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24 October 2016

Schools desperate for Bible story app

An app commissioned by Scripture Union is in big demand in schools.

The app, Guardians of Ancora, uses games to help children engage with stories from the Bible.

Schools in Blackpool are on waiting lists for the Christian clubs that run the apps.

Terry Clutterham, mission development director for Scripture Union, said: "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 more than 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."

The clubs run during lunchtimes and after school and can also be used to help teach RE.

The app was commissioned to help eight to 11 year olds use digital spaces to grow in faith.

Katy Finney, development coordinator for Blackpool Schools and Youth Work (BSYW), started running Guardians of Ancora clubs in October 2015.

She said: "Children love the game for its fun, parkour elements. They can customise their own characters and fully immerse themselves in the game."

You can find out more about Guardians of Ancora at guardiansofancora.com

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