About Hooks

Hooks are things from young peoples’ world (e.g. movie clips, songs, current events and stories) that you can use to introduce or link to a key Christian theme or scripture. They work like Jesus used parables – taking things familiar to his hearers (like fishing, taxes or farming) to describe God’s kingdom.

7 years

Contributed by: Darcy Perry, Bishopric of Waikato

Using the song "7 Years" by Lukas Graham, invite young people to think about what shapes them and what influences them as they grow.
Introduction
Ask: Who knows the song? Who knows what it is about?
Use their answers and add what you need to park the idea that it’s about the people,... See more

A Life You Will Remember

Contributed by: Phil Trotter

Use Avicii’s song “The Nights” to raise the all important question: “Who is Jesus?”.
Starting with the song’s key lyric - “live a life you will remember” - this interactive message will get your youth thinking about what it takes to live a life that will be remembered, and... See more

‘Make a Million’ or ‘Make a Difference’?

Contributed by: Phil Trotter, Diocese of Christchurch

Inspire your young people to make an impact for God using the Script ft will.i.am song, Hall of Fame.
If I Were Famous
Start with a round where everyone answers: “If you could be famous – what would it be for?”
Hall of Fame
Introduce the song, Hall of Fame.
Ask students... See more

Better than Santa

Contributed by: Phil Trotter

This is a reworked version of 'Why Jesus Is Better Than Santa Claus', with an added activity for you to use with it.
Why Jesus is Better than Santa Claus
Santa lives at the North Pole...
JESUS is everywhere.
Santa comes but once a year...
JESUS is an ever present help.
Santa... See more

The Fox and the Narrow Road

Contributed by: Phil Trotter

Start with a game of hangman, awarding a lolly to everyone who guesses a correct letter. The clue was "Two Phrases", the answers were: "BE  SHARP" and "LOOK CLOSER"
Jesus said, “The road to life is narrow and not many people find it, but the road to destruction is wide and many people travel... See more

Famous Failures

Contributed by: Phil Trotter

Just because you have failed at something, doesn't mean you are a failure. Here are some famous people who have suffered rejection and failure. You can use their stories to spark discussion about topics such as self-esteem and depression.
Michael Jordan
After being cut from his high school... See more

What I’ve Done – Linkin Park

Contributed by: Phil Trotter

Hand out copies of the lyrics for Linkin Park's song, "What I've Done" and play the video clip.
What I’ve Done
In this farewell
There’s no blood
There’s no alibi
‘Cause I’ve drawn regret
From the truth
Of a thousand lies
So let mercy come
And wash... See more

Prof Ann Eyeland

Contributed by: Phil Trotter

These are fun activities that help young people explore topics around loneliness and our need for relationships.  The name 'Ann Eyeland' plays on and discredits the idea "I am an island"
Meet Professor Ann Eyeland
'The word is out. Professor Ann Eyeland, the recluse from the South Pole... See more

The Battle of Helms Deep

Contributed by: Phil Trotter

Show the clip of the Battle of Helms Deep in the Two Towers. If you're using the DVD, show Chapter 48 “Forth Eorlingas”. Alternatively view it on YouTube Battle of Helms Deep
Like Helms Deep, a battle wages within us between good and evil. Like Gandalf there, our victory comes through... See more

If Jesus were a teenager today…

Contributed by: Phil Trotter


Discussion Questions
If you had a chance to meet Jesus in person, how would that feel?
What questions would you want to ask him?
If your history teacher at school asked you, "Who was Jesus?", what would you reply? How would most of your friends answer?
Who did Jesus say he is?... See more

Jesus Images in the Fellowship of the Ring

Contributed by: Phil Trotter

Organise a screening of the clip of Arwen’s Flight to the Ford in The Fellowship of the Ring (DVD Chapter 17 ) or from YouTube: Flight to the Ford and Give up the Halfling, She-Elf! (this 2nd clip gives you Arwen’s prayer for Frodo).
Invite the young people to watch the clip and note ways... See more