Mon 30 Mar 2015 @ 10:27
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Author(s): Owen Smith
Fact 1...The Simpsons is a massive part of popular culture. In a survey of two thousand 10-14 year olds, 11 out of 17 said that their most watched programme was The Simpsons and with its memorable characters and hilarious storylines it is a rich resource for exploring Christian themes and theological concepts.
Fact 2...Young people aged 9-13 are a massively under-resourced age group in churches. Spanning the 'tweenager' and 'tweenie' age zones young people of this age are increasingly fashion-aware, media-savvy and worldly-wise. They don't regard themselves as children but are not yet adults.
This new book addresses both the need and the cultural interest.
In 12 sessions, this book engages with everyday issues, from gossip to sibling rivalry, and looks at what the Christian message is for these themes. Mixing it up with The Simpsons uses extracts from episodes to help your youth group connect with key Christian beliefs in a contemporary format - from Lisa the Beauty Queen (issues of self-image) to Homer and Barney (the importance of friendship) - with an introduction to the book covering all you need to consider in terms of health and safety, child protection, and how to handle the aspects of The Simpsons that are not always very godly.
Mixing it up with The Simpsons is split into two parts each with six sessions: Part One is for those who are newer to church and Part Two is for young people who have been coming to church for a little longer.
Each session is divided into six parts and includes photocopiable material:
Owen Smith was the full-time Church Youth Worker of St. Margarets in Rainham, Kent and a member of the Rochester Diocese's Bishop's Council. In 2010 he was appointed chaplain of the Bishop of Rochester Academy. Owen is the author of the Mixing it Up with... series which blends popular culture with religious discussion as a way of involving young people in the church.