Kids resources: after the holiday club

kidscard  In North America and a few other places they are called “Vacation Bible Schools”. In Britain they are usually just called “Holiday Clubs” and they can be really great – an opportunity to learn something about God, play some games, make some crafts and often memorise a few verses of Scripture.

Amongst all the other things you send the kids home with why not send them with a few links to some Bible apps.

Here are the links:

You could show case theses apps on your own phone and explain that you read and listen to the Bible regularly.

You could give out a card like this one or design some book marks. (you could also share this card on facebook)

You can download a word document with the cards here  – 1000kidsbiblescontactcards

Also worth a look is is the SuperBook app and website  superbook.cbn.com/app which now includes text and audio from the New Living Translation. (will be asking our son to test this out)SuperBook Bible app

Feel free to come up with something better. Comments welcome.

 

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How long would it take to read a book of the Bible?

Ever wondered how long it would take you to read a whole book from the Bible? Obviously the best way to find out is to do it. It might not take as long as you think and it’s definitely worth it.

This handy chart comes from Three tips for better Bible reading on the Desiring God website.

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So according to the chart when the current run of that favorite TV series comes to an end you could fill the time reading the Bible. Where do you want to start?

Add a comment as you read a book and say how long it took (feel free to read fast, slow, or listen to one of the free audio versions.)

A new shareable app for the World English Bible

web_splash You can download this free app for your Android tablet or phone . (if you haven’t got an Android click here for other links)

Download the Free Bible for Android here (Latest version Sept 14, 2014)

Once downloaded click the file to install it. (You may need to go into settings > security and “allow installation of apps from unknown sources” but you can switch the option off again after installation).

Further improvements to the app will be made before the end of the year so come back and check.

We won’t try and sell you any extra features or ask for any information. You are also free to share copies with friends.

There are many good Bible translations and Bible apps. Some are completely free and others offer extra paid features or encourage you to sign up for reading plans. That’s fair enough. Before phone apps people expected to pay for Bibles and subscribe to reading notes and the people who develop such things deserve to earn a living and feed their families.

This particular app was produced using software developed by Bible translators working in West Africa. (Click here for a slightly technical blog post about the software)

In many places people are beginning to get smart phones but do now always have good internet to download apps. Apps built with this system can be easily (and legally) copied phone to phone. The World English Bible was designed to be free of copyright restrictions. (see the Preface “Pre” listed below the New Testament books) Many other good apps also allow you to download the World English Bible.

This will probably not be the only Bible or the only Bible app you ever use but if you like it we hope you share it with others.

Find a Bible app that works well on your phone and and a translation that speaks clearly to your heart. Use it, and let God speak to you. Share it and let God speak to others.

The first post

There may or may not be lots of actual blog posts coming soon. There’s lots I could say but so far no one is listening. Part of my day job is looking at how to promote websites, or more precisely how to help people find and engage with the great stuff on the sites.

More later.

Maybe…