How excited do you get when children really engage with God’s word? Recently I ran a couple of SU Groups and an evening primary event where the children got excited! We used the new app Guardians of Ancora to have fun exploring the stories in the Bible.
Perhaps some wonder how something digitally orientated could be of any use in an SU Group or primary event, but think again! To help I have split the app into two parts: (A) finding out about the story and (B) responding to it.
A. The app offers 3 ways to find out about the story. (1) Play the game which leads you through the story, (2) read the story and (3) finally you can watch the story through a short film clip (many of the clips are on the Max 7 web site).
B. Guardians of Ancora offers questions to explore the story with various creative ways of responding, e.g. draw a picture, write a prayer etc. I have been particularly impressed with the thoughtfulness of the questions. They really open up the passage and engage with the story to bring it to live.
For example, in the feeding of the 5,000 - instead of asking “how many loaves and fishes were there?” - one of the questions was “how did the boy feel seeing his packed lunch being shared?” It is a super question which encourages to think more about what is happening.