CY Leader's Guide

A seven-week course for young people

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Leader’s Guide for the 11-14 year old's edition of Christianity Explored

Part of the CY series.

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“CY” is a life-changing journey through the Gospel of Mark. In seven interactive sessions, plus a weekend or day away, young people will find out what Christians believe, discover the Bible’s answers to the big questions of life and explore what Christianity is really all about.

This Leader's Guide contains detailed talk outlines and advice on running the course as well as Bible studies complete with answers! It also features inventive activities, games, ice-breakers and discussion starters—all of which have been specifically devised to reinforce the main teaching point.

Designed to be used alongside the CY Handbook for young people course.

Don't forget to register your course for access to extra resources from Christianity Explored Ministries.

Download free extra material to help run your CY course!

CY Talk Outlines
All the talk outlines for the seven CY sessions in a single document.

CY Talks
CY talks in an editable document to adapt and make your own.

Extra Ideas
Extra game and introduction ideas that didn’t make it into the manual, together with alternative talk illustrations.

Feedback forms
Printable feedback forms for both CY and Soul to be used at the end of the course.

Guess Who quiz
Powerpoint template for the quiz to be used in Week 2.

Inside Track TalksPDF or Word Document
Talk outlines for the Inside Track weekend/day away available in either PDF format or in an editable document to adapt and make your own.

Tangrams game
Powerpoint template for the game to be used in Week 7.

The Mark Challenge
Printable sheet for encouraging the group to read through Mark’s Gospel during the CY course.

Visuals and Activities
Downloadable version of all the images and activity sheets for use during CY and Soul.

Product details


  • Section 1
    • How to run the course

  • Section 2
    • Study guide

  • Section 3
    • Weekend/Day away

  • Appendices
    • Answering difficult questions

Free extras


Age range: 11+
Contributors Christianity Explored
ISBN 9781908762665
Format Paperback
Dimensions 150mm x 229mm x 10mm
Weight 0.28 kg
Print size 9.0pt
Language English
Pages 192
Publisher The Good Book Company/CE
Customer reviews

28 May 2019

“Good for our year 6s”

(Review written for 'CY Starter Pack')

Every year in the summer term, we run the CY course with our year 6 kids. I mix the CY material with the Epic Explorers material to get the right balance for these 10 and 11 year olds. I like the CY handbooks because it gives the kids something to take home each week, and therefore the potential to chat with their parents about things they've discussed in the group. It also provides a focus in the group, and makes each child think about their answers.

11 Apr 2019

“Great Content - Art is dated”

(Review written for 'CY Starter Pack')

The structure of the course, the layout of the books and the content itself has worked very well for our group - the 'streetwise' art style doesn't detract but isn't massively attractive and is perhaps a little too try-hard for the youth we have been working with. Still, a reliable, recommended resource.

29 Nov 2018

“Good stuff”

(Review written for 'Leader's Guide to CY and CY Nano (previous edition)')

These resources are great for discussion and giving clear messages. The videos, while a little dated, are engaging and give a solid message that students can discuss easily. Really good leader guide resources and clean and clear handbooks for participants. Course is versatile in that it is appropriate for cementing knowledge and understanding for young believers but also great for those who are new to Christianity.

8 Nov 2018

“excellent resource for young teenagers”

(Review written for 'CY Starter Pack')

I am running a Christian Union for students in my school and have recently started the CY course. The handbook is nicely laid out and has just the right balance between pre-printed information and space for the students to write their own thoughts and notes. The leader's guide is fabulous, too, as it contains notes which help me to give each session's talk myself and tailor it to my group.

17 Apr 2018

“Excelent material for youth leaders”

(Review written for 'Leader's Guide to CY and CY Nano (previous edition)')

I bought this material to use with a small group of teens that do Bible study with me. All of them have heard about Jesus before, but it's amazing to see them finding out who He really is, as the sessions go by. The material is complete, with ideas of activities to do with groups where members already know each other, or with recently formed groups. The videos are very well produced and straight to the point. I love it!

24 Aug 2015


(Review written for 'Leader's Guide to CY and CY Nano (previous edition)')

We're chose to use Soul to help prepare candidates for Confirmation, as this is aimed at teenagers and young adults.
The material is easy to use and has helped people to see who Jesus is and why Jesus came.

27 May 2015


This book is excellent. We use it to teach the Gospel to vulnerable adults, many of whom have not encountered the Bible before. The accessibility of the teaching (which has been designed for young people) works very well in this context. We have also used some of the activities and games which have been fun and have helped to illustrate different points. We don't do 'talks' only small group interactive studies so I've had to adapt the talk material myself. It's also slightly confusing having the talks in a separate section at the back of the book. Overall this book has really helped us to explain the Gospel piece by piece in an accessible way - thank you!

28 Oct 2014

“Exactly what we needed!”

(Review written for 'CY Starter Pack')

We just started this study with our junior highers. All our teens are unchurched and from some very broken backgrounds. This has been a great way to introduce them Christ and His Word without overwhelming them or speaking way over their heads. Thank you for this wonderful resource!!!!!

1 Sep 2014


This is a really handy resource for both Christian and non-Christian teens in a youth group or church weekend away. Let's you gauge where they're at spiritually and is super clear in explaining the things they may not understand. Solid stuff.

17 Jun 2014

“Very useful”

(Review written for 'CY Starter Pack')

I'm doing the CY course with my church 10 and 11 year olds, before they start secondary school. The handbooks for the kids are great. We talk about the questions first, and then they write their answers in. It's an excellent course. It's very clear. For my kids who've made commitments, it confirms their decision and makes them more confident to share it with their friends. For the children that haven't made a decision to follow Jesus, it helps them explore what the gospel is in a safe environment.

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