Kids Bible Review: The Illustrated Bible for Little Ones

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There appears an endless choice when it comes to children’s Bibles. If only there were an objective ‘best’ one. But each family and each child has different needs. Accuracy? Number of stories? Length? Illustrations?

So how should you choose one that’s right for you? Here, we attempt the first of many reviews of Kids Bibles, using a set of criteria to help you choose one that will meet your needs.

The Illustrated Bible for Little Ones by J Emmerson-Hicks is a recent favourite of mine. I was looking for something quite particular, and this happened to meet most of my needs. So lets take a look.

Intended Age

It’s loosely described for ages 5 and under, which seems accurate...

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Kids Talk: Matthew 11:28-30

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Our latest kids talk: Life is best when we follow God’s instructions.

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New Time with God Booklet: 1 & 2 Thessalonians

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Our latest ‘Time with God‘ booklet is out now. It’s a small booklet with 30 short readings through the books of 1 & 2 Thessalonians with some questions to help people listen to God through his word.

These booklets are suitable for youth and adults. We hope and pray they’re a helpful resource!

1 & 2 Thessalonians
1 & 2 Thessalonians
Version: 2017
2.0 MiB
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Youth Group Segment: Sixty Second Shout-out

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The sixty second shout-out is a new segment we’re introducing at youth. Here’s our simple description of it:

In the Sixty Second Shout-out, you have a total of sixty seconds to share with the group something you have been learning about God.

It could be: something you’ve been reading by yourself; something we’ve talked about at youth group or church; something from our Time with God devotional booklets; or just a verse you read this week.

The aim is to keep it short and sweet. You don’t need to say anything amazing, funny or earth shattering. We simply want to hear little snippets about what God is doing in people’s lives.

Here’s a short suggestion for how you might share something with the group.

  1. Tell us what you’ve been reading lately (10 seconds)
  2. Read aloud a verse or t...
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Christmas Videos

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It’s that time of year – you’re looking for Christmas videos… and people are producing them for you. What a sweet match-up.

Here are a few going round at the moment that might be useful for you. We’ll update this page in the coming weeks leading up to Christmas.

This one’s from the Bible Society UK. Many Christmas videos fail to highlight exactly why Christmas is good news – often no more than a brief comment at best on how God has come to save us. This one, however, does a great job of connecting the Christmas story with the Easter story – highlighting just what makes Christmas the ‘well good news’. It’s nicely written, and comes with a strong British accent.

‘Christmas according to kids’ videos usually go...

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Christmas Kids Talk

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Christmas is coming!

Here’s a little inspiration as you think, plan and pray for your Christmas services, and the many wonderful opportunities we have to reach out to people with the good news of Jesus.

A short Christmas talk about Christmas lights and Jesus – the light of the world.

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New Time with God Booklet: Ephesians

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Here’s our second ‘Time with God’ booklet. It’s a small booklet with 30 short readings through the book of Ephesians with some questions to help people listen to God through his word.

These booklets are suitable for youth and adults. We hope and pray they’re a helpful resource!

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New Resource: Time with God Booklets

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The Bible is a vibrant and rich treasure to explore. And just like looking for treasure, it can be helpful to have a guide to help us discover its riches.

We’re working to produce little booklets to help young people (or anyone really!) spend time with God. They are simple devotional tools with brief passages to read and a couple of questions to inspire reflection and apply God’s Word.

Here’s our first one on Philippians and Titus. We hope it’s a useful tool to encourage young people to listen to God in his Word. As always, if you have any feedback on how we might make these resources as useful as possible, please let me know.


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Kids Talks Library

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We’re committed to resourcing ministries to kids in churches around the world. To that end, we are hoping to build a growing library of kids talks that can be used and adapted to teach the Bible simply and faithfully in a method appropriate to your context.

We have a simple approach to our kids talks:

1. One Idea

We have one simple truth that we are drawing out from the text to highlight and apply. If we can communicate this simple truth both verbally and visually, and in a memorably way, we have done our job.

2. One Prop

Kids are visual learns. Restricting ourselves to one main prop allows us to communicate the big idea simply and in a memorable way...

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Simple Bible Study Method

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If you’ve spent any time in a Bible Study group, you’re probably familiar with the ‘Swedish Method‘ of Bible study. It’s a good, simple tool to help people engage with the Bible.

Over the years, I’ve developed my own techniques and adapted the Swedish Method to a framework with a little more depth. It’s been a great tool for Bible studies that I’ve led, as it helps people to really wrestle with the depths of Scripture. And it’s simple enough that you don’t need all the details to remember it – it’s just a few more symbols to guide you.
It also works regardless of the age, knowledge or abilities of the people you’re leading. It simply opens up a few new categories of thought to explore in discussion.

It lacks a creative name (if you have one, I’d love to hear it!), so I’ve simply been call...

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