A youth leader has found a creative way to get youngsters reading the Bible every day.
Paul Lee from a church in St Albans has created a free online Bible reading challenge called Bible Quest.
The challenge takes users on a virtual adventure around Britain by reading their Bible each day, with the aim of both helping them to get into healthy habit of reading their Bible daily, and reading the entire Bible.
Every word that they read moves them forward on a virtual adventure from Lands’ End in England to John O' Groats in Scotland via a host of landmarks along the way. Users can quest on their your own or as a team.
Each time they reach a waypoint along the route, they unlock a fact file above that location and a virtual postcard. Once they cross the finish line, they will unlock your finisher’s certificate and optionally a special finisher’s medal.
Lee told Premier he came up with the idea during lockdown: “Lots of our young people find it really difficult to engage with the Bible, and especially when we went into lockdown… not being able to meet up with them in the same sort of way.
“This was a way of allowing us to still give them some motivation and a sense of community in a different way. And as we're not able to actually go and explore the country, it gives us a little taste of what cool places are around as well.”
Users can read their daily reading online within Bible Quest, where there’s a choice of Bible translations to choose from. There’s also an option to listen to scripture too.
Lee said there’s been great feedback so far.
“It’s primarily our youth group who's used it and they like the competitive side of it. They like to try and be the one who's keeping their streaks up and getting ahead of everyone else. They've actually been reading their Bibles a lot more than they have before.”
Listen to Premier’s interview with Paul Lee here: