WHAT IT IS
A fun and whimsical presentation immersive learning experience for children and the young at heart, with downloadables that include a robust, multi-lingual app, bringing the content alive and adding educationally sound games, for hours of joyful learning. A solid foundation of Bible basics along with positive messages that enhance emotional intelligence, offer encouragement, and bolster self-worth. Our “Pastor Fish Radio Hour” programming is a welcome resource for creative Sunday school teachers, home-schoolers, and other caring adults. We’re thinking generationally by creating resources geared towards the young at heart.
WHY DO IT
So many apps and CDs are available to us, but not all of them aim to build self-esteem or provide a fun grounding for life. With attendance at Sunday school in decline1, youth ministers will be delighted by fresh content that draws kids in. Parents will enjoy imparting a working knowledge of biblical stories and guiding principles, while fostering that sense of sacred belonging that comes from being part the Pastor Fish underwater family. In today’s interconnected world, our multi-lingual resources can also help people learn new languages, thus giving them a step-up in life. That is why we’re offering positive, gentle, healing messages for basic biblical literacy in a consistent format across multiple languages.
We have completed two new CDs in Ukrainian and Russian, and are working on enhancing our teacher resources pages for these languages.
We originally developed the concept, wrote stories and songs, and recorded our first CD a few years ago. That CD, “The Pastor Fish Radio Show,” takes a children’s radio show format, and arrives complete with fun “commercials” and jingles, weather and even traffic. Kids meet Pastor Fish, Barni Barnacle, and Wigbert the Whale as they listen and learn key concepts, parables and stories from the Bible including: The Creation Story, Noah, Jonah, The Red Sea, David & Goliath, Loaves & Fishes, Various Parables, The Ten Commandments, The Beatitudes, and The Christmas & Easter Stories. Some of the songs reinforce the stories, while others foster emotional intelligence. These stories were chosen prayerfully, after gathering input from various pastors, friends, and parents, very informally. Once that CD was released, we gained further feedback. Then, we gathered feedback from listeners and select Sunday school teachers throughout 2014, and added teacher resources.
Four CDs are available for purchase in 2019. We started with English, and followed it with the Spanish CD for which we made a Grammy bid. In 2019, these two offerings were rounded out with Russian and Ukrainian offerings. Teachers in multi-lingual classrooms will appreciate how every track on the albums will align, making the job of learning languages much easier – an added bonus!
Both can be streamed online free of charge, though we encourage you to purchase one or more, to support our work. Sheet music is also available, free of charge (currently English, with other languages planned). Other supplemental resources suitable for youth ministers, teachers, parents, and just about anyone interested in this project are also available on our language-specific resource pages. Visit www.ministrants.com/pastorfish for all these resources.
The first app – featuring English and Spanish songs, stories and even games – is here.
Stay tuned: Depending on the feedback we receive and financial support garnered from CD sales, we have a number of follow-on ideas, such as a second app with Ukrainian and Russian content, and the possibility of adding more languages, beyond the original four. Check back with us for breaking news, and thank you so much for your interest in and support for this project!
Please refer to the Elfenworks Productions, LLC project page for full credits and project history.
1Source: “Can Sunday School be Saved?” ABP News, Online at http://www.abpnews.com/ministry/congregations/item/7049-can-sunday-school-be-saved#.UtHP4rHTkuU and accessed January 11, 2014.