Unlock Urban – Cooking the book: A Bible overview with a difference!
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What does it say on the tin?

Each week a recipe provides the framework as participants explore their life experiences then connect them with God’s story.

What do you get?

Free downloadable material from Unlock-Urban.org.uk. The Cooking the Book resource has 10 sessions:

  1. Something from Nothing (Creation).
  2. Tricky (The Fall).
  3. Doing What We Want (Judgement).
  4. Unwanted Gift (Jesus’ Birth).
  5. Once Upon a Time (Parables).
  6. It’s a Miracle (Miracles).
  7. It’s Not Fair (Jesus’ trial and Crucifixion).
  8. Nonsense (Jesus’ Resurrection).
  9. Down to Us (Pentecost and Early Church).
  10. Perfect Party (Heaven).

Recipe for each session. Suggestions for accompanying sound tracks.

This review centres around the Cooking the Book resource, but there are others on the website which cover a vast range, from parenting to baptism to film to Christmas to books in the Bible … All are learner centred and designed to be accessible to urban situations. Take a look at www.unlock-urban.org.uk

Who is it for?

Adult, youth, Enquirers, Beginners, small group


Free, downloadable.


  • What is the overall quality of the material?

    Clearly-produced downloadable A4 sheets, which include great visuals, and creative, colourful participant's cards. Innovative resources.

    How clear are its aims and outcomes?

    Clearly explained in the introduction: based on Unlock's methodology of: 'Unlocking real life stories of urban people, start with the group telling stories from their real life experience →Revealing Good News of the Down to Earth Christ, The real life stories are compared to similar situations in the Bible →Releasing life changing skills and confidence, Change happens as a result of linking real life experience with the Bible. This change often leads to action among others →Leading to more experience, What we learn now is learnt for life and changes us. We also learn to keep reflecting!'

    How accessible are the leader's notes?

    Easy to use A4 sheet of instructions, including suggestions for visuals, sound track, icebreaker, cooking activity, unlocking starter questions, The Book link to the Bible written out, and take away thoughts. Adaptability and flexibility strongly encouraged.

    Who could lead it?

    A leader with enthusiasm for making a group work in this innovative way – a bit of multi-tasking required!

    How helpful are the participants' resources?

    Neat take away postcards with picture on one side and on the other, the recipe, topic title, relevant Bible quotation, and a few questions.

    How good is any digital material?

    Up to the leader.

    How much prep will I have to do?

    Printing the postcards, preparing the music, cooking activity and any visuals.

    Is there website support? Links?

    Good, inspiring website at www.unlock-urban.org.uk

    Is it dated?

    Contemporary and flexible.

  • How well does it encourage interaction with the group?

    Integral to whole session, with cooking and talking, especially encouragement to tell own story.

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

    Designed for low-literacy groups, for enquirers, but would be fun for many. Strongly learner-centred.

    How adaptable is it to my situation?

    Although these resources originated from urban situations and challenges, they would be adaptable for many youth and outreach groups. Lots of different topics included on the website.

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

    Talking about one's story encouraged, plus together working out how that interacts with the biblical material.

  • How much of the material is Bible-based?

    Each topic has a brief Bible passage with the relevant material or story.

    How well is the biblical material presented and used?

    Brief but to the point Bible material upon which the topic is based. Option to tell the story rather than read it from the Bible.

    How well does it apply biblical material to everyday life?

    The question following the Bible story is always focused on connecting it with the stories the participants have told themselves. The Take away takes this further into possible life changes as a result.

    Is there a particular theological perspective?


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

    Creative and inspirational approach to connecting biblical principles and stories to those of the participants.

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

    Really good questions that would stimulate chat and lead in naturally to the Bible input.

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

    The cooking theme would create a very relaxed atmosphere for talking about God to people whose knowledge of or about him may be low.

    How well does it connect with real life issues?

    A very ‘real' and down to earth resource, based on learner experience to date, and creating great opportunities for talking about them, and growing through the biblical input.

  • How well does it encourage personal evangelism?

    Running Unlock sessions would be great personal evangelism.

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

    Dependent on the topic – see the range at Unlock-Urban.

    How well does it connect with global issues?

    Dependent on the topic – see the range at Unlock-Urban.

    How well does it encourage global mission?

    Dependent on the topic – see the range at Unlock-Urban.

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