The following summary comes from the disciplekit.org review of Faith Pictures
What is Faith Pictures?
Faith Pictures is a short course designed to help Christians talk naturally to friends, neighbours and colleagues about what they believe. The heart of the course is about helping people to identify a single picture or image that embodies something of their faith. This is because the kinds of communication which best stick in the mind are concrete and rooted in story.
The course aims to be accessible and light-hearted, without jargon or inflexible methods. It has a number of emphases not always found in faith-sharing courses. These include the avoidance of one-size-fits-all models and the importance of honesty and listening. Each session contains a short video and encourages discussion in pairs and as a whole group.
What do you get?
All material are available via the website www.faithpictures.org. Black-and-white, printable Leaders’ and Participants’ notes for six sessions, between 90 – 120 minutes each. Session 1 is available for viewing via website. Registration required to unlock access to sessions 2 – 6. Everything is downloadable. There are Videos for each session, available to download from the site, or on a disk (latter is £5 and includes all session material).
Who is it for?
Any adult, growing, new Christians, of any Christian background. May well suit older youth too. Small groups. ‘It is for people of any Christian tradition and none. It has been designed to appeal particularly to people who would normally run a mile from courses on faith-sharing!’
We have piloted the Faith Pictures resource within the Circuit, and the response was very positive. It could be a really helpful and accessible way for many people in our churches to build confidence in their own faith experience, and in their ability to share that with others.
- The course is made up of six sessions each lasting between 1.5 and 2 hours.
- The course will need to be facilitated by someone who is confident in leading a small group, such as a housegroup leader.
- Preparation for the leader is straightforward with easy to follow leaders notes.
- Each session stands alone, but there is a clear pathway through the six weeks, and ideally you should attend all six sessions.
- Whilst it would be possible to run the sessions as ’whole church’ sessions, due to times of individuals sharing with the whole group, a small group setting will work best.
- Session sheets for attendees and leaders are available as free download from the website www.faithpictures.org
- Each session includes a brief video clip, so some form of projector or TV screen will be a necessary part of the sessions.
- The video clips can also be downloaded from the website www.faithpictures.org at no cost. Alternatively, an electronic copy of all sessions sheets and videos is held as a Circuit Resource (see Martin Buckley for more information)
- There is a version of the videos available with sub-titles, and it is recommended that this is the version used as at times the audio recordings are not completely clear particularly to those with hearing impairment
- It is suggested that refreshments included as part of the sessions