The cellphone is such a game changer in so many ways. I remember many years ago my senior pastor said he thought the cellphone would have an even bigger influence even when compared to the personal computer. Now I know a cell phone is basically a computer, but what he was saying was how it would be used. The cellphone is everywhere. In 2014 we officially had more cellphones than people. We haven't looked back. There are lots of reasons to be concerned, but this is not the intent of this post. Instead, I will focus on two apps that can make the cell phone something better for those who serve in kidsmin.
1. Superbook Radio
Superbook radio is produced by the Christian Broadcasting Network and is designed for kids. It is available for download on the Apple Appstore the Google Play Store. It can also be found online as well. They have great family, kid-friendly music and between all the songs there are scripture verses and great spiritual encouragement. This is not kiddy radio. This is contemporary and features great artists. Looking at the recently played list you will find, Rend Collective, Switchfoot, Britt Nicole, Crowder, Skillet, etc. You can leave comments and even suggest a song. The radio app is just a part of a larger website called superbook.tv. From there you can play games, learn how to know God, participate in contests, watch videos, read the Bible, watch Super Book Episodes. It's very nice.
In focusing on the phone app, Superbook Radio is also part of a larger network of radio pages run by CBN. I have a few favorites, for example, I really like the CBN News channel and the Cross Country channel where Country meets the Cross. But in focusing on Kids, Superbook Radio is awesome. This is fun upbeat music that encourages kids to follow Christ. I'm listening more and more to Superbook Radio as I work at my desk in the office. It is just plain encouraging music.
I give the app 4 hearts.
2. Superbook Kids Bible App
I thought I would keep on the Superbook train. I really like their Superbook Kids Bible App as well. It is available in a number of languages and can be used on your Apple, Android, or Amazon devices.
There is a lot to like about the app. There is a full-text Bible available. That is huge. So many times kids Bible apps only give Bible stories and not a full-text Bible. This one is different. I appreciate that. It's nice to be able to read a full-text Bible. It also says to kids that the Bible is more than a storybook. It has instruction and teaching that isn't necessarily a story.
In the app there are Bible questions and answers, there are games, videos, and you can watch Superbook episodes. Superbook is a great way to listen and watch the great stories of the Bible. The animation is beautiful. This is not the Speed Racer animation from back in the 80's. No this is modern animation and great storytelling. What is really cool is that they can be downloaded to your device so you can watch them off-line. Not all episodes are on the app, but enough to know you might want to get their other episodes. There are also daily quests. These make kids want to come back for more. I really like what they have done with this app. If you don't have a favorite kids Bible app, this one is worth checking out.
Here is a link for more information: http://us-en.superbook.cbn.com/app
I give this app 4 hearts.
There are so many great apps for your smartphone. I'm sure in the future I will be giving more time to these. For now, these from CBN are a great start.