Every parish has a Facebook page! So what about creating a short Sunday Gospel video that highlights the scripture story of the day? In addition, include one, two, or three reflection questions for the week!
Once created, you can add to your parish Facebook page. Perhaps this is a project for your junior or senior high students or even your RCIA participants. It becomes a 21st Century way of studying the weekly scripture and sharing with others. It can easily be viewed on a computer, smartphone, or tablet.
Here’s how you can make a Gospel story video that will engage the creators in telling the Gospel story in a meaningful way. Follow these steps:
Read the Gospel
As you read the Sunday Gospel, have a highlighter in hand. Highlight the “phrases” that stand out for you in this reading.
For example – Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time – Lectionary: 153 – Phrases:
- Jesus came to Jericho
- A man there named Zacchaeus
- Chief tax collector
- Wealthy Man
- Seeking to see who Jesus was
- Could not see him because of the crowd
- He was short
- Climbed a sycamore tree
- Jesus looked up
- Zacchaeus, come down quickly
- I must stay at your house
- Jesus received him with joy
- Everyone began to grumble
- Staying at the house of a sinner
- Behold, half of my possessions, Lord, I shall give to the poor
- If I exhorted – I shall repay it four times over
- Today salvation has come to this house
Go to Google Images
Using the search phrase “Creative Commons Zacchaeus” or “Creative Commons (image type)” look for images that will match the phrases you identified. Remember you want to locate images that are free and may be used without violating copyright laws. Here are a few examples for images that may be used in this video.
Now you have several images that could be used in your video
Draft a Script
Once you have images, and have identified phrases, draft a script that you will use with Animoto (an online video tool that uses images, text, and images) for creating your video. Remember as you draft your script to keep the phrases short as Animoto allows you to use no more than –
- 40 characters for a Title
- 50 characters for a SubTitle
- 50 characters for a Caption
|TITLE: Thirty-First Sunday – Ordinary Time – October 30, 2016
|TITLE: Jesus Came To Jericho – Luke 19: 1-10
|Jesus came to Jericho
|Zacchaeus the chief tax collector and wealthy lived there
|He was seeking to see who Jesus was
|Jesus in crowd|
|Could not see him because of the crowd
|Z in crowd|
|He climbed a Sycamore tree
|Z in tree|
|Jesus looked up and said “I must stay at your house”
|Z in tree|
|Everyone began to grumble – He’s a sinner!
|Lord, half of my possessions I will give to the poor
|Z in house|
|If I extorted – I shall repay it four times over
|Z in house|
|Today salvation has come to this house
|How have you experienced the seeking or saving power of Jesus in your life (maybe even in the past week)?
|What are some ways Jesus has changed you?
|How can you be a witness to Jesus’ transforming power in your life?
|TITLE: Credits – FreebibleImages.com and Creative Commons Images
|TITLE: Blessings – Enjoy a wonderful week
|None (Note: You could add the name of your parish here and any other short message you would like).||Fall Colored Leaf|
Once you have a script you are now ready to work with Animoto, an online tool that uses your photos and text to create a professional video slideshow simply and easily. Animoto is easy to learn and easy to use. If you are unfamiliar with Animoto, go to YouTube and search for “Animoto Tutorial” to learn the ins and outs of this tool.
Sign in to Animoto
Sign into your account. If you do not have an account you can register for one. You can create a 30-second video on a trial version. There are various options so that you can create Animoto videos that are longer than 30-seconds. You can apply as an “educator” for a FREE ANIMOTO PLUS ACCOUNT. Or you can apply for ANIMOTO FOR A CAUSE. If you purchase an annual Animoto plan, you are able to create videos that are Full Length (i.e., longer than 30-seconds).
Choose a video style
Set the mood for your video by choosing a video style. There are a number of video styles to choose from. Pick something that enhances your Scripture story.
Add your photos/images
Once you have chosen a style, it’s time to add your photos. You can upload files from your computer to be used in the template. Once your images/photos are added, if needed, you can click and drag the blocks to change their order.
Add titles/text to tell the story
Once the photos/images are added, click on them to add captions or click Add text to add a title card. Remember to create a title screen.
Test as you continue to “tweak” your video. When you are ready, click on Publish. You will receive an email from Animoto to tell you that your video is ready. Once you have a link you can share in a variety of ways.