Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The Things We Do

So most of you know I now work as a Children's Ministry Designer, but you don't know exactly what I do. When I actually take the time to think about it, I'm not quite sure how to summarize what I do myself! Ha! Many of my days are filled with creating/developing/writing content for our large group storytelling environments - the Exploratorium for elementary aged children and the Art Studio for preschoolers, managing the overall brand of Kids@FHC, managing/ creating our new website (coming 2012!), actually storytelling in those large group environments, ordering all sorts of random props off Ebay and much more. 

We often create videos to bring our lessons and Bible stories to life. On occasion I am asked to participate in these videos and it's always... an adventure to say the least. 

This month we've been unpacking the craaaazy story of Jacob and Esau found in Genesis 25 -33. If you don't know this story, go online or pick up your Bible and read it. It's a good one! 

Anyways, since some of this content is really funny/ great for families to watch or do at home, I thought I'd post it here on the blog for those of you who don't attend FHC. It's a great way to connect as a family and just capitalize on those teachable moments with your kids.

Our first lesson focused on the birthright trade- when Jacob traded Esau a bowl of stew for Esau's birthright. Here's our "Jacob makes the stew" cooking show-style video and the recipe if you want to make it at home with your family! (Also, a big shout out to Yoshi James, our team videographer. This could not be possible without you!)


Lentil Stew Recipe

Ingredients:

  •  1 pound sliced Smithfield Smoked Sausage
  •  1 cup Smithfield Deli Thin Cooked Ham, shredded
  •  2 tablespoons olive oil
  •  1 large onion, chopped
  •  1 large green bell pepper, diced
  •  2 medium carrots, cubed
  •  1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  •  1 teaspoon dried thyme
  •  1 bay leaf
  •  2 cloves garlic, minced (chopped)
  •  6 - 8 cups chicken stock
  •  One 16-oz. can peeled tomatoes, crushed
  •  1/2 pound dried lentils (1 1/4 cups)
  •  12 large fresh spinach leaves, cut into small pieces
  •  Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

1. Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add sliced sausage and cook until browned. Remove sausage and place on a platter. Discard all but 2 tablespoons of drippings from pan. Reheat drippings and add ham, onion, green pepper, carrot and spices to the saucepan. Add chicken stock, tomatoes, lentils and sliced sausage. Bring to a boil, cover and simmer over low heat for 2 hours. As soup cooks, skim off fat that rises to the top. After 2 hours turn off heat and discard bay leaf. Add salt, pepper and spinach let stand for 2 to 3 minutes before serving.
Our second lesson focused on Jacob and his mom Rebekah tricking his dad Isaac into giving Jacob the family blessing instead of Esau (Esau draws the short straw again... Ha!) and our final lesson this month focused on the reconciliation between the two brothers and Jacob's wrestling with God. Since not all the story details have been shared on stage, we wanted to make a video to bring the kids up to speed with what had happened between last week and where we were resuming the story. We decided to do it in an old silent movie style and it turned out hilarious. 
Here are a few stills from the video shoot of all the craziness. These are the things we do for children's ministry... :)

I was playing the part of both Rachel and Leah, the daughters of Laban. I was forced into wearing fake eyelashes, but it ended up being not so bad. Here I am as Rachel, the beautiful...
Aaaand here I am as Leah, the... not so beautiful sister. Yikes. 
Here's Jacob/ the scriptwriter
And wildman Esau
And God and Jacob wrestling... (yes, this happens in the Bible)
It was definitely a super hilarious video shoot, but the video turned out even better. Well, you can see for yourself! 

"The Jacob synopsis" silent movie


The kids totally loved it and it was a great end to our 3-week story. Stay tuned for more children's ministry creativity and Bible story videos... coming soon on our new website in 2012! 

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