“The Gift” Viewing Brings Covenant Students Together

Covenant Children’s and Youth Ministries are creating opportunities to bring our kids together to meet and get to know each other.

On Wednesday, April 19, 4th and 5th graders in our What-a-Wednesday program met with Covenant middle school students to watch the award-winning film, “The Gift,” a coming of age adventure story. Bobby Parker is a 12-year-old boy who was given a gift by his father the day he was born.  He carries this brightly wrapped package everywhere he goes. This film follows Bobby’s emotional journey when he is forced to choose between the acceptance of new friends and the treasured gift given from his father.

Watch the movie here: The Gift

After viewing the movie, the kids broke into table groups to discuss bullying and what they have seen and heard in their schools. Joining the group was the film’s director, Lisa Belcher. The kids asked lots of questions about the filming of the movie and why she used certain techniques.

“We have been looking for new ways to introduce our older kids in children’s ministry to our middle school students —to find ways to make them comfortable when they are ready to move up. This movie presented a timely topic for the kids to discuss and talk about how they would have acted in Bobby’s shoes,” Interim Children’s Director Ashley Ellison said.

Middle School Director Whitney Bell added, “We wanted the kids to see that we’re really one big family. This was a great opportunity for the different age groups to interact.”

Kids and youth will get another chance to interact and worship together during VBS, June 12-16.