Friday, October 15, 2010

Fun-For-The-Whole-Family Hour: A Review

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. 

My Review:

Group Publishing is well known for it's awesome programming for Sunday School, VBS programs and Youth programming, and with the release of Fun-For-The-Whole-Family Hour they have not disappointed.

The Leader Pack is loaded with everything needed to have an awesome family event in your church or as a group of families, or even as an individual family! Though I did not do the actual event at the time of this review I did preview the DVD movie clips and listened to the music CD! Both are fantastic and I cannot wait for the release of the latest Narnia movie, The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader. My girls loved the CD and we had our own little dance party to "church music", as my four year old likes to describe it! The Leader Pack includes everything you will need to put on your very own Fun-For-The-Whole-Family Hour and looks like it would be very easy to plan and implement, and on a low budget. This is very good for all churches to incorporate all ages and stages of families!

I have actually donated the copy of the Leader Kit I received to do this review to my church's Children's Ministry Director, and she said that they are planning to use it in December or January! Very excited to see it in action!

If you are looking for a great way to interact with your young families at church, or participate in a fun weekend activity as a family I highly recommend Fun-For-The-Whole-Family Hour from Group!

BUY IT: To purchase Fun-For-The-Whole-Family Hour check out the official site, here.

***I received a complimentary Fun-For-The-Whole-Family Hour Leader Pack, courtesy of The B and B Media Group and Group Publishing, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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