Jellybeans - Hero Of The Faith: Live Family Worship DVD

Published Thursday 1st March 2018
Jellybeans - Hero Of The Faith: Live Family Worship DVD
Jellybeans - Hero Of The Faith: Live Family Worship DVD

STYLE: Childrens
RATING 5 5 5 5 5
LABEL: Independent
FORMAT: DVD Music video

Reviewed by Lins Honeyman

This DVD from British children's ministry band Jellybeans consists solely of an eight song live performance filmed at 2017's Creation Fest in Cornwall. Filmed from a few different angles, this offering captures the group giving it their all on stage (with subtitles and actions) in front of a small crowd of little ones and accompanying adults and it's clear that the six piece group - especially its lead singer Shell Perris - are committed to telling their target audience about God's love in energetic fashion. As anyone who has played to a group of kids will know, it can often be a hard and thankless task and Shell does her best to get them involved - often by screaming "sing" at top of her lungs - and they seem to be having a good time when not distracted by the roving camera or the decision to let loose some attention-diverting beach balls during "Colours Of Creation". Shell, her co-vocalist Amy Walker and guitarist Josh Walker give brief introductions to some of the songs and, whilst Josh's straight-from-a-tract explanation as to why it's good to become a Christian may well fly right over the head of his audience, Shell's heartfelt intro to "The Lord Smiles On You" is just lovely and sums up her passion for children's ministry. Given the scope for extras that the DVD format offers, it's surprising and disappointing that all we have here is bog standard concert footage with nothing else on top. For instance, add-ons such as interviews with the band (to get to know the members better or perhaps expand on the themes found in the songs) or even footage of them going around the different parts of Creation Fest would have been easy to include and would have made this vanilla release much more worthwhile and inviting.

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