Have you noticed how quiet everyone becomes when a video starts playing in church? The lights dim, the screen turns black and there’s a noticeable change in attention levels. People who weren't paying attention to whoever was speaking are now curious to see what will emerge on the screen.
Whether we like it or not, research has revealed that our brains benefit from a break – mixing up different types of content is why Steve Jobs broke up his 90-minute keynotes with video, demonstrations or guest speakers every 10-15 minutes.
This is one of the reasons why I've been a big advocate for using media in church services. At this time each year, I usually publish a collection of videos that can be played in Christmas church services or shared on social media. Once again I've gone in search of new videos to share with you but I’ve been disappointed – the pickings are unusually slim.
As always, Dan Stevers has come to the party with a Donkey’s Very Special Christmas. Glen Scrivener and the team at Speak Life have just launched part 1 of ‘Meet the Nativity‘ – a well-produced mini-series. The Bible Society’s ‘The Really Good News of Christmas’ is a great resource for kids, too.
But beyond these, I've struggled to find anything new that I'd like to share with you. Perhaps you've seen something – I'd love you to share it with us. But for now, let me share with you some of my favourites:
- Christmas in Dark Places.
- Four Kinds of Christmas.
- Love Came Down.
- Social Network Christmas.
- The Christmas Scale.
- The Christmas Story (and its prequel).
- The Paradox of Christmas.
- When God Was Born.
Here's 2 new videos that hit the mark: