Author challenges parents to raise children that resist the current cultural trends

NEWS SOURCE: Adams Group

Nashville, TN − In a recent Barna Research study, half of all parents  say they talk to their children daily about self-control, happiness, and patience. But less than 40% talk to their kids about serving others, conflict resolution, or being reliable. In her new book, “How to Build Children with Integrity”, author and bible study teacher Karen Budzinski offers parents strategies to tackle the subjects that shape the core of their children’s character. Budzinski says that on average, if a person interacts with only three people per day, they will impact over 80,000 people during their lifetime, and that, she says, is why integrity is so imperative.

“As the mother of five, I have learned that raising children to adulthood requires integrity: the wholeness that comes from knowing who you are, what you stand for and what you live for,” says Budzinski. “Integrity is consistent; it can be counted on. Building children requires that you build them with ethics and character that will stand against the flood of social opposition to strong values. ‘How to Build Children with Integrity’ is a toolbox of resources and ideas for parents and those who are involved with children. This book is meant to be used as a springboard to get people to think of how they can take normal everyday life and build something lasting in children along the way. I include many ideas on how to train character, starting with ages where parents are not even accustomed to thinking ahead to outcomes yet.

“How to Build Children with Integrity” deals with topics such as contentment, selfishness, being responsible, accepting failures and imperfections, finding joy in an imperfect world, and teaching kids to be a givers instead of a takers— a subject that cuts to the root of what Budzinski says has become a narcissistic society.

“Research over the past few years seems to show that as people become less materialistic their well-being —including good relationships and sense of purpose—rises. When talking about greed and parasitic people that are consumed with what they can get from others, people that will never get enough, the Bible refers to leeches with …twin daughters named ‘Gimme’ and ‘Gimme more’ (Proverbs 30.15 MSG). Leeches are known for sucking blood insatiably: they can ingest up to five times their body weight in blood taken from their host! A gruesome word picture, but the comparison is stark. Sadly, by pummeling our children with things, we can produce leeches with the mentality of ‘Gimme’ and ‘Gimme more;’ and they will never have enough things to satisfy them. Just as parents don’t realize the damage done until it is too late, the host of a leech often doesn’t feel the pain until it is too late.”

Budzinski says parents need to re-affirm their position as heads of their households, as disciplinarians and, ultimately, as builders of the next generation.

“In the midst of an anti-Christian culture, it is easy to get swept up into a flurry of activities that have no eternal value,” Budzinski says. “Activities substitute and take away time that should be used for training in many homes. Many fathers are out of the house, not only because of divorce but maybe even because of the need to work long hours. Social media often substitutes for face-to-face relationships. My experience is that many families are looking for help in how to counteract the cultural opposition to training children who are able to excel not just academically, but morally. The most important social institution according to Christian teaching is the family, and that institution is being pushed more and more into the background by undue encroachments of the community and of the state. The lives of children are no longer molded solely by the loving atmosphere of the Christian home; in fact, often children or parents spend most of their time away from their homes. Since it is so limited, we must use our time and how we train our children wisely.”

About Karen Budzinski:

For nearly four decades, Karen Budzinski has directed Women’s Ministries for several churches, served as a Sunday School teacher for adult, youth and children’s classes, taught Discipleship and New Believer’s Classes, led marriage groups for couples, and counseled troubled marriages. She attended Central Bible College to study Biblical Counseling, and has held seminars and taught homiletics to individual groups, district denominational gatherings, as well as leaders in Peru and Haiti. She speaks to various MOPS groups each year, and teaches an on-going class on Building Better Relationships in her home and at church. She has five children and 14 (soon to be 15) grandchildren. She and her husband, Gary, have been married for 37 years and reside in Michigan. For more information, visit www.KarenBudzinski.com.

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Timely Read RAISING GREAT GIRLS, HELP FOR MOMS To Raise CONFIDENT, CAPABLE Daughters (perfection not required) To Hit Aug. 21

Timely Read RAISING GREAT GIRLS, HELP FOR MOMS To Raise CONFIDENT, CAPABLE Daughters (perfection not required) To Hit Aug. 21

How-To Penned By Mother and The Grit & Grace Project Founder Darlene Brock

National Fashion Authority For Moms, Evereve
To Host Book Launch

NEWS SOURCE: The M Collective

Nashville, Tenn. (Aug. 1, 2018) – Conquering the idea of how to raise great girls in times such as these, a book of resource and comfort titled RAISING GREAT GIRLS, HELP FOR MOMS To Raise CONFIDENT, CAPABLE Daughters (perfection not required) will release on Aug. 21. From two decades of leadership in the music business to fostering a safe community for women known as The Grit & Grace Project, Darlene Brock draws from the reality of raising two daughters while working, traveling and juggling the impossible equilibrium of  life.

With humor and insight, she unpacks the critical impact moms have on their daughters and the jobs we all juggle and how to tackle and master them: Coach, Creative Counselor, Time Manager, Academic Advocate, Professor of Gender Studies, Relationship Counselor, Sex Ed Teacher, Communications Specialist and more. Demand prompted Brock to add three chapters just for dads, covering the key roles of a father that every mom can hand over to her man: Master Gemologist, Stunt Coordinator and Bodyguard.

“When my hindsight takes a moment to list the riches of my life, my daughters take the lion’s share,” shares Brock. “Whether the girls who are in your life came through marriage, foster care, adoption, or by birth, a mother’s hope and desire is to raise them to be great ones—girls who have the grit to get through life with perseverance, standing up for themselves, as well as others.”

Evereve, marked as the fashion authority moms, will host a launch party for the book at their Tennessee location on Tues. Aug. 21. Evereve is a national fashion and styling company where women can find daily new arrivals from Sanctuary, Michael Stars, Hudson and more. From the beginning, Evereve had a deeper purpose: to love, serve and inspire moms to embrace their beauty and power. For more information or to RSVP, click here.

RAISING GREAT GIRLS, HELP FOR MOMS To Raise CONFIDENT, CAPABLE Daughters (perfection not required) is currently available for pre-order through Amazon in both paperback and e-book. To pre-order, click here. For more information, visit www.DarleneBrock.com.
About Darlene Brock:
Darlene Brock is the co-founder and president of The Grit and Grace Project, author and co-host of This Grit and Grace Life Podcast. It was in the busyness of producing award-winning music videos, managing music groups, promoting concerts and serving as COO of ForeFront Records that Brock raised her two daughters alongside her husband Dan. She understands that motherhood is not just one job, but it is many. As Brock embraced grit and grace to master the challenges in her life, she became inspired to write about raising confident and capable daughters, understanding that perfection was not required. Every element of The Grit and Grace Project which she launched in 2015, including the magazine, podcast and book publishing affiliate, was created to remind women that true beauty is found in a woman’s strength. Brock has been featured on FOX & Friends, Focus on the Family and Family Life Today radio programs, and multiple ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX affiliates. She has been a featured columnist for CNN and written for numerous Family oriented magazines and websites. This unique blend of author, mother, businesswoman, wife and creative producer has shown her that it is indeed true, “life challenges should neither defeat nor define you.”

 

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All-New “VeggieTales in the City” Episodes Streaming On Netflix

Big Idea Entertainment Announces All New Fun-Filled “VeggieTales in the City” New Episodes Now Streaming On Netflix

New Season Features Bible-Centered Lessons About Telling The Truth, Trusting God, The Importance Of Friendship, And More

September 18, 2017 (Nashville, TN) – There’s fresh new fun from VeggieTales in the second and all-new hilarity-filled season of “VeggieTales in the City” which debuted September 15, only on Netflix. Watch the trailer: https://youtu.be/Unp-HpsfbLk

 

The VeggieTales crew delivers a new set of funny adventures in “VeggieTales in the City” season two. The new episodes have the Veggies taking off to explore the city in all-new cartoon storylines. Each episode has two 11-minute stories that serve up what parents have come to expect from the brand in inspirational children’s content and lifelong lessons. Each story features important Bible-centered values like telling the truth, trusting God, the value of friendship, and a brand new original song that will have kids laughing and toe-tapping with the Veggies that are always fresh!

 

“We developed ‘VeggieTales in the City’ with our current fans in mind and we hope the new series will also excite and endear a new group of VeggieTales enthusiasts,” says Leslie Ferrell, General Manager of Big Idea Entertainment. “We hope everyone joins Bob, Larry, Petunia Rhubarb, Junior, and the rest of the Veggie bunch in their new “VeggieTales in the City”episodes!” Teaching children faith-based lessons through entertaining animation has made VeggieTales one of the most successful children’s brands in the world. Big Idea Inc. was launched in 1993 and since then VeggieTales has sold over 75 million videos, 13 million books and more than seven million CDs. VeggieTales and Big Idea’s property “3-2-1 Penguins” enjoyed four seasons as a top-rated series on NBC Saturday mornings. There have also been two successful theatrical releases-2002’s “Jonah-A VeggieTales Movie” and 2008’s “The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything-A VeggieTales Movie.” Big Idea also maintains a wide presence in publishing and licensing.

 

Season 2 episodes: 

  1. The Hottest Pepper in the West / Karate Pirate Space Posse
  2. Plane vs. Train / Larry’s Baby Birdies
  3. Two of a Kind / Moving to the City
  4. An Ichaburger Christmas / A Christmas Play
  5. Ichaburgertopia / The Truth Hurts
  6. Employee Fun Day / Bacon Bill’s New House
  7. Books of the Bible / Monster in the Closet
  8. Arcade Showdown / The Audition
  9. The Singing, Dancing Lobster / It’s Skatin’ Time
  10. The Last Issue / Bob’s Great Store
  11. Attack of the Marshmallow Laser / Bye, Bye, Bacon Bill

 

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Entrepreneur & Former Software Developer Launches Ground-breaking, Faith-based App to Help Children Learn the Bible

Entrepreneur & Former Software Developer Launches Ground-breaking, Faith-based App to Help Children Learn the Bible

 

(Washington, DC) – May 17, 2017 – The advancement of technology affords designers the opportunity to develop innovative and exciting new apps. The faith-based community is no exception. Vicky E. Lynch, an entrepreneur and visionary, took her love of the Bible, education, and her knowledge of technology and melded it into a ground-breaking, inspirational app just for kids ages 3-12 years old. The app motivates children to learn the Bible through 41 memorable poems, beautiful illustrations and a licensed partnership with Psalty Kids Co! to teach 26 scriptures with “The Bible Alphabet Song.” The new app, Theo & Izzy the Word Seekers, is currently available as a free download through the iTunes App Store and Google Play Store. A video highlighting the app’s features is available here: http://bit.ly/2qprHHt.

 

Lynch came up with the idea for the app while putting her children to bed. “The idea came from my sons,” she recounts. “During story time, they wanted me to read a lot of stories from their children’s Bible. When I felt tired of flipping pages, I realized that I could consolidate stories broken into several chapters in an interesting way that didn’t feel overwhelming when I wanted them to sleep. Part two of the vision came when I formed a curriculum for children’s Bible studies. I shared it with my children. With joy, they learned about the Bible, but wanted something visual like a video game. Instead, I decided to create an app,” says Vicky. With a background in software development, Vicky conceptualized much of the creative and technical aspect of the app.

 

To complement the app, there is a companion story book which follows the stories, also including a Fun Zone with puzzles and coloring pages. Children will enjoy the thrilling adventures that characters Theo and Izzy take them on, recounting familiar stories from the Old and New Testaments. With characters that are easily relatable, children will connect with them immediately. Theo is ten years old and his strength is helping children overcome peer pressure. Izzy is seven years old, and she desires to learn as much as she can, as she exemplifies positive behavior in school. Imaginatively created by Vicky, she credits her children for inspiring both characters, and lovingly calls her children “little creative directors.”

 

Lynch, who serves as founder, director, product manager and writer of the app, through her organization, Words from a Childlike Heart, hopes that Theo & Izzy the Word Seekers encourages children to live out their own personal Bible experiences. With a goal to teach children valuable lessons found in each story, Vicky aims to make biblical narratives sensational and thought-provoking for kids. Through original music by 1 Vision Music Productions and narration by Voice Over Artist, Lisa Biggs, the presence of children makes the app keenly targeted to its intended audience. Feeling a call to spread the gospel and encourage literacy in this unique way, Vicky wants to ignite a spark in children for the Bible and for reading. She also hopes that Theo and Izzy serve as role models for kids, helping them to make wise and right choices.

 

The organization’s theme, “Setting the stage for biblical training and individual achievement,” captures the mission of Words from a Childlike Heart. The ministry started in 2014 with the poem, “Superhero.” Since that time, it’s grown from that one poem to a CD to an app. Lynch’s children are entrepreneurs as well as award-winning, international recording artists with the release of “We Have Clean Hands,” a single that’s already receiving airplay. Cleveland and Samuel have also penned four books, and their mother has three published books. The music and books are available for purchase on www.wordsfromachildlikeheart.com. Connect with Vicky E. Lynch of Word from a Childlike Heart on Facebook and Twitter.

JellyTelly Helps Parents Develop Kids’ Faith

JellyTelly Helps Parents Develop Kids’ Faith;

Video App, Devotionals, Store and More Give Parents a Destination for Faith-Building Resources

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SOURCE: Merge PR
14 February – Nashville, TN – JellyTelly, a rapidly-growing media and technology company serving Christian families, is a focused destination for parents looking for help raising Christian kids. The JellyTelly team helps Christian families live faithfully and flourish through the JellyTelly video app for kids, the robust publisher JellyTelly Parents, and a curated e-commerce store.

“Our team conducted interviews with Christian parents from across the country and it was clear that they are looking for a partner they can trust amidst a pluralistic, social, mobile, media-drenched world,” said JellyTelly CEO Erick Goss. “Whether that means offering hundreds of hours of tv shows and movies, mobile games, video-based family devotions, a curated selection of the best Christian family products, or providing world-class encouragement through our publishing platform, JellyTelly is striving to help parents raise the next generation of Christians.”

JellyTelly is a partner for parents looking to engage their kids in the Christian faith, anchored in its streaming video app for kids, parent-centered publishing platform, and carefully curated marketplace of the best in Christian kids’ products. JellyTelly is also the creator of the 5 Minute Family Devotional, a popular video series with video-based family devotionals, available on the JellyTelly Parents blog and YouTube, as well as in the JellyTelly app.

The JellyTelly app features over 300 hours of video content, including beloved series like VeggieTales(R) and Friends and Heroes, and new shows like Phil Vischer’s Buck Denver Asks … What’s in the Bible? and Micah’s Super Vlog. The JellyTelly app is available on the App Store, Google Play, Roku Channel Store and supported Kindle devices.

“Our growing catalog of faith-friendly kids’ video content sets JellyTelly apart from other platforms, offering parents a safe place for their kids to watch and grow in faith at the same time,” said Goss. “I have 3 girls at home, and the shows on JellyTelly have provided a catalyst for conversations about God we would never have had otherwise. Screentime moves from feeling like a compromise to a tool that helps my wife and I teach our girls about Jesus and his love for them.”

JellyTelly Parents features more than 15 well-known regular writers publishing 4-5 times per week, and focuses its content on encouraging, equipping and coaching parents.

The JellyTelly Store is a growing marketplace of thoughtfully curated products for Christian families, including videos, books, games, toys and more.

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JellyTelly is a rapidly growing media and technology company incubated within Creative Trust focused on helping Christian parents navigate the often-complicated world of parenting, spiritual formation, and raising great kids. Its transmedia properties include a robust subscription streaming video on demand platform for kids (JellyTelly app), a resource-rich parents blog (JellyTelly Parents), and a curated store with the best books, toys and videos for Christian families (JellyTelly Store). JellyTelly helps families experience the goodness of God every day by inspiring, entertaining and resourcing them.

The JellyTelly app is available on the App Store, Google Play, Roku Channel Store and supported Kindle devices.

RANDALL GOODGAME’S DOVE-NOMINATED ‘SLUGS & BUGS’ SERIES RETURNS MARCH 18 WITH ‘SING THE BIBLE, VOLUME 2’ 

RANDALL GOODGAME’S DOVE-NOMINATED SLUGS & BUGS
SERIES RETURNS MARCH 18 WITH SING THE BIBLE, VOLUME 2

Sing the Bible, Volume 2

NASHVILLE, Tenn.— Sing the Bible, Volume 2, the highly anticipated follow-up to 2014’s Dove Award-nominated Sing the Bible with Slugs & Bugs, is set to bow March 18. The fifth installment in acclaimed singer/songwriter Randall Goodgame’s immensely popular Slugs & Bugs series, Sing the Bible, Volume 2 was produced by Ben Shive (Rend Collective, MercyMe) and is the second release to feature word-for-word Scripture songs.

Throughout the album’s 14 tracks, Sing the Bible, Volume 2 incorporates 43 Scripture verses from 12 Books of the Bible, taking listeners on a journey through celebration, struggle and repentance, culminating in forgiveness. The song sequence tells the story of the Christian life in an accessible format for children, while also meaningful for parents.

“These songs are rich in practical instruction, specifically about how Christians act as they are being transformed by the Holy Spirit,” Goodgame explains of the project’s overarching purpose. “They’re also packed with bedrock Truths of the Christian faith. By combining these elements, I hope the project will serve as a musical ‘handbook’ for the Christian home.”

Highlights of Sing the Bible, Volume 2 include “Whoever Sows,” with special guests Andrew Peterson (as Chauncy Raccoon) and Amy Goodgame (as Shelly Sharkbug); a musical rendition of The Ten Commandments including Count Dracula and Frankenstein; and the reverent album closer, Isaiah 53’s “By His Wounds.”

“I approached ‘By His Wounds’ with racial reconciliation on my mind,” Goodgame explains. “Black voices and white voices join together to sing, ‘By His wounds, we are healed.’ Of course, we take these words from the prophet Isaiah and point them at Christ, acknowledging Him as the Messiah. But His wounds heal every strife. Because of His wounds, war will cease and He will wipe away every tear. By His wounds, racial wounds will also heal.”

A singer and sought-after songwriter, Goodgame has penned selections for Caedmon’s Call, VeggieTales, Jason Gray and Ginny Owens, among others. Along with award-winning singer/songwriter Andrew Peterson, Goodgame created Slugs & Bugs & Lullabies in 2007 to an overwhelming response from parents. Goodgame, who now helms the series, has released A Slugs & Bugs Christmas (2010); 2011’s Slugs & Bugs Under Where?; the Dove Award-nominated Sing the Bible with Slugs & Bugs (2014); and a Slugs & Bugs Vacation Bible School curriculum. His popular Slugs & Bugs LIVE concert for families makes numerous tour stops across the U.S. and the U.K. each year.

For further information, visit slugsandbugs.com or turningpointpr.com. Follow Slugs & Bugs on Twitter @slugsandbugs.

Bestselling Author Sally Lloyd-Jones Helps Kids Discover Their Great Gifts in New Book

Bestselling Author Sally Lloyd-Jones Helps Kids Discover Their Great Gifts in New Book

Baby Wren and the Great Gift takes children on a journey of self-discovery

Bestselling Author Sally Lloyd-Jones Helps Kids Discover Their Great Gifts in New Book

Grand Rapids, MI— April 5, 2016— To know your gift and calling in life is a true blessing. For most, finding that gift is a journey of personal discovery that often begins in the tender childhood years. Bestselling author Sally Lloyd-Jones, with help from illustrator Jen Corace, encourages little ones to understand that they each have a special and unique gift in life that God has given them, in the delightful picture book Baby Wren and the Great Gift.

Baby Wren and the Great Gift, written by bestselling author Sally Lloyd-Jones is a celebration of all the wonderful gifts God has given us. The tiny wren marvels at the incredible creatures around her, all the while wishing she had a special gift to share. As she takes in the beauty of the world around her, she discovers a unique talent that’s been inside her all along.

Baby Wren and the Great Gift is available with hardcover for $16.99 on April 5, 2016 at retailers nationwide and online.

About the Author: Sally Lloyd-Jones is a leading writer of inspirational books for children. She is the author of three bestselling children’s Bibles, including the 2016 ECPA Platinum Award winner, Moonbeam Award winner, and ALA notable The Jesus Storybook Bible, as well as Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing, winner of the ECPA Inspirational Book award. She has written many picture books for children, such as the critically acclaimed New York Times bestseller How to Be a Baby: By Me, the Big Sister and Song of the Stars. Sally was born and raised in Africa, was schooled in England, and now lives in New York City. She can be found at www.sallylloyd-jones.com.

About the Illustrator: Jen Corace is an artist and freelance illustrator who lives and works in Providence, Rhode Island. Originally from the suburbs of southern New Jersey, she eventually made her way to the Rhode Island School of Design and graduated with a BFA in illustration. Jen has illustrated many bestselling children’s books including Little Pea, Little Hoot, Little Oink, Hansel and Gretel, The Steadfast Tin Soldier, and Telephone.

Zonderkidz™, the children’s division of Zondervan, inspires young lives through imagination and innovation. As the leader in Christian children’s communications, it creates products that awaken the hearts and touch the souls of kids under 14. Zonderkidz is also publisher of the NIrV (New International Reader’s Version) Bible translation, the third grade reading level edition of the NIV. For additional information, please visit www.zondervan.com.

Natalie Grant Announces “Miracle In Music City,” The Third Title from her “Glimmer Girls” Book Series

Natalie Grant Announces “Miracle In Music City,”
The Third Title from her “Glimmer Girls” Book Series

‘Glimmer Girls’ series featured in Faithgirlz line

Miracle In Music City

Written by Natalie Grant and informed by her three daughters — Bella, Gracie (twins, 9) and Sadie (5) — the multi-Grammy nominated singer released the first two titles of her ‘Glimmer Girls’ series — “London Art Chase” and “A Dolphin Wish” — in February. “Miracle in Music City” is the third book in the four-book series, and will be available nationwide Aug. 2, 2016. Known for her music, this is Grant’s first series for kids. Like the first two books, the third title will follow Mia, Maddie and LuLu Glimmer, three spunky, smart and unique sisters, on amazing family adventures around the globe.

‘Glimmer Girls’ is the newest series in the Faithgirlz line, the popular brand for tween girls from Zonderkidz, the children’s publishing division of Zondervan. Faithgirlz books, Bibles, and products empower girls ages 8-12 to joyfully explore, grow and proclaim their Christian faith.

Knowing how important these resources of faith are, Natalie Grant shares, “As the mother mother of twin 9 year old girls, the tween years are upon me. I am so grateful for Faithgirlz and the products they provide. I’m excited to create content for the line, allowing girls like mine a deeper understanding of faith and a better understanding of Jesus.”

In “Miracle in Music City,” the Glimmer Girls are at it again — looking for a mystery to solve. The girls’ famous mom, Gloria Glimmer, wants her daughters to learn they aren’t too young to make a difference, so she gets them involved in her annual benefit and auction in Nashville, TN. But as things often do with the trio of smart and spunky sisters, they get themselves, and their nanny Miss Julia, involved in a lot more than just helping mom raise money for a worthy and wonderful cause.

Grant taps into her life and the adventures with her own family on the road, to create each ‘Glimmer Girls’ story. Readers join the Glimmer family as they travel the world finding new opportunities for the adventurous sisters to discover clues, solve puzzles, and often even get into some mischief along the way. Together with their famous mother, and their eccentric nanny, the three sisters learn important character-building lessons about being good friends, telling the truth, faith, and a whole lot more.

“Miracle in Music City” will be available at retailers nationwide and online on Aug. 2, 2016.

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Bethel Music Kids “Come Alive”

Bethel Music Kids “Come Alive”

by Sarah Geil

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As Bethel Music introduces their new brand for kids with the debut album, Come Alive, they invite the next generation to experience worship and live in wonder of God. With reimagined songs meant to get kids dancing and praising in every hour of the day, the high-energy worship is ready to kindle fire in a whole new audience.

 

While the idea of a Bethel brand directed for kids has been simmering for several years, it truly emerged on the foundation of worship already present in the community. Kiley Goodpasture, Creative Director, explained that the children are being raised in an environment where they understand God’s presence and they understand how to celebrate with each other in a pure and profound way. When Bethel began to consider making this dream a reality, they did not have to manufacture something; they simply captured what was already happening in the worlds of these kids. With stories, props, lighting, colors, and all the lively surprises woven through the songs, Bethel celebrates the idea that when something is authentic, it is naturally moving.

 

The performers themselves – singers and dancers – made the project a success. Bethel Music is a branch of Bethel Church, and all of the kids that participated were friends from the local church. Bethel hosted two different audition days for the dancers and ended up with thirty-three kids whose friendships grew through the worship and recording of this project.

 

Their comradery remains one of Album’s and Artist Director Eric Allen’s favorite moments of production:  “Observing a culture of honor, of brave communication, of respect and love, and seeing the kids champion each other was an amazing display of friendship – that was the highlight.”

 

The glimpses of friendship are best captured in the first video shot. An opportunity to film in the Redwoods weeks ahead of schedule surprised the team. With a flurry of logistics, suddenly, they were filming in one of the world’s greatest stages. For the first time, the dream came to life. As the kids waved flags, the team realized they had reached the point where the vision for kid’s worship had morphed into something beyond them. Seeing the children connect and break into other songs between takes, Goodpasture realized they were overflowing with passion.

 

The friendship and the message were contagious. On another day of filming, Bethel had hired a drone operator, and after his allotted time had come to an end, they noticed he still hovered around the shoot, watching. When Bethel asked him why, explaining that they were not able to pay him overtime, he responded with a request to continue watching because he was so impacted by the kids. He stayed for two consecutive days. That weekend, he visited Bethel church, encountered God, and gave his life to the Lord.

 

This story captures the essence of the project. The hope behind the song and dance is that the family’s idea of worship will be expanded. Bethel hopes to connect to the heart of a normal kid while bringing stories with vitality and vibrancy to the home. Therefore, the video progresses through a day in the life of a kid.

 

Songs were selected with messages that would feel authentic in a child’s voice and serve as an anthem for any hour in a child’s day. After applying research and instinct, classic Bethel songs were given a dancy, electropop feel with lyrics simple enough for a child to understand but profound enough to minister to the heart.

 

Fred Vassallo, who moved from New York with his wife several years ago, teaches dance and hip-hop classes at Bethel Christian School. With his choreographed hip-hop already in place in the lives of Bethel kids, the translation to music videos created a pathway to even greater opportunities. Bethel plans to launch dance tutorials on their website. Along with dance videos, Bethel also plans to release videos of the original worship leaders connecting with the children who sing their songs on Come Alive. Celebrating the connection, they are making a deposit into the next generation and sharing it with the world.

 

This is not a simple album release; it is the launch of brand that is steeped in hopes and dreams. Plans are already in place for future work, including the possibility that the next album could include original songs. For Bethel Music, this project was the first of its kind – an experiment that involved faith, risk, and, of course, fun.

 

These characteristics of risk and fun were experienced in the filming of the ‘Ever Be’ video featured on Come Alive. The kids were sent off on homemade rafts and canoes, and once they were out on the water, the production team lost much of their ability to direct them. Only one or two of the kids knew how to actually paddle. The moment was captured successfully, and the laughter of those still on the shore personified this memory-in-the-making. The kids eventually returned to the dock,and the video ends with a family campfire scene. A project of this magnitude requires hope, trust, and a little bit of paddling unaware into the distance. But when a group of kids and their leaders step out in faith, laughter, zeal, and beauty overflow.

 

This project is more than just a way for families to connect over something pure, more than a series of professionally choreographed dances, and it is even more than friendships growing stronger. In the creative depiction of children praising their Father; it is a glimpse of eternity.

 

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