Help! It's the All-Age Slot: 52 instant talk outlines for church services

Help! It's the All-Age Slot: 52 instant talk outlines for church services

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52 easy-to-use all-age talks for church services: minimum preparation, maximum effect!

Title Help! It's the All-Age Slot: 52 instant talk outlines for church services
Author Rebecca Parkinson
Description

52 easy-to-use all-age talks for church services: minimum preparation, maximum effect!

This resource offers material that is thoroughly enjoyable for adults and children alike. The talks are easy to use, all-age in presentation, and ensure that the theme will be communicated effectively.

  • Covers key occasions in the church year plus more general themes
  • Provides fresh material for a whole year
  • Easy to adapt, with suggestions given
Details
  • Product code: 9780857460233
  • Published: 19 June 2015
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 256
  • Dimensions: 130mm wide and 198mm high

52 easy-to-use all-age talks for church services: minimum preparation, maximum effect!

This resource offers material that is thoroughly enjoyable for adults and children alike. The talks are easy to use, all-age in presentation, and ensure that the theme will be communicated effectively.

  • Covers key occasions in the church year plus more general themes
  • Provides fresh material for a whole year
  • Easy to adapt, with suggestions given
Rebecca Parkinson is a trained teacher, experienced youth and children's worker and published author. She taught full time for four years at primary level before becoming a teacher adviser for Lancashire and working alongside Lancashire Business and Enterprise Team to develop curriculum-based Road Show packages for Early Years and KS1 and 2. Rebecca lives in Lancashire and is an active member of her local Methodist Church where she runs the youth and children's work with her husband.

Ministry Today - Summer 2016

I was deeply put off by the title because, for me, All Age is not about a slot! Once I'd got over that hump, I found this to be an outstanding book. It comprises 52 instant talk outlines, most of which use objects or visual activities of one kind or another.

Out of 52 outlines, there will always be some which are weaker than others. I went through and marked all the ones I thought would work, would be easy, were just 'ok', etc. Some of them I have road-tested in primary school assemblies. Each chapter follows the same format: Aim, Bible Links, 'You will need' list, Talk Outline, and Challenge. The Challenge is great, and is something we have included in each of our All Age services for over a year now. Here, it is the other bookend to the Aim. It concludes the talk and offers a challenge you can leave your congregation to follow up.

The book is more or less structured around the church's year and there is an appendix with lectionary links for each of the chapter-weeks. Some of the chapters need sharpening up or adapting. For example, Chapter 48 ('Waiting is Good') on Advent, might be better presented as 'Preparation is Good.' This is a reminder to me that 'off the peg' quick help guides require a little bit of thinking and adapting to your own local language or culture.

This is an excellent book of its type and worth the money as a source of ideas. A Bible references index would have been helpful. 4/5.

Richard Dormandy