This website is a platform for sharing youth resources written over the past few years.
They are ‘ground-up’ resources and are regularly updated.
Feedback and suggestions would be most welcome.
To the young people in the Woodley area: This includes Blaze, Fish, Pathfinders, Blast, The Group, Kings Church and Southlake Bible Club. These were written to help you and I have loved working with all of you. Each group has been very different and the materials published often represent a mixture of ideas from different sessions.
I am grateful to my former Clarendon students who tell me that they used to enjoy my History and RE lessons.
My East European friends such as Janina Gazda first caused me to think about writing Christian resources for teenagers. Their need for youth resources reminded me that whilst we have many excellent resources in the UK there are still some gaps. Some of these friends have become close colleagues especially –
Pavel and Dana Hanes: Pavel’s theological knowledge and spiritual insight are of great help. Pavel was a Baptist pastor for many years during the Communist era. He is now an Associate Professor of Theology at the Department of Evangelism, Theology and Mission at the University of Matej Bel, Slovakia. Dana was allowed to teach in schools following the Velvet Revolution in 1990. This led to the opportunity for us to set up a training course for RE teachers and youth/children’s workers at DETM. Dana along with Noema Brádňanská and their team have contributed to and translated some of the resources into Slovak. (See www.detm.org but if you are Slovak then I should mention that I have updated some of the notes since the translation. Just ask me which ones!)
Back at home I have worked with some great youth leaders: The leaders at my home church at Old Lodge Lane Baptist were passionate about Jesus and provided brilliant youth and children’s work. This made for a great start to life.
More recently I have a great time working with the likes of Chris Hansford and Ian Mullens, both of whom have encouraged, inspired and assisted me in various ways. The JAC team who do detached and schools work have also been influential. I am currently part of the REinspired team for secondary schools in the Woodley and Earley area, Berkshire.
My husband Pete has been incredibly supportive, especially regarding the time that a project like this takes.
Friends such as Judith, Noemi, Josie, Georgina, Adam and Jane have helped with editing and feedback of different kinds.
Andy Galpin does a valiant job of guiding me regarding IT and web site management although I still have much to learn. Steve Millard of Grove Creative designed the logo and background.
Most of all, Jesus is the One who inspires me and keeps me going. The project would never have got as far as this if He were not behind it. (Any mistakes of course are mine!!)
The Kids in our groups– What are they like?
Some have strong church backgrounds and reasonably good Bible knowledge. They have outgrown ‘Bible stories’ and they are ready for something deeper and relevant to their lives, but it still has to be fun.
Some come along because of their churched friends. They are tolerant towards Christian things but they do not know many Bible stories and are prepared to ask leading and sometimes provocative questions. They are genuinely curious and open.
Others have no church background at all and struggle with life, often getting into trouble at school. The youth leaders usually put them in small niche groups as they would feel out of place in a church setting. They let the group set the pace and agenda and focus very much on building relationships.
All of these groups contain young people who are full of life, fidget, go off at a tangent, often stop to text a friend and are spiritually and emotionally hungry. We aim to make them feel accepted and valued and point them towards Jesus who can feed them each day.
This web site aims to share some of the resources created for these groups over the last few years. Learning about God stuff should be both enjoyable and include some deep but digestible teaching. They are intended to be a source of ideas, not a rigid guide. There is no such thing as ‘one size fits all’. See http://soulspace1014.com/training/
www.biblegateway.com makes it so easy to compare different translations when trying to find the best way to explain truth to young people.
The Word 4U 2Day team: Since discovering these notes I have found them very inspiring and sometimes quote from them in the resources (citations given). They provide a good way to start getting young people into reading scripture. http://www.ucb.co.uk/w4u
Word 4U 2Day is produced by UCB. It is written by Bob and Debby Gass, with Ruth Gass Halliday & edited by the Message Trust. Free issues of Word 4U 2Day are available for the UK and Republic of Ireland.
Supporting spiritual life in schools: Prayer Spaces in Schools: www.prayerspacesinschools.com
Developing creative partnerships between Churches & Schools: www.reinspired.org.uk
Free worship resources are available from www.engageworship.org
NCV = New Century Version®
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YLT = Young’s Literal Translation
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The Bible text designated YLT is from the 1898 Young’s Literal Translation by Robert Young. This is an extremely literal translation that attempts to preserve the tense and word usage as found in the original Greek and Hebrew writings. The book is still in print and may be ordered from Baker Book House or found on biblegateway
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