If you are already running Friends and Heroes events, activities or clubs or you are planning to do so in the future, you will want to let people in your local community know about them. So, we have created some material to help you advertise your events and activities. These items have been designed to print on both European and US paper sizes without any scaling required. We have included the following items in this Invitation Pack so that you can choose those which best fit the type of event or activity you are planning.
This letter can be used if you want to let families in your church know that you will be using Friends and Heroes DVDs and teaching material in your normal weekly children's program. It also encourages parents to invite children from their local community, as well as their own children, to come along. An invitation card has also been designed (see below) which can be handed out to families, inviting them to come along on Sunday morning. The letter is in Word format so you can make changes to the document and add your contact details before sending it out.
This letter has been designed for churches who want to run a Friends and Heroes event, e.g. after school club, party, evening youth club etc. and can be used to invite those in the local community who are not already connected with your church. As with the Sunday/Sabbath School invitation letter, this letter has been created in Word format so that changes can be made to the document and your contact details added.
The poster has been designed so that it can be used for events that include episodes from any of the three Friends and Heroes series. There is space to customize the poster with the event details – time, when, where, contact details etc. Unfortunately it is not possible to save the event/contact details that you type onto the poster to print later, so remember to print out as many posters as you need before you close the document.
The invitation design matches the poster and again there is space to customize the invitation with the event details – time, when, where, contact details, etc. Unfortunately it is not possible to save the event/contact details that you type onto the invitation, so remember to print out as many invitations as you need before you close the document. This invitation can be used to invite children and adults from the local community to any Friends and Heroes event that you are organizing.
We know that you may not have email addresses for children you wish to contact but we have included an email template for you to use if you feel it is suitable for your situation. When you have downloaded the ZIP file, open it and click on the MSG file it contains. This will open your email editor where you can make the changes needed. Then simply cut-and-paste the email into your usual email client and send to to all the contacts you wish to invite.
Although these cards are not directly linked to inviting children to a Friends and Heroes event, they do encourage children to look at our award-winning children’s website, www.friendsandheroes.tv. This website includes puzzles, quizzes, Bible stories, information on Bible characters and much more.
At an exhibition recently, we met a user of our Bible lessons who was about to finish Series 3 and wanted some way to mark that event with the children. We suggested that we create a certificate which could be given to the children to recognize their achievement. The final episode of Series 3 provides a good opportunity to create an evangelistic appeal for the children to make a decision about Jesus, as Portia had to do in that episode. So we have created a special version of the certificate to give those children who respond - see below.
Tips for Working with PDF files
The resources in this pack are provided as PDF files which can be viewed and printed using Adobe’s free Reader software.To install the Adobe Reader software on your computer visit: http://get.adobe.com/reader and download the appropriate version for your computer.
When you have installed the Adobe Reader software, you will be able to open the PDF files supplied. Each file has been designed to fit a particular size of paper and already has normal printer margins. This means that when you wish to print the files ready for your event you should always select Page Scaling of None in the Print dialogue box. If you select any other option from this menu you will find that your pages have wider white margins on all four sides. You may need to ensure that the Auto-Rotate and Center box is checked too.
Below you will find a number of items that will prove useful when creating newsletters, bulletins, webpages or doing other work to publicize your ministry featuring Friends and Heroes.
We hope you find these images helpful if you are featuring Friends and Heroes in your publication or website - they are free to use - please simply add "Images ©2010 Friends and Heroes Ltd".
The text belowcan be used as a starting point for your article, you are free to modify as you please.
Friends and Heroes on the TV
Friends and Heroes, an adventure series for children featuring amazing computer-generated animated Bible stories, has been broadcast all over the world on stations and networks including BBC, TBN and Legacy TV.
Adventures and Values
Based in a fascinating and turbulent period of history, 69-71 AD, Friends and Heroes places Bible stories in a vivid historical context. It uses animated adventure stories to introduce a new generation of children, to the stories of the Old and New Testaments in an appealing, fresh and memorable way. Children love the stories: "Friends and Heroes rocks!" said one recent e-mail. Boys are strongly attracted by the central male characters, the danger and the exciting action! This approach - of setting Bible stories in living context among the people who kept them alive, by passing them on ‘down the line’ to children - runs throughout the series as a constant motif.
Friends and Heroes is the tale of two young people - Macky and Portia - whose idealism and friendship leads them across the ancient world, from the fabled Egyptian port of Alexandria, to the besieged city of Jerusalem and finally, to the very heart of the Empire: Rome. As they fight for justice and even survival against the might of the Roman Empire, they become friends and then, in turn, heroes. Like our heroes, children will be empowered by what they see and hear, as they share the courage and compassion, the everyday dangers faced by Macky and his friends.
Fascinating Children's Website
The Friends and Heroes children's website is full of fascinating info, video clips, puzzles and activities at www.friendsandheroes.tv. Children will find Bible stories to read or listen to, biographies of many characters including some Biblical characters, downloads, games and great material to support projects on the Roman and Biblical periods of history too!
We’d love to hear how you are using this material and any suggestions you have about how we might improve this Invitation Pack. E-mail us at: email@example.com