Youth Bible Study – Suffering (Job 1:1-22)

Youth Bible Study – Suffering (Job 1:1-22)

Opening Activity We have all wondered why we endure suffering, but there are no easy answers. However, sometimes it is our questions that are more interesting than our answers. Have these riddles written on sheets of paper or card and try one at a time with your group. If there are any answers the group […] You can become a patron of Children & Youth through Patreon. In return for your monthly support, we offer first access to a range of youth and children's work resources. Thank you for being part of the C&Y team.This content is available to Patrons pledging $1 or more on Patreon Unlock with...
Why do we suffer? Time for Reflection

Why do we suffer? Time for Reflection

Time for Reflection – Why do we suffer? During our first Time for Reflection at the high school we gathered responses from pupils about questions they might ask God if they had the opportunity. The question of suffering came up time and time again. Why do we suffer? People of faith, and of no faith, have attempted to provide an answer to the reality of suffering but logical explanations and well-crafted arguments don’t really seem to get to the heart of the problem. Our experience of suffering is felt at a much deeper level. Video: Story of the Handful of Mustard Seeds (Peter Rollins) Questions for Class discussion What do you think the story teaches about suffering and how to respond to it? Why do you think it’s easier to forget than remember? When you’re having a hard time or facing a difficult situation who are the people you’d go to first for help? Take some time to share as a class times when you’ve faced a difficult or painful situation. How did you feel? What helped most? Is there anything you’ve learned about yourself during those times/situations? You can become a patron of Children & Youth through Patreon. In return for your monthly support, we offer first access to a range of youth and children’s work resources. Thank you for being part of the C&Y team. More school based resources...
Reflection: Responding to Tragedy

Reflection: Responding to Tragedy

There are moments in life where you remember exactly where you were when news of great suffering breaks. Today’s events in Brussels brought back memories of the Paris attacks and how the indiscriminate acts of terror in the French capital brought the world to a standstill. Today like then leaders have been quick to talk about being at war against terror. But there is another way! One news item stood out among the many hours of news coverage and that was the powerful response of Antoine Leiris whose wife was a victim in the attacks. We might not always know why things happen the way they do but how we respond to the situations we face is important. Finding a practical outlet for our feelings and emotions is crucial; Job ripped his clothes and shaved his hair, Antoine Leiris penned a letter. As a response to the video invite  members of the group to light a candle – you could play some gentle music in the background. As they do so encourage them to think about a form of suffering in the world, a situation they are going through, or perhaps someone they know. They might want to say their own silent prayer but once everyone has lit a candle you could close with a short prayer. For those who suffer and those who cry this day, give relief from all that they carry Lord. Let them experience your true peace. Love them when others cannot. Hold them when human arms fail. Hear their prayers, and let them hear Your Word of Peace in their lives. Amen You can become...
Kid’s Sermon: Giant Jenga

Kid’s Sermon: Giant Jenga

Like many churches the congregation I work for follows the Lectionary each week. From time to time it can through up a difficult passage or two. The first Sunday that I was there I had a passage about divorce. I found it difficult to know where to begin and how to approach the topic sensitively. For this kid’s talk I used the Giant Jenga game to talk generally about suffering and where God is when we have our most difficult times. Ask for some volunteers who’d like to play a game of Giant Jenga. Although it might take a while to complete the congregation will stay engaged as the tower is built higher and there is the inevitable wobble. Let the volunteers play until the tower crashes. Say something like: Life is a lot like Giant Jenga. Each of us try our best to aim high and build successful lives. But along the way we will have a wobble or two when things don’t go to plan. Most of the time these wobbles won’t stop us from living life to the full and we continue to build our lives. However, each of us will also face times when it feels like everything comes crashing around us.  We might lose a loved one, we might fail an important test at school, or our parents might not be getting on. Where is God in the midst of all this and Why does he let us suffer? Believing in God isn’t a guaranteed that we will avoid suffering. But faith gives us the hope that God will be with us helping us to to rebuild...