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4 Stars Out Of 5
Family Outreach Opportunity Tied Into Movie Night
October 15, 2010
With the newest installment of the Narnian series, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, set to release in December, Mike Flaherty of Walden Media offered Group Publishing the opportunity to utilize movie clips in order to create a unique, interactive family resource for churches. Group excitedly accepted the offer. Shannon Velasquez, of the Group VBS Team, asks "How often do kids get to spend an hour with their parents, talking, laughing, and growing in faith in surprising ways?"
Our family recently took a quiet weekday evening to hold a "family movie night." That evening we participating in the following in about an hour's time:
* went through the Fun for the Whole Family Hour Leader Guide
* listened to music on the accompanying CD
* discovered secret messages on a treasure map
* viewed three short scenes from the upcoming movie, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
* discussed the biblical character Zacchaeus as well as the Narnian character Eustace
* participated in a family blessing and prayed together
While we loved the family activities (my children especially loved uncovering secret messages on the map by dipping their fingers in water and touching them to the map!), we did have one concern. We did think the story about Eustace might just need to be fleshed out a little more for families who have not read the Narnian series or listened to an audio adaptation of it. Perhaps prior to hosting an event such as this, church leaders could suggest to their church members to read C. S. Lewis' book as a family read-aloud or excerpts from the book could be read in Sunday School prior to the event or even during this family event.
The family discussion starters and the leader's "script" were all well done, and the suggested Zacchaeus drama could potentially be very engaging. Individual families do get to take home a music CD as well as a re-usable treasure map with secret messages revealed by applying water, so the potential for extending the learning and discussion at home is good.
This Fun for the Whole Family Hour set could be a good way to bring church families and their un-churched neighbors together and introduce the wonders of Narnia--and the biblical lessons which can be gleaned from this Christian literary classic. For churches planning to utilize this resource, your church may wish to extend this event into another evening in which your church can attend a group showing of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.
Disclosure: B & B Media sent me a complimentary copy of this for review. No other compensation was received. I have expressed my own opinion regarding this resource.
This is an excellent program for the entire family. I was very impressed by the entire thing. The price makes this very economical to put on even for the small church. If your church used Groups High Seas Expidition this ties in well, as it uses much of the same music and decorations. I agreed to review this thinking that it was for individual family use, however I was delighted to find out it was a family based worship experience for the church. I did review this with my children as part of homeschool and they enjoyed the video clips and map. They all thought it was exciting and fun. We are planning an event in November at our church and are expecting a good group. I am very glad to see programs that are like a mini-VBS for families. Many churches have programs for children, youth, young adults, senior adults, women, men, mothers, ect. However, there are few programs for the entire family. I think this is an excellent opportunity for a church to present something for the entire family - this is the best worship experience: Searching God's word as a family and as a family growing closer to God.
Thank you B&B Publishing for the opportunity to review such an wonderful church resource. I am anxious to see what Group does in the months to come to promote family worship experiences.
My church held this family event recently. In talking to our Children's Minister, she was favorably impressed with the kit. Some of the things she especially liked are:
1) The kit contains everything needed - publicity, instructions, etc. It would have been nice to have more than one publicity poster included in the pack, but there is a Publicity Poster Pack available.
2) Everything was family-friendly.
3) Instructions for holding the event were clearly delineated, even to the inclusion of how to instruct families to do the various discussion times. (For e.g., Have the person in your family with the next birthday go first as you . . ., or The person in your family wearing the most white should begin by. . ..
4) She could order a lot of the Family Expedition Packs but return the ones that weren't used.
This was an enjoyable experience for those who participated.
This is a game for the whole family from our little five year old, our seven year old and the adults. This is a game that will teach you more about the Bible, while you play the game, listen to the music and just have fun together. We have always enjoyed the movie Narnda and this game showed clips when we could talk about it. Now I only have the leader pack and not yet bought the packs for my whole family. I would also like for my church group to try it out and maybe we can get a thing going at some of our gatherings.I know I have not done justice to this great game but you really need to play it see what I am talking about.This game was sent to me by B&B Media group for review.