    Each session has a clear aim, which is also unpacked further so the leader understands exactly why the session is important. There is also a very helpful ‘Bible background' section to each session so the leader can learn useful information about the week's main Bible passage such as its author, who is was originally written for and possible tensions that come from it.

    How accessible are the leader's notes?

    The notes are useful and a readable format. Each session is described in 4 pages and the leaders are encouraged to choose at least one activity from three sections: Bible experience, Way in and respond.

    Who could lead it?

    Anyone who is a regular leader with young people.

    How helpful are the participants' resources?

    There is a lifestyle magazine designed to go with the programme for 11-14s. This is a full colour 36 page magazine. Some might find the design a bit dated for this age group but the content is generally good.

    How good is any digital material?

    There is full support on Scripture Union's website, including materials to download to work alongside each session. These include materials for all-age service starters, a weekly flash animation (sometimes these lack pace and vary in quality), a script for a God-slot presentation, various resource handouts to use and powerpoints. These all enhance the leader's notes.

    How much prep will I have to do?

    The leader will need to read through the four pages each week and choose what they will best use to work with their young people. There may be some resources needed to be gathered together.

    Is there website support? Links?

    Yes. www.scriptureunion.org.uk/thegrid

  • How well does it encourage interaction with the group?

    Most of the activities require group participation.

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

    There are a mixture of activities for each session so the leader can choose carefully the best ones to use with their particular group of young people. There is a range of ways to respond to the Bible teaching each week, including a musical response, practical response and a creative one. There are often video clips suggested to be used to illustrate a point as well.

    How adaptable is it to my situation?

    This depends on the experience of the leader. The material should provide a good basis to create an interesting session for the young people.

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

    Many sessions include a time for participants to share with someone else what they are going to do as a result of the session, as well as having plenty of opportunities to chat and discuss the issues together each week.

  • How much of the material is Bible-based?

    The material is very Bible-focused, even for those young people on level 1 (those not used to looking at the Bible).

    How well is the biblical material presented and used?

    The material is carefully presented, using a range of methods, including straight reading from the Bible, drama, and the lifestyle magazine. This all helps to keep the passages communicated in a relevant, accessible manner.

    How well does it apply biblical material to everyday life?

    There are three ways they offer to help respond to the material: musical, practical and creative. As a group you could do one of these each week, or, for larger groups, offer a choice of the three.

    Is there a particular theological perspective?

    Scripture Union's purpose is to reach out to children and young people with the Good News of Jesus and to help them encounter him through reading the Bible.

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

    This is a weekly Bible study, which can be run continuously year after year. This will help the young people to see their whole life as being a disciple.

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

    Very much so. Each session has a challenge and response time to allow the participants to consider for themselves what they are learning.

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

    Over time, the topics covered are diverse and will enable the young people to understand God better, the Bible better and their place in the world better.

    How well does it connect with real life issues?

    This depends on the topic being covered, but generally there is good connection with their daily lives.

  • How well does it encourage personal evangelism?

    This depends on the topics being covered.

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

    As above.

    How well does it connect with global issues?

    Young people will understand their place in the world and their responsibility in it.

    How well does it encourage global mission?

    This also depends on the topics being covered.

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