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Bible story app has kids flocking to join school clubs

An app developed to help introduce schoolchildren to Bible stories has led to waiting lists to join Christian schools clubs in the north of England …

Children and schools in Blackpool are having to join waiting lists for Christian schools clubs as demand has far exceeded expectations for the groups based around Scripture Union’s award-winning app, Guardians of Ancora.

The clubs, which run at lunchtimes and after school identified Guardians of Ancora as the perfect fit to engage their target age ranges with biblical stories in a fun and relevant way.

Katy Finney, development coordinator for Blackpool Schools and Youth Work (BSYW), started running Guardians of Ancora clubs in October 2015 and is a big advocate for the platform: “Children love the game for its fun, parkour elements. They can customise their own characters and fully immerse themselves in the game.”

Katy continues: “They’re learning through play. Teachers also love it because it helps with teaching RE and parts of the curriculum.”

Scripture Union commissioned the Guardians of Ancora project to help children grow in faith, in the digital space. The game has been developed for children aged eight to 11 years old.

Terry Clutterham, Mission Development Director for Scripture Union says “People might be surprised that there is a waiting list for a Bible-based app, they also might not expect that such a game has had over 120,000 users so far. The quality of the game and the fantastic team in Blackpool have together contributed to create such an incredible demand for the clubs.”

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