Four different interactive lessons with lots of great life application, games and fun!
How does God speak to us? ◊ What does God want from us?
Who does God care about? ◊ How far should you go to carry the message?
How compassionate is God? ◊ Who is God compassionate towards?
What happens when we try to run from God?
What is a prophet? ◊ Will you pick up the prophet’s mantle?
Will you be part of the next generation of believers?
These are important questions, …and now you know why we created our Elijah & Jonah, –because these stories are about more than just “prophets” or a whale.
Elijah and Jonah is a wonderful set of interactive, animated, multimedia lessons and content-oriented games for children ages K through teen. Each story is presented in a unique “interactive comic book interface”… the first of its kind.
All the scripture content is narrated –making it usable by even the youngest students. Yet, the artwork, study content, and humor is sophisticated enough for teens. The story text/narration is 97% straight from scripture, with only minor modifications for clarity. Each animated story includes interactive study content, pop-up quizzes, and mini-games that reinforce content. See “Teaching Notes” below for more classroom thoughts.
Elijah’s 3 stories… -each an individual lesson:
1. Elijah and the Widow of Zarephath
2. Elijah, Ahab & Jezebel, the Prophets of Baal on Mt. Carmel, and the Still Small Voice
3. Elijah passes his mantle to Elisha and leaves on a chariot of fire
Jonah’s full story…
An interactive lesson from Joppa to the Deep, from Whale to Nineveh to Worm. Plus two fun reflection games!
This is a great and DEEP program for ages 6-15. Non-readers will enjoy it too with help. Each of the four stories has all the components of a lesson plan: story, background notes, points to ponder, pop-up quiz questions, questions for follow-up, and games designed to reinforce. Plan on using each story for about 30 minutes of class time.
Scenes from each of Eljiah’s 3 stories.
Click a TAB to see story details, graphics and video clips from Elijah & Jonah…
Story 1: Elijah, Ahab & Jezebel, the Prophets of Baal on Mt. Carmel, and the Still Small Voice
This story starts in the King and Queen’s palace, then Elijah escapes to be fed by ravens (with your kids’ help), then he challenges the worshippers of Baal on Mt Carmel, calls down fire from heaven on their bull.
But Elijah moves from victory to defeat, chased out of Israel by a bombastic Ahab and Jezebel, in the wilderness he is given bread and water by the angel, -enough to make it to Mt Horeb (Sinai) where, instead of ending his life, God sends and Earthquake, Wind, and Fire, …and then… God’s still small gentle voice telling Elijah to “go find help”.
Animated, wonderful character voices and music, interactive elements, pop-up notes and questions, and a set of “after the story” activities, discussion questions, and games to drive the story home.
Here’s a screenshot of the final page in this particular Elijah story with its collection of follow-up discussions and activities to select from.
Story 2: Elijah passes his mantle to Elisha and leaves on a chariot of fire
If there’s an Old Testament story that’s a metaphor for Sunday School, THIS IS IT! We see Elijah recruit and train young Elisha. Then Elisha asks for Elijah’s authority before Elijah’s passes on.
One of the pop-up discussion screens that appears after a mini-quiz in the story of Elijah and Elisha.
See more screenshots of this story.
Story 3: Elijah and the Widow of Zarephath
God brings a message of hope to an outsider and her dying son. We have gently told this story with a tone and musical score that presents Elijah and his prophetic message in a compassionate light.
In addition to many pop-ups and mini-interactive elements, this program has many learning games and quizzes embedded in the middle and at the end of the stories.
The program’s main menu has a QuickJump Menu for those who have want to jump right to the games (which is something you might do a few weeks after using the program in order to reinforce once again your previously taught content!). Each game reinforces key concepts in the story. Each quiz is designed to reinforce what they just heard and saw.
Our Jonah lesson tells the ENTIRE story of Jonah, from his call, -to his escape on the ship, from his watery abode, -to the town of Nineveh, the plant and the worm.
A lot of Sunday School lessons seem to get “stuck”on the whale, probably because he’s cute. Our retelling of Jonah does have the whale –even a “whale spittin’ game” about how we can be prophets among our friends and family, but we don’t stop the story there…
- Our program includes the exemplary & comical conduct of the sailors and the confessing Ninevites and contrasts them to Jonah’s GRUMBLING self-righteousness.
- We explore the argument between God and Jonah over the plant and city. Your students will HEAR God’s tone of ‘voice’ contrasting starkly to Jonah’s complaining. It’s all designed to help get the message across: God cares and forgives, …and we should too.
The text that’s heard and seen is 98% word for word from the scripture. The scenes are wonderfully drawn, have fun animations and activities, great music, and strong character voices. Jonah’s story also features several games, including a “Story Order” game to help your students remember the entire Jonah story.
Jonah’s story is full of humor, and so is our presentation. When the whale spits him out, your kids can replay it to their hearts content. And when they click the “further study” note, they are rewarded with Smoochie the Whale’s Spittin Game, …a fun game about helping Jonah carry God’s message to new places.
See more screenshots page for a graphic of the game.
More about Elijah & Jonah’s unique “interactive comicbook interface”
This program’s animation, illustrations and navigational are unlike anything we’ve ever produced. The story is presented as a series of comic book pages that come alive.
Student and Teachers have tremendous navigational control –flipping pages and interacting with individual panels in the comic book-like layout. Each scene is narrated and musically scored. Animations and pop-up study notes abound, including mini-quizzes, and narrated discussion questions. “Mini-games” are embedded in various story panels, and more can be found at the end of each story reinforce content. We’ve also provided a “quick jump menu” to access just the games –for those times when you want your kids playing something that’s also educational.
Great “navigational controls” also means:
- you can skip sections if your time is short
- or get back to them later in the lesson for discussion
- or save them for another class
- or go use them again at a later time for fun and review
Brief Audio Clips and Video Clip Montages
The following short audio clips, and quick video montages are designed to give you a taste of the sounds and sights of Elijah and Jonah. They are small and compressed for fast loading.
Hear Jonah argue with God:
Hear the Widow talk to Elijah
View a Short Montage Video of Elijah and the Widow:
View a Short Montage Video of Elijah and Prophets of Baal, and the Still Small Voice:
View a Short Montage Video of Jonah:
See more screenshots from Elijah and Jonah.
The Making Elijah and Jonah
by Neil MacQueen
The Bible stories of Elijah and Elisha have always been some of my favorites, and yet, they’re often ignored in media and curriculum. So….being that I have a media-curric company, I decided, “Here I am, Send Me.”
Searching for Elijah story inspiration, I came across the work of Phil Williams, a young illustrator just finishing college. He too loved those stories and had made a comic book about them, ..so we struck a deal to license his illustrations.
Believe it or not, there have been several “Jonah” software programs over the past 25 years of Christian software. Parson’s Technology owned one of the better ones, but it was 95% a game with little content. (The rest were not good.) So when I saw Phil’s Jonah comic book, we bought the rights to that too so we could finally give Jonah his Sunday School due.
I then turned to a Ben Diehl, another young programmer I had recently met, and who had just graduated from Ohio State (my alma mater). Surprisingly, nobody had ever made “comic book style” -story software before. So, Ben and I mentally, and then physically, dissected Phil’s comic book into the storybook interface you see in the program. Ben then layered Phil’s images into animations, and we added some great narration, sfx, pop-up activities, and study notes. One of things that really stands out in this program is Ben’s visual sense of humor throughout the stories. He went on to create Jesus in Space for us, Let’s Talk, and updates to Awesome Bibles Stories.
About the Sound
My brother Colin MacQueen, an accomplished musician and studio engineer, composed and performed all the sound effects and original music heard in the program. Working with him, we strove to create a “sound track” that carried the emotional tone of stories. His “Hebrew Sea Shanty” for Jonah is beyond clever. His scoring of Elisha’s stories is moving and is still one of my favorite musical pieces among all our programs.
For the narrations, we recorded Mark Ankerman and Robin MacQueen-Garrison, who had done voices for other programs. Surprisingly, we made very few changes to the actual scripture text –which just goes to prove that the original stories were meant to be heard!
Our creative and fun interface, and your purchases, have brought the stories of Elijah and Elisha to a new generation of students and teachers who might otherwise have overlooked them. And I think we did something extraordinary with Jonah: when let God’s patient voice be heard.
Age Range: K* through young teen. Younger kids love Elijah and Jonah as long as they have an older person going through it with them. Older kids and young teens will appreciate it’s interactivity and sense of humor. And we’ve tucked in plenty of extra depth for older students and extended use.
Minimum: 1.4 ghz, 1.5 mb ram
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Hi Neil, I wanted to tell you how delighted I am with the Elijah and Jonah software. It’s a really great combination of fun and discussion points. I shared it with my fifth grade class on Sunday and they didn’t want to leave when class time was over. My 12 year old daughter wandered in while I was going through the software at home and she kept working with it when I had to go off and do laundry! ~Teisha W., Poland Pres. Poland Ohio
I’ve just previewed the “Jonah” portion of the disk, and it’s great. I’m going to use it in Bible study with the kids at our summer music camp, who will be producing a Jonah musical. Thanks again for helping to make our kids’ Bible exploration more exciting! ~Julie W., St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Burlingame, CA
Elijah and Jonah is awesome! The content is straight from the Bible; the application questions are right on target, and the games have “kid-appeal”. ~Susan W. Central UMC, Fayetteville Arkansas
Software was a huge hit ! Thanks so much! ~Lynn M. Church at Libertysquare, Cartersville GA
Neil, we just wrapped up a month with the theme of “A Runaway Prophet & a Big Fish” and your Elijah & Jonah software was the PERFECT way to end our month. This is your best software yet! Not only did our younger kids enjoy it, the youth Sunday School class invaded our computer lab when they heard the fun and took turns playing “Wormie.” ~Andy B. Bethlehem Pres. Monroe, NC