|Paint a giant
Davey and Goliath poster to hang in the church narthex or
entryway, announcing kid-friendly activities. Find out
Davey and Goliath as special guests at a "New Kids on the
Block" event. Promote it as an incentive for other children
who are new members or guests.
Introducing Davey and Goliath as
“welcome leaders” in this area of ministry can increase a child’s
level of interest and involvement. Be clear that these characters
are devoted to being special friends to younger members in your
All though Davey and Goliath became
famous as characters on a children’s television series in the
1950s and ‘60s, they are timeless in their ability to engage
children in adventures that interpret faith and values for daily
living. The characters can be used to welcome and engage children
in kid-friendly ways.
Even as mass media is moving into a
more electronic mode, print promotions are still the most readily
accessible reference. The Internet is beginning to tower over the
audio, cable, and TV markets--as well as billboards, newspapers
and periodicals. But billboard and poster promotions are still
viable and effective options in almost any setting.
While the church is reflecting a
stronger vision and desire to develop an electronic presence for
communication and support, congregations are still relying on
verbal announcements during worship and print reminders in a
bulletin or newsletter as a primary way to connect.
Three cheers for the
special-occasion planners, eager youth leaders, or creative
Christian education directors who engage members with a splash of
color and creativity on a poster or bulletin board display!
Check out the following
suggestions as you consider ways that Davey and Goliath can be as
kid-friendly partners in this ministry.
- Remember that the most effective
promotions communicate at least five times, using three
different venues, such as audio, print, or visual means --
including newspapers, newsletters, bulletins, posters or display
boards, videotapes, and Web sites and e-mails.
- Keep in mind that the majority
of promotions and announcements in a congregation are conveyed
by an adult voice for an adult audience. Even information about
children’s events need to be targeted for parents.
- But also commit to doing
promotions for children’s events and program ministries with
children in mind. Shaping the content and design of your
promotion to engage your intended audience can generate greater
enthusiasm and participation in your actual events and program
- Remember that the majority of
younger members are still primarily engaged by the visual, not
verbal. A conscious use of color art will inspire children to
request their parent’s attention.
- Acquaint younger children with
the Davey and Goliath characters and adventures. Check your
local resource centers for copies of "classic" Davey and
Goliath VHS tapes.
- Create visuals of Davey and
Goliath to display on a large write-on board. You might also use
a poster or bulletin board, leaving space for posting specific
promotions and announcements. Use the outlines from the
clip art file.
You can download and reproduce the line drawing on a
transparency. Then use an overhead projector to enlarge the
design and trace it onto poster board or newsprint for display.
You may wish to add color with markers or paints. If you have a
carpenter in your congregation you might involve him or her in
making tall, free-standing characters that hold the poster board
with specific announcements, etc.
- Identify a space where there is
high traffic and visibility. Get permission to use this area to
promote children’s ministries.
- You may wish to recruit
volunteers to portray the characters of Davey and Goliath as you
promote and carry out a specific program. Are there any
seamstresses in your congregation who could make costumes? Refer
to the online color graphics as you accessorize Davey. Note the
trademark red and white-checkered shirt and the classic blue
pants. Generic dog patterns are available in fabric stores.