A note from Pastor Rick -
Here's how to S.H.A.K.E. the Virus! Here’s the backstory of the fun video I came up with.
Bob Redfield, the national director of the CDC, is a very close friend of Kay and me. We’ve traveled together, worked on the AIDS pandemic together, and when I asked for his help in creating a church-based community health care program for Rwanda, Bob invented the process that we used to train 6,000 Rwandans serving through their churches. That program is now being copied elsewhere.
At the beginning of the COVID 19 crisis, Bob called and asked me to use my channels to pastors to help get out the correct information to churches everywhere. I did that, but I also started thinking about a fun way to spread the message to kids.
I’m sure you’ve heard of the 5 actions that the CDC recommends everyone do to prevent the virus from spreading: wash your hand often, cough into your elbow instead of your hand, don’t touch your face, keep a 6 foot social distance from others, and stay at home. Even Google promoted these 5 actions on their home page for days.
But I thought, “Nobody is going to remember all 5, especially little kids. It needs to be memorable and fun! So, since I often create acrostics as memory devices (like our P.E.A.C.E. plan, or our S.H.A.P.E. profile) I created an acrostic for 5 WAYS TO S.H.A.K.E. THE VIRUS.
Next I wrote a little tune with rhyming explanations, and I asked our Saddleback Kids ministry to come up with a dance and hand motions for each letter of S.H.A.K.E. Here is the video they created.
I doubt that anyone would guess that a pastor wrote this! Our Saddleback Kids ministry is planning a contest for other kids, schools, and church youth groups to record their own version of “S.H.A.K.E. the Virus."
I now know what I’ll do in retirement.
Watch me whip! Watch neh neh!
Produced by Casey Lagos