Thursday, September 02, 2010

    GREAT YOUTH MINISTRY IDEA: Using Kid Lit

    Have you ever tried sharing a picture book with your youth as a way to illustrate a discussion topic or Bible study?  Believe it or not, we never grow out of enjoying the experience of hearing someone read to us.  Union Presbyterian Seminary hosts an excellent website called Story Path, with ideas for using children's literature in ministry.  There are many thoughtful resources and reviews on the site, including lesson plans for incorporating childrens literature into your confirmation class curriculum.

    StoryPath also has a companion site entitled Theology and Film with reviews and resources for utilizing all sorts of movies in your ministry.

    4 comments:

    Richard Jones said...

    I have taken The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein and Runaway Bunny and turned them into slide shows with music and a Scripture at the end. I took digital photos of each page. With Giving Tree, I used "Somewhere Out There" by Steve Earle, and with Runaway I used "The Runaway" by Something Corporate. I would end with a black slide with a Scripture. Giving Tree I used 2 Cor. 8.9 and with Runaway I used "I am with you always, even to the end of the world."

    Brian said...

    Richard, thanks for sharing such great ideas. I've been inspired to use a picture book as part of my sermon this Sunday. I really like the idea of turning the books into slide shows. A great way of making the images easy to show to a group.

    Thepattywagon15 said...

    I love to use Children's books to teach Spiritual Disciplines. And Students love to be read to at bedtime on retreats...makes for a nice end of the evening...

    Brian said...

    Yeah, I bet that would be a great way to settle a group down after a busy day on retreat or at church camp!