We are committed to developing products and services that fortify and advance Christian faith in children. Our leading vision and passion is to develop a dynamic Internet-based service for children to participate in Bible memory in a more engaging and effective way. We call it Impress Kids and we are pleased to announce that the service is available now at www.ImpressKids.com.
The Impress Kids Dream
Whether you're a Christian parent, children's ministry leader or invested in the faith development of kids in some other way, we invite you to visit Impress Kids to learn more and to give it a try. What you will discover is just the beginning of a Bible memory revolution for this generation of boys and girls.
AS OUR LIST of apps, games, and services expands, we'll showcase them here. For a more complete description or to experience them firsthand, click the associated "Play Demo" or "Learn More" links.
Verse Hero is a stylish, upbeat game designed for you to interact with Bible verses as never before.
Select your verse or entire passage from more than ten popular Bible versions. Play by swiftly clicking or tapping the correct word from each row as they scroll upward to the top of the screen. Get a High Score when you hit all the correct words as quickly as possible. There are six levels that increase in difficulty from Intro (only two columns and very slow) to Heroes Only! (four columns and very fast). Value bonuses are achieved by hitting the words as soon as they become visible, or as close to the bottom of the screen as possible.
You'll play this game over and over, and without even knowing it you're memorizing God's Word. Go! Play! Be a Verse Hero!
Lily Pad Hop's environment is so lively and the game play so engaging, children will never call this Bible memory "work"!
The words of the Bible verse are scattered on lily pads throughout the pond. Players hop Leroy the frog across the pond to collect all the words in the correct order and to reach the finish on the other side.
But there's trouble! Stealthy gators lurk about and very hungry Heron wait for Leroy to inch just a little closer! Unleash Leroy's long sticky tongue to zap yummy insects for extra energy and bonus powers.
Players advance through six challenge levels earning ranks from Puddle Commander to Emperor of the Lake! Each rank features one of Leroy's fashionable hats. Children can print their rank on a colorful certificate to celebrate their victory with Leroy!
Granny's Bible Dojo is a fast action board crackin' game providing the best experience ever learning the order of the books of the Bible!
It all happens in Granny's wonderful little house. But she's no ordinary Granny and it no ordinary house. She's converted her family room into a karate dojo (gym). Here, you will advance through eight levels, from a trainee to Granny Master! You'll earn fun knickknacks to place in Granny's curio cabinet and Granny will Guide and encourage you all the way.
Bust those boards! - Books of the Bible are burned onto wooden boards. As boards appear, you'll need to command all your ninja-like stealth and concentration to hit the boards in correct order. Watch out, if you hit those boards out of order a nasty bruise will appear on your hand! Too many misses and the picture gets pretty disgusting! If you need a little help, tap one of Granny's chocolate chip fortune cookies to reveal the name of the next book.
You're going to fall in love with this spirited high-flying Granny and you'll visit often to smash boards, break records, and earn fun knickknacks or just to enjoy the scenery and hear Granny talk!
The Media Player allows you to present dynamic content to your members. Choose from millions of options!!
Use this powerful media feature to help your members understand the meaning and life application of their memory verses, or to announce a challenge, an incentive, whatever!
Choose from millions of videos and slide presentations hosted by popular media providers such ast YouTube, GodTube, Vimeo and SlideShare. Can't find a video? Create your own, even from your Smartphone..
Unlimited media resources present unlimited possibilities to help members grasp the meaning and life application of the verses they are memorizing. Play the demo or select "Learn More" to experience the potential.
Now kids can say their Bible verses, capture it on video and share it with the world!
Say it any way they choose, go solo or say it with friends. Smile and say it or be original and creative. It really doesn't matter, just say it and share it with the world! That's right, videos on Say It! may be viewed all around the world. Have fun and be a blessing!
This dynamic tool takes advantage of plentiful smart phones and other video devices and popular media hosting sites, such as GodTube, Vimeo and YouTube.
Enhances the memory process as kids make repeat recordings to get it "just right." Reinforces memory as kids watch and listen to others Say It! Plus, the system allows video recordings to be nested with games to encourage game play. As always, real-time reports show you which members viewed your Say It! activities. Play the demo above to experience it now.
"The Lord gave the word; great was the company of those that proclaimed it" Psalm 68:11
John memorizing God's Word with children in San Clemente, CA – 1986
InsideOut Studios and Impress Kids are born out of a journey and a passion God started in a young man in 1985. John Tice came to faith in Jesus Christ and was impacted by pastors who loved God and committed His truth to memory. John found himself drawn to this and was convinced he needed to do the same for his own sake and for his new life in Christ. He quickly experienced the power of God's Word to transform him from the inside out.
At about the same time, John began serving children in a local church in San Clemente, California (a fantastic coastal town, by-the-way, just north of San Diego). There, John fell in love with children's ministry. Since then, he has served as a volunteer, Bible Club missionary, and children's pastor making Bible memory a cornerstone of his work.
A Drive and a Dream "One summer night in 1997", John recalls, "I had just awarded a trophy to a twelve year-old boy who had successfully completed a six-year Bible memory program. While driving home from the boy's church, I began to dream about how to make children's Bible memory better. I dreamed of a plan that could work with any church program, school, or family. I envisioned ways to make memorizing Scripture fun, engaging and effective." Though the dream had gone dormant, at times, John say's, "God has not allowed me to let go of this dream."
From Dream to Reality Three major events have moved this dream to its present reality. First, mobile and Internet technologies have advanced at break-neck speed. And, children's access to these technologies have become broad and commonplace. The second event is John's introduction to Andrew Hawes in 2009. God's journey for Andrew and his family placed them in the backyard (literally) of the church where John was serving as children's pastor. Andrew's commitment to Kingdom work, his experiences as web developer and designer, as well as his remarkable ability to overcome technology barriers make Andrew a perfect and unique fit for this work. The third event is the handful of generous investors who quickly caught the vision for Impress Kids—enough to take a substantial risk—and, whose motivation is more in the potential impact than in any possible returns.
The Rest of the Story Our sincere hope for "the rest of the story" is best expressed by Paul's prayer for a start-up church in the seaport city of Thessalonica:
"With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may count you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may fulfill every good purpose of yours and every act prompted by your faith. We pray this so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ." (2 Thessalonians 1:12-13)
Thank you for taking the time to read our story. For current news and exciting developments, stay connected with us at Impress Kids.
John served his country and chose to follow God while in the United States Marine Corps. He went on to graduate from Word of Life Bible Institute and Luther Rice University earning a Bachelor's in Biblical Studies. John is also an ordained minister. His leadership skills have been developed and proven through this honorable military service, eleven years as a children's Bible Club missionary with Word of Life Church Ministries, and most recently serving for nine years as a children's pastor at First Baptist Church in New Castle, Pennsylvania.
By God's wonderful grace and provision this project has become reality. It's just the beginning though. Great things are ahead!
Andrea has written and produced seven drama packages used by churches as family outreach events. She has written, directed, and produced over forty dramatic sketches used in children, youth and adult ministries. Her creative arts experience includes acting, directing, producing, filming, audio and video editing, and set development.
She is a graduate of Word of Life Bible Institute and earned her Bachelor's in Broadcast Communications from Westminster College. Andrea is passionate about using creative communication to help children truly understand God's Word.
Andrew is an experienced web developer and graphic designer. He has a Bachelor's of Fine Arts from Youngstown State University, and has taught computer graphics at the college level. Most recently, Andrew served with Greater Europe Mission as a full-time missionary to Ukraine with a technology focused ministry team. Andrew also served as Director of Web services for Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA), a large non-profit membership organization. Andrew and his team developed, implemented, and managed a full range of web services.
Andrew is no stranger to children's ministry either, his experience includes: AWANA Sparks Director, Children's church, puppet ministry, and short-term mission teams working with children in the U.S., Africa, and Ukraine.
Statement of Faith
What we've presented in this statement of faith is a cursory description of InsideOut Studios' position on points we consider important enough for this context. A full statement of faith will be provided upon request.
GOD IS LIVING AND TRUE
When Moses asked God what His name was, God replied, "I AM WHO I AM" (Ex 3:14). God is. We believe God has revealed that in some fantastic and mysterious way He ever exists as One God in three distinct co-eternal and co-equal Persons; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
The Father is wonderful, eternal and limitless. He is holy, sovereign, good and He is love. He is all of this and infinitely more. Jesus Christ is the Son of God and Savior of man. Jesus was completely God and perfectly man. He became like us in all respects apart from sin (Heb 4:15). He cannot, did not, and will not do anything that displeases God the Father. The Holy Spirit reveals Himself as Counselor and Spirit of Truth (Jn 16:7, 13). Among the many works of God the Holy Spirit, He resides in the Child of God (Jn 14:16-17) and He illumines the understanding of the Word of God for the child of God (1 Cor 2:14).
THE BIBLE IS GOD'S SPECIAL REVELATION
God has revealed some of His qualities to man through creation (Rom 1:20), but He has chosen to reveal Himself more explicitly to man through special revelation, the Scriptures.
The Scriptures are God's Word. While using the means of human authors, God actively composed His Word so that what was written in the original manuscripts is exactly what God wanted to be written, "All Scripture is God-breathed . . ." (2 Tim 3:16a). Each word is inspired and each word is equally inspired. The result of what was written in the original manuscripts is exactly what God wanted to be written, without error. The Bible is truth and as truth, it cannot fail.
MAN IS GOD'S CROWNING CREATION
As His final act of creation, God formed man from the dust, gave him the breath of life and declared man was created in His own image (Gen 1:26-27; 2:7, 18-22). Man's God-given purpose is to seek after God, fellowship with Him, and honor Him with his whole being, and ultimately dwell with God throughout eternity.
The fall of man refers to the time, place, and event where the human race, represented by its federal head, Adam, chose to disbelieve and disobey God (Gen 3:1-7). The fall brought physical deterioration, illness, disease eventually resulting in physical death. More significantly, the fall brought spiritual death, relational and physical alienation from God. This event shifted man's orientation to an intrinsic abhorrence of God and rebellion from Him and His holy ways. The entire human race shares this orientation.
SALVATION IS GOD'S LOVE DEMONSTRATED
The substitutionary death of Jesus Christ provides that which God's justice demands and thereby becomes the basis for the gift of eternal life to those who believe (Rom 5:1-8). Just as the curse is universal and all human beings are under the same curse, all human beings need salvation. This salvation has been initiated and provided by God as a result of His grace without consideration of human merit. This salvation is sufficiently provided through one Savior (Acts 4:12).
It is God's desire for His children to mature in knowledge, spiritual understanding, learn to be productive workers in His service and live to please and honor Him (Col 1:9-10). This is a life-long process in which God, again by grace, is actively involved (1 Cor 1:8-9).
THE CHURCH IS THE BODY OF JESUS CHRIST
The church is called "God's household" and "pillar and foundation of truth" (1 Tim 3:15). The church is also called the "body of Christ" (Eph 1:22-23). The church is God's "called out ones" from all nations and peoples who are unique and varied in many ways, but whose commonness is their faith in Jesus Christ as Savior, their purpose, and their hope for the future.
THE FUTURE IS GOD'S PREROGATIVE
The Bible does describe future events and good indications are given to help arrange these events in sequence; however, we recognize the manner and actual order in which future events unfold is God's sovereign prerogative.
"Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen" (1 Tim 1:17).
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