The Church of Ireland Youth Department has launched Live to Give – a resource on generosity, giving and money, and what the Bible has to say about those issues. The resource has been written by CIYD National Youth Officer Simon Henry, Nicola Brown from the Church of Ireland’s Generous Giving Programme, and Jonny Farrell from Stand By Me – a charity working with children in the developing world.
Live to Give seeks to help young people to think seriously about how they give their time, talents and money, to carefully and prayerfully consider how their decisions may affect others, and to learn more of God’s generosity. Its four sessions cover:
- Where the heart is – to explore what brings us joy and happiness, the importance of gratitude, and the challenge of putting God first;
- A God of plenty – the nature of our generous God who gave everything for us, and what it means to be stewards of what we have been given;
- More than enough – to look at the ways in which God has equipped young people to make a practical impact for His Kingdom in the world around them;
- Money talks – covering what we have to give, what happens when we give, and practical tools, advice and biblical principles for handling money.
Simon Henry said: ‘Live to Give is a resource that aims to a blessing to youth leaders and young people alike. It has been wonderful to have partnership at the heart of it, working alongside Jonny and Nicola to create something new to engage young people in following biblical commands to be generous and to serve people with what they have been given.
‘We really hope this resource will be used widely by groups and to learn and have fun together. The ready to run sessions are very accessible with a lot of interactive activities, Bible study, prayer challenges and games. I hope and pray that by using this resource, groups will be impacted in their biblical understanding of generosity, giving and money and what a generous God we serve.’