Sunday afternoons around here are a treat. We always try to do something together as a family, usually at home. We reconnect with each other and we refocus on the Lord before we hit the fast pace of the next week. I’m always on the lookout for things to do that promote this.
A while back, I downloaded a copy of Modern Parables from Compass Classroom. All of their products are well done, so I was expecting quality, but never did I imagine how spectacular these would be!
Modern Parables takes parables from the Bible and puts a modern spin on them. I am definitely skeptical when it comes to taking anything from the Bible and “modernizing” it, but these short films did not skew the message.
So, one Sunday afternoon, I decided to treat the kids to one of the parables and see how they responded to it. We watched Hidden Treasure first because we had seen the trailer (you can watch it here).
My children sat riveted.
I sat riveted.
Not only was the cinematography fantastic, but the message was clear. Afterward, we pulled out the study guide and worked through the parable and how the kingdom of Heaven is like that hidden treasure form the film.
My kids begged for more!
Next, we watched Samaritan. I won’t give it away, but be sure to take note of the way the film used modern characters to bring home the point of the film. Superb!
We’ve been using these films and study guides for Sunday afternoons ever since, but honestly, the kids ask for them others days of the week as well, and they love to show them to their friends.
The films retail for $15 each or $105 for the set, but there are often sales where you can get each film for around $9 each or the set for around $65!
So, if you are looking for a fun activity for Sunday afternoons or a weekday afternoon treat or even a watch-this-while-mom-cooks-dinner, these are perfect!