Exploring the Bible with young people

11 – 14’s can be very grown-up at times but still occasionally show flashes of the child within. How do we help them to develop their faith and engage with the Bible?

The resources below give some pointers to some of the materials and programmes available.

Light

Light is Scripture Union's Bible based learning resources. Light provides a great mix of tried and tested Bible teaching which is flexible, dynamic, fresh, relevant and fun.The range includes Bubbles for under 5s, Splash! for 5 to 8s, Xstream for 8 to 11s, theGRID for 11 to 14s and Light Years for all age worship. The Light range includes CD-ROM audio visual resources, a Bible Timeline and specially written songs and music for worship. Light is ideal for use with junior church on Sundays, in midweek Christian groups, at youth clubs, and with children's prayer groups. Church ministers will find Light meets their needs as a preaching, teaching and learning resource, helpful for running youth cell groups and celebrations. Visit the Scripture Union's website for more info.

theGRID (for 11 to 14s)

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.

  • 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.

View a taster session.

Sticky Faith

An 8 session programme designed to help young people 'notice God more'. This spiritual practices resource is an entry point for youth workers to invite students to create new, or deeper, faith rhythms. Rhythms to help young people build Sticky Faith every day. With Leaders' notes, daily guides for young people and ideas for families, there's lots to explore. Find out more by visiting the Sticky Faith website.

Making Connections

A four-part teaching series looking at the key relationships in our lives. Each session is planned to last between one and two hours, depending on the time you have available. CPAS has produced a teaching resource to help young people think about the different relationships in their lives. Over the years, CPAS has produced a series of resources to help you lead your youth group, all of which is available to download for free.

  • making connections...with friends
  • making connections...with family
  • making connections...with the opposite sex
  • making connections...with God

CPAS materials

These course materials are now free to download:

The Youth Alpha series

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The Alpha Youth Series is a brand new interactive series of thirteen short episodes designed to help engage young people in conversations about faith, life and God. The DVD series features stories from all around the globe, from a wide variety of different contexts and cultures. Each episode is interactive—with short breaks that make space for discussion in small groups. It is primarily intended for young people between the ages of 13 and 18 who don’t attend church and don’t have a personal relationship with God, but also appeals to those who are younger or older. There are thirteen 20–27 minute episodes It can be run over an eight to ten week period

Each episode features a different question about life and faith. Looking at Jesus, the Cross, Faith, Prayer etc..Visit the Alpha Youth series website for more info.

Participate!

Helping young people explore discipleship and vocation Meg Prowting, Penny Fuller, Mike Seaton £11.99 Bible Reading Fellowship

Participate! is an exciting seven-week programme designed to enable 9-14s to gain the understanding and skills needed to live out their Christian lives within the local church and wider community. The material takes the approach that young people often find it difficult to establish their identity and role within the local church in the transition between being part of the children's group and settling in to a youth group

Find out more about Participate on their website.

Hanging out with Jesus

6 Interactive Bible studies for 9-14s Corin Child £8.99 Bible Reading Fellowship

Hanging out with Jesus provides an ideal framework in which to help young people in the church grow a sense of belonging and identity at a critical stage of their lives. Aimed primarily at the 9-14 age group, each session begins by discussing the young people's own life experience. The six sessions then provide an overview of what being a Christian is all about, beginning with listening and then moving on to explore prayer, repentance, being a witness, and the extraordinary implications of Jesus' cross and resurrection.

Purchase your own copy of Hanging out with Jesus.

Table talk for 10 – 11 year olds and for 12 – 14 year olds

Wouldn't it be great to be able to have meaningful conversations with our family and friends about the issues that really matter in life?The aim of Table Talk is to provide a safe place for people to begin to explore, articulate and engage in these kinds of conversations about the big and not so big questions of life.The hope is that as you get together and play Table Talk, conversations will flourish, relationships will be built and strengthened and that you’ll have fun.Table Talk is currently available as both a physical pack and an app.

Every pack contains six big themes. A group of six to eight people gather at a table and choose one of the themes they are going to explore. Once the introduction card has been read, 16 question cards are placed on a table. These cards can be: placed face down on the table, placed face up on the table, dealt to each player, placed face down as a deck on the table. The game starts as someone picks up a question card and poses it to the group. At any point in the game someone at the table can pick up another card and read out that question. Games normally last between 30 and 45 minutes, and people answer between 4 or 5 questions.

Find our more by visiting the Table Talk website.

Check out the CPAS website with lots of ideas and resources for discipling young people