This video is the story of Christmas as told by the children of St Paul’s Church, Auckland, New Zealand. While the movie is a few years old now (made in 2010), it is a fresh and powerful as ever. Watch, enjoy, share, and let the joy of Christ’s birth fill your heart.
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This summer at Building Faith we have been posting some videos that you can hopefully use in your ministry context.
This particular one is actually a commercial from Thailand, and it is tremendous!
It centers around the theme of generosity. But woven into this miniature story (it really is a three-minute short film) are images of spirituality, community, witness, ethics, and love.
These are two of my favorite resources for Christian video skits. You may have heard of them. And if not, you are in for a treat! The videos are funny, well produced, and well acted. The themes are directly related to Christian life, and they always include a challenge or thought provoking question. Both groups have dozens of videos, and you can search them by theme, topic, etc.
With both of these resources, here’s the deal: You can watch them for free on youtube. And if you were showing them to a small group just once, it would be ok to use the free version.
Video is engaging. It grabs our attention and holds us. I remember as a child when my youth minister would bring out her VHS tape and play us a ten minute video from Gospel Bill. Even then I was transfixed. Luckily videos have gotten better. Now we have Youtube, Vimeo and other online sources for for free video. Youtube says that there is now 100 hours of new video uploaded to the site every minute. You may think, “That is a lot of cat videos.” It is true there are a lot of cat videos (I laughed at them and you know you did too) and other videos that we should probably never watch ourselves, much less show to groups.
I have also found that more and more people are sharing great content on Youtube also. As Kid President would say, “They are using it to make the world more awesome.” You just have to find and remember to organize the videos.
This is Holy Week, and many of you out there might be wondering what you might share with your Bible study, small group, youth group, or other group.
For you preachers out there, you may be looking a list of services and plugging in sermons, illustrations, and messages.
Or perhaps you are simply trying to faithfully observe Holy Week (not simple at all!) and looking for some extra inspiration.Here is a powerful short story you can use.
By folding the palms into crosses, we underscore this drastic reversal, and the fickle human nature which brought it about. We recall how quickly triumph gave way to shame and suffering.
This is a powerful way to enter Holy Week, and if you have never made a palm cross, here is our video to show you how. This is a high definition, easy to see, and easy to follow tutorial featuring our own Charlotte Greeson. Enjoy and share!
Here’s how it works: on the weekdays of Lent information is posted at www.lentmadness.org about two different saints, and then participants vote to determine who goes on to the next round. Each pairing remains open for 24 hours as people read about and then vote for their favorite saint. Sixteen saints make it to the Round of the Saintly Sixteen; eight advance to the Round of the Elate Eight; four make it to the Faithful Four; two to the Championship; and then winner is awarded the Golden Halo.
With the advent of using technology in curriculum, one of the media that can be tapped into successfully is the use of video – not just popping in a DVD, but creating and / or thinking outside the box in how this platform can be use.