Year 7-11 Lessons
Arguments for the existence of god
Students will get a chance to consider three of the main arguments for God's existence, namely the cosmological argument, teleological argument and religious experiences through creative illustrations involving dominos and Kinder Eggs.
Students are encouraged to explore their identity and what makes them unique by choosing items to put in their safety deposit box to remind them of who they are should they lose their memory. The lesson also asks the question 'what would go in a Christian safety deposit box?'
CHRISTIANS AND THE ENVIRONMENT
Students look at Christian beliefs about the environment and conclude with a task to build an environmentally friendly Christian community.
Students compete against each other producing trainers in the equivalent of the world market. They then reflect on the fairness and justice of the game and world market and how Fairtrade products can make a difference to people throughout the world.
FAITH AND SCIENCE
One of the biggest questions we get asked when in schools is 'how can you believe in God when science has disproved his existence?' This lesson aims to answer this question and show that science and religion can co-exist.
Faith in Action
Students get to explore how they respond to injustice in the world and how a Christian’s faith moves them into action. It challenges the class to use their time, treasure and talent to make the world a better place.
Students explore the value behind forgiveness through powerful case studies and are given the opportunity to reflect on the meaning of Jesus' parable of ‘the unforgiving servant’.
GOD'S BIG PLAN
Through a adapted version of the game 'Beetle Drive' students get to understand God’s plan for the church through this interactive look at church history.
Grill a Christian
Sometimes students just want to ask questions so in this lesson, we provide a space for the students to hear answers to these. It could be about a particular topic (e.g. Nature of God, Suffering or Science and Faith) or could be completely open to any topic within Christianity.
This lesson was written with the aim of encouraging young people to think of themselves as having the potential to be an inspiring person. Through thinking about how famous people have overcome obstacles the hope is that students can look at how suffering can cause people to become better people.
LIFE AFTER DEATH
Students get to explore the conservative Christian view of life after death through researching and discussing key Bible texts and getting the opportunity to become the ultimate judge. Where will they draw the line?
MEDIA AND FAITH
This lesson looks at how the Christian faith is presented both positively and negatively through the media and how the media can influence our opinions about different faiths.
Students study Jesus’ miracles through a variety of teaching and get the chance to produce their own news report as if one of Jesus' miracles was actually happening today.
Did Jesus really rise from the dead? In this lesson, the resurrection story (and why it is so important to Christians) is explained through CS Lewis' The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe before the students get to put the resurrection on trial looking at both the arguments for and against it really happening.
NATURE OF GOD
Students get to explore Christian beliefs about God through looking at the omni’s and the generosity and the father heart of God. If God is really all these things, how would that impact the way a Christian relates to Him?
Parable of the prodigal son
In this lesson, students are put in groups of 3 - each representing one of the characters from the parable. As the story is told in 4 parts via a video presentation, each character is given their opportunity to share their thoughts and feelings at each stage of the parable. The meaning of the parable is then discussed.
Students discover three of the parables of Jesus, with a major focus on The Good Samaritan and are given an experience of how parables affect you emotionally.
Students get given space and guidance on how to reflect on their life as a journey by creating bracelets where each bead will represent a person, event or place that is significant to them.
Students play a highly engaging game helping them to reflect on their own prejudice and then have time to explore how discrimination can be both positive and negative.
Students get to share and listen to Step workers' stories of religious experiences. This helps them with arguments for and against the existence of God.
Sanctity of Life
This lesson challenges students to consider what it is that makes life valuable and explains the Christian perspective. It focuses on the ethical dilemma around legal abortion and examines why Christians may come to different conclusions.
SEX AND MARRIAGE
Students will discover the Christian views on sex and marriage through this fun audio visual lesson.
Students get to look at what stress is, how it can be positive and negative and go away with a few helpful tips on managing stress in healthy ways.
Through teaching about moral and natural evil and pondering the question 'how can an all-loving, all-powerful God allow suffering?', students get to research what Christians believe to be the main four causes of suffering and how they may respond to their own or other people's suffering.
Students are guided through a series of cartoons that explore what Christians believe to be the meaning of the cross.
Students play an interactive board game which enables them to debate with each other some of the ultimate questions in life.
WALK THROUGH THE BIBLE
Students learn the flow of the Old Testament in this engaging interactive lesson. Through acting out memorable stories the students gain a grasp of these key events and how they fit into the bigger picture of God's relationship with the world.
WHO IS JESUS?
Students consider the claim that Jesus was God by reflecting on CS Lewis’ trilemma (was Jesus telling the truth, lying or was he crazy?). They also explore what other people say about him and the stories about him recorded in the bible.