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New Bible Story Games Reach Kids At Video Game Playtime


NASHVILLE, TN. -- Cokesbury and Third Day Games have announced a new edition of the popular Faith Explorer video game series with new pricing designed to allow EVERY church to give the games to ALL their kids.

Each month the Faith Explorer video game re-creates an exciting Bible story straight from the “Exploring Faith” Sunday school curriculum. For only $125 a church can give all 12 of the monthly games to ALL of its children in kindergarten through sixth grade. The new series will begin with the 2006-2007 Sunday school year in September.

“Extending Sunday’s learning to kids’ video game playtime is a powerful way for churches to expand their ministry into the home,” explained Bobby Wells, CEO of Third Day Games. “Churches that are already using Faith Explorer have told us the games are really helping kids with Bible learning. We’ve been so encouraged by the response that we’ve priced the new edition of Faith Explorer at an annual fee of only $125 to make it incredibly affordable for any-sized church to give the games to ALL their kids.”

Parents have been equally enthusiastic about how their church is helping children learn about the Bible in a way they can relate to. One of those parents is Kim Rehage, who wrote, “(My daughter) LOVES this game. Thank goodness she has found something to take the place of watching TV. She spends hours playing it. You did good! GREAT GAME!”

Distributing the game to families is super easy. Churches provide families with the game software one time for the 2006-2007 Sunday school year. The software unlocks a new story each month. Children will play each story again and again, thus reinforcing the learning of each story, while they anticipate a new story for the upcoming month. Cokesbury provides editorial review of all the games.

Faith Explorer takes some of the most inspirational Bible stories from both the Old and New Testaments and creates a 3D environment that pulls kids actively into the story. Stories include Jesus on the Road to Emmaus, Noah and the Ark, Moses and Pharaoh, and the Birth of Jesus – a new story game each month, along with new challenges and more Bible mastery for kids.

Players solve puzzles and avoid adversaries (always non-lethal!) as they explore the location and events of a particular story. For example, they might bring sick people to Jesus to be healed or help Zacchaeus pay back those he cheated. With three skill settings -- early, middle, and older elementary – every child is empowered to master key Bible knowledge.

Marj Pon, Cokesbury’s Director of Children’s Resources, said, “I believe that this is a powerful new means to reinforce Bible stories with children. They already love video games and they are wired for a media world. So why not encourage them to play games at home that reinforce what they’ve learned at Sunday school?”

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