Helping people to see the relevance of the Bible to today's world has always been part of ROOTS' vision - and (arguably) it has never been more timely. As churches and groups continue to grapple with the challenges of Covid-19, we'll continue to help all ages understand the how the Bible speaks into our lives today.
Making links to our lives today
A thread of 'living out our faith' runs throughout the resources - helping everyone, young and old, make connections between Sunday and the whole of our lives.
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Innovative ways to present the passages
We help you to draw your audience in and immerse them in the readings. Ideas can include:
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- posing thought-provoking questions before sharing the passages
- ‘first impressions’ – showing a striking image to prompt discussion or reflection
- audience participation (e.g. mime, adding sound effects)
- dramatisations of the readings - with scripts provided on the ROOTS website
- displaying images, or playing soft music, while you read.
Helping everyone understand biblical language
Each week, we offer a retelling of the Bible passage that stays as close as possible to the NRSV text. Rather than rephrasing key Bible terms such as 'Messiah' or 'Son of Man', we provide an explanation - building up biblical understanding.
View example: retelling of the Bible story
Our NEW ROOTS at home resource include the full text of both the retelling and the full NRSV text, and any explanations - particularly useful for people who don't have a Bible at home.
Inspiring very young children with the Bible
Every week, even the youngest members of your church community can engage with the passage. Using a range of storytelling techniques (e.g. actions, puppets, story bags) we offer a toddlers' version of the reading.
View: the Very Young Children resources for one week