I am the Vicar of two parishes in the inner city of Birmingham. The majority faith in these two areas is Muslim and this includes our church primary school where all the children are of non-christian faith. I am always looking for good material that I can use to share the Christian Story. I met James Hamilton at the Christian Resource Exhibition, where he had a stand demonstrating his Relive, Easter and Miracles packages. These included DVD’s, lesson plans and assembly ideas. I have been using these resources across the whole of the primary school, in collective worship and class work and the children love the content. Because the package comes not only with understandable fun teaching DVD’s it is accessible to our children who have english as a second or third language. Also with the lesson plans already prepared the resource is now being used by the teaching staff. This Christmas I added the Christmas Package to my collection and the way James puts the stories together, it brought them to life. The children loved the Three Kings, and love the Donkeys. Can I recommend the Relive series to you for school and church. Revd Canon Steve Simcox
“These materials are not only very practical and accessible but also delightfully engaging. Teachers with even just a very basic or limited knowledge of the Bible should have no problem in delivering relevant lessons that give children of any background an important insight into the fundamentals of Christianity and what Jesus represents”
"They are fantastic! I used blind bart with my year 6 class in the summer term. They had to watch it, watch it again and make notes on his life and then they asked to watch it a third time! Then some of the children were hot seated as bart and explained what life was like. I heard to day from the year 7 re teacher that they have enjoyed doing this sort of thing and would like more! The resources for me, were fab, easy to follow and carry out. Please do more!"Zoe Sheffield, Teacher, Bedfordshire
“The resources were very comprehensive and I loved the acting! The DVD was engaging and funny. The lesson plan was easy to follow (not too much to read before hand) and the cross curricular links are well thought out”
“Great original resources that kept the children on the edge of their seats”
“A very detailed and useful resource to aid the teaching of effective and relevant RE lessons”
“You seem to have thought of everything”
“The children enjoyed the film so much, we had to watch it four times!”
“I have been extremely impressed by these resources. The teacher is given plenty of ideas, clear and concise. They will be able to pick and choose certain elements if they want to or use all of the resources”
“James has worked with the children at Hurst Green Primary for several years. He leads assemblies which are stimulating, thought provoking and interesting for the children (aged 4 – 11) and with his presentation, brings bible stories “to life” for the children. Similarly, he inspires our children with his drama activities at after school clubs and workshops in school, working with the youngest children right up to the oldest. With any age group, he manages to build a good relationship and inspire the children”
Churches and Professionals
Winners of Christian Broadcasting Council Media Awards 2011 - Highly Commended - BEST CHILDREN'S PROGRAMME
2012 - Gold Award - BEST DVD RESOURCES
Winners of 2010 Premier Media New Media Award.
Judges comments; "Impressive cast and dramatisation, exceptional wit and a monumental effort in making bible stories contemporary for young people to relate to." 2011
"This is something special in the making here. This series is brilliant for schools and churches. Highly entertaining. The judges particularly enjoyed the interactive elements of the series." 2012
"I have just sat through the whole thing (Relive Christmas) with my 6 year old son and 13 year old daughter. This is by far the best piece of Christian media I have seen aimed at this age. The message, production quality and creativity is second to none. Great Job!". Dave Newton, Director, YFC
“Funny, moving, inspired and inspiring. I enjoy James's work immensely. He really does bring the Bible to Life!'
“A spirited and compelling approach to film-making by an up and coming production company”
"The personal witness account telling the story in each film holds the viewer’s attention and helps them connect in a new way to Jesus; it is this that makes these sets meaningful resources that can be used at many different levels." Sian Hancock (Reviewer - The Good Book Stall)
“Creative, imaginative, flexible and totally in tune with the kids"
"Thank you so much for your programme at the 'Revolution' weekend. The kids have been talking about it ever since and really did love it" Sam Walker (The Forge Church, Mendlesham)
“We have received such excellent feedback from the work you did with us that it is hard to summarise. We thoroughly enjoyed your input and believe it enhanced our conference beyond our hopes. Thank you once again"
“James has helped our ministry in the Middle East several times in the past years. His commitment to professionalism and sensitivity to different cultures has made him a big asset for us. James was twice involved in our creative arts training events in Lebanon and Dubai, leading the "Drama and Acting" workshops. He also trained our Children's drama team in Beirut on two different occasions. It is always a big joy to have James with us in the region, his vast experience adds a lot of value to our ministry, and we are thankful for all the times he has been here”
“We really were so impressed with everything you did. Everyone loved the sessions – the puppet and comedy characters went down very well with leaders and children. It will be great to have you at Sizewell again"
Bethesda Bob, from the film 'By the Pool' feeling sorry for himself.
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