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  • Leader gatherings

    All events will feature a speaker from the Middle East

    We love youth leaders. In fact, if you are a youth leader, we’d love to get to know you a bit better and meet in person.

    We’re holding a bunch of leaders’ gatherings throughout March across the UK and Ireland – and we’d love you to come along. These events are for church and youth leaders to connect and engage more deeply with the persecuted church. It’s an opportunity to meet face-to-face with a leader from the persecuted church, to share with them and learn from them. Come and be inspired, enriched and strengthened in your faith.

    There will be some special youth leader times at these events, so book on (they are all free).

    England:

    Bedworth

    Location: Life Church,
    Bedworth
    Date: Tuesday 10 March
    Time: 11.00am – 3:30pm

    Leeds

    Location: South Parade Baptist Church,
    Leeds
    Date: Wednesday 11 March
    Time: 11.00am – 3.30pm

    Chester

    Location: Audacious Church,
    Chester
    Date: Thursday 12 March
    Time: 11.00am – 3.30pm

    Bridgend

    Location: Vine Christian Centre,
    Bridgend
    Date: Tuesday 17 March
    Time: 11.00am – 3.30pm

    Taunton

    Location: Creech St Michael Baptist Church,
    Taunton
    Date: Wednesday 18 March
    Time: 11.00am – 3.30pm

    London

    Location: Westminster Chapel,
    London
    Date: Thursday 19 March
    Time: 11.00am – 3.30pm

    Northern Ireland:

    Strabane

    Location: The Bridge Church, Strabane
    Date: Friday 13 March
    Time: 11:00am – 3.30pm

    Scotland:

    Stirlingshire

    Location: Gartmore House
    Date: Friday 5- Saturday 6 June
    Time: 10:30am – lunchtime on the 6 June

  • God with us: Christmas themed youth session outline…

    We know Christmas is a manic time – there’s always lots going on, and it’s sometimes hard to find time to plan a decent session or small group because of all the parties, cakes and treats! But, don’t panic, we’re here to help with a little pre Christmas gift for all you busy youth workers!

    We’re created a simple Christmas session outline that you can use with only a bit of planning and prep (of course, you can use the session as you want and put in as much or as little of your own content and effort as you see fit). The session includes some teaching on the Christmas story, discussion points, stories from courageous Christians, a video, interactive prayer activities and some fundraising ideas too.

    The session focuses on the theme of ‘God with us’ – a key part of the Christmas message. We’ve used the story of Jesus, Mary and Joseph’s escape to Egypt after the visit of the wise men to introduce the experience of displacement and persecution facing Christians around the world. Then the session focuses in on Syria as a specific example of where our church family are facing threats, intimidation and violence.

    Download it by filling in the form opposite and sign up to stay in touch with us too!

    Happy Christmas!

  • God with us: Christmas themed youth session

    God with us: Christmas themed youth session outline…

    We know Christmas is a manic time – there’s always lots going on, and it’s sometimes hard to find time to plan a decent session or small group because of all the parties, cakes and treats! But, don’t panic, we’re here to help with a little pre Christmas gift for all you busy youth workers!

    We’re created a simple Christmas session outline that you can use with only a bit of planning and prep (of course, you can use the session as you want and put in as much or as little of your own content and effort as you see fit). The session includes some teaching on the Christmas story, discussion points, stories from courageous Christians, a video, interactive prayer activities and some fundraising ideas too.

    The session focuses on the theme of ‘God with us’ – a key part of the Christmas message. We’ve used the story of Jesus, Mary and Joseph’s escape to Egypt after the visit of the wise men to introduce the experience of displacement and persecution facing Christians around the world. Then the session focuses in on Syria as a specific example of where our church family are facing threats, intimidation and violence.

    Download it by filling in the form opposite and sign up to stay in touch with us too!

    Happy Christmas!

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  • Youth leader resources

    We love youth leaders, you’re all very special indeed, and here is a bunch of inspirational and challenging resources you can download, adapt and use with your youth group.

    We’d love to know what you think of these resources and find out what sort of things you’d find helpful for us to produce to engage better with your groups in the future so do get in touch. We’re also out and about visiting groups and churches quite a bit, so if you’d like to request a youth speaker at a youth event you organise, then do drop us a line.

    Prayer

    Prayer is the cornerstone of what we do at Open Doors. We’d love you to think about praying regularly for persecuted christians with your youth group.

    ‘Guts and Courage’ 2019 prayer resource (Order here… / Download here…)
    Word Watch List 2019 Map Youth Version (Order here… / Download here…)
    World Watch List 2019 Youth Session (Order here… / Download here…)
    Pete Greig Prayer video series…

    Hidden Word

    In places where the Bible is banned, followers of Jesus memorise it. Hidden Word is a new resource to inspire young people to learn Scripture. The pack comes in a buriable bag, and includes six weeks of devotions and challenges, a leader’s guide, a ‘Hidden Word’ New Testament and Psalms, memorisation aides and a wealth of ideas, activities, stories and prayers.

    The pack is available for a £14 minimum donation (including UK postage), with discounts for 5 copies or more. The price for each pack includes the cost of sending a Bible to a persecuted Christian.

    See. Change.

    Around the world Christian women and girls are doubly vulnerable to persecution because of their faith AND their gender. Many suffer hidden, unseen persecution. We want to see Christian women and girls reach their potential, and that is what the See. Change. campaign is all about.

    Download a special See. Change. youth session outline and introduce your group to Leah from Nigeria, who Jesus over her freedom.

    Talks/Presentations and Notes

    We’ve created a few little presentations and talks with associated PowerPoints that you can download and use to give a talk on the persecuted church. Themes include ‘Guts and Courage’, ‘Pray With Them’ and ‘One Family’. Adapt and share as you see fit.

    Write a letter to a persecuted christian

    We know that persecuted christians need our encouragement and support. As well as praying for them we can also write directly to them, sharing Bible verses and thoughts of encouragement.

    Walk, bake, ride, run… With them

    Running, walking, baking, swimming, cycling… you can do just about anything to raise money for your persecuted family in Iraq and Syria by doing the things you love. Get tips, stories and all the help you need with our free fundraising pack. Download it today!

    One Family sessions and devotionals

    A group session and series of three reflections on the theme of family. Includes a standalone youth session resource with additional devotions for youth groups to take away!

    ‘One Family’ devotional resource (Order here… / Download here…)
    ‘One Family’ leader session (Download here…)

    Show. Tell. Change. Video session guide

    A free downloadable guide with four video based sessions including faces from Soul Survivor, Fusion and Summer Madness. Get your group thinking, discussing and praying about a radical relationship with God.

    Secret Screening: Free event pack

    Run an evening event with your group and focus prayer and discussion on the church in Syria. Hold a Secret Screening and base and evening of prayer and fundraising around our quality short film ‘The Cost’. Get a free downloadable pack, with resources to help you plan, advertise and run your Secret Screening below.

    Ten Steps with the persecuted Church resource

    A prayer, reflection and action resource inspired by the small steps taken by persecuted Christians around the world. Inspire your youth group to step up and step out in faith.

    ‘Ten Steps’ resource (Download here…)

    Blackout

    Blackout is a sponsored fast. It’s a challenge to spend the weekend in silence, either by not speaking and/or by staying clear of social networks. We hold a Blackout weekend each spring and hundreds of youth groups and people take part, raising money and prayer for persecuted christians.

    Secret Church

    Secret Church is a totally different way of doing church. Powerful, interactive, full of worship and faith, this is an experience that will help you to journey deeper into the world of the persecuted church. Find out more and run your own Secret Church service at the link below.

    The Cost

    The Cost is our little Open Doors Youth magazine. We mail it out around 3 times a year. You can view old editions at the link below and sign up to receive future mailings too.

    Videos

    We produce quite a few videos and films to tell the stories of brave, courageous and inspiring christians who know the true cost of following Jesus. Here’s some of our faves – please do share them with your groups and use to generate discussion and prayer.

    Joy (with Jasper Rutherford, Church Army/Summer Madness)
    Silence (with Gavin Calver, Evangelical Alliance)
    Worship (with Beth Croft, from Soul Survivor)
    My sister, Sarah (with Caleb Meakins, from Shift)
    Deborah’s story (with S.O, from Lamp Mode Recordings)
    Be bolder (with Miriam Swaffield, from Fusion)
    Silence (With Gav Calver from the Evangelical Alliance)
    The Cost, by the Rend Collective
    Hea Woo’s story / Radical Faith (North Korea focus)
    Fatima’s story / Risk Taking Christianity (quite harsh, you might not want to show to under 15s)
    Thankfulness / Helen Berhane (Eritrea focus)
    Worthy / Susan’s story (Uganda focus)
    Secret Church
    Blackout for Syria

    Stand Up: Youth leader sessions

    Here’s some simple session plans that you can download and use to run a youth group session themed around the issue of persecution.

    Stand up (part one)
    Stand up (part two)

    Audio files

    We occasionally put up a few talks on Sound Cloud that will inspire and challenge your faith with stories from the persecuted church. Have a look at the page below to listen in…

    Random things

    God’s Smuggler vintage comic about Brother Andrew

    Old Campaigns: It’s Time

    Our summer 2014 campaign saw over 1000 people ‘Wake Up and Pray’ with us. Although the campaign has now long finished, you can still download the reflection guide and adapt the sessions to use as youth group sessions.

    It’s Time ‘Wake up and pray’ guide
    It’s Time to Wake Up folding postcard

     

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