Here are a selection of resources, some that are online subscription model, some with course books or DVD’s to buy, some free online. There will also be a bibliography of useful books, we’ll keep adding to these all the time…
Subscription and other online resources from Youth for Christ, Urban saints, Scripture Union Engage Worship and Youth Work Resources are all useful tools. There are more on the Links page too. These big para-church organisations also publish books, courses, Bible Reading notes and other useful resources, so be sure to check out their shop pages. There are also other publishers and bookshops online that are useful to check in with to see new products and ideas, such as The Good Book and Eden
Premier Youthwork magazine is a staple go-to magazine for youthworkers, est 20 years ago and it has lots of free online resources, session plans as well as interesting articles on current thinking in youthwork.
This website MyFishBites.com is a free resource, with loads of session plans of mixed quality, but there’s a lot ideas to get you started.
A brilliant little resource to have in your toolkit for youth work: YFC have produced a pack of Rock Solid Playing Cards full of ideas for games, prayer activities, discussion starters etc – brilliant!
Lent Courses for Young People
Follow Me is a Lent Devotional for young people, based on the life of Peter.
The Resource also has a FREE downloadable curated list of 40 Ideas for Lent & Easter
There are a number of different courses.
You could try Pete Maidment’s Are you Ready?
Youth for Christ produce their Freedom for Christ course for Young People.
Confirmation books which can be given to or recommended for candidates include Your Confirmation , Nick Aiken’s Being Confirmed Peter Jackson’s Faith Confirmed and former Bishop of Liverpool James Jones’ Following Jesus . Some of these are adaptable into group sessions but are not designed specifically for that purpose.
A newcomer on the scene is from Church Army – Faith Pictures which is a more low key approach for all ages. Worth having a look at to see if it would suit your group.
The Diocesan Youth Officers for Bristol and Bath & Wells have together created Live Life for young people, with videos, discussion starters etc.
Our Youth Officer Pete White has also written a Confirmation course, which is designed to take a longer time than most, preferably about a year, getting deeper into how Confirmees are becoming a full part of God’s Church family. For more information and to see the material contact Pete on email@example.com
Videos and Discussion Starters (see our video links page for loads more)
Proost is a creative pool of animations, videos, music and other resources – for older teens and young adults.
The Bible Society have resources for discussing Christian issues based on a huge variety of films, Reel Issues
The Blob tree is a brilliant all age discussion starter, particularly with those who struggle with reading or writing, or where there’s cultural baggage. It isn’t freely available but you can buy many different versions from their website.
Would You Rather…? Doug Fields (a book full of one line discussion starters – some a bit dated/American but a useful tool)
Jam magazine is good to have lying around at a youth café, or even at a Messy Church with older ones present, it is pretty relevant and good for giving a Christian perspective on current issues, celebrities etc http://www.jammag.co.uk/
Bible Reading Notes
Scripture Union have lots of options for daily Bible reading, from magazines to apps
Youth for Christ have a devotional Guide to Knowing God
This new book has lots of prayer ideas for teens: The Teenage Prayer Experiment Notebook
The Magazine for Youth work in churches: Youthwork
Christian Youthwork in Theory and Practice Nash/Whitehead
Contemplative Youth Worship Mark Yaconelli
Dreamcare David F White
Brainstorm Daniel J Siegel
Bonhoeffer as Youthworker Andrew Root
Children, Youth and Spirituality in a Troubling work Moore/Wright
100 things for your child to know before Confirmation Kirkpatrick
Raising Children in a Digital Age Bex Lewis
Meet them Where they Are Richard Passmore
Rolling Magazine Games Book Pip Wilson
THE best games book in the world! Play It Wayne Rice and Mike Yaconneli (plus Play It again and a new, updated compilation of the two: Play It)
Publishers and bookshops online that are useful to check in with to see new products and ideas: