A children’s TV program called King’s Kids, launched by Adventist Media Australia in response to the 2020 lockdowns, is now broadcast in more than 70 countries worldwide.
The children’s show has become an international hit over the past 12 months as it has filled a gap in high-quality Christian TV content for children.
Hope Channel South Pacific director Wayne Boehm said the program was designed to assist and minister to families during the first extended COVID-19 lockdowns in 2020. It has continued to be produced weekly since then.
Now in its seventh season, King’s Kids is making an impact not only around the South Pacific but in places like Thailand, Canada, Peru, the United Kingdom, Russia, the United States, Serbia, and Japan, reaching more than 70 countries through Hope Channel International.
“We are continually getting requests from various countries to use the program and have it translated in their own language,” Boehm said. “The most recent request was from a local church in the Caribbean who wanted to use it as part of a Vacation Bible School program.
“King’s Kids is also being used in Adventist schools and by local churches in their Sabbath services.”
The program is a collaboration between Adventist Media, the South Pacific Division (SPD) of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, and Abide Ministries. Created to go hand in hand with the Gracelink children’s Sabbath school lessons, it features puppets, balloon animals, singing, crafts, storytelling, and health and nature segments.
“The exciting thing is that our audience is not only Adventists, but King’s Kids is reaching a wider demographic in the community,” Boehm said.
Facebook feedback demonstrates the positive impact the show is having on families. “Our girls have loved these [programs]!” one mother posted. “We now have them watch them while we do our adult Sabbath school Zoom, and it's such a comfort to know they are watching something of value.”
To celebrate the release of 50 consecutive episodes of King’s Kids, representatives from the SPD, including president Glenn Townend, visited the Cooranbong studios in New South Wales, where King’s Kids is produced, and met the team behind the program.
“The thing I like most about King’s Kids is that my grandsons like the program and learn how to be a disciple of Jesus from the content,” Townend said.