The new year has given us a new phrase we’d rather forget: shelter at home.
Families across the nation are being asked to stay indoors and to venture out only for necessities in the battle against COVID-19.
Thankfully, Christian companies with streaming content are stepping up to help. Some have opened up their entire platform for free, while others are offering an impressive sampling. Meanwhile, one new company even moved its fall launch day up to March in order to assist families stuck at home.
If you’re a parent who is needing Christian content – or simply content that’s family-friendly – then consider trying one of these eight Christian companies that are offering free stuff during the pandemic:
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It’s the company that lets families skip objectionable content in films and TV shows on Netflix and Amazon Prime – and right now, the VidAngel platform is free. This means, for example, you can cut the language out of Jurassic Park and the sexuality out of Game of Thrones. (My son and I regularly watch a filtered verse of Monk.) Learn more at VidAngel.com.
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Minno is the “Christian Netflix for kids,” and during the pandemic, it’s offering a free “Church at Home” program aimed at children. The program includes animated Bible videos, downloadable Bible stories and activities, and worship songs. It also includes a sample of Minno’s programs. Minno – formerly Jelly Telly – is a streaming platform filled with kid-friendly Christian programs. Visit GoMinno.com/IP/Church-at-Home.
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3. Redeem TV
It’s a new free streaming platform owned by Christian History Institute/Vision Video, and it’s launching in Beta mode earlier than scheduled to address needs caused by the coronavirus. It includes children’s series (Torchlighters, The Animated Bible Series), drama programming (Vindication), and tons of history-based films from Vision Video’s vault. It also includes the new Pilgrim’s Progress animated film. Visit RedeemTV.com.
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4. UP Faith & Family
It’s the streaming platform for those who enjoy uplifting television. With everyone stuck at home, it’s offering a special selection from its platform, including the first seasons of Bringing Up Bates and Growing Up McGhee, and several movies (such as Love Alaska and A Very Country Wedding). They call it “Operation Uplift.” Learn more at UpFaithandFamily.com/uplift.
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5. Faithlife TV
Faithlife, makers of Logos Bible Software, is offering its Faithlife TV service and several other premium products free for the next two months. The platform is known for its documentaries, such as Fragments of Truth, Archaeology and Jesus, and Harriet Tubman – They Called Her Moses. It also has children’s programming. Visit FaithLife.com/Coronavirus.
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6. Right Now Media
It’s a streaming platform popular with churches, but during the pandemic it’s offering families free access to much of its content. Families with young children will enjoy series like Friends & Heroes, What’s in the Bible?, Bibleman and Owlegories. The platform also includes multiple Bible study and family devotional videos. Visit RightNowMedia.org and click on “Access Limited Library” at the top.
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7. Answers in Genesis
The organization that built the Creation Museum and the Ark Encounter is offering dozens of free streaming videos, including ones on animals, the age of the earth, the Bible, science and evolution. Click here and here. Answers in Genesis also has a video series called Raising Godly Children in an Ungodly World. For that series, click here.
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8. Revelation Media/Pilgrim’s Progress
Revelation Media is streaming its 2019 animated feature film The Pilgrim’s Progress for free through April 30. The movie is based on the popular John Bunyan book of the same title and tells the story of a man named Christian as he journeys from the City of Destruction to the Celestial City. Visit RevelationMedia.com/WatchPilgrims.
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