Church Tracts – Revolutionary Design Gets People Excited
When was the last time you were excited about a church tract? Have you ever handed out a Gospel tract and had someone say this is the coolest thing I have seen in a long time? That is what will happen when you give someone a Memory Cross tract. The design is revolutionary: Four panels that make a continuous loop. Watch the video and see for yourself what makes Memory Cross church tracts so amazing.
This amazing design gets attention. Here is what a few people have said:
- The interactive nature of these church tracts makes them ideal for sharing with children. – Margaret
- I am delighted with the cards I love fun ways of teaching God’s Word. Thank you and may God bless your ministry – Shirley Rester
- I opened the samples with two other church members, and we were so impressed with them we are planning to give each family one at our Christmas Eve service this year. The other larger sizes were interesting and fun to fold and refold , and well done. – Sharon Smith
We’ve created hundreds of different designs across several categories: Gospel tracts, Bible story cards for children and Scripture memory cards. We have designed the tracts with a couple ideas in mind: share the salvation message and share a positive verse.
Christian tracts that say thanks to your wait staff at your favorite restaurant, positive ones that say no matter your past, you have a spotless future as well as a number that are designed for children. They have been sent on mission trips all over the world and many churches and organizations have created Memory Cross cards with their design and message.
We would like to send you a free sample. If you live in the United States give us your name and address. There is a box in the sidebar of this blog. We will send it out totally free including shipping. If you live outside of the United States we ask that you pay for the shipping. You can order by clicking on this link.
Most tracts are not read but that is not the case with Memory Cross church tracts. The unique design so fascinates people that they will read it, keep it and even share it with their friends. One non-believer even wrote back and said “I’m not a Christian but this is a great way to tell people about Jesus.”
It is our goal to create tracts for Christians who want to share their faith but don’t want to hand out tracts: sharing the Gospel in a fun and creative way. Many of the new tracts use a QR code to link to a mobile enabled page that provides other resources.
The Making of an Effective Gospel Tract
What makes an effective Gospel tract? Gospel tracts can be an effective way to reach children, youth and adults. Whether you are going on a mission trip, working with kids at your church or doing a local outreach, a simple way to share your faith can be powerful.
Here is my list of factors that make an effective Gospel tract:
- First for a Gospel tract to be effective it has to be read. If people are not reading it then you might as well not be handing them out.
- Second they have to be relevant and engaging. Once they start reading the message needs to capture their attention
- Third they need to share the Gospel message. I don’t think each Gospel tract has to include the plan of salvation but they need to be based on God’s Word. Some can be as simple as inviting a person to visit church or sharing a Bible verse.
Each tract we make at Memory Cross gets judged by these standards. If you have landed on this page and have never seen how Memory Cross tracts work I have put a video below. It is also on YouTube if you prefer to watch it there: Effective Gospel Tracts.
What Makes Memory Cross an effective way to share the Gospel?
The design is the biggest factor. The origami design is so unique that it fascinates children, youth and adults. They will try and figure out how the card continues to fold and then it becomes addicting. These two things mean that the chances of this tract being read are very high, especially if you can show it before you give it to them. It also means they will show it to their friends, Christian and non-Christian.
Many of the Gospel tracts are put aside and not read, even if the person takes it, but with Memory Cross it is different. Most people are really excited to receive a Memory Cross tract and so intrigued with the design that they will keep it.
We make a variety of Gospel tracts, all designed to be an effective way to share God’s love. Some such as the Roman Road Tract are a coloring card that can be used as a craft activity with children while sharing God’s plan of salvation. Others such as the 10 Commandment tract are aimed at sharing the Gospel with Youth and Adults.
Many of the tracts designed for youth and adults include a QR code that links to web for more information and videos. For mission trips we’ve created Gospel tracts in Spanish and even a Wordless version.
Here is what a few people have said:
- “Our church has experimented with tracts in the past at various children’s outreach events. Most of them get tossed aside and never read. The one tract that seems to captivate the attention of the kids (and parents) is the Memory Cross card. It is creative, innovative, and most of all biblically sound and gospel-centered. I want Christians to realize the treasure they have in this product for child evangelism. There is nothing better.” - Derek Combs Pastor Jessieville First Baptist Church.
- “Think Gospel Tracks are old fashioned and boring? Then you’ve not seen Memory Cross! Fun & Engaging!” Karl Bastian, the Kidologis
- I love the Memory Cross concept, though I had no clue how to fold it! Until my daughter showed me!!! I head up CRCkids, the children’s ministry of CRC Christian Churches, a group of 40 odd churches situated mainly in South Africa, but also in other African countries, UK, Australia and Pakistan. I came across the Memory Cross through another church and am so impressed with the idea and would like to know details of whether you ship to South Africa – Alison Schroder Pastor & CRCkids International Co-ordinator
What do you think makes an effective Gospel tract? If you would like to receive a free Memory Cross sample fill in the form in the sidebar. If you live outside the United States, click this link to order your free sample.
Christmas Gospel Tracts. Share the Greatest Gift this Christmas
Memory Cross Christmas Gospel tracts are a very creative way to remind people of the reason we celebrate this season. God sent his Son to this earth as the ultimate gift. His act brought brought man back into a relationship with God and His Christmas wish is that people all over the world will accept His present.
In 2013 it is easy to forget why we celebrate Christmas. Newspapers, radio, TV and the internet are filled with the modern Christmas message: “Save, shop now, buy gifts for your loved ones.” Translation: spend money so the retailers can make money. God’s plan for Christmas is so much more.
Luke 1: 31 says “Don’t be afraid, Mary; God has been gracious to you. You will become pregnant and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High God. The Lord God will make him a king, as his ancestor David was, and he will be the king of the descendants of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end!”
Memory Cross created Christmas Gospel tracts to let people know what Christmas is really about. We put together a video below that shows how the card folds.
We would like to send you out a sample of our Christmas Gospel Tracts. Just give us your name and address in the sidebar and we will send them out. If you live outside the United States please click this link to order your free samples. If you would like more information on this Christmas Gospel tract visit our store.
Besides Christmas Gospel tracts Memory Cross makes Gospel tracts, Scripture memory cards and Bible story cards. Each card uses this unique four panel fold to capture attention and make learning easier. We also make custom designs for churches and businesses.
Creative Christian Christmas Cards by Memory Cross
Memory Cross has a new series of creative Christian Christmas cards featuring our four panel design that never stops folding. Your friends and family will enjoy this creative Christmas card. This year we are carrying six cards which includes:
- And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us.
- Fear not, for behold I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
- And there were shepherds living out in the fields
- Christmas – a time for families
- The people walking in darkness have seen a great light
- And a customer appreciation card for businesses
Here is a video we put together that shows how it folds.
Besides Christmas cards we also have developed a Christmas Story coloring card that helps children remember the Christmas story. Designed for use in Sunday School, Children’s church, home and after school and daycare. The Christmas story coloring card makes a fun craft project for children ages four and up. We put together a little video showcasing this Sunday School craft project that I’ve included below.
Christmas Gospel Tract
To round out our Christmas offerings we’ve created a Christmas Gospel tract and a set of Christmas Scripture memory cards along with various stickers. Each Memory Cross card is carefully created to share the Gospel in some way. Our second goal is to package it in a fun, creative design. There is a saying that says: “If it doesn’t get read then it won’t change a life.” We work to create tracts that are so different that people are excited to receive them. Sharing the Gospel should be part of our life. Jesus promises are something to get excited about, but sometimes people are hesitant to share. Memory Cross helps break the ice through its innovative design. Here is what a few people have said:
- Opened the samples with two other church members, and we were so impressed with them we are planning to give each family one at our Christmas Eve service this year. The other larger sizes were interesting and fun to fold and refold , and well done. – Sharon Smith
- Love the memory cross concept, though I had no clue how to fold it! Until my daughter showed me!!! I head up CRCkids, the childrens ministry of CRC Christian Churches, a group of 40 odd churches situated mainly in South Africa, but also in other African countries, UK, Australia and Pakistan. I came across the Memory Cross through another church and am so impressed with the idea and would like to know details of whether you ship to South Africa and whether you design according to our requirements.
- The memory crosses helped my 3rd-6th graders learn quickly and in a fun effective way for all ages. They really enjoyed them in our Sunday School Class – Barry
We would love to send you a free sample. All you have to do is give us your name and address in the form to the side of the post and we will get one right out to you. If you live in the United States it is totally free. If you live outside the United States click here to request a sample. We would love to send you a sample of our creative Christian Christmas cards.
Sunday School Christmas Story – Life is uncertain but follow God
I’m going to look at the Sunday School Christmas story of Joseph and Mary from a different perspective today, one of trust, the unknown and of risk. I’m sure Mary was looking forward to her future life. After all she was getting married to Joseph who had a secure job, loved her and loved God, but God was about to radically change their lives.
Mary and Joseph lived in Nazareth surrounded by friends and family. I think it was a safe place that Mary could picture herself living in for the rest of her life. Joseph was an established carpenter who would provide Mary with a comfortable and stable home to raise a family. One day however an angel came to Mary and in an instant everything changed. He said “God is very pleased with you and because of this you will become pregnant and have a baby boy. You are to name him Jesus. He will be called the Son of the Most High God and the Lord God will make him king like his ancestor David. He will rule over the people of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end.”
Mary asked how will this happen since I’m a virgin and the Angel said the Holy Spirit will come over you and will cover you. The baby will be holy and called the Son of God. Wow! I’d be thinking what just happened here. What are people going to say. What is Joesph going to say? Who is going to believe this? Am I going to be stoned to death? Mary said: “I am the Lord’s servant. Let this thing you have said happen to me!” Mary did not know what was ahead for her. She did not know that she would have to flee her country to keep Jesus alive. She did not know the pain and suffering she would have to endure. She just said I am the Lord’s servant. Whatever you want I will do.
Mary told Joseph about Jesus who was skeptical, but God visited Joesph in a dream and confirmed what Mary had told him. Their lives had just been totally changed. All their plans of getting married and raising children in midst of family and friends – gone. It had to be a scary time but they choose to follow God no matter what.
Jesus was born in Bethlehem in a stable. I would have been thinking “A stable? Is this the best we can do for the Son of God? The God who created all of the earth and the stars being born in a stable?” but Mary accepted God’s plan for her life. They spent about two years in Bethlehem before fleeing to Egypt and only returned to Nazareth after Herod’s death. When Jesus was 12 Mary and Joesph lost Jesus in Jerusalem. I know I’d have been thinking “How could this happen? God has trusted us with His Son and now we’ve lost him!
There are more stories but the point is clear: following God was filled with uncertainty, hardships and pain. Mary and Joesph were asked to follow God no matter what the personal cost. Having Jesus, God’s son as their son did not remove them from risk. If following God meant uncertainty, risk and hardship for Mary and Joesph it could mean the same for us.
God has not called us to live a life of quiet safety but to follow Him no matter what. This year for the Christmas story I’ll teach my Sunday School class about risk, not how to avoid it but how to engage with it by following God. I’ve put a few resources below that can help you teach children about following Jesus this Christmas.
Christmas Story Coloring card by Memory Cross. Craft project that will help children to remember the story. It is available as a 6, 12 or 100 pack.
Video by Francis Chan. Has nothing to do with Christmas but everything to do with risk. If you want to show it to your children at Sunday School and don’t have internet connection at church click the link below and it will download to your computer.
This moving video is sung by Cee Lo. The song is Mary did you know. I selected it not only because it is a very moving video but shows all the uncertainty that Mary had in her life. How could she ever have pictured what her life would be like when she said yes to God.
To download this video click here.
This Christmas animation story tells the birth of Jesus within the history of the world. I plan on using it with my 5th grade Sunday School class for Christmas after we talk about walking in faith – lessons from Mary and Joseph.
To download this video to your computer click this link.
Some of the questions I want to ask are:
- How would you feel if you were Mary (or Joseph)?
- Read Luke 1: 26-38. Tell me what the story is about?
- What risks was Mary taking?
- Read Luke 2: 1-20. How do you think Mary felt having to put God’s son in a feeding manager? What do you think she thought about the shepherds?
- What does this story tell us about following Jesus and risk?
- Watch the video by Francis Chen. What does he say about risk?
- Watch the Mary did you know video. Mary did not know much when she was asked to carry God’s son. She just knew she wanted to obey. When have you felt God calling you? Did it involve stepping outside your comfort zone and taking risk?
- Watch the 3rd video. What does that tell us about God’s plan for our lives?
- Finish by handing out the Memory Cross Christmas coloring card as a way to help the children remember the story.
I looked at the Sunday School Christmas story from a different perspective this year. God has called us to say what Mary said: “I am the Lord’s servant.” This lesson could be used at Sunday School, Children’s Church or with your own kids.
Always love to hear what you think. How is God calling you today?
Powerful Gospel Tract – Ten Commandments
We have just finished a new powerful Gospel tract based on the Ten Commandments. It starts by asking do you know God’s 10 commandments and then lists them. If God judged you by the 10 Commandments would you be guilty or innocent? We are all guilty. We’ve all fallen short of the glory of God, but the story does not end there.
God loves you so much that he sent Jesus to die on the cross and take your punishment. Jesus said, “I came so you can have real and eternal life, more and better than you ever dreamed of.” – John 10:10 MSG. It then offers a prayer that says” I know that I am a sinner and I ask for your forgiveness. I believe you died for my sins and rose from the dead. I turn from my sins and invite you to come into my heart and life. I want to trust and follow you as my lord and savior.
The tract is convicting while being positive but what makes this tract so powerful is the links to the web. This is the first tract we have developed that goes to a mobile landing page. Over 50% of cell phones are now smart phones. We wanted to use technology to provide resources that cannot be made available using only a paper tract. There is a website address and a QR code (Quick Response. Those odd looking barcodes that you see popping up everywhere).
When the QR code is scanned it goes to a landing page that contains a video by Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron of Living Waters. The video is Kirk interviewing a young lady about the 10 Commandments and God’s plan for her life. It was a perfect complement to the tract. Here is a link to the landing page. We also included on the landing page links to Billy Graham’s Steps to Peace with God and video testimonies by Christian Hosoi, Bethany Hamilton, Wayne Huizenga, co-founder of Blockbuster video and Jamie Grace (Christian recording artist).
This Powerful Gospel tract, like all of our others is designed using our four panel interactive card that never stops folding. This simple design fascinates children and adults and is why most people read Memory Cross tracts. With most tracts the message is used to get attention but Memory Cross adds our unique design which has a couple advantages:
- The tract gets open and read. The design is so intriguing that most people will read it and even show it to their friends. We have received a number of comments from people who were not Christians that said “We may not agree with the message but this is the most creative and interesting way to share your faith that I have ever seen.”
- Most people will hang onto it. Most tracts are put aside but because this one is so different people will hang onto it. The U.S. government has issued a new $20 with a couple holograms running down the $20. It is so different that it captures people’s attention. It is the same thing with Memory Cross Gospel Tracts.
Prefer to watch the video on YouTube? Here it is: Creative Christian Tracts.
If you would like to receive samples of this Powerful Gospel tract or any others give us your name and address in the sidebar. We will ship them out for free including freight. If you live outside the United States we will ship them out for free but we ask that you pay for the freight. If you are from another country please click this link to order.
The reality is that most Gospel tracts are not read so the challenge is to create effective Gospel tracts that people read. There are two ways to accomplish this: The headline and the design. The first few words (known as headline in advertising) needs to be compelling. You probably make hundreds of decisions every day based on headlines that you read: emails you check who they are from and what the subject is, ads you decide whether to pay attention to are based on what they are selling and the first few words.
When looking for tracts think about who is going to be receiving them. Is the tract something that they can relate to? If you are going to be giving tracts out to children you want something that is designed for them with wording that they will understand.
The second thing that will capture attention is design. This is true for almost everything you can think of. I’m writing this on an iMac. One of the reasons Apple products are so popular is because they are beautifully designed. Gospel tracts can use design to capture people’s interest and get them to read the message. I believe that we stand out in that area at Memory Cross. Each tract, Scripture memory card and Bible story card incorporate our very unique four panel card that is designed to never stop folding. The video below shows how it works.
Prefer to watch the video on YouTube? Here it is: Effective Gospel Tracts
The design element is one of Memory Cross’ greatest strengths. Because the fold is different than anything else it fascinates children as well as adults. One question that we are frequently asked is how can a simple piece of paper fold like this and who was crazy enough to come up with the idea? A free sample pack (which you can get by filling in the form on the sidebar) was sent to someone who worked at an engineering firm. When she received it she showed it to the people who worked in the engineering department. I received the following email.
“Your Memory Cross card has totally disrupted work in our engineering department. After bringing it in and showing it, they huddled around trying to figure out how you made it before finally tearing one apart. They probably spent an hour marveling at your design. It was amazing how your card captured so much attention from a group of engineers. Great way to share the Gospel.” – Suzanne, Belfast Ireland.
Derek Combs, Pastor at Jessievelle First Baptist Church said: “Our church has experimented with tracts in the past at various children’s outreach events. Most of them get tossed aside and never read. The one tract that seems to captivate the attention of the kids (and parents) is the Memory Cross card. It is creative, innovative, and most of all biblically sound and gospel-centered. I want Christians to realize the treasure they have in this product for child evangelism. There is nothing better.”
Karl Bastian with Kidology said: “Think Gospel Tracks are old fashioned and boring? Then you’ve not seen Memory Cross! Fun & Engaging!”
Over 50% of the US cell phone users now own smart phones. We have started using QR codes to make the Gospel tracts even more effective. QR stands for Quick Response and it is a barcode that is read by the cell phone’s camera. Once scanned in it will go to a designated location on the web.
We set up mobile optimized landing pages that have more information and videos related to the topic of the tract. Here is an example of one of the tracts and associated landing page. It may not look like much on your computer but it was designed to fit on a typical cell phone screen. We envision the tract being the start of the conversation, something that is handed out to encourage people to visit the web landing page where we can provide many more resources than is possible on a physical tract.
If you would like a free sample of our effective Gospel tracts just filling the form on the sidebar. We will send it out completely free. If you live outside the United States click this link. We will send out the tracts for free but ask that you pay for the freight.
Why should we use creative Gospel Tracts?
Look at the women at the well. The story comes from the 4th chapter of the book of John. Jesus said “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.” “Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?”
Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.”
Jesus used a well and water to open up a conversation about God. How can we use everyday events to bring people closer to God?
At Memory Cross we work very hard to make creative Gospel Tracts that help start a conversation about God. The conversation almost always starts with the design of the tract itself. Memory Cross Gospel tracts are so creative that they break the ice and start a conversation. If you have handed out regular tracts you know that most people never look at them, but with Memory Cross tracts you can say “let me show you how they work.” With that simple statement the doors are usually open. They will usually say “wow, what or let me see that again” and will then want to fold it themselves. At that point you are on your way to opening a conversation about God.
We have many different kinds of tracts. Some present the ABCs of becoming a Christian while others simple help people start to think about their relationship with God. Technology is allowing us to become even more creative with the Gospel tracts we create. Over 50 percent of Americans now have smart phones with QR (Quick Response Readers) readers. These are barcodes that smart phones use to link to the web, videos or other online content. With them we can instantly connect someone to a video or webpage. This means that the conversation can continue beyond the information that is printed on the tract.
If you would like to find out more about the creative Gospel tracts that Memory Cross has designed visit our store. Here is the link: Memory Cross – Gospel Tracts for children and adults. I’ve put a video below to show how the card works. Want a free sample? It is easy. If you live in the United States simple fill out the form in the sidebar and they will arrive in your mailbox within two weeks.
Prefer to watch on YouTube? Here it is: Simple Way to Share the Gospel