(Interview) The Kids of “Kids Talk Church History” Podcast

This is a very special post because I interviewed not just one but three hosts of a new podcast on church history! And they are kids! Say hi to Emma, Trinity and Linus, the hosts of ” Kids Talk Church History” and get to know how they end up as hosts, learn some behind the scenes stuff on the making of an episode, church history and their interesting connection with the author, Simonetta Carr.

Hello guys! Kindly tell something about yourselves and who introduced you into church history.

TRINITY: Hello everyone! My name is Trinity, I am 15 and I’m one of the hosts of a new podcast called “Kids Talk Church History“! I got introduced to church history, by my old Sunday school teacher, Mrs. Simonetta Carr. Along with teaching us things from the Bible, she had us read some of her book manuscripts. They were really interesting, and I always wanted to learn more about the people who she wrote about

Reading Simonetta Carr book manuscripts before it gets published is totally awesome!

EMMA: Hello! I’m Emma, 15 years old and I’m a homeschool student in North Carolina with a love for literature, history, and the church. I was introduced to church history by my parents. I remember Sunday afternoons listening to various biographies of church leaders being read aloud by my dad, and the collection of historical fiction my mom supplied me with when I was a little older. There was never a particular book or moment when I found church history—it was a part of our family culture just as much as any other aspect of the church.

LINUS: Hello, my name is Linus and I am 12 years old. Mrs.Simoneta Carr first introduced me to church history through her books and also through her Sunday school class.

How important is church history for kids and teens like you?

TRINITY: Many kids (and teens) don’t understand why we do the things we do in church. I don’t think this is good. I believe that if it’s important enough to be in church, it should be important enough to learn about why we do what we do! Also we can be inspired by all the Christians who came before us, and how they faced the trials and persecutions that Christ promised would happen to all believers. 

EMMA: It’s very important! Through studying the church, we are able to understand where our theology comes from and connect with our siblings in the faith throughout time. One of the most exciting things about Christianity is the connection we have to all believers, both across the globe and back through time to the beginning.

LINUS: I’d say it’s very important because it helps us learn why we do certain things in church and we can also learn from their mistakes.

For some, church history is a bit intimidating because it’s academic in nature? Do you sometimes feel that? How do you overcome that feeling?

LINUS: No, I have never really felt that. But to overcome it, always ask questions.

EMMA: I’m very thankful that I’ve never experienced that sense of intimidation. When I was very young, I read tons of historical fiction on various figures from church history, and as I got older I started reading more biographical works. Church history is in many ways a much more personal realm of history than other areas because of the connection we share through our union with Christ, so just reading stories about these figures is the best way to start studying.

TRINITY: Yes, definitely! There’s so much to unpack in Church History. But as long as we remember that these are our brothers and sisters in Christ, then we can be motivated to learn how they faced any form of persecution and how they always stayed steadfast in their beliefs. Church History isn’t just about facts and dates, although those are important, it’s about believers as well. 

Is there a difference between secular history and church history? As a Christian, do we favor more on church history than secular history?

EMMA: All of history is the story of God’s work, so I don’t think there is much of a difference. To divide “church matters” and “not church matters” is to lose a great deal of nuance in both areas.

LINUS: I’d say that there is because they are really just two different things. and for the second question I don’t really know.

Who’s your favorite figure in church history and why?

TRINITY: There’s so many! But out of all of them, I think that right now, my favorite is Philis Wheately. She was a black Christian poet during the 18th century. Sometimes people in church history seem a little bit far off. But recently I had the opportunity to visit the Tower of London, and there was a wall that showed some important people who had visited it. Phillis Wheatley was one of them! I found this so interesting. After all, I had just learned about her from Simonetta Carrs’ book. It reminded me that figures in church history were like me! They sightsaw too!

LINUS: Personally, I like Polycarp because he was a disciple of John.

EMMA: This is a hard question. Thomas Chalmers, a pastor, theologian, teacher, and astronomer from Scotland, is one of my favorites. His work to reform the Scottish church in the late 1700s and early 1800s is fascinating to learn about.

How did you kids became host of this “Kids Talk Church History“? Did you audition or someone recommend you for the podcast?

TRINITY: Well, as I said before, my old Sunday school teacher is Mrs. Simonetta Carr. She initially thought of doing this podcast, but in order to pitch this idea to the people at Alliance, she needed hosts. She remembered my brother, Christian and I, and asked us if we wanted to be hosts for KTCH. We accepted, and here we are! 

LINUS: I became a host through Simonetta Carr who already knew me because she was my Sunday school teacher. My mom asked me one day if I wanted to go to the first meeting.

EMMA: I’m a pretty new addition to the crew, but I was connected to the podcast via my mom, who knew Mrs. Carr.

You’re all connected with Mrs. Simonetta Carr which is so so cool! Tell us about “Kids Talk Church History“.

EMMA: Kids Talk Church History” is a podcast discussing men and women of the faith and the events that surround their lives. There is an overview of their lives and any important events, then we interview an expert to learn more details about them.

Tell us the process of making one episode of the podcast? Do you come to the studio or do you guys do it online?

EMMA: We do it online over Zoom. We have a rehearsal where we tweak the script, and then a second session where we do the actual recording with the guest.

LINUS: First we all schedule a good time to have a rehearsal. During the rehearsal we talk about the topic of the episode and make changes to the outline we follow. We record online. A few days later we have the real recording.

In the scale of 1-10, ten being the highest, how involved are you kids in producing the podcast?

TRINITY: I would say about a 5, at least right now. We have been trying different things, going from unscripted to scripted episodes, and then introducing rehearsals so that everyone can contribute to the text. Now, some of us will write our own scripts entirely. We have no idea how to edit the recordings, so we leave that to the professionals.

EMMA: Not super involved, or at least I’m not. I’ve started writing some scripts, but other than that I show up for rehearsals and recordings and let the people who know what they’re doing do the producing.

LINUS: 4/10.

For you what is the most fun part in recording the podcast?

TRINITY: The funnest part of recording the podcast is recording episodes with friends! Lucy, Lucas and Linus used to go to the same church as us, and Mina and Emma are friends that I made while recording this podcast! 

LINUS: I think it’s the “Ask an Expert” portion.

EMMA: Interviewing the guests! I love talking to cool people who know a ton about church history. There are so many interesting tidbits that we learn.

I love the interview part you guys do. Looking forward to those quests. Thank you guys for this opportunity. Kindly invite them to listen to your podcast.

EMMA: Thank you so much for this interview! We’d love to have you listen to an episode! Find “Kids Talk Church History” wherever you get your podcasts or head to KidsTalkChurchHistory.org to see our recent episodes.

Any last words for parents who wants their kids to love church history? Any tips you want to impart to the parents?

EMMA: The best way to love church history is to learn about it. There are so many wonderful books—biographies, stories, and others—about church history. Sunday afternoons are the perfect time to read a book about a cool person from church history. When you read the Nicene Creed or the Apostles’ Creed, talk about how they were written and why they’re important. Ordinary church life is full of opportunities to talk about church history!

TRINITY: Read to them! Take time to read them church history books that they’ll understand. My parents did this with us, and here we are hosts of a church history podcast! Not only will this open their minds to church history, but this is a great way to connect with them!

LINUS: My advice is to listen to the podcast, and make sure to read about the church history figure you’re interested in.

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