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Innovative communication of the Christian story

RealityBites specialises in telling real-life stories that unlock Christian faith and get people thinking about Jesus. Our goal is to create spaces for people to learn about faith in dynamic and engaging ways, comparing and contrasting different views of the world to understand how our faith shapes the way we live.

For example, we explore:

  • the faith of Mafia hitmen;
  • what James Bond might say about worshiping rats;
  • five different mindsets (Materialist, Buddhist, Hindu, Pagan and Christian) and how they see evil;
  • Christians pioneering incredible businesses, orphanages and banks;
  • Paris Hilton, Russell Brand and Lionel Messi and how they see the world;
  • the importance of story, and how to understand the story you are living in;
  • how to understand Christian faith by contrasting it to secular faiths.

RealityBites has worked with organisations including Keynote Educational, Premier Christian Radio, Damaris, Urban Saints, the Keswick Convention, Spring Harvest, Youthwork the conference, Youthwork magazine, schoolswork.co.uk, Church Army, Leeds Faith in Schools, Luton Churches Education Trust and numerous schools, colleges, academies and churches.

Mark Roques has quickly developed legendary status at Hill House; he is a key element in our Sixth Form lecture programme, being thought-provoking, entertaining and inspiring in equal measure. With his use of real-world examples and infectious humour, he consistently challenges our students and delivers a first class experience. He ticks so many boxes in such an appealing package, especially for SMSC and stretching students. We were even lucky enough to have him with us during our ISI Inspection…

David Holland, Principal, Hill House School, Doncaster

It's vital that churches and youth groups ground their young people in thinking that helps them connect their faith with the world around them. RealityBites does just that with fantastic stories that equip people with a truly Christ-centred worldview and teaches them not only how to understand the culture around them but also to impact it. An invaluable tool for teaching Kingdom values in a way that will engage any young person.

Jason Gardner, Youth Pastor, St Peter's West Harrow

Mark Roques of RealityBites is a rare find: a great communicator with something of real value to communicate! Our students found Mark's story-telling gripping, and it caused them to question preconceived opinions – to think for themselves about ideas they'd adopted unquestioningly up to that point. Great education!

Jonathan Winch, Principal, Emmanuel College, Newcastle

Confident, Imaginative Disciples are Urgently Required

There is a crisis in the church. Christians are not confident and imaginative when talking about the Christian faith. They might be bold when they talk about recipes, diets, sermons and holidays but they lack confidence when it comes to talking about the kingdom of God with non-Christians. There is a pervasive fear that if you talk about Jesus you will be cut down and ridiculed. Think World War 1. If you put your head above the parapet the machine guns will get you.

No one enjoys being shot at either with real bullets or conversational bullets.

Ministry to Sixth Formers

For some time I’ve been thinking a lot about how to reach sixth formers with the Christian faith. We are talking about 17 and 18 year olds who dislike ‘religion’.

I am reflecting on what I learned when I taught Religious Education (RE) and Philosophy A level in a high school in Bath in the noble county of Somerset. We’re talking early 1990’s.