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Apple Camp 2011

Chris —  June 9, 2011 — Leave a comment

It’s that time of year to sign-up your 8 – 12 year olds for Apple’s free day camp held in their retail stores.  I’ve sent my kids that last few years and they’ve had a blast.  This summer, like last, focuses on movie making.

Description from their site:

A fun, free workshop where kids become filmmakers.

At Apple Camp, kids aged 8-12 learn how to shoot their own footage, create an original song in GarageBand on an iPad, and put it all together in iMovie on a Mac. This free workshop, held at the Apple Store, spans three days and ends with campers debuting their masterpieces at the Apple Camp Film Festival. Space is limited and workshops fill up quickly so sign up now for a super creative adventure.

Day One (1.5 hours)

  • Introduction to the basics of moviemaking, including creating a storyboard.
  • Create an original soundtrack by making a song in GarageBand on an iPad.
  • Prepare for shooting footage outside the store overnight or inside the store at the end of the workshop.

On day one, Apple Camp also includes an optional, one-hour Parent’s Workshop that focuses on using and setting Parental Controls on the Mac. Registration is not required.

Day Two (1.5 hours)

  • Introduction to iMovie — simple-to-use moviemaking software.
  • Use a Mac to import and edit collected movie footage, incorporating stills and music.
  • Create a film.

With guidance from Apple Camp Counselors, kids will use iMovie — part of the iLife suite of creativity applications built into every Mac — to create, edit, and produce their films.

Then on the Saturday following camp, there’s a film festival where all the kids get to show the movies they’ve made.

Registation opened the morning, and in the past, spots have gone fast.  Not a bad free summer activity.  And if you don’t have kids of your own, it may be a good way to get some of those younger middle schoolers in your ministry excited about movie making and they can help make videos for youth group.

Click here to go to the Registration link, and see if there’s one near you.




Goodbye David Crowder*Band

Chris —  May 24, 2011 — 1 Comment

This last weekend I got an email from the David Crowder*Band announcing that this falls tour and new album will be their last. From their announcement:

Now, another reason we are sure this will be one of the most meaningful tours we’ve ever been on is because it will be our last as a band. This is why we so cleverly named it The 7 Tour. We’ve always hidden this little number here and there in our music and artwork, sometimes it would appear in the sum of the numerals 3 and 4, and other times it would be sitting there outright, but it’s always been with us. As you know, the number 7 has often been used to represent completion, and that feels exactly where we are as a band.

You can read their whole announcement here.

Needless to say I was super disappointed, they have been one of my favorite bands for over a decade.  I remember the first time I saw them live.  I think it was 1999 at a youth workers convention and not only did their worship catch my attention, but they also played a cover of Down Under; one of my favorites from the ’80s. Over the years I grown to love their music more and more. They have the rare talent of writing poetic lyrics, but also incorporate fun in what they do (Keytar anyone?).

I will miss them, but can’t wait to see what they have in store for us with their last album and tour.

Here are a few other posts I’ve written about them over the last few years:

Thanks guys for all the great music through the years, I’m so glad you shared so much with us.

Friday Fun: Nu Thang

Chris —  May 6, 2011 — Leave a comment

I saw this on Facebook last night (thanks Trevor), and I couldn’t believe it.  It’s wrong on so many levels. I’m really surprised Christians were aloud to do television production back then.

I’d love to see the where are they now.

Every month gives away a free audio book.  This month the book is The Next Story: Life and Faith after the Digital Explosion by Tim Challies.  It’s about our ever connected culture and it’s effect on our spiritual lives.  Here’s the description from the site:

Even the least technical among us are being pressed from all sides by advances in digital technology. We rely upon computers, cell phones, and the Internet for communication, commerce, and entertainment. Yet even though we live in this “instant message” culture, many of us feel disconnected, and we question if all this technology is really good for our souls.

In a manner that’s accessible, thoughtful, and biblical, author Tim Challies addresses questions such as:
• How has life—and faith—changed now that everyone is available all the time through mobile phones?
• How does our constant connection to these digital devices affect our families and our church communities?
• What does it mean that almost two billion humans are connected by the Internet … with hundreds of millions more coming online each year?

Providing the reader with a framework they can apply to any technology, Tim Challies explains how and why our society has become reliant on digital technology, what it means for our lives, and how it impacts the Christian faith.

I haven’t started it yet, but it sounds like it should be an interesting listen.  As someone who surrounds himself with technology, I’m interested to see what Challies has to say.

And if you have never tried an audio book I high recommend it.  I love listening to them in the car, at the gym, doing yardwork, or just about anywhere else.  I don’t always have time to read as much as I would like, and audio books help me multitask.

Check it out, I’d love to hear what you think.

It was only a matter of time before someone did this.

I can’t wait for this thing to be over.

Do you use countdown videos?  Have you ever wanted to make your own? The fine people over at Digitalstache have now made it super easy, and it’s FREE: Ready, Set, Go!

From their site:

Do you love countdown videos? Do you dream in descending digits? Can you grow mustache? Well check out the newest addition to the Digital Stache Gameshow Family: Ready, Set, Go! Ready, Set, Go! gives you 6 themes to choose from and let’s you set the countdown (or up), from one second to an hour! But here is the best part: we’re giving it away. That’s right, for an unlimited time, Ready, Set, Go! Is absolutely free! So download your copy today!

Download your free copy while you can.

Ready, Set, Go!

A friend of mine showed this to me and I thought it could make a great display in your youth room.  I might want to gather up a couple old computers or laptops and create a cool art piece for your stage or room.  Sounds crazy but I bet if you put the word out you could find some old machines to use.  Watch the video, it’s pretty cool.

Best part, the software is free.
Check it out: Junkyard Jumbotron

Many of you liked the digital nativity video from Christmas.  Igniter video has now done one for Easter.

If you want to use it for your services, you can pick it up HERE.

Description from their site:

Throughout the course of his public ministry, Jesus knew both the adoration and desertion of the crowds. Today, just as 2,000 years ago, the gospel asks a question that demands an answer: Will we follow? This video illustrates this truth through the dynamic lens of a 21st-century social network.


I saw a link to this site over at MoreThanDodgeball, and I thought it would be good to pass along.  It’s a site that YouTube has put together to for people to see what popular and follow the trends on the popular video site.  Sometimes in Youth Ministry is hard to keep up with what’s popular with students, but this might help tip you off to what they are watching online so you are ready to talk (or laugh) about it with them.

Check it out at


Stay Classy Music Video

Chris —  March 6, 2011 — Leave a comment

Here’s the latest music video from my friend Jake Rutenbar.  It premiered tonight at the Simply Youth Ministry Conference, and it’s a good one.  Stay Classy youth worker!

Stay Classy!

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