Trust
Kidamazoo Studios, 2003

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Overview

What does it say on the tin?

Series Synopsis: In this series, we will break down how trust and faith work together; you can’t have one without the other. The kids will learn that you can’t be worrying and trusting at the same time, as well as to trust God in the good times and the bad times.

Close Up: Having confidence in God no matter what!

Memory Verse: Proverbs 3:5 – Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.

What do you get?

This unit is available on a USB drive from Kidamazoo Studios and digitally online via Disciplr. The unit consists of 4 weeks worth of curriculum and includes the following:

  • 4 Opening and Closing Sketches
  • 4 Drama Episodes
  • 4 Sermons with Object Lessons
  • 4 Large Group Games
  • 4 ‘Parent Script’ Take Home Papers
  • Semi-Editable Master Art for the Following Graphics: 1 Close Up Graphic (Unit Topic), 4 Final Cut Graphics (Weekly Takeaways), 1 Memory Verse Graphic

Series available by subscription to Disciplr (who also have 60 day free trial available).

Who is it for?

Children aged 6-10 years old. Small groups, larger groups including holiday clubs. Beginning, Enquiring.

Cost?

Free via subscription to Disciplr

Review

  • What is the overall quality of material presentation?

    Material presentation is good with a clear narrative to follow and an optional running order sheet to use. Each section has been allocated its own time slot and the video files provided are good but very simple and churches may prefer to follow the scripts themselves if this resource is being done as a holiday club or to a large group. There is a sound Biblical basis throughout with a core theme of trusting God all the time which is portrayed through metaphors, demonstrations, games and discussion. This resource has been produced by the American publisher Kidamazoo Studios and although the dramas are relevant and easy, the acting is mediocre in quality so leaders may want to consider this when thinking about how to show the dramas.

    How clear are its aims and outcomes?

    Aims are listed as ‘close ups’ and ‘final cuts’ in this series which is based around a TV set production.

    How accessible are the leader’s notes?

    Leader notes are easy to follow and the language is accessible. Included is everything from scripts, graphics and video-recorded drama episodes, to incentives for good behaviour. Leaders need only improvise for prayer as the minimal non-scripted part of the session.

    Who could lead it?

    This resource should be led by a Children’s Worker due to the coordination needed to run the resource. Helpers can have roles as small group leaders and drama participants.

    How helpful are the participants’ resources?

    No separate participant resources.

    How good is any digital material?

    All content is available digitally via USB or online depending on how it is accessed. Videos are relatively mediocre so leaders may be better off presenting the dramas themselves.

    How much prep will I have to do?

    Preparation depends on how the sessions are run and what the context is. If leaders choose to act out the scripts themselves, this will take practice and familiarity, whereas playing the videos is much easier so long as audio and a projector are available. Resources needed are standard, and will need to be gathered for the games too. Supporting roles need to be filled and these include volunteers to be: actors, small group leaders and audio or projector support if playing the videos. Otherwise all other well-scripted content is provided so there is little need for improvisation.

    Is there website support? Links?

    Suggested praise and worship songs are given on the script, but due to copyright laws, those MP3's are not included. There are links for all supporting material, for example, the small group discussion questions.

  • How well does it encourage interaction with the group?

    Children interact with one another during the game and interact with leaders too during small group discussion and the main talk.

    How well does it cater for a variety of both learning and delivery styles?

    Children learn in a range of ways throughout this series. They learn through metaphors by watching the dramas, listening during the talk and discussing during the small group time.

    How adaptable is it to my situation?

    This series is based on learning to trust God. Each session is designed to run for 75 minutes, with the timings mapped out in the session. The material can be used with 10 to 300 kids aged 6 - 10 years, and there are video dramas for each lesson which are crucial so access to a projector and audio are needed. There are two options available for running the scripted material, dependent on volunteer numbers and context. One option would be taking the script that is included and selecting volunteers to be placed in the various staging roles of the script. These volunteers would follow the script and act out everything in a live drama fashion. This option fits well with churches that have a greater number of volunteer resources and want to put on a full drama production for the kids. Option Two is to take the script that is included, and select two volunteers to host that services activities. When it gets to the place in service for the drama scenes, those can be played via video with the files that are attached to the unit. The hosts have minimal dialogue that helps introduce and wrap up what is being communicated via video. There are some adaptations which will be needed for use in the UK too, for example dollar bill prop exchanged for a sterling pound note. This resource can be used as part of a wider church event, weekly kids group, holiday club or Sunday School. If running the plays from the script, this will take more rehearsal time and will need sound effects to be ready to use too. If teaching the Bible lesson from the script this will take more time and someone who is confident to teach the children, otherwise, there is a video version available. This is a resource from America, so all dramas and teachings are by American speakers.

    How well does it encourage people to work together in applying the material?

    Children apply material during small group sessions which take approximately ten minutes depending on group size and the conversations which arise. More time can be allocated and leaders can of course add in their own questions or content too if needed.

  • How much of the material is Bible-based?

    Approximately 18 minutes per 75 minute session are spent directly on the teaching time and the verse which is being learnt.

    How well is the biblical material presented and used?

    Each session uses metaphors to teach children about trusting God when they are worried, let down by people, in a good situation and in a bad situation.

    How well does it apply biblical material to everyday life?

    Children apply the material by thinking about rhetorical questions asked during the talk and by answering questions during discussion time with small group leaders and peers. For example, children are asked questions like ‘Is it easier to trust God when things seem to be going right, or when things are going wrong?’ They learn to apply trusting God to their lives.

    Is there a particular theological perspective?

    Open to all denominations, but there is one confession per session. This is more just a simple prayer, which follows no denominational liturgy.

  • How well does it inspire people towards whole-life discipleship?

    Children are encouraged to deepen a key element in their relationship with God: trust. They learn to trust God in all kinds of different times, the good and the bad, and that by trusting him with their lives, they can know him better and can go forward in the knowledge they are doing his work. They learn about prayer and the importance of communicating with God through prayer when it is hard to trust God’s bigger picture.

    How well does it encourage and enable people to grow in their faith?

    Children are encouraged to grow in faith by learning about what the impact is if you trust in God. They learn that worry is the opposite of trusting God, and that if they are trusting in him, everything else is secondary. By praying through what they learn, God is given an opportunity then to speak with the children too.

    How well does it stretch faith and vision of God and his purposes?

    Children learn that God wants them to trust him, whether it is easy to in good times or difficult to in hard times. They learn that by trusting him, they will have less worry and that God can help them in the good and bad. Children also learn that by trusting God with their lives, they can achieve what he has created them to do.

    How well does it connect with real life issues?

    The small group session time and teaching time ask real life questions to apply the material to the children’s lives. The dramas also help children to apply the theme by using metaphors to explain situations where it may be hard to trust God. Children are asked questions like ‘How do you continue to trust God, even when things are going your way?’ and ‘Have you ever been let down by someone you trusted?’

  • How well does it encourage personal evangelism?

    Not a main focus in this series.

    How well does it encourage local or network-based community involvement?

    Not a focus in this series.

    How well does it connect with global issues?

    Not a focus in this series.

    How well does it encourage global mission?

    Not a focus in this series.

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