Engage with God DVD five star review
We're thrilled that Youthwork Magazine's reviewer (Gemma Wilkinson, a full-time youthworker in Newbury) gave our Engage with God DVD a five star review! She starts by saying that she was a bit disappointed to get this in the post as her previous experiences of this kind of resource has left her, and her young people "bored, embarrassed, or distracted. However," she continues, "I was in for a wonderful surprise."
"Far from being boring, the videos are well paced and engaging. The content varies widely between movies, including a mixture of song, scriptre, reflection, Lectio Divina and spoken responses. Each video captured my attention and focus, drawing me into spending that time with God.
"All of the movies are visually beautiful. Rather than cringing I found myself wanting to re-watch my favourite sections. Even the questions and spoken response times, which I have found to have the potential, if mistimed, to be embarrassing, are well managed. Each text to be read aloud is indicated clearly. Also the use of 'countdown dots', which signal the closing of each section of reflection, are simple touches which increase the usability of the resource. The topics are modern and distinctive. They range from exploring who God is, to world justice. For me this means I can use the movies in a variety of different settings and within the different traditions my church represents. Ther is something here to engage those looking fo a modern worship film and those seeking a more traditional reflection.
"The simple 'how to' guide in the cover gives sensible advice and I would echo its suggestion of watching the movies before using them with a group. But after viewing the movies you have an engaging worship time ready to go, that requires little preparation. Because each movie is broken down into shorter mini-movies you hav use elements of the larger movies selectively and in different ways.
"The pacacking here undersells how good and usable this DVD resource really is. My only concern is for young people who struggle to read as there is a lot of text used in all the movies. Although the use of pictures and songs meant that even a young person with low literacy levels would still get something from the experience. This is one of the few resources that can bridge the gap between young people and adults as it is so very versatile. I already have plans to use this DVD with both my youth group and my home group: I am very much looking forward to doing so!"
Thanks to Gemma for an honest and encouraging review (the things about lots of words is a fair point), and to Youthwork Mag for letting us reproduce the text here. You can order the DVD from our store, or download some of the mini-movies individually.