Youth Emmaus

Youth Emmaus
Stephen Cottrell, Sue Mayfield, Tim Sledge, Tony Washington. CHP, 2003, 2nd impression 2013

£22.50 (Approx)
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What does it say on the tin?

Youth Emmaus helps young people aged between 11 and 16 to get to grips with the basics of the Christian faith.

What do you get?

Glossy A4 book and CD. 14 x 60-90 minute sessions. Three sections:

  1. What Christians believe: God, Jesus, The Holy Spirit.
  2. How Christians Grow: Prayer, The Bible, Church, The Eucharist, Becoming a Christian.
  3. Living the Christian Life: God’s priorities for the world, relationships, your money and your life, sharing faith. Substantial extra material including prayer, worship and all-age service ideas.

Who is it for?

11 – 16s preparing for baptism and confirmation/ fringe youth / any interested youth




  • What is the overall quality of the material?

    Clear, attractive, very good.

    How clear are its aims and outcomes?

    Very clear. Each session self-contained and well sign-posted, but with room for flexibility

    How accessible are the leader's notes?

    Easy to follow, excellent layout. Comprehensive introductory wisdom for leading groups and youth with culture awareness.

    Who could lead it?

    Clergy, youth leaders, older youth

    How helpful are the participants' resources?

    Handouts provided, and activities.

    How good is any digital material?

    Good, and accessible

    How much prep will I have to do?

    Familiarisation with material, but all requirements listed.

    Is there website support? Links?


    Is it dated?

    Assumes post-modern cultural background. Material organised according to computer terms e.g. ‘backing up', ‘mega bytes' etc., so fine until the language changes ... But content not affected.

  • How well does it encourage interaction with the group?

    Most material group based, but sensitively.

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

    Great mix of styles, good pace, lots of interactive features, lots to do, practical applications, relevant games

    How adaptable is it to my situation?

    Should suit a wide range of social backgrounds and abilities. Flexibility encouraged. Material included for All-age service ideas.

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

    Interaction and honesty enabled and ‘processing' between sessions encouraged.

  • How much of the material is Bible-based?

    Theme-based with biblical basis.

    How well is the biblical material presented and used?

    In order to convey truth and provoke discussion and reaction – the rest of the session material revolves around the biblical starting points.

    How well does it apply biblical material to everyday life?

    Always applied directly.

    Is there a particular theological perspective?

    Solid Christian understanding that would be widely applicable. Mainstream Anglican understanding evident in supplementary material for confirmation and Anglican Eucharist, and some liturgical prayers. Service material supplied for start and finish of the course, which could easily be adapted.

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

    Excellent, focused, inspiring material which engages with the main issues of what it means to be a Christian.

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

    This is a major aim of the material – to enable exploration of the implications of being a Christian, and it should achieve it well.

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

    Clear encouragement to explore who God is, and engage with him.

    How well does it connect with real life issues?

    Directly and relevantly.

  • How well does it encourage personal evangelism?

    The final session focuses on this entirely, but it is implicit throughout

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

    Encourages discussion and action appropriate to the age-group.

    How well does it connect with global issues?

    Beginnings of this as an integral part of the Gospel e.g. fairtrade.

    How well does it encourage global mission?

    Not a strong feature.

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