have you seen our two new easter escape rooms?

Escape Rooms on Holy Week, Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection that can be used online or face-to face,

in church or in schools.


Rated             by Premier Youth & Children's Work magazine reviewer (Dec.2020)

Published 2020.

"Thornton’s book acts as a manual of best practice, showing us that we can lead both a fun and Bible-centred ministry."

Premier Youth & Children's Work 

December 2020

"I’d definitely recommend Dave’s book. It’s full of all sorts of useful things for youth workers at all different stages!”"

Andy Cook

Youth and Families Worker

Christ Church, Fulwood


"An invaluable resource"


Scott Rushby

Youth Pastor

Testwood Baptist Church


This book has been written to help leaders grow effective Christian youth ministry from start to finish. Reading this £10, nearly 400-page book gives you over 27 years of experience. It's packed with loads of how-tos, from writing a Bible talk to leading a small group, dealing with conflict to working with parents and the wider church - all shared with lots of STORIES involving God's great power and shaving foam. It also has key values for church youth work to remind us what's important.

"An essential text"

Jo Baynham

Urban Saints Westbrook Director

Raising the Bar One-Minute Starting Well

one-minute training videos for leaders

So, one minute isn't very long but it's a great start to train your leaders or encourage your young people to grow in their gifts.

Online Youth Resources

"Absolutely brilliant"

Steve Conacher (Holy Trinity Church, Cambridge)

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If you are running short of ideas for online games; if you need to get the best out of Zoom; if you need a starting point with a Zoom risk assessment or ideas for daily or weekly tasks to set, click for online resources.

If you're starting to meet, staying socially distanced, there are resources to get you started.

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check out seven free online escape rooms!

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"With our group facing serious Zoom fatigue, this escape room was a breath of fresh air! It gave opportunities for all the young people to be involved. Our young people liked the idea of being in a challenge with other youth groups across the country. I would thoroughly recommend this activity."

Gavin Rodgers, Elder/Pastor, Jubilee Church, Teesside

Read Dave's latest blog about youth ministry here

He doesn't know everything, but he's been working in youth ministry in the UK Church for a long time and writes about what he's learning. Get in touch. He loves to help.


Download Weekend 2020

Resources for planning Christian residentials, camps and houseparties, teaching sessions and much more. Can't find what you need? Get in touch!

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Raising the Bar is a manual for Christian youth ministry that took over five years to write and I don't think there's a book like it. Packed full of stories, it explains all you need to know from starting a group, through writing a talk and taking groups away to finishing well, via key values to build into your ministry. You can buy the book for £10 hereSee the contents page here.

392 pages for £10 

What’s new with churchyouthministry.com?

Two new Easter Escape Rooms! Using Discord for gaming. Check out Dave's new one-minute training video on talk introductions. Have you seen Dave's nine-minute Bible overview using a six-metre long roller coaster and Laura Munro's brilliant Coronacoaster Reflections? There are regularly-updated online youth resources here. You'll find seven Zoom escape rooms, a load of games that work online and games that you can play socially-distanced. Buy his book. Read Dave's blog which he updates regularly. Check out other resources that are available, including youth discipleship resources to help young people in their discipleship at home. If you can't find what you need to support you in your youth ministry, please get in touch!  I'll try and help.

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