Hi Murray, do you know any video or film resources or programmes for youth groups
I’m not sure if I know any resources that have full sessions based on videos, but a few websites that come to mind have very good theme based discussions or ideas using films or videos:
Text Week – this is text week’s ‘movie concordance’ with some great illustration ideas listed by theme or film title (not all are appropriate for teenagers so a little caution is needed)
Wing Clips – Wing Clips similarly is a growing resource of film ideas (not all are appropriate for teenagers so a little caution is needed)
Youth Alpha Videos – Youth Alpha Australia has produced some excellent videos that go through the 12 weeks of Youth Alpha – you could use parts of these as stand alone discussion starters.
Youthwork Mag Resources – Youthwork Magazine has an online resource archive that includes movie ideas – again these are based on films rather than videos, but are written for young people by a wide range of contributing authors
Guides not Guards 11-18s (Lent 2013) – this is the Lent course I wrote for youth groups back in 2013, which includes some discussions based on the YouTube series “Simon’s Cat”
Finding Welcome 11-18s (Lent 2012) – similarly this is the Lent Course for 2012 with film and YouTube ideas for each session
I have a few actual book resources here at Diocesan House that might be useful:
Mixing it up with the Simpsons – Owen Smith: ten sessions using classic episodes of The Simpsons to explore themes of faith and life
Mixing it up with Harry Potter – Owen Smith: ten sessions using the first three Harry Potter films to explore themes of faith and life
Moving Images, Changing Live – Rev. Phil Greig & Rev. Sarah Brush (although neither were ordained when they wrote it!): a confirmation course using films and the cinema, discussions, games and activities.