Monday, October 18, 2010

Review/Giveaway: Fun For the Whole Family Hour

Fun for the Whole Family Hour Leader KitTitle: Fun for the Whole Family Hour  
Genre: All-church event leader pack
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This is my review copy, so it has been gently used.  The map included in the family pack has “been revealed,” also.
Publisher: Group Publishing
Physical Description: Mixed media:  DVD, CDs, booklets
List Price: $19.99
ISBN: 978-0764442889

Group Publishing has set sail on a brand new expedition, where families will embark on an adventure to discover God’s love. In their very first Fun-for-the-Whole-Family Hour event, Group partners with Walden Media and 20th Century Fox, using scenes from the new Narnia movie, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. Fun-for-the-Whole-Family Hour combines eye-opening discussions and upbeat music with the thrilling adventure of Narnia in an experience that connects all ages with each other and with God.  
Fun-for-the-Whole-Family Hour is one action-packed hour where participants will discuss never-before-seen clips from the movie, listen to music, watch a skit, and grow in their faith. Participants will divide into family groups of no more than five. Each group is given their own expedition pack, which contains an interactive expedition map that uses water to reveal hidden messages, guiding each family to look at God’s transforming love in a whole new way. It also includes a CD with all the music so families can continue their adventure at home. Clips from the Narnia movie will help them explore how God’s love changes us. Fun-for-the-Whole-Family Hour makes reaching families easier than ever.
Fun-for-the-Whole-Family Hour is flexible, easy to implement, and a great value. Everything you need to get started is in the Leader Pack, which includes:
  • Leader Guide
  • DVD containing a promotional video and clips from The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
  • CD containing clip art, publicity helps, drama script, and PowerPoint song lyrics slides
  • Family Expedition Pack (sample)
  • Publicity Poster (sample)
Fun-for-the-Whole-Family Hour came out of a desire to let families share in simple, life-changing experiences like the ones kids explore at Group’s vacation Bible school. “In Group’s many years of ministry experience, we’ve seen families connect in unique ways during VBS,” according to Group’s Shannon Velasquez. “Fun-for-the-Whole-Family Hour brings families together for laughter, drama, and music, creating a starting point for family faith-building conversations.” 
Group has a reputation of being hands-on in growing children’s relationships with Christ, and this new product does not disappoint. Nothing fires you up like seeing kids “get it” as you teach…and seeing the children you serve grow closer to God.  This practical, time-saving resource makes that happen.
What I Liked:   This really is something that can be used for a huge range of ages.  We went through most of the program here at home, and my three-year-old enjoyed the mix of activities:  songs, DVD clips, skit.  The Zacchaeus skit/story is a fun one for even the littlest kids.  She LOVED the map and was the proud protector of it (all that Dora-watching is paying off… :).  Some of the suggested conversations were above her comprehension, but would work well in a larger family setting, I think.

The music CD alone is great – some catchy and meaningful worship songs with children’s voices in the mix.

And the kit includes lots of tips and suggestions for the planning along with the program itself.

What I Didn't Like: Other than all the juggling to keep the program going as a one-man show?!  It was a bit crazy moving from one media to the next – so if you’re doing this in a larger setting, make sure you’ve got a tech team! :)

The Voyage of the Dawn is a movie we plan to watch at some point, so I didn’t mind the “promotional” aspect of the program, but some might find that to be an issue.  I quite enjoy when programs include clips/snippets of current media, and this could be presented in the same light.
Thanks to The B&B Media Group for the review copy of this event pack.

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Annette W. said...

I'd love to give this to my church. I think the children's church ministry and youth leaders would love it!

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Sounds really neat. Can't wait for Dawntreader to come out.

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Gianna said...

It sounds like something my whole family can enjoy.