HOOVER, Ala. — First there were the WWJD wristbands, and then Lance Armstrong’s yellow Livestrong wristbands and Bono’s white One wristbands.

Now there’s Believer Bands, multicolored rubber bracelets in the shape of familiar Christian icons that allow trend-chasing tweens and teens to share the gospel from the palm of their hand.

It started last year, when the Silly Bandz City kiosk at a mall in Birmingham started the craze with stretchy animal-shaped wristbands.

In the Bible Belt, it was perhaps inevitable that a religious version would emerge.

Thanks to Michael Pugh, youth pastor at Bluff Park United Methodist Church, “Believer Bands” are the latest craze sweeping the church youth scene.

“I kept seeing Silly Bandz in our youth group, and I thought, ‘We need to do a Christian version,”’ Pugh said. “The difference with ours is they have a purpose. We can share the gospel through these. They’re not silly or crazy.”

On your wrist, they look like colorful squiggly lines. But when you take them off, they resume their recognizable shapes. Believer Bands come in five shapes and colors and tell the Christian story in a nutshell.

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