For the Year of Faith NYMO produced a set of ready to use resources called Credo. Here we have put together some of the film sections for you to use with your youth groups to help with film based discussions. We have chosen secular films and linked them to different expressions of faith.
Young people spend so much of their time watching films and TV that it's a really good way of exploring difficult faith issues with them. They are much more likely to understand a concept if you show a clip of a film rather than trying to talk it through. And it's not just religious films that are candidates for this - lots of secular films can be used in this way.
Take, for instance, the throw-away phrase in the middle of violent philosophy-flick, Fight Club:
'It's only after we've lost everything that we're free to do anything'
How does this parallel with Paul's exhortation to the Philippian church:
'Still more, everything seems to me as nothing compared with the knowledge of Christ Jesus, my Lord. For his sake I have let everything fall away and I now consider all as rubbish, if instead I may gain Christ.' Phil. 3:8
Is there a certain Christian sense in which less equals more? Is this the preaching of an eccentric 1st century die-hard, or does it find parallel in the way that people are choosing to live their lives now? What does Christian freedom mean? How should we go about 'losing everything' - is it fitting for a Christian to enjoy the pleasures of life? All valid points of discussion springing out of one powerful line in this challenging film.
Make sure to 'screen' your film for violence, swearing or sexual content before considering whether to use it and check out the certificate to see it if is suitable for the age of your young people. We have tried to use all films that are 12A or below.
Click on the links below to download the sessions:
Ice Age 4: Continental Drift - Faith Begins
Sherlock Holmes - Faith & Friendship
We bought a zoo - Being Faithful
The Way - Stepping out in faith
The Muppets - Faith to Follow
The Artist - Obedient Faith
Snow White & the Huntsman - Bold Faith
Salmon Fishing - Perseverance in Faith
Moonrise Kingdom - Strength in Faith
Mission Impossible - Faith Choices
The Dark Knight Rises - Faith for the Future