5 // 2014

Links from Mar 2012 issue

Storyboard: The Parable of the NextUpgrade.

News:

www.the2012.org.uk, or contact Rev'd Ruth Bushyager direct on
ruth.bushyager@london.anglican.org
www.education.gov.uk
www.the-challenge.org
www.isingworship.com
www.ncvys.org.uk
www.morethangold.org.uk/your‐church/get‐set‐a‐day‐to‐get‐ready/
www.urbansaints.org/pornscars
www.youth.opendoorsuk.org

Meeting Guide 1:

thebricktestament@gmail.com
http://www.thebricktestament.com/
Darrell Tunningley’s story: http://www.htb.org.uk/ai_media/275

NOTES FOR ADAPTING:

FOR YOUNGER GROUPS…
You may need to explain the story of Paul in a bit more detail, and ensure that
leaders are on hand to help with the questions in small groups. Depending on how young the group
is, they may want to help drawing the outline of Paul – possibly by drawing around each other!

FOR OLDER GROUPS…
Older groups may feel that this is a well‐worn story that they can’t get anything
fresh out of. You may want to spend more time on the questions about Ananias, drawing out this
lesser‐known part of the passage, and add in a few application questions of your own.

FOR UNCHURCHED YOUNG PEOPLE…
If your young people know the story of Paul well, perhaps focus on the
disciple Ananias, and spend more time exploring his obedience to God.

FOR CHURCHED YOUNG PEOPLE…
This is a great session to be covering with young people who don’t
know much about God. Focus on God’s grace towards people, and how God can use everyone, no
matter what they have done, for his purposes.

Meeting guide 2:

NOTES FOR ADAPTING

FOR YOUNGER GROUPS…
When reading the Bible text, choose young people who are comfortable and able to read publicly.
Don’t force anyone to read who is reluctant. During the role play, you may wish to have some
dressing up costumes to help represent a different group of people—even a fictitious group (i.e.
aliens from another planet) still helps get the message across!

FOR OLDER GROUPS…
Be sensitive to the possibility that some in your group may feel alienated already. Some may in fact
be those who have suffered because of unfair stereotypes. In the role play, remember to move from
the general to the specific. Start with vague notions of prejudice and don’t get too personal until
your group is ready to go a bit deeper.

FOR UNCHURCHED YOUNG PEOPLE…
For kids who have grown up around Christianity, push them a little more regarding potential
‘Christian bubbles’ they might be accustomed to. As good and helpful as all the Christian things are
that we often surround ourselves with (Christian music, clothing, books, films, as well as friends), do
we unintentionally disassociate ourselves from those that God is calling us to share our faith with?

FOR CHURCHED YOUNG PEOPLE…
A great deal of sensitivity and discernment as well as a deep personal knowledge of your youngsters
will be needed to handle this topic with care. Could you tactfully encourage them to consider
whether they see themselves as the ‘Gentiles’ of the text? The Good News that Peter learned was
that ‘God does not show favouritism’ (Acts 10:34). Whether someone has been raised in a Christian
family or is just starting to learn about Jesus, it makes no difference to God’s view of them. He
accepts anyone from any background who ‘does what is right’.

Meeting guide 3:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=arxfLK_sd68

NOTES FOR ADAPTING

FOR YOUNGER GROUPS…
Get them thinking about what they love to do with their friends. Ask each of them to share their top
three activities. How could they use these activities to reach out to friends?

FOR OLDER GROUPS…
Giving each group a Bible, challenge the smaller groups to find examples in Acts of how the church
reached out to those around them.

FOR UNCHURCHED YOUNG PEOPLE…
Look at issues of injustice facing our world today; how could the group get involved? Why not watch
‘We didn’t start the fire’ by King Charles to introduce this idea
([ITAL]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mE8aROD20Kw[ITAL]).

FOR CHURCHED YOUNG PEOPLE…
During ‘Getting Missional’ ask them to spend time listening to God and what he is asking them
individually and as a group to do to reach out to those who don’t yet know him.

Case study:
http://www.loveforlife.org.uk/

Features:
www.sophianetwork.org
www.gettingyourkidsthroughchurch.org.uk
http://www.eauk.org/wholechurch

Q&A:
www.yfc.co.uk