Guardians of Ancora is a Scripture Union England and Wales project to utilise modern digital technology to teach 8 to 11 year old children about Jesus and encourage them to read the Bible. It is a huge project based around a computer game which is playable on tablet computers and smart phones, which is what most children will use. Unfortunately, there is not currently a version which will run on Windows based computers. The following is a list of tablets and phones which will accommodate the Guardians of Ancora App:
- · iPad 2, 3, 4 Air
- · Sony Xperia Z2
- · Samsung Galaxy Tab S
- · Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1
- · LG GPad 8.3
- · Tesco Hudl2
- · Amazon Kindle Fire
- · iPhone
- · Android based smartphones
If you have any of the above devices you can download and play Guardians of Ancora for free, but please note that the list is not exhaustive.
The game involves moving a character around various terrains,navigating various obstacles by jumping, climbing, swinging, sliding down and generally running, all to find stories about Jesus to restore the light to Ancora. There are several male and female characters of various ethnic types to select from.
Ancora is a fictitious land where the light is fading because the stories about Jesus have been lost. Only the Guardians (players) can restore the light by locating these stories to light up the Ancora spire. With each story found the light increases. Children (and some adults) find this game very addictive, including those who do not normally attend Church and who have little knowledge of Biblical teachings.
The Guardians of Ancora App took the annual awards for the best ‘Innovative Use of Digital Media’ and ‘App of the Year’ during the Premier Christian Digital Awards Conference and Awards held in London in November 2015 and at which I was present. I also attended a seminar hosted by the Guardians of Ancora team and was extremely impressed with design, quality and execution of this App, together with the demonstrated interest it generated amongst children. This is a Christian teaching tool for children, which children can and will pick up and use without prompting, can use without supervision and will occupy them for many hours and apart from the cost of a smart phone or tablet (which many children have anyway), is completely free. It is suitable for use in Sunday Schools as well as at home.
It is incredible what the Scripture Union project team has achieved and is going on to achieve, because since November 2015 much further progress has been made. Material to run children’s Guardians of Ancora clubs has been made available (which was utilised at St Martin’s during August 2016 for the Children’s Holiday Club) and a further game has been produced called Firebugs of Ancora. This is a variation of the traditional shoot em up game, such as the now very old ‘Alien Invaders’ game. The aim of the game is to fling Firebugs to smash down walls, fences and trees to ignite beacons to light up the land. Of course there are several types of bug, each with different abilities. There are three different terrains and 50 levels of difficulty.
Many Churches are simply ignoring the digital age, perhaps hoping it is a fad which will go away. My great fear is that these Churches, who ignore the current reality will not survive, since they have become totally irrelevant to modern society. To be relevant Churches must be an active part of society, otherwise they will be ignored by the majority. It will only be the Churches which accept and learn to work with the changes in society which have a future and the introduction of Guardians of Ancora would be a great way to start.
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