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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

Asking Explosive Questions about Jesus and Hitler

In this short piece I want to explore the power of crafting and asking good questions.

Picture it. I am talking to a non-Christian social worker, let's call her Susan. My wife and I are foster carers for a young man from Eritrea and so this is just part of my work life. I have already told Susan some of my stories and she has been responsive and positive.

I have been studying Psalm 110 and I ask this question. "What do you think Jesus is doing right now?" She smiles warmly and tells me: "I think Jesus is very unhappy with all the horrible things going on in the world."

August Francke and his Christian vision for a German city

August Francke (1663 - 1727) was a German preacher and social reformer who established an orphanage and inspired George Muller. One day he had to pay the construction workers but he did not have any money and so he prayed to God for provision. At the end of that day, the paymaster came and asked if he was going to be able to pay his men. The answer was no. Just then a student knocked on the door and reported that someone, who wished to remain anonymous, had brought a pouch with thirty gold talers.