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Involving Davey and Goliath in Your Ministries > Possibilities for Congregational Ministry > Educational Ministries

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Educational Ministries

Stock Your Church library with "classic" episodes of Davey and Goliath. Coordinate a rental or lending program.

Plan summer, after school, or mid-week programs for early elementary children using the videos to teach Christian values.

Church libraries can be vibrant centers for nurturing and supporting people of all ages. Many are striving to stay current with materials--and voices--that intrigue and equip or inspire children, youth, and families today. Some are moving beyond their rooms and walls to make their ministries more visible and active. They are stocking book and resource carts in the narthex and fellowship hall with samples of resources that reflect the text or theme for the day. Others provide ongoing or periodic display tables with specific resources for lend or purchase, such as print and/or electronic resources for children, youth, or adults. Partnerships with Augsburg Fortress and other publishers give congregations the opportunity to provide new resources on reasonable consignment.

Many church libraries have expanded their offerings to include multi-media resources; including, CDs, videos, DVDs, and computer programs for members of all ages. Some have budgets to purchase these resources and include them in their lending service. Many others have created a rental program to provide a financial base for purchasing new titles.

Though Davey and Goliath became known as characters on a children’s television series that was produced by the Lutheran Church in the 1950s and ’60s, they are timeless in their ability to relate to engage children in adventures that interpret faith and values for daily living. These characters can be used to promote your congregation’s interest in nurturing literacy among children and their families.

Consider the following steps to include Davey and Goliath as kid-friendly partners in this ministry.

  • Browse through the history to become more familiar with Davey and Goliath as a media ministry.
  • Look through a listing and description of all the episodes and become familiar with the characters who made each program memorable and meaningful.
  • Decide if you’d like to create a video lending library.
  • Promote new resources and programs through your congregation’s bulletin, newsletter, and the community newspaper.
  • Consider providing story times with video presentations of one or more episodes. The video packages used as supplements for Camp Creation (Augsburg Fortress Vacation Bible School program for 2004) provide brief excerpts and great introductions to several episodes.

Other Options:

  • Associate the personalities of Davey and Goliath with your library to promote its usage by children and families. Create visuals using the outlines from the clip art file. If you wish to display large or life-size representations of either character, you can download and reproduce the graphic on a transparency. Then use an overhead projector to enlarge the design and trace it onto poster board or newsprint. Add color with markers or paints. Or have the youth group do it!
  • Sponsor a children’s reading program, using Davey and Goliath as key promoters. You might purchase stickers or other memorabilia to be prizes or rewards for reading.
  • Regularly submit articles and notices to your congregation's newsletter to promote resources for children and their families. You might invite children to “Come -n- Join the Gang “ as you highlight some of Davey and Goliath’s Clubhouse Favorites.

Additional Resources:

  • "Oh Davey! History of the 'Davey and Goliath' Television Series" - A 60-minute documentary tracing the history of Davey and Goliath from its origins in 1958 to the present. Click on the icon to get more information about the documentary, view a preview of the documentary and order your copy of the video.
  • A Look Back at Davey and Goliath - A Summer 95 MOSAIC offering. Mosaic is the video magazine of the ELCA available on DVD or VHS to subscribers on a quarterly basis. One year subscriptions of four issues are available for $50. Individual copies of specific shows are available for $19.95. Call 800.638.3522, ext. 6009, to order. Note: The video comes with an enclosed study guide for use in adult forums and small group discussions.

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