Gina asked me to repost the video here for some feedback. Jonathan Cliff also has it posted over on his site. The LifeChurch.tv team is wanting to have something available for parents, primarily, and anyone else who would like to have a brief presentation of salvation that can be shown to kids. As they are developing this, they are looking for feedback from people to see how they can put out something that is quality and effective.
So go ahead and leave a comment here with your thoughts!
Here are some of mine:
I think the art and animation are pretty good. I would say that the style is probably attractive to children from 4 years old to at most 7 years old. With that being said, the language used in the video needs to be simplified further. What I mean by that is there are some phrases and concepts used that would not be understood by children that young. There is a lot of time used to explain what a cross is while “Jesus dying in our place” is not given any explanation. Also, while I do like the ABC presentation, I prefer to use Choose rather than Confess for C.
On another stylistic note, I would lower the volume of the “boinging.” It’s louder than the voices, and it should probably be more of a background sound.
The only other comment I have is to maybe add a note that children can talk to a parent or pastor or church group leader or someone like that about what it means to follow Christ. If this is really meant as a tool for parents, then the video shouldn’t take leading their child to Christ themselves away from them by having it in the video. I’m not saying take the prayer out of the video but giving the option for children to pray with their parents or whoever is watching the video with them.
Someone from LifeChurch.tv had posted on Jonathan’s blog asking what might work for older kids… I think that any kind of animation would be lost on kids 7 and older for something like this unless you had access to movie quality animation (I’m talking Disney here). What might work better is something live. Most of the older kids are watching Hannah Montanna, iCarly, Suite Life on Deck, etc. When my wife and I were talking about it, we thought that even an updated (cultural-wise) version of McGee and Me type videos might work.
So what about you?
What did you think about the video? Do you think it’s a good idea?
What do you think of a video as a salvation presentation tool?
What ages do you think this would appeal to?
Be honest. Let’s help out the LifeChurch.tv content team! I’ve really appreciated their generosity in making their resources available for free at OPEN.lifechurch.tv. If you are looking for curriculum, videos, sermon series, graphics, etc. check it out. It’s all FREE!