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MORE Back to School Media!

It’s on everyone’s minds. Whether we have children going back to school or not, we all recognize the fall as a time when schools go back in session, children and young adults take on challenging new subjects, and rhythms and routines are formed again. In your services, people will have this on their mind, so why not throw in some media to go along with it? In this post, I want to highlight a countdown from Hyper Pixels Media, a cinemagraph from Journey Box Media, and three mini movies from Creative Media Solutions.

Countdown

Back to School Countdown

This 5-minute Back To School Countdown features a chalkboard design with chalk drawing animations. The fun and contemporary music makes it a great opening for your worship service, youth group, or college Bible Study. Add this Back-To-School Countdown to your church media library today.

Cinemagraph Pack

Back to School Cinemagraph Pack

This cinemagraph pack contains 3 fresh Back to School motions, a countdown, and still backgrounds With your purchase, you will receive versions with and without text. Cinemagraphs bring still images to life, and are an eye-catching way to communicate necessary (but often, boring) information.

Mini Movies

Children of God

This video should be used as an encouragement to Christians going back into the public school system. Inspire the Children of God in your congregation to shine their light and take their school for Jesus.

Back to School with Granny Smith

These animated apples remind us that as parents, we must abide by Proverbs 22:6. It is our responsibility to train up our children—not the public schools’.

Back to School

This video gives a gentle reminder that it is our responsibility to train up our children—not the public schools’, private schools’ or even the local churches’. As parents, we must abide by Proverbs 22:6.

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New Album from Alisa Turner Releases Soon!

Music is a powerful medium for the Lord to move in our lives. He uses music in unique ways in each of us: to restore hope, convict of sin, instill courage, and more. When I listen to an album, the combination of words, melodies, and rhythms all combine to create the overall experience of the album. There is, however, another dimension that takes music to a new level. It’s the personal story of the artist sharing their music. It’s the knowledge that the artist is real that helps give depth to a song or an album. When I say “real,” I mean that they are just like you and me. We share similar joys, sorrows, mountain tops, and valleys in ways that unite us together. The words being sang are not just nice poetical lines strung together to beautiful music. The words come from the person that God is leading through life’s highs and lows, just like us.

Alisa Turner is someone who brings her life and all that God has brought her through to the piano and to the mic. When I listened to her music, I enjoyed it. I loved the lyrics, the melodies, and the emotion. When I read her story, those same songs took on an entirely new meaning in my life. Those songs no longer simply contain nice lyrics and enjoyable melodies. Knowing her story, those songs now contain my heart and my life, as I can now identify with her struggles, longings, joys, and pains. Knowing an artist’s story can take their music to a whole new level. Here is her press release, which shares a bit more about Alisa Turner’s life:

Set for global release from Integrity Music Aug. 25 with the pre-sale beginning Aug. 4, Alisa Turner’s self-titled debut EP captures the lilt and innocence in Turner’s voice and the heartbreaking, but hopeful truth of her story. Produced by Grammy-nominated, Dove Award-winning Michael Farren, Alisa Turner inextricably weaves her very personal story of grief and suffering with hope and redemption through unfettered, unfiltered worship.

For Turner, who has battled the debilitating effects of Lyme Disease since childhood, music has always been her connection point with God. This includes painful seasons after the unexpected death of her worship pastor dad, hospitalizations brought on by the ravages of her disease and losing her infant son only minutes after he was born.

Through it all, Turner returned time and again to the piano, to music. “I think the Lord created me this way, drawn in by the emotion that comes with music,” says Turner. “When I sit down at the piano, He always uses it to draw me back, to awaken the dreamer, and I always leave different than when I came. I leave different knowing He sees me, He is with me. He is my hope.”

That hope shines through each track on her EP, including “My Prayer For You,” the project’s first radio single, which was penned by Farren.

May God give you eyes to see He’s still greater / Courage to rise and believe He’s able

May God be your peace in the fire you’re walking through… This is my prayer for you

“It’s always a bit of a wrestle to merge an individual’s story and voice into melodies and anthems that the Church can sing along with,” says Farren. “And yet, when you finally land in that authentic place, everyone recognizes and engages with the refrain you’ve created. Everyone has their story of brokenness, but when they hear from someone who has shared that pain and yet stands and declares the goodness of God, that’s when true worship is loudest…and I pray that’s what we’ve been able to do in telling Alisa’s story wrapped in these moments of worship.”

Apart from the single, Turner co-wrote all of the tracks for the EP, with each song exploring the depths of what it means to worship among the ashes, comforted by and confident in the presence of God. These faith-building songs of overcoming, including “Lift My Eyes,” “Not Even Now,” “More Than Gonna Make It,” and “As It Is In Heaven,” declare God’s Kingdom, deliverance, glory and unshakable power. The project closes with “Psalm 13,” a modern lamentation, conveying the unique timber and emotion of Turner’s life-story.

“My life and my story are messy… there are days when all I can do is keep lifting up my hands in desperation and in worship,” confesses Turner, who still struggles daily with her health. “I know the hard parts of life well, and I can see and sense when someone else is going through it. The best way I know to lead is by example. So, I just worship. That’s all I know to do.”

Be sure to check out Alisa’s new album by clicking on the link below!

Self-Titled Debut from Alisa Turner

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Backgrounds PERFECT for Back to School Season

Whether we are ready for it or not, summer is coming to a close. I hope you’ve taken advantage of the warmer weather and slower pace of life. Maybe you and your church have had an opportunity to get together and brainstorm what direction your church will be going in the fall and winter months. Well, with the arrival of fall comes the back to school season. We all love this time of year, because it means we can settle back into a steady rhythm and routine of life. Now is the perfect time to highlight the back to school theme in your services. Whether it’s mini movies, countdowns, motion backgrounds or sermon slides, there is sure to be some back to school media that will work wonderfully for your church. One site I want to highlight is Playback Media. Playback Media exists to create visuals for the local church. In addition to the designs I’m featuring below, they can also customize any of these slides with your church name, logo, or more. Here are two of their Back to School collections I think you will love.

Color Pencils Collection

Color Pencils Closing Still

Color Pencils Welcome Still

Color Pencils Announcements Still

Geometry Lesson Collection

Geometry Lesson Welcome Still

Geometry Lesson Closing Still

Geometry Lesson Church Still

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Have You Seen These Song Charts From Chris Quilala?

Worship is at the heart of the Christian faith. To be fair, worship is at the heart of everyone’s life, whether they are believers or not. It’s simply a matter of answering the question: what is the object of our worship? For believers, we know that Jesus is at the center of our worship. He is our Lord, our Savior, our King. He reigns over all, in all, and through all. He Is the Lord of Lords, and King of Kings. Worthy of our worship forever.
Chris Quilala is a follower of Jesus who is passionately pursuing him in the areas of worship and helping others to experience God’s presence. He has been a part of the Jesus Culture worship team for years, and has helped lead youth conferences, Bethel Church, and more. I’d love for you to check out his page over at Christian Song Tracks, and also be sure to take a look at these featured song charts!

Halls of Heaven

Won My Heart

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Powerful Back to School Mini Movie Prayers for Our Children

This is an exciting, yet nerve-racking, time of year. It’s time for our kids to go back to school and join countless others in learning the basics of math, English, science, and more. Yet, parents (and children) can get nervous because of other things they might learn. It would be nice to shelter our kids forever and never let them experience heartbreak, loss, grief, disappointment, or sadness. But by doing that, aren’t we also keeping them from joys, triumphs, victories, friendships, and ultimately a Godly character? While this season may be difficult for some, let’s take a look at these back to school videos by Freebridge Media for encouragement as we send our children back to school.

Back to School (A Prayer For Our Children)

As the school year draws near, let’s take a moment to pray and ask God to watch over our children. To protect them, guide them and give them the courage to live out their faith.

This School Year (A Prayer For Our Children)

As the school year approaches, we need to take a moment to pray for our children. We need to ask God to watch over our children. To lead them, protect them and help them make right choices. We need to ask God to empower them to live out their faith and show them how to be an example of God’s great love.

A Back to School Prayer

As our children head back to school, it’s time to take a moment and ask God to protect them, lead them and guide them. It’s time to pray for God to grant our children wisdom, strength and courage as they live out their faith. It’s time to take a moment and ask for His hand on the new school year.

A Prayer For Our Children (Back to School)

This year, as your children head back to school, stop and take a moment to pray for God’s hand upon them, His strength to carry them and His love to surround them. “A Prayer For Our Children” is a great reminder of the importance of hitting our knees and asking God to walk the halls of our schools.

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