Explore it

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Introduction

Find out how to use the resources, including how each session is structured.

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Children's Discipleship Material - for Small Groups

Session Guides for ages 7-12

Light Guides for younger children

Explore It is designed for children’s ministry leaders working with groups of children.

Each session includes:

  • Content for a 30-40 minute group meeting under the headings Start it, Sing it, Tell it, Action it, Pray it
  • Explore It ideas an additional resource to send home to families, to explore the theme further 
  • Light Guides to support younger children

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NEW FOR 2024: Light Guides to support younger children.

March – Looking at Saul, looking at Jesus

Session 1: To learn how Samuel showed kindness to Saul.

Saul meets Samuel (1 Samuel 9:6-10,14-27)

Session 2: To think about being faithful to God.

Samuel appoints Saul (1 Samuel 10:1-7,9-11,14-19,24-27)

Session 3: To reflect upon our own self-control.

Saul rejected as king (1 Samuel 15:1-3,8-12,17-19,22-23

Session 4: To find peace about the future.

Jesus says that he must die (Matthew 16:21-28)

Session 5: To discover the source of Christian joy.

Jesus rises from death (Luke 9:28-36; 24:1-8)

February – Hopeful creation care

Session 1: To learn the sequence of creation.

The beginning of the world (Genesis 1:1-23) 

Session 2: To reflect on how we ‘rule’ the earth. 

Days five and six were good too (Genesis 1:24-31, 2:7-9, 15-17, 20-22)

Session 3: To discover that ‘rest’ isn’t just physical recovery; ‘rest’ trusts God. 

The seventh day – rest (Genesis 2:1-3)

Session 4:  To see nature as a help to praying in private.

A song for going up to worship (Psalm 121)

January – Inclusion in the Kingdom of God

Session 1: To see migration in Jesus’ own story. 

Wise men come to visit Jesus (Luke 2:1-7; Matthew 2:1-15)

Session 2: To explore our feelings towards refugees. 

Jesus’ parents take him to Egypt (Matthew 2:9-15)

Session 3: To see how Jesus accepts a Samaritan woman.

Jesus and a Samaritan woman (John 4:5-11, 13-15, 25-26, 39-42)

Session 4: To know that inclusion is part of God’s Kingdom.

Jesus teaches about prayer (Matthew 6:5-13)

Advent 2023 

Session 1: Waiting in prayer with Zechariah

(Luke 1:5-20)

Session 2: Breaking from tradition

(Luke 1:26-38, 57-64)

Session 3: The Holy Spirit shows that God is with us

(Luke 2:1-7; Matthew 1:18-25)

Session 4: God is with the shepherds

(Luke 2:8-20)

Session 5: Seeing Salvation

(Luke 2:25-38)

November 2023 – The sending, teaching, terrifying and reassuring Jesus

Session 1: To know that disciples have a purpose

(Matthew 10:1-4,6-14)

Session 2: To discover how Jesus teaches

(Matthew 5:1-12,43-48; 7:24-29)

Session 3: To ask who we think Jesus is

(Mark 4:35-41)

Session 4: To learn about John’s vision of the ending

(Revelation 4:1-3; 21:1-4,22-27; 22:1-5)

Halloween

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October 2023 - Jesus makes an impact

Session 1: To discover that Jesus did not have favourites (Matthew 8:1-4; John 4:46-54)

Session 2: To see that Jesus was not popular with everyone (Mark 2:1-12; Luke 5:21-24)

Session 3: To know why the religious leaders wanted to get rid of Jesus (Matthew 12:1-2,8; 13:10-13; 15:1-2,10-14)

Session 4: To become aware of things we know that are wrong (Matthew 9:9-13; Luke 7:36-39,44-48) 

September 2023 - Can God work through me too?

Session 1: To know what happened after Moses died. (Joshua 6:1-11, 15-16,20,24,27)

Session 2: To learn about the people God uses. (Judges 6:12-16; Judges 7:19-21)

Session 3: To think about strength and how we use it. (Judges 13:1,3-5,24-25; 14:10-19; 16:4-6,16-2)

Session 4: To see how God used Ruth’s selfless choices. (Ruth chapter 1; 2:1-12; 4:13-17)

Session 5: To learn to listen for God and speak the truth. (1 Samuel 1:10-28; 3:1-11)

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Compelling small group (previously known as Cell Outlines) Bible study resources for ages 12-25

Right Tracks is a new music resource produced for children and leaders to help learn more about God. *Includes a Primary School assembly each song.*

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