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Cooking The Book

A Bible overview with a difference!

In each session a recipe provides the framework as participants explore their life experiences and connect them with God's story.

Something from Nothing (Creation)
Tricky (The Fall)
Doing what we want (Judgement)
Unwanted Gift (Jesus' Birth)
Once Upon a time (Parables)
It's a Miracle (Miracles)
It's not Fair (Jesus' Trial and Crucifixion)
Nonsense (Jesus' Resurrection)
Down to us (Pentecost and Early Church)
Perfect Party (Heaven)



Four sessions for use with small groups, based on the history of Steelmaking in Sheffield, with Bible extracts and additional resource and activity suggestions.

The Scrap Heap
The Melting Shop
Ladling, Teaming and Casting Aside
Rolling, Forging and Hammering; Shaping and Strengthening

Easter in St Jude's

Easter in St Jude's

Four small-group sessions linked to Lent and Holy week themes.

Good Friday
Easter Sunday
New Hope

Experience The Bible

Experience The Bible

Nine Bible studies for use with small groups. All based on Gospel stories and parables and linked to everyday experiences.

1: The neighbour
2: The casual labourers
3: The lost sheep
4: The lost son

5: The sower

6: Seventy Times Seven

7: Jesus and Zacchaeus

8: Jesus and the woman at the well

9: family and friends

Go For It

Go For It!

We've chosen to use The Full Monty film to kick off discussions which lead towards the Bible because:

We believe the film portrays realistically the values and culture of some city communities and people.

The film has evidently gained a lot of response from people all around the UK and internationally.

People in the inner cities and housing estates easily identify with

Our hope is that this pack will help the conversations continue, and as people in the church and on the edge of it continue to grapple with the issues the film symbolises, they will discover more of the relevance of the Bible today.

God Finds Us

God Finds Us (2013 Update)

A 5 session Advent Course by Roy Dorey

The Upside Down God
The Past and Present God
The God of the Unimportant
The God Who Stands up For The Poor
The God Who Takes Risks

Good News

Good News

These four Bible studies help a group look at how the Good News of the Kingdom of God was offered in the New Testament, and compare this with how they offer it:

1: The offer of Jesus 'Follow me'
2: The offer of Jesus 'Repent of your sins'
3: The offer of Jesus 'Life more abundantly'
4: The works of the kingdom


Hosea (2010 update)

This 5 session resource by Roger Dowley shows the modern relevance of an ancient scripture. Hosea's wife left him, but God didn't.

1: What God wants from us

2: Constant love

3: Hosea's marriage

4: Hosea's children

5: Hosea's heart


"Knowing God" or just "knowing about God".
Pictures of the "constant love" of God -from Hosea, elsewhere in the Bible and in our own experience.
God's "wedding presents".
What do names matter?
God the loving parent - "I held him to my cheek, I bent down and fed him"

In Y'r Dreams Man

In Y'r Dreams Man

Six discussions based on the film Billy Elliot... sharing stories and reflecting together on the story of Jacob in the Bible.

1. Wolf In Sheep's clothes

2. Life is what you make it

3. Nowhere to hide

4. A Father's love for his son

5. Sturggling with y'r dreams

6. Ever had a dream come true?

Keep Calm and. . . .

Keep Calm and . . . .

Creative material for four sessions on the themes of; celebration, prayer, partying and trust; connecting issues in day-to-day life with Bible stories.

Living With The Miracle Maker

Living With The Miracle Maker

This pack helps you get under the skin of some of the characters as they met Jesus, not just the ones who get noticed a lot, but also some who are a bit more in the background.
The cartoons are designed to encourage small groups to talk about their own stories of life, and then compare them with the story of Jesus
We can imagine the pack being used with small groups of people, and with families at home.

It could provide:-

An introduction to the Christian faith for those who prefer to watch a video, rather than read a book.
An opportunity for Christians to again encounter the living Christ.

Mary's Moments A journey from relationship to discipleship

Mary's Moments

(A journey from relationship to discipleship)

The true story of a group of Urban Mums, their lives, and how they connect with the Bible.


Mind Over Matter

Mind Over Matter

Five stand-alone small-group sessions exploring contemporary social issues and connecting them with stories from the Bible.

Healthy Eating
It's Raining
These sessions were designed and used with a local MIND group.

Nechells Unlocks Christmas

Nechells Unlocks Christmas

Three small group sessions for use in the run up to Christmas, exploring the joys and pressures of the season using material from Luke's Gospel.

Shop till you drop?
Do you really like Christmas?
What is Christmas really about?

Pop Goes The Weasel

Pop Goes The Weasel

Unlock style reflections and activities around the theme of Personal Debt using extracts from:


Popcorn and Nachos

Popcorn and Nachos

Flexible Material for 7-20 session connecting issues in day to day life and Bible stories using contemporary films including:-

Regarding Henry
The Truman Show
Mr Holland's Opus
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
The Secret Life of Bees
The Life of David Gale
Please note that this resource is not designed for use with children.

Sausages and Stories

Sausages and Stories

Five stand-alone small-group sessions explroing topical news stories and connecting them with stories from the Bible.

Bully Brown?
Good News
When your world is shaken
Hope when all hope is gone
Good Samaritan

Stepping Stones

Stepping Stones (2015 Update)

Stepping Stones is more an approach to facilitating Bible learning than a course. The content is thematic and can be varied. Twelve themes are suggested including: God, Jesus, The Holy Spirit, The Church, Prayer, Worship, Justice, Love, Forgiveness, Suffering, Hope, and Death; but you can also add your own.

The material was originally developed by Roy Dorey in London in the 1990s. It has been updated and redesigned in 2015 with support from Karoly Haasz

The Veronica Sessions

The Veronica Sessions

A series of active reflections on current issues for young people using contemporary film clips. These were designed for and used with group of 16-19 year olds in Sandwell in the West Midlands.

Issues covered include:

Is anybody Listening?
The sex industry and trafficking
Being prepeared and being protected
Who is in control?
Who am I?
Power and manipulation

Unhingeing Hospitality

Unhingeing Hospitality

Six group sessions around the theme of hospitality in real lives and in the Biblical tradition.

Ancient stories of hospitality
New Testament stories of hospitality
Hospitality as social action
Hospitality as celebration
Hospitality as mission
The material uses a range of visual, film, drama, and music resources to explore the Biblical theme of hospitality.

Unlock Stretched Out

Unlock Stretched Out

The story of a group of men who met for breakfast and discovered discipleship for themselves; including some sample session outlines on conflict and prayer.

Unlocking Baptism Preparation

Unlocking Baptism Preparation

Suggestions and sessions that apply Unlock's relational, learner centred method of Bible Engagement to Baptism Preparations.

Includes sessions on the following themes:-

Somewhere Over the Rainbow (promises)
Shine a Light
Clean as a Whistle
Taking a Stand
Plus discussion starters, and creative approaches to other aspects of Baptism preparation.

Unlocking the Bible

Unlocking the Bible

A resource devised by Roy Dorey


Beginning as a Christian
Themes from the Bible
What it felt like to be there
Re-writing the Parables
How I learn best

What the Church looks like to those outside it

Questions you would like to ask Jesus

Unwrapping Christmas

Unwrapping Christmas

A pick and mix resource pack. Some of the activities are suitable for
all ages together, some are aimed at children and some at adults. A key indicates which are which.

They are designed for use in church services, home groups, families, neighourhood parties, messy church, or children's holiday clubs.

Co-produced with CURBS

What Now

What Now?

A 3 session Bible resource, using a range of video clips, for use with smallgroupsbased on experiences of redundancy and unemployment.

The Good Old Days
What do I Have to Offer?
Hope For The Future
Updated in 2021.

Slithers of Gold

Creative activities and reflections on the themes of guilt, mending and grace; connecting issues in day to day life with Bible stories.

The Year We Stayed at Home

A Pick and mix resource pack of activities and Bible linked materials for reflecting on our shared experiences of the COVID 19 pandemic, including sections on: -

Lament; Gratitude; Patience; Kindness; Hope; Discernment.


The full resource pack is to the right. Individual sections are below:-


Our Unlock Rotherham worker, Carolyn Gower, has created a local version for her own Sheffield and Rotherham communities. To see how you could do that for your area you can download a copy to the right.

Unlocking Covid Times

(This material is included in the 'The Year We Stayed At Home' pack.)

A graphic journaling activity, suitable for either groups or individuals, to help us review and process our experiences of the 2020 COVID pandemic.

Two parts

  1. A graphic timeline designed so that people can add their own local and personal stories against the background of national and international events. These sheets need to be printed A2 (which we know not everyone can do 'at home'); so ready printed copies can be requested from the Unock office, (although obviously we'd appreciate donations to cover print and posting costs).
  2. An activity sheet suggesting how the timeline can be used can be downloaded here.

Unlocking Feelings

Creative activities and reflections on the theme of emotions; connecting the ways we feel in day to day life with stories in the Bible.


Chatting with the Creator

Making it easy for people to chat with God.

A selection of easy access creative approaches to enabling poeple to explore chatting with God; designed for use in shared spaces with passing footfall. Ways to pray for those who; never have, don't know how, don't think they're good enough, don't do church, have got rusty, can't find the right words, etc.


Prayer chain
Gladness clouds
Lolly stick prayers
Prayer Rocks!
Put Christmas into God's hands

Seasonal Community Trails

Resources and approaches for churches to connect with their local communities through seasonal interactive trails.

Create a 'treasure hunt' for eggs, sheep, chicks, donkeys, nativity figures etc, in partnership with local business owners and share the church's seasonal stories beyond the church walls.

Starter for Ten

Pick and Mix Conversation starter activities

Most Unlock resources are designed for people right on the church fringe and beyond. This one is different. Its aim is to break down barriers between church communities and the communities within which churches are set, by developing listening and conversation skills in fun ways and in relation to faith and community issues.

If you are working with a disconnect between your church and community there might be ideas here to help develop some connections.

Bible Women Resource Pack

'What shall we do with the Women?'

Activities to accompany the Bible Women banners which are available to borrow from The Unlock offiice by arrangement.

This pack includes the story of how the Bible Women cartoons came about and a range of activites designed to use alongside them which explore the stories of women in the Bible and the place of women in history and in our communities.

Bible Women - illustraitons on wall

Unlocking The Prodigal 2018 update

A selection of creative and reflective activities based on Luke 15 originally created for Unlock's 40th Birthday Party in 2012.

Activities are divided into 6 Zones; the Father Zone, the Youger Brother Zone, the Older Brother Zone, the 'Who's Missing' zone, the Pig Zone and a Prayer Zone.

This material can be used for a one-off Bible Activity event, or spread over a series of shorter sessions.

Mess, Mistakes, and Muddling Through 2009

Six sessions looking at our experience as parents, and comparing it to messes and mistakes of parents in the Bible using Unlock's reflective cycle.

  1. Even good parents make mistakes
  2. What's in a name
  3. Celebration
  4. New beginnings
  5. Saying it how it is
  6. Family likeness

The Heart of The Estate

An illustration of the ways in which 'Unlocking' the Bible has brought life and hope to an urban estate in the North East

What's The Buzz

Creative material for six sessions connecting issues in everyday life to stories in the Bible including: blessings, time, comfort, difficult choices, forgivennes, & making mistakes.


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