Bible Month

The Bible was written for the whole community of God’s people.

While it’s important to read the Bible for ourselves, it’s also important we read it together in community. Reading it together allows people to see things from a different perspective, and encourage each other in the faith. It also helps people hear collectively from God about what he is saying and doing in their community.

Our Bible Month resources focus on encouraging people to open the Bible together.

We hope your church will celebrate the Bible this July. We’re here to help, so please get in touch with us if you’d like to speak to someone about Bible Month.

Bible Month video LYFE resources Book a speaker All-age service 6 Month Challenge

Riding for Jesus Video – Dave’s story

Dave’s story is one of those you just want to share with others. Dave’s journey with Jesus started when God rescued him from drug and alcohol addiction. Now, the Bible is something Dave could never live without.

Watch the film below, or download it by clicking on the button below.

Download the film (59mb) (Right click on this button and select “Save Link As…” or “Save Target As”).

LYFE small group resources

LYFE is a comprehensive new small group resource now available to your church for free. LYFE will help individuals and small groups discover a deeper life with God. Based around six key spiritual formation themes including prayer, social justice and the Bible, the sessions are easy to lead and highly relational. LYFE is suitable for Christians at any point on their faith journey.

LYFE is designed to be flexible – groups can choose a six week taster track, a three month track or the full 36 week track. Each session includes a different video interview and invites reflection on a passage from the Bible, plus the opportunity to experience a spiritual practice.

LYFE is online-based and is completely free.

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Intergenerational Service

Bible Month is all about opening the Bible together. For the early church, the reading of Scripture was entirely a communal experience.  The goal was always community transformation: becoming more like Christ, together!  That included everyone: people of all nations, tribes, languages, ages, skills and abilities.  Engaging with the Bible in community and alongside adults is an essential part of children’s faith formation.

That’s why we’ve teamed up with Scripture Union’s Children and Families Ministry team to bring you a special intergenerational service resource for use during Bible Month. This resource, which is free to download from our website, will guide you in creating an interactive and creative Bible-focused church service that all ages will enjoy.

Download service plan Download Powerpoint for service

(Right click on any of these buttons and select “Save Link As…” or “Save Target As”).

Take your church on a six month Bible reading journey!

Our Six Month Bible Reading Challenges have been popular with churches, small groups and individuals around the country. This year, we have a new challenge – Old Testament Characters.  Participants will journey through the incredible lives of Old Testament characters such as David, Elijah, Josiah, Esther, Ruth, Samuel and Moses. The Six Month Bible Reading Challenge works best when groups commit to it together, keeping each other encouraged along the way. The Six Month Bible Reading Challenge also makes for a great small group discussion tool.

Old Testament Characters – adult design: $2.50 / pack of 5
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Old Testament Characters – youth design: $2.50 / pack of 5
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(both have the same readings)

Bible Month products

Here are some of our best and most popular products that are helping people all over the country engage with God’s Word. Click on the titles below to buy from Manna.

Kiwi Audio Bible – $18.99 (RRP)

Te Kawenata Hou (Māori / English New Testament) – $16.99 (RRP)

The Field Guide to the Bible – $9.99 (RRP)

New Living Translation Silver Fern Bible – $27.99 (RRP)

Top tips for public Bible reading

The Bible is read at some point in almost every church service. Reading the Bible can be and should be, a high point in the service. After all, the Bible is an important way in which God speaks! Here are some simple tips to help readers and hearers to understand Bible readings better.

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Church leaders

For church leaders – we will sent your a reminder about Bible Month 2020 closer to the time. By then, all the resources will be available on this website.

If you’ve got questions about how your church can be involved, we’d love to chat with you.  Call us on (09) 924 6720 or email Steve on

Previous Bible Month Posters

We still have our previous Bible Month Posters for sale! If you would like to browse the available posters, please click on the link below!

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Book a speaker

Fill in the form below if you’d like someone from Bible Society to visit your church or organisation. We’ll do our best to make someone available for you.

Any month can be Bible Month. If you have any questions, or would like to speak to someone about celebrating Bible Month in your church, give us a call on
(09) 924 6720 or email Steve on