Golden Bells

Keith Clayton

Category: Report

Children’s Magazine

Golden Bells is a children’s outreach magazine published to present the gospel and teach the word of God to the young people living in today’s world. The main purpose of the magazine is to provide solid Bible-based material that is easily understood, yet comprehensive, in a time when clear, scriptural materials for the younger generation are becoming increasingly scarce. Golden Bells is produced and funded by believers from the Salis-bury assembly in Brisbane, Australia. Dona-tions from our subscribers also assist in covering the costs of children’s prizes and postage.

In 1966, brother Blair McCracken produced the Acacia Ridge Sunday School Magazine. This was the beginning of what we now know as Golden Bells. The magazine became known by its current name within the following year and was used to spread the word of God in government schools in the local area. As time passed, word of the magazine spread and subscriptions came from every state in Australia as well as internationally, from countries such as Canada, New Zealand, Africa, India, Fiji and the Solomon Islands.

Believers, both young and old, from the Salisbury Gospel Hall have contributed to the production of Golden Bells over the years, actively taking part in writing articles, compiling activities, graphic design, posting and packaging. The magazine has undergone a number of facelifts in order to keep it up to date and interesting to our changing society. The most recent change, during 2006, saw the introduction of a full colour glossy format and a theme for each issue.

Today, the magazine reaches over 4,000 children and young people in different parts of the world and has served three generations up to the present day. It is used in Sunday school lessons, religious education (RE) classes, kids’ clubs and home schooling programmes. The magazine is also used as a teaching tool in outback Aboriginal communities and International Schools.

Golden Bells is produced bi-monthly and is freely available to anyone who wishes to put it to use in youth or children’s work. The content within each issue spans a broad age range through various regular articles.

If you are interested in subscribing to Golden Bells please contact us at the following address:
Golden Bells,
PO BOX 1463,
Sunnybank Hills 4109 QLD, Australia

The magazine goes out with the prayer that children and their families might come to know Christ as their Saviour.

Each issue contains the following:
Children’s Story
Each issue begins with an adapted Bible story and is suitable for reading aloud to young children, or read by those who have a reading age of 7-10 years.

Claire’s Column
A letter from Claire is written to the children explaining the theme for the issue and linking it to the Bible and daily living. Children are able to email or write to Claire in response to each letter.

Activity pages
The activities are Bible based and usually relate directly to the chosen theme. Simple find-a-word, hidden pictures and colouring pages are included for young children, whilst comprehension activities, crosswords and quizzes are included for teenagers. Completed activities can be sent to Golden Bells and the children are added to ‘The Golden Bells Club’ where they can then receive points and awards for their efforts.

Teen focus
The topic is explored in an interactive way to children from approximately 12-16 years. These pages require use of the Bible in answering the questions and understanding the theme being studied.

Young Christians’ Page
YCP is a Bible study page which can be used in small groups or by individuals to study in more depth and gain a solid understanding of the topic from a biblical perspective.

There are 28 articles in
ISSUE (2007, Volume 62 Issue 4)

1 Corinthians 11 (3)

Apocalypse Facts and Fantasies

Balancing Your Dispensations

Bethel Gospel Chapel

Bits & Bobs

The Challenge of Revival

The Church at Thyatira

Cross Words

Day by Day – Paradise to the Promised Land


Forgiveness Regardless?

The Frightened Prophet - Chapter 2 (running back to God)

Golden Bells

Gospel Work and other Activities

He is coming

Honesty - Does Truth Matter?

Introducing Islam (3)

Love in Marriage

Making the Right Decision

Morning Meditations – For each Lord’s Day of the Year

Not under Grace But under Law

Opening up Luke’s Gospel

Possessions: Hindrance or Help?

Romans Chapters 1-8

Setting Up a Toddler Group

Slow Down

Views from the News

What does the Bible say about same-sex marriage?

This article is not part of a series

There are 91 articles by this author

We Consider Blessed Those Who Have Persevered

Travelling On My Knees - 2 Corinthians 1.11.

The Teignmouth Gospel Hall

An Appreciation OfIvan Steeds

We Count Them Happy That Endure

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures. Psalm 23. 2

Celebrating 100 years of service for The Western Counties and South Wales Evangelisation Trust

Choice Gleanings

Bethany Residental Home

Who says the Word of God is not important?

Winshill Gospel Hall

Mill Green Gospel Hall


Look for God’s Look for God’s hand in it!

The UK Assembly Address Book

The Benefits of Belonging

Deep-Water Faith!

Emptied to be Filled

Empty Chairs

Merrion Hall, Dublin

Report of Gospel Work & Other Assembly Activity

A Family

A Body

Reports of Gospel Work and other Assembly Activity

A Hospital

The Greater London Crusade

Brierfield, Lancashire

Priter Way, Bermondsey - A Story of Dockside London

Be Neighbourly

Nursing a Grievance

God’s Sovereign working in the Telugu Desh

Don’t make a mistake

In a Devon Coastal Town (Seaton)


Is this your Gospel Meeting?

Special Notice

A Situation we must face

Crediton - from 1850 to 1956

New Hall for Lynmouth

Why and Wherefore?


Spending and being Spent

Canley - Coventry

Dwindling Assemblies

Divine Sovereignty and Human Responsibility

Income and Expenditure

Resignation of Mr L. F. Morice

Musbury, Devon

Musbury, Devon - 2

Please Don’t Forget This Time

New Committee Members

Income and Expenditure

Holiday Evangelism

Home for Elderly Believers

Eastern Counties Missionary Home

The Holy Spirit

Loughton, Essex

Accounts of the Year ended August 31st, 1959

Our Future Programme

A Library for Biblical Research

Homecall of A. C. Hinton

Our Programme for 1961

Tell Yorkshire

Statement of Accounts for Year End August 1960

Dr John Heading


Home Workers Fund

The Indispensable Man

If God should go on strike

Scripture text posters

Denis Clapham

Views from the News

Copimg with difficulties within a marriage

Bexley Christian Assembly


Slow Down

Golden Bells

Bethel Gospel Chapel

Are you hooked on logic?

I cannot understand

The Bow Assembly, Devon, England

What is Relational Evangelism?

God is ...

Code name: Confusion

Matthew 24. 42

Faskally House and Trust

A Hunger for the Word

Parkside Hall, Maidenhead

2008 China’s Year!

Walk Before God

Yorkshire Christian Camp