This article was published in 2004.
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.