In "Love Connects Us," a Tapestry of Faith program
Form teams of three or four participants. Give each team a video kit and the assignment to interview people in the congregation about their search for truth.
Make sure each team is comfortable using their video equipment. Instruct them to rotate the jobs of interviewer, camera operator, and producer/director. The interviewer asks questions of the people who want to participate and holds the microphone, if there is one. The camera operator positions the camera (and holds it steady, if there is no tripod) and starts and stops taping. A producer/director can write down the names of the people the team interviews, decide where the interviewer and subject can stand for the interview, and get the next subject ready to be interviewed.
Interviewers might ask:
If an adult or youth in your congregation has the skill and equipment to edit the interviews together, ask them to do so. Show the finished project at a meeting of the group or the entire congregation. You might also post the interviews on your congregation's website, YouTube, or another website for others to see.
If a video project is not feasible, give the teams notepads and pens/pencils. After they conduct interviews and take notes, compile excerpts from the interviews into an article for a newspaper or your congregational newsletter or website.
Some participants may be hesitant to approach members of the congregation and ask them questions; others may be nervous about using a camera. You could assign roles on each team instead of having the team members rotate. Or, suggest the children take on the technical responsibilities (shooting video, capturing sound) and an adult be the one to ask the interview questions—or vice versa, depending on the interests and comfort level of participants in the group.
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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.
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