New ways of learning the Bible

This article was published in 2004.

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Scripture Union is making fundamental changes to their range of published resources. The old range of Scripture Union Bible materials will be replaced in September.

Terry Clutterham, Head of Resource Development for Scripture Union in England and Wales, will be coming to New Zealand for an April launch of Light which will succeed Salt.

“Everything has been newly developed from the ground up. This is not a superficial upgrading of Salt, but a fundamental re-shaping,” Mr Clutterham says.

Salt, in publication since 1984, is a range of published resources to help leaders of children’s, youth, and all-age church-based ministry.

Scripture Union has been publishing similar church-based curriculum for over 60 years.

With the new Bible materials, each age-group set of resources has been developed specifically to be even more appropriate to life in the 21st Century.

“Children and young people learn differently now. Learning resources need to take this into account if they are going to connect and be relevant. The good news of the Lord Jesus remains the same, but ways of learning about it do not.”

He says there is less awareness of the basic facts of the Bible, gospel and Church today.

“Learning resources need to assume less background knowledge than in former years. Fewer people are reading the Bible for themselves. We cannot afford to be half-hearted or problem-orientated about this. In the right hands, with the right support, the Light range of resources could help turn the tide.”

Leaders are asking for greater flexibility in published resources to equip them for the shifting scene. They anticipate more help than ever before from published materials such as downloadable resources from websites and CD-ROM’s.

Scripture Union is an international movement that uses the Bible to inspire children, young people, and adults to know God. Scripture Union New Zealand promotes and distributes the curriculum products published in the United Kingdom.

 

Author: peteswriting

I am a published, experienced writer. Many of the publications I have written for have shut up shop. My first job was a one page film review column every quarter. I did that for four years and then the magazine closed down. For ten years after, I wrote instinctive film reviews on a regular basis for a website, then I left. During that time I contributed faith-based and topical news and features to several publications especially Challenge Weekly (which closed down) and after Challenge still contributed on occasion to other publications. In 2014-16, I regularly contributed to faces.org.nz (which is now suspended) and for about eighteen months was an entertainment columnist for Beliefnet.com. Some of my work is linked to below as well as links to my latest blogs.

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