How to Survive a Christian Festival 5/5

So what do you do when young people feel challenged by a workshop or a speaker? How do we help young people hear God’s voice amidst what can be quite a confusing and disorientating experience? Our last video considers all these things. Watch out of 2 weeks time for our ‘how to survive re-entry to real life from a Christian Festival’ series. Also check back to see if we have come up with a better title…

 

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How to survive at Christian Festivals 4/5

In part 4 we look at the three ‘f’s of Festivals – Food, Phones and Frolicking. Having a plan for things certainly makes it better, and what young person would go to a festival without a phone charging plan in 2016? A lot of the issues that come up at festivals are made much simpler with a pre-agreed plan. Here we look at what they might be like…

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How to Survive at Christian Festivals 3/5

In part three, we are looking at first time festival goers, and what on earth you should say to them about what goes on at festivals!

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How to Survive a Christian Festival 2/5

In the second of our mini-series, we consider how to actually get young people to do what they are there for – to go the meetings, and to meet with God. This is the second in our mini-series, first found on Facebook and now here!

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How to Survive a Christian Festival 1/5

Over the Summer we are doing a miniseries over on Facebook all about how to survive a Christian Festival – 5 videos timed to finish as Soul Survivor starts. Practical down to earth advice in video format… But if you want a sneak preview of the entire series, they are being uploaded here first! So first in our series is dealing with practicalities. How to find the festival, showers and generally looking your best at the festival. Good to get the important stuff in first… So here is video 1:

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Try Praying – Youth Booklet

This booklet is aimed at teenagers doubting their own faith, confused by the means of prayer, or unsure of religion all togehter. The booklet has a variety of stories told by teenagers experiencing similar problems, the range of stories means that each individual reading this booklet can relate to at least one of the stories and discover how to overcome this barrier. It can be a reassurance to know that another individual has been in the same position as you and these personal sotories do just that.

The booklet is informative and presented in a colourful, well laid out format, split up into segments. This makes the booklet easy to read and follow. It is short and sharp and explained in simple language and in some places colloquial language which makes it more apealing to young people.

Advice given is helpful and is emphasised by bold headings and animations. There are also links to social media given and a QR code to scan, which is useful for teenagers as they tend to be very active online and on social media.

I would recommend this booklet to any teenager or even a young adult, it has certainly proved useful to me and I am sure it would help many others. It is relevant and applies to atheists and Christians willing to enhance their faith. It explains the Christian practice of prayer well and everything it involves.

Reviewed by Ben, aged 15.

Take a look at the Try Praying website for more information. Booklets can be purchased here, or a  PDF preview can be found here.

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Origins Prayer Course Published by 24-7 Prayer

What is it?

This is a six week prayer course designed to teach young people how to pray and to give them a good foundation on which to build their relationship with God. Week by week the sessions will guide you through the ‘What, Why, Who and How’ of prayer. By breaking prayer down in such a way it allows young people to engage without feeling overwhelmed.

The best part is that it is more than some material for your ‘talk time’, it has fully planned out 6 1 ½ hour sessions, with ice breakers, games and even recipes! It also includes a challenge for you to set for your group each week to encourage them to make prayer a regular part of their lives – it might even challenge you too!

Who is it for?

The course is aimed at Youth Groups with young people ages 11-18, personally  I think that it would be more suited to the younger end of this age group. The course is aimed at all young people no matter how strong their faith is; however  I would use this with a group who are more open to exploring and discussing as by week two the sessions require public participation which may be too much for some.

Where can I get it?

We have a copy here at the Diocese in the Resource Centre that you can borrow or it can be purchased from the 24/7 prayer website. You can find all the resources to accompany the course here.

If you use this course then we’d love to hear from you! Please let us know how it went so that we can share any feedback.

 

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