Developed as a resource for parents, Sabbath School teachers, and children’s ministry leaders, the General Conference (GC) Children’s Ministries Department has created a new app called “The Armor of God.” to help children learn and live the principles taught in Ephesians chapter 6.
Announcing the app for the first time at this year’s Spring Meeting (April 13), Linda Koh, GC Children’s Ministries Director, described the app’s purpose “to anchor children’s faith in God as they face anxiety, fear and temptations in their lives”. life . . . [and] to put on all the armor of God so that they can resist the wiles of the devil.
The app contains six game elements that kids can unlock, each focused on a different piece of armor from the Ephesians 6 analogy. The in-app games are framed in a story context, with two main characters, Anya and Aidan, Christian children who work with refugees, helping guide users through the game.
Interactive and engaging in-app games
In-app games include word searches, puzzles, coloring activities, memory verses, markers and stickers, and sing-along songs. Specifically, the word search highlights keywords in Bible verses, bringing kids back to reading their Bible. The puzzle and coloring games feature scenes from the in-app story with Anya and Aidan, and will soon be updated with Bible story images.
“This is just the beginning. The app will continue to add new features, games, stories and more to help children learn about God and how we can put on his armor and grow in his grace,” reads -on in the video presentation.
Many games have been designed to appeal to a wide age group. For example, the puzzle offers different levels of difficulty, while the coloring allows children to choose between pen, brush and fill tool and use the full spectrum of colors.
The app also makes learning Bible verses an enjoyable experience. Kids can shake their device or press a button to remove specific words from a Bible verse, then add them back from memory. Original music has also been commissioned specifically for the app, with on-screen lyrics for individuals and groups to sing along to.
Finally, the sticker set – based on felt boards from children’s Sabbath schools popular in the 1990s and 2000s – lets kids select a background, then add digital stickers to build an entire scene. . This concept was developed in collaboration between GC Children’s Ministries and Sabbath School departments in 2011 and has been incorporated into the new app.
“You can see from the demo that we actually developed an app within an app,” Koh explained. “The Bible story sticker app can work as a separate app for Bible study teachers or parents who want to tell a Bible story in church.”
Other Resources: Website and Bible Studies
Another aspect of the app that will soon be added is Bible study resources in the sword motif, initially focusing on the armor of God, the three angels’ messages and the fruit of the Spirit, but subsequently expanding.
“They are designed for upper elementary students,” Dr. Koh said. “There will be thought-provoking questions and beautifully illustrated fun activities for this age group.”
In addition to the in-app Bible studies, the Children’s Ministries department has also developed a website specifically for children, parents, and children’s ministry leaders to www.faithfinders.com. It contains downloadable books, animations, puzzles, music and videos. Kids can even complete interactive puzzle games on the website itself.
“And that’s just the beginning,” Dr. Koh said. “In conjunction with the app, look for other resources that will be produced – coloring books, reading level books and many more.”
Closing his presentation, Dr. Koh thanked the donor who had given generously to the app project. “May we continue to raise the next generation of children and adolescents who will stand firm as they put on the armor of God,” she said.
Dr. Koh and the Children’s Ministries Department encourage children’s ministries leaders to promote the “Armor of God” app in conferences and local churches.
“We want TMI—Total Member Involvement—and ‘Total Child Involvement’, ‘Total Youth Involvement,’” said world church president Ted Wilson. “Using the talents and abilities of children, what a blessing it is to be part of God’s precious church.”
The Armor of God app will be available for download on iOS and Android on XYZ DATE. Please visit Faithfinders.com for app updates and other resources for children in your care.