How many kids in your
ministry have access to a smartphone? In the past, I’ve discussed
tips for handling cellphones in your ministry, but today I want
to talk about how we can shift our outlook on the ubiquity of
cellphones. Let’s start looking at smartphones more as a tool than
a distraction. There are tons of apps out there that can be used in
your ministry or by families at home to continue the faith
discussion. Here’s a list of a few of my favorites.
1. Bad Piggies Chances are even if your
kids haven’t already heard of Bad Piggies, they know where it
began…Angry Birds. Free versions of this app are available, and it
can go nicely with lessons on Nehemiah. The following example
modified from Faithweaver NOW shows one way it can be used
with older kids or families.
Form as many groups as you have
smartphones. Have everyone download the “Bad Piggies” app (free
versions are available).
Say: Nehemiah learned
that the wall around the city of Jerusalem was broken down. And he
was determined to fix it. As he did, he faced a lot of challenges.
As we read about his challenges, we’ll see what challenges our pigs
face as they do some building of their own.
Have groups read Nehemiah 2:13-18.
Then say: Nehemiah’s first challenge was looking
toward the future at the big task ahead. Tell your group about a
challenge you have regarding the future. Allow time
for discussion. Then have groups complete one level of “Bad
Have groups read Nehemiah 4:1-6.
Then say: Nehemiah’s second challenge was dealing with
difficult people. Tell your group about a challenge you have
dealing with a difficult person, like a bully. Allow
time for discussion. Then have groups complete another level of
Have groups read Nehemiah 4:7-15.
Then say: Nehemiah’s third challenge was making sure his
people remained safe as they built. Tell your group about a time
you were scared. Allow time for discussion. Then
have groups complete another level of “Bad Piggies.”
Have groups read Nehemiah 5:1-12.
Then say: Nehemiah’s fourth challenge was figuring out how
to make the financial situation more fair for everyone. Tell your
group about a time you didn’t think you were being treated
fairly. Allow time for discussion. Then have groups
complete another level of “Bad Piggies.”
Have groups read Nehemiah 6:1-8.
Then say: Nehemiah’s final challenge was dealing with
people who were trying to make him worried and distracted. Tell
your group about a time you were distracted or
worried. Allow time for discussion. Then have groups
complete another level of “Bad Piggies.”
Say: Nehemiah overcame all
of these challenges. Have someone read aloud Nehemiah
•What challenges did your
pigs face in building?
•How do those challenges
compare with Nehemiah’s challenges?
•Explain which category has
caused the most challenges for you: future, bullies, safety,
fairness, or distractions.
•What can you learn from the
way Nehemiah faced each of his challenges?
Say: Nehemiah confronted his
challenges with prayer. He knew that God helps us face challenges.
And whether it was about the looming future, difficult people,
safety, unfairness, or distractions, God helped him face every
challenge. As you encounter challenges in those categories and
others, learn from Nehemiah. Face the challenges with prayer, and
keep your focus on what God wants you to do.
2. Gabbit Studies show that families who have
at least one faith conversation a week are much stronger and tend
to stick together longer. Gabbit makes it easy-and fun-for your
family to grow closer to each other and to God. Gabbit gives you
hundreds of dynamic, family-friendly questions at the push of a
button. No rules, no instructions-just pick a category and let the
unforgettable conversations begin! Free versions are available for
iPhones and iPads as well as Android.
3. My First Hands-On Bible Apps The My First
Hands-On Bible app lets preschoolers experience God’s Word, not
just read it. It includes motions, sounds, and simple activities
that kids do with their families. It instills a love for the Bible
while giving parents and grandparents unforgettable memories of
growing their childrens faith. The best part: the first set is on
us! Here are the links (Android/iPhone and iPad) to try out “God in the
Beginning” for free!
What apps would you add to this list? Let us know in the comment