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Scripture Union’s Top Tips booklets are designed for all those working with children and young people and written by experts and practitioners.

 


They are big on practical advice, but with just enough theory, Bible basis and case studies to help you understand the issues and improve your ministry with children and young people. Top Tips are all 36 pages - short enough to digest over a cup of coffee – whilst Mega Top Tips are 80 pages, give a bit more content and may take an hour or so to read.

They are ideal to give to anyone who is newly joining your ministry team for help and encouragement, or to use as the basis for training and refreshing sessions for your whole team.

 

For more information, click to go to categories, or browse the whole list below.


Areas of ministry
Mega Top Tips on Offering the Best Children's Ministry

Top Tips on All Age Worship

Top Tips on Worshipping with under-5s

Top Tips on Leading Small Groups

Top Tips on Running Holiday Clubs

Top Tips on Working with Mixed Ages

Top Tips on Working with Lads


Reaching Out

Top Tips on Reaching Unchurched Children
Top Tips on Developing Partnerships between Church and School
Top Tips on Welcoming Children of Other Faiths

Developing faith
Top Tips on Helping a Child Respond to Jesus

Top Tips on Explaining the Trinity to Young People

Top Tips on Explaining the Cross
Top Tips on Encouraging Faith to Grow
Top Tips on Growing Faith with Families
Top Tips on Prompting Prayer
Top Tips on Discovering the Bible with Children
Top Tips on Exploring the Bible with Young People

Ways of learning
Top Tips on Inspiring All Kinds of Learners

Top Tips on Communicating God in non-book ways
Top Tips on Sharing Bible Stories

Specific concerns
Mega Top Tips on Dealing with Challenging Behaviour

Top Tips on Welcoming Special Children
Top Tips on Handling Difficult Behaviour

 


 

Areas of ministry

 

 

Mega Top Tips on Offering the Best Children's Ministry (Paul Bulter, Scripture Union) RRP £4.99

 

Full of practical advice and real-life stories to help you offer the best children's ministry. Includes ideas on how to build great ministry - in churches, in families, in the wider community and in the world, as well as Biblical insights into how we view and treat all children.

 

 

 

 

 

Top Tips on All Age Worship (Nick Harding, Scripture Union) RRP £3.50


An inspirational look at how all-age worship is do-able in our churches, why it's desirable and the benefits it can bring. This guide explores some of the features of an all-age church, the different components of a worship event, and how to use them. It also contains practical pointers on how to lead all-age worship. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top Tips on Worshipping with under 5s (Alison Dayer, Scripture Union) RRP £3.50

 

• Help under-5s to worship God and grow in relationship with him
• Biblical insights into worship with young children
• ‘Think about’ suggestions for growing your ministry with this age-group
• Practical ideas based on real-life experience 

 

 

 

 

 

Top Tips on Leading Small Groups (Simon Barker and Steve Whyatt, Scripture Union) RRP £2.99

  

Full of ideas and advice for running small groups and includes real stories and biblical patterns to inspire leaders of small groups, practical advice on setting up a group and keeping it going, guidance on leading a group-time so that all group members can meet with God and much more.

 

 

 


 

 

Top Tips on Running Holiday Clubs (Vicki Brackpool, Helen Franklin and Steve Hutchinson, Scripture Union) RRP £3.50

 

Practical advice and real-life experience to help you run a Bible-based holiday club. Think about suggestions to inspire and hlep you grow your team.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top Tips on Working with Mixed Ages (Maggie Barfield and Terry Clutterham, Scripture Union) RRP £3.50

 

Full of wisdom and understanding to help you face the challenges of a mixed age group. Passion for the good news of Jesus – to inspire you in sharing your faith with children, whatever their ages.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top Tips on Working with Lads (Richard Witham and Maggie Barfield, Scripture Union) RRP £3.50

 

• Tried and tested ideas, tips and resources
• Based on real-life experience of working with lads – children and teenagers
• Lads’ ministry evaluation tools – to help you grow your own ministry 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 


  

Reaching out  

 

 

 

Top Tips on Reaching Unchurched Children (Helen Franklin, Scripture Union) RRP £2.99

 

A guide for anyone reaching out to unchurched children, with ideas for communicating the gospel in this context. It explores biblical principles on evangelism and looks at building relationships through natural points of contact with children outside the church. It also gives practical tips on the language to use and how to talk about God to children who know nothing about him.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top Tips on Developing Partnerships between Church and School (Gill Marchant and Alan Charter, Scripture Union) RRP £3.50


Explore opportunities for Christians to create partnerships with local schools to deliver Extended Schools Services, on school, community or church premises. This guide includes inspirational stories of people who have demonstrated that 'Every child matters' in church and school. It also has ideas for being a volunteer in your local primary or secondary school.   

  

 

 

  

 

Top Tips on Welcoming Children of Other Faiths (Gill Marchant & Andrew Smith, Scripture Union) RRP £3.50

 
A guide that explores what the Bible says about those of other faiths and how we should live out our faith amongst them. It's packed with practical, fun ideas to strengthen or even kick-start a ministry among those of other faiths, equipping you to build relationships with children and their families.  

 

 

  

 

 

   


 

Developing faith

 

 

 

Top Tips on Helping a Child Respond to Jesus (Hutchinson, Franklin and Willoughby, Scripture Union) RRP £2.99

 

This book examines what it means for a child to respond naturally to Jesus in a way that is uniquely appropriate to them. It also looks at the responsibilities that rest upon a children’s worker in the privileged position of enabling a child to respond to Jesus.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top Tips on Explaining the Trinity to Young People (Sarah Bingham and John Grayston, Scripture Union) RRP £2.99


This book will help youth and children's workers explore and explian the Bible's teaching on God, the Trinity and Christian understanding of this mystery. Discover how belief in the Trinity affects worship, mission and community.

 

Contains practical ideas of pictures and images that will aid understanding.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Top Tips on Explaining the Cross (Hutchinson, Franklin and Willoughby, Scripture Union) RRP £3.50

 

Practical advice and inspirational stories for anyone wanting children and young people to understand and respond to the cross. It includes clearly presented Biblical ways to explain the meaning and effect of Jesus' death and resurrection: Jesus takes our place; Jesus triumphs over evil; Jesus as a reconciler; Jesus' dramatic rescue bid.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top Tips on Encouraging Faith to Grow (Ruth Hassall and Piers Lane, Scripture Union) RRP £3.50


Encouraging faith to grow is not just something that happens formally, but it certainly happens throughout life. At its most basic, it arises as God's people - adults, children and young people - relate to one another in the course of everyday living, in the home, in a church community or in the wider world. What does the Bible say about faith? How do the three key responses of playing, learning and exploring shape our understanding of faith development? This readable and practical guide is packed with wisdom and ideas that will inspire anyone wanting to develop the faith of children or young people.   

 

  

 

Top Tips on Growing Faith with Families (Pauline Burdett, Scripture Union) RRP £3.50


Family life can be challenging and messy. This guide explores what the Bible says about growing faith with families and reaching out to families with the good news of Jesus. It's packed with practical, fun ideas to strengthen or even kick-start a family ministry and to make church 'family-friendly'!

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

Top Tips on Prompting Prayer (Sarah Bingham and Vicki Blyth, Scripture Union) RRP £3.50

 

This guide covers what the Bible has to say, has principles for prayer and practical help for those who find it a struggle helping others to pray or who just want to be more effective. There are plenty of fresh ideas and true stories, things to think about and challenges to provoke action, knowing that God loves to talk with us.   

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top Tips on Discovering the Bible with Children (John Stephenson and Terry Clutterham, Scripture Union) RRP £3.50


The Bible is the world's best-seller, full of gripping stories, believed by Christians to be the clearest way to discover God and respond to him. But, it's a huge book, written by dozens of authors over many centuries, who lived in very different cultures and it is not an obvious book for children. How can we help them engage with it (even if they can't or don't read), understand it and learn to love the Bible? This is a readable and practical guide packed with wisdom and advice.

 

  

 

 

 

Top Tips on Exploring the Bible with Young People (John Stephenson and Terry Clutterham, Scripture Union) RRP £3.50


The Bible is the world's best-seller, full of stories, poems and wise advice for living, believed by Christians to be the clearest way to discover God and respond to him. But it is not an obvious book for young people who think it’s not for them, old or not relevant. Yet God's word is as much for young people as it is for adults. How can we help them understand and learn to love the Bible? This practical guide is will help you grapple with these questions.

  


 

Ways of learning

  

 

 

Top Tips on Inspiring All Kinds of Learners (Andy & Claire Saunders, Scripture Union) RRP £2.99

 

This book identifies the different ways people learn, by seeing, hearing and doing, helping leaders to enable people to respond to God in the way that suits them best. It includes practical advice on making the most of different learning styles in worship and in running children's programmes.

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

Top Tips on Communicating God in non-book ways (Kathryn Copsey and Jean Elliott, Scripture Union) RRP £3.50

 

Ancient stained glass windows, PowerPoint presentations, games, social networking, laughter, celebratory feasts - some non-book ways of meeting God are new for our time, some have been around for centuries. All of them ultimately lead to discovering the God we encounter in the Bible. God chose to 'move into our neighbourhood' when Jesus came to earth where he built relationships with everyone he met!

 

This book challenges readers to use every means possible to introduce children and young people to God, emphasising again and again the vital place of relationship-building.   

  

 

  

Top Tips on Sharing Bible Stories (Marchant, Brown and Gray, Scripture Union) RRP £3.50


Jesus told stories to crowds of people. Some understood and responded, some were puzzled and some were offended. That's the effect stories can have!

Storytelling is a vital tool for anyone working with children and young people. This book explores what the Bible says about storytelling, presents some basic principles and then gives loads of ideas on how to effectively share Bible stories with imagination, enjoyment and impact.

 

 

 


 

Specific concerns 

 

 

 

Mega Top Tips on Dealing with Challenging Behaviour (Sue Brown and Alice Langtree, Scripture Union) RRP £4.99

 

Understand some of the psychological, physical and emotional causes of challenging behaviour Learn ways of helping children and young people to manage their own behaviour. Be inspired to reach beyond the behaviour and draw the child or young person to God...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top Tips on Welcoming Special Children (Denise Abrahall, Scripture Union) RRP £3.50 

 

A guide for anyone helping children with special needs to know God, a challenging but deeply rewarding ministry. Containing stories from group leaders and parents, the book examines what we mean by special needs and what the Bible says on the subject.


With practical ideas for welcoming special children into churches and children's groups this book also explores the implications of the Disability Discrimination Act for churches.

 

 

 

 

 

Top Tips on Handling Difficult Behaviour (Graham Finch, Scripture Union) RRP £3.50


A guide for anyone seeking to disciple children effectively, exploring the reasons for bad behaviour and examining the common mistakes made in dealing with it. This book will help you learn how to take control, and how to enlist the group's help in making times together enjoyable for everyone.   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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