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‘Uncut is a great way to “bridge the gap” between hanging out with young people in your community and introducing them to the gospel message.
Uncut is a thought-provoking 6 session course produced by Reflex to engage young people who are seen as marginalised or at risk of offending. This material and the 6 films were originally designed for young offenders in prison. The course is designed to help introduce young people aged 15-21 years old to the Christian faith in a way that is real, relevant, natural and non-threatening.’
Uncut is a 43 page printed resource, which comes with a DVD of short talking heads films for each session. Each clip last between 5-8 minutes long.
Available from YFC.
Uncut was developed originally to engage with young offenders and marginalised young people but is suitable for young people aged 15-21 who have no experience of church. It is a 6 week course which enables young people to think about issues of life and faith.
The material is extremely well presented, the DVD clips are relevant and contemporary. It is a resource which you feel has been well prepared and will be easy to use.
The course follows YFC's ‘The Art of Connecting' and its 3-story model of your story, my story, God's story. It aims to show how all are linked together to share God's great story. Each session is clear and easy to follow but there are no written aims and objectives. However these are straightforward to deduce from reading the content plan for each session.
The notes are well written and clearly laid out. Each session follows a structure of introduction, group activity, listening to a brief quote or Bible verse to support the topic, a DVD clip to explore the issue, followed by activities and questions to provoke discussion and finishing with an opportunity to reflect in some way.
This course needs to be led by people who are keen to get to know the young people, not just put their message across. The course will work best where relationships of trust are developed. Leaders need to be good at valuing the individual and letting them express their opinions without being judged.
There are none.
The DVD is well produced and presented by half a dozen different people who all come across as relevant and genuine. Some young people may find a few of the clips on the longer side to sit through (5-8 minutes) but that really does depend on the individuals in the group and also how the leaders contextualise the clips. There is also access to a couple of handouts via a website www.reflex.org/uncut where you then have to email asking for the links. You are then given access to a Dropbox folder containing a few handouts for a few of the activities.
Very little preparation time is needed other than getting to know the material's content for each session. This allows the leaders to focus on building relationships rather than content creation.
As mentioned above, www.reflex.org/uncut gives access to support and additional materials, but the course can be run without this.
The course is built on group interaction with activities encouraging people to get to know each other, have fun together and to be honest. There is also a discussion element to each week.
There is a good mix of learning styles used as well as quite a fast pace to the sessions, so that if one particular activity does not connect with an individual, the next activity probably will.
The writers have made the course adaptable by offering different levels of engagement, depending on the group you are working with. These are described as ‘low, medium and high focus'. This should enable the leader to adapt it well to their particular group.
This is an expectation of the course from the start.
The course is designed for young people who have no understanding of Church or Christianity and so the writers are careful to introduce Bible passages carefully. It begins with the whole ethos of each session being rooted in the Bible, without directly saying it, and the presenters on the DVD clips tell stories from the Bible. As the course progresses, Bible verses are used more explicitly to point people towards God.
This is done in a way that helps the young person see the Bible as relevant to them today. It is well done and the film clips are engaging. There is a clear explanation of the gospel message in session 5, giving young people a chance to understand who Jesus was and why he died on the cross.
The whole course is designed to help young people understand who God is and the difference he makes to their lives.
This is an evangelistic course and so focuses on presenting the gospel message.
The course leads people to thinking about faith for themselves for the first time.
It introduces people to God, his love and his interest in each one of the participants.
It is based in real life issues and the film clips, especially, help people to connect really easily.