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The Hows and Whys of Feature Presentation

The Hows and Whys of Feature Presentation

The Large Group curriculum for 252 Basics uses props and costumes, live Storytellers, games, illustrations, sound effects, and video clips all in an effort to make the stories and principles from the Bible come to life for kids in kindergartner through fifth grade. We think it’s an excellent way to engage kids and help them remember God’s Word.

But some churches lack the resources or staff to pull it off week after week with excellence. That’s why we offer Feature Presentation.

Feature Presentation is a DVD, which has two video versions of the same Bible story or principle being taught in the live Large Group curriculum. There’s 252 Story, which is a very clear, very simple and direct version of the lesson told by a single Storyteller. And there’s 252 Movie, a fully dramatized, contemporary and often humorous retelling of the Bible story.

Now churches that feel understaffed or churches that may lack resources have options. A church using 252 Basics can have a live Host so they don’t lose the personal connection with their kids, but instead of having to find another volunteer to be the Storyteller for the week, they can press play on the DVD when it comes time for the Bible story. A church can use live Storytellers every week, but have Feature Presentation as a backup in case a volunteer calls in sick at the last minute. The church can choose to go simple with 252 Story one week and go crazy the next with 252 Movie. Or even show both!

As always, you can adapt the Large Group scripts to meet your church’s needs. To incorporate the 252 Story or 252 Movie scripts into the Power Up part of Large Group, we recommend removing the entire Storyteller portion of the script and replacing it with the video. On the DVD, you’ll find an Intro piece that sets up the story and an Outro that connects the story to the day’s Bottom Line.

The point is, we really want your kids to hear the Word, understand it, and take it with them. We create, adapt, recreate, and readapt our products precisely for that reason. So, if you can pull off the entire live script with excellence, go for it! Your kids will be impacted beyond belief! But if you need a little help, give Feature Presentation a shot.


  1. Since we sometimes do not know until the last minute if we will not have a storyteller available for any given Sunday, I would like to see a download-able pay-as-needed option for each week available through your website – thanks.

    • I would have to agree with Darin!

  2. My question is this: there are two story options, ostensibly, in order to offer some variety: a dramatic option and a more “straightforward” telling of the story. Why then, is there not a more “straightforward” option for the Host? We use and really like the 252 Story, and also have a live host in order to maintain a personal connection with the kids, as stated above. But I would really prefer for that to be a personal connection, and not a dramatic/comedic presentation. I have appreciated the weeks when the host script/role contained some interactive element with the kids, and think it would be great if there were a host script that more closely resembled the tone of the 252 Story.

  3. A downloadable week-to-week option would be AMAZING. In the event a storyteller cancels last minute, the option to purchase a single week at a lower price in place of the entire DVD would be a game changer for me.

  4. Ditto what Phil and Darin said!

  5. I would love a week-to-week option as well! We have a monthly rotation and some volunteers are comfortable leading the Power-Up portion while some volunteers love the having the video. I think having the choice and show the video one week and have volunteers leading it the next would be good. With purchasing the video, I feel I should utilize it and show it every week.

  6. We would LOVE to see a week-to-week download option as well!! we find that our little church cannot afford the Feature Presentation or Get Reel videos every month and it would be nice for both to be available on a week-to-week, pay for what you download, option. Please??!! :)

    • We hear ya, Rhonda! We’ve been working on the details of that, trying to get all of the logistics to line up. We’re going to keep pushing it. Thanks!

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