Guest Blog: Family Movie Night with What’s in the Bible

Our awesome friend Sherry Domer, who blogs over at Sundayschoolpages.com, recently hosted a family movie night featuring What’s in the Bible?. She kindly agreed to guest blog for us to share with all of you about the event and how it went. As Sherry mentions, this is a great idea for families who want to get together on a Friday night, for special nights at church, even for extended family get-togethers and after-school parties!  You can also watch it with your own immediate family and enjoy laughing and learning together.

Here are Sherry’s thoughts about the experience:

I love community.  I enjoy gathering with friends and family.  But with my large busy family, I struggle to make time for that important component.  I am always looking for ways to make it easier for families to gather.  Family Movie Night with “What’s in the Bible?” was born out of my desire to fellowship and grow with other families.  Our church encourages this type of event, so it was a great place for us to hold our movie night.  Besides, what child hasn’t thought about how cool it would be to come to church in their PJs?   I had a secondary objective.  As a Sunday School teacher,  I think “What’s in the Bible?” is the type of series that should be in every family library.  This is a great opportunity to get the parents to see how wonderful the videos are, before they buy them.

Family Movie Night with “What’s in the Bible?” could also be a great neighborhood gathering time in your own home.  It is a great tool for evangelism.  It addresses a lot of the popular Bible myths prevalent in our culture today.  And it’s not just for the kids, many adults need this too.  This is what makes it a great event for the whole family.

Know your audience.  The first time we held our movie night we watched both half hour segments on the disc.  My media deprived children were able to enjoy it all.  But there were some folks that felt this content rich time was a little too long.  If you need to, I suggest combining two great movies (meat and milk).

This is how it works: Set a date and invite families!  Dress the kids in PJs and bring their blankies and special stuffed animals.  Make lots of popcorn and enjoy the show!  We happen to have a “no sugar policy” near bedtime, but we do offer corn dogs for those who can’t get dinner before they come.  This is meant to make fun community events as easy on the parents as possible.  Water and/or sugar free tea are good drinks to wash down the popcorn.  Stress free fellowship and learning for all!

What is What’s in the Bible?
It is a DVD series starting with Genesis and they intend to go the whole way through to Revelation.  Phil is really on fire for Jesus!  His commitment to reach children with the message of Jesus has reached new heights of excellence.   VeggieTales told cute Bible stories that made you laugh.  But “
What’s in the Bible?” is solid food that children can understand.  This is solid content that most adults don’t know, repackaged to delight children as well.  Simply awesome!  It’s what I always wanted, but couldn’t find.

Sherry also sent us some cute pictures of kids enjoying their What’s in the Bible? Family Night:

Do you have any ideas about how to use What’s in the Bible? as a family? Or how to share it with other families? Let us know!

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raddestnerd
raddestnerd

Day 2 of VBS. We just saw ep 2 with our group of ten kids. So fun! Can't wait to see more! I'm a youth pastor and I am taking a break from seminary. Surprised at depth of content. Lots of refreshers and new stuff I didn't know! This will help when I go back to school. Most importantly: may these videos become as popular as (if not more than) VeggieTales to turn a generation back to the Word (along with their Gen X parents, too! God bless you, Phil & everyone at Jellyfish Labs and Tyndale!

Sherry
Sherry

I meant, very cute. (Not have cute. Although, I'm sure they have cute. )

Sherry Domer
Sherry Domer

Wow, I love the Genesis puppet show idea. Have cute. My kids would love to do that.

Sue
Sue

Great ideas for movie night! Thanks for the suggestions. We have watched the 1st DVD several times. Our kids ended up doing their own puppet show on Genesis (they made the puppets with paper and clothes pins).

Jonathan
Jonathan

When you have your movie night, make sure it is now easy for families to buy the dvds themselves. Give them a web link to the Whats in the Bible Store online. Or make sure they know where the nearest store that sells the dvd is located. This way parents can show their kids these dvds and they can learn lots and grow!