Family Life Ministries
families to invite Davey and Goliath to be a part of their
home life. Contact
ELCA Resource Catalog for
on-the-Go Families, and other Davey and Goliath resources available through
Young children love to fill their
days with imaginary play - based on their favorite TV, video and
storybook characters. They carry stuffed versions of their
favorite characters for companionship and security; wear makeshift
costumes to identify with the characters and rehearse lines they
are most known to say.
As concrete learners, young
children can easily place themselves in the stories they are told
or shown. Within the freedom and security of their own homes these
characters expand and shape their own sense of self and connection
to the world.
Introducing lovable little
characters of faith to young children will help Christian parents,
provide hours of entertainment, and instill memorable markers in a
child’s development. Valued moral lessons can be learned as they
bond with the ordinary personalities and engaging escapades of
Davey and his gang.
Although Davey and Goliath became
famous as characters on a children’s television series in the
1950s and ’60s, they are timeless in their ability to engage
children in adventures that interpret faith and values for daily
living. These characters can assist families in teaching about
faith and God’s love.
Consider the following ways to
equip and inspire children and their parents to include Davey and
Goliath in their daily life.
- Acquaint younger children with
the Davey and Goliath characters and adventures. Check your
local resource centers for copies of “classic” Davey and
Goliath VHS tapes. You might also browse through the
ELCA Resource Catalog for possible updates as
additional titles become available for distribution in the
- Refer to the
Official Web site of Davey and
Goliath in your church bulletins and newsletters.
There you can find resources for both parents and children. The
Kids Clubhouse provides
kid-friendly coloring sheets and a Davey and Goliath trivia
game. A clip art page
also provides line drawings of all main characters.
- Consider investing in Davey
and Goliath VHS tapes and/or DVDs to add to the inventory in
your Church library. Promote them in your congregation’s
newsletter along with other resources. You might also make
copies available for families to purchase or promote places
where they can be.
- Look through the listing of TV
stations currently broadcasting episodes of Davey and Goliath.
If there is a station in your area, tell the parents of young
children about it. Some adults between the ages of 20 and 50 may
be familiar with the characters and adventures of Davey and
Goliath from their own childhood.
- Promote the premiere of Davey
and Goliath's Snowboard Christmas that will be
produced for broadcast television during the 2004 holiday
for updates and resources for promoting this Christmas special
www.daveyandgoliath.org/snowboard in the Fall 2004.
- Consider planning a theme party
to promote this ministry for families.
- Encourage daily thoughts and
talks with God through family devotions. Davey and Goliath
Devotions: For On-the-Go Families (ISBN:SUB0000008) will be
available through subscription in October 2004. Contact Augsburg
Fortress (800.328.4648) to make arrangements for individual or
bulk deliveries. Beginning October, 2004, this devotional will
be available via subscription. It is designed to help children
and their families experience faith in fun, exciting, real-life
ways through Bible stories, family activities, prayers, and
- Consider launching a campaign to
nurture family faith growth. Introduce the new devotional
resource (See above description) by acquainting children and
their families with the characters and adventures of Davey and
Goliath at a special event. You might include a presentation of
an episode and recruit people to role-play the characters.