25 copy price £1.99
It's never too early to introduce the next generation to some of the heroes of faith. These 52 memory cards will help children learn about Christian men and women from all walks of life who wanted to live for their friend Jesus.
The download of cards covers the following people:
For the past couple of years we’ve been using our traditional children’s slot in church to run a series called “50 Christians” giving a very brief bio and point of application for 50 significant Christians down the ages. I found the confidence to tackle church history from the “Through the Bible with Buck Denver” which is not afraid to teach church history to kids. We backed up the series with a set of 50 baseball–type cards each carrying a picture and some biographical detail. We had them printed as a job lot of business cards and encouraged the kids (and adults!) to collect the set. It was slightly amateurish as these things always are, but a really good use of the time in a church service to teach both children and adults the value of church history without getting into dry and dusty detail. I’m glad to see the idea now done well – better in fact than we ever did it – with a superb book by Clare Heath–Whyte and a matching set of cards with fantastic illustrations from Jenny Brake. Why not think about using these to do something similar to us? Clare’s book gives you the script and the teaching points, then the church could invest in enough sets so that kids can collect one each week. They will love it and learn as they go. Even adults might learn a thing or two. We had kids in our church buy albums to keep their collections and ask for missing cards when they were away. You could follow a similar pattern. I’ve long been a little sceptical about kids’ slots in church: if kids are taught well in Sunday School I fail to see what value the talk adds other than giving a church member something else to prepare. Moreover, they often reflect the inability of a service leader to know how to lead a service so that it serves all the congregation, including kids. But that rant aside, here is a very useful way to use that five–minute slot that will do precisely what is needed – it really will make a difference and do something that is not being done elsewhere. It would be ironic indeed if the way for adults to appreciate church history was through the kids’ enthusiasm. But why not?
The overall look of these is lovely and well–made. However, there could have been a lot more done with them to encourage kids to use them and make them more interesting – for example if the name was on the same side as the picture, you could play a game where you try to remember their name from their ‘bio’, or vice–versa, and if you get it right you keep the card. Or a number of other variations on a theme. Sometimes the short bio is overly simplistic and could have been expanded a little – into bullet points maybe. I thought it would be something to add to the book, but really if you already have the book this doesn’t add anything, and if you don’t have the book it doesn’t give enough information to satisfy curious kids.
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