Sorry for the lack of posts over the past week, I’ve been caught up in a lot of writing and planning for the year ahead. Part of my task has been to roll out the new mission statement for all of our children’s and youth work, and to develop the teaching materials for our 11-14’s youth group ‘Ignite’. I’ve now written an 11-session series on the mission statement and the biblical values it upholds which we’ll be teaching in small groups up until Easter. The mission statement is this:
We exist to learn to follow Jesus, to show honour to God, to use our gifts to serve, to support each other, and to share our faith.
The five values are; Follow, Honour, Serve, Support and Share, and we will spend a couple of weeks on each one. Below is an introduction to the teaching sessions which I’ll post individually as we go along over the next few months.
The following are basic session outlines on the 5 values in the Ignite Vision statement for you to adapt and tailor to your small group. There are 11 sessions in total: an introduction to the Vision Statement, and 2 sessions on each value. Because each small group functions very differently, it is up to you to decide what will work best for your group so be as creative as you want using movies, music and craft! Each session follows the same outline and has these headings:
This is the focus of the session and what you are trying to achieve.
Something for the group to do that gets them thinking about the topic.
A chance to read key Bible verses related to the theme.
A visual or practical tool to help explain the theme.
An opportunity to ask questions and talk about what youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve been reading.
Key points to use in conversation with God. Use the model of The LordÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13) when teaching the young people to pray.
Set a task for the group to complete as homework to encourage them in their Christian growth. Remember that whatever you ask them to do, you will be expected to do the same!
N.B. All Bible verses are quoted from the New Century Version as most of the young people have Youth Bibles in that translation.