What’s New: 252 Story & 252 Movie

Despite What you Learned in Church, Moses was Never on a Game Show

I’ve been writing for Feature Presentation now for almost three years, but I’ve never been very good at marketing, so it occurs to me that there are still a whole lot of people out there who don’t know what it is. Here’s the history. 252 Basics had been providing K-5 curriculum for over 10 years and churches with lots of good storytellers at their disposal found great success with it. Other churches struggled. Not only in small churches where volunteers are hard to come by, but also in large churches with so many kids, they need nine or 10 storytellers a week. We began producing Feature Presentation in order to meet this growing need.

Feature Presentation is a DVD product that takes the pressure off of churches by providing fully dramatized versions of the Bible story every week. And this ain’t the kind of Biblical “drama” that you grew up with. In Feature Presentation, you might see Moses on a game show or hear the story of Daniel told by a dejected lion. Soap operas, kung fu movies, sports telecasts, and movie trailers are not uncommon. The goal being to make stories that you’ve heard over and over again vivid, engaging and memorable.

This season, Feature Presentation will be undergoing a few changes. It occurred to us that there are kids out there who haven’t heard the Bible stories over and over again. The last thing we want is for them to grow up thinking that Moses really was on a game show. But we also didn’t want to take away the colorful characters and unique storytelling conventions that the older kids have come to love. So, we came up with a solution. From now on, on the same DVD, Feature Presentation will include 252 Movie and 252 Story. 252 Movie is the fully dramatized Bible story that you’re used to. 252 Story is a much simpler take on the Bible Story, told by a single dynamic storyteller accompanied by original and fun illustrations. We think this is a great way to introduce kids to a story for the very first time.

So, if you’re a devoted user of Feature Presentation, don’t worry, we’re going to keep giving you what you love. If you tried it once, but it wasn’t for you, why not try it again to see if 252 Story is more up your alley. And if you’ve never used it, I hope it’s because you have wonderful, dynamic storytellers impacting your children’s lives every Sunday morning.

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