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The answer seems obvious: to teach the Bible story or lesson we've been assigned. But I wonder if it's more nuanced than that.

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Here's an idea for kicking off the year with a creative project that brings kids together.

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Creative ideas from churches that are trying new things with this age old tradition.

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It's curriculum selection season--which materials have you found especially helpful for sharing God's word with kids, teens, or adults? 

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Here's a pattern that has proven helpful for hosting a youth retreat focused on the Heidelberg Catechism

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The Circle of Grace curriculum teaches children and youth how to identify and maintain appropriate physical, emotional, spiritual and sexual boundaries; recognize when boundary violations are about to occur; and demonstrate how to take action when boundaries are threatened or violated.

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Here's a great article on working with volunteers in children's ministry, but all the suggestions listed can also be used in any other area where volunteers are engaged in ministry.

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As your faith formation programs switch gears for the summer, consider these preplanning ideas to help you kick off next year's Sunday school season with success.

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Ideas for making the last day of Sunday school special.

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If your church is considering a change in Sunday school or children's curriculum, this webinar will provide practical tips on finding a curriculum that fits your theology and your context.

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At a time when the diagnosis of ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and learning disabilities is on the rise, it seems wise for churches to consider investing in someone who can help us understand how best to love one another in Christ.

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Join me for a one hour webinar that explores the nuts and bolts of curriculum selection and offers an overview of Faith Alive's three core children's curricula.

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Are you expecting a few new folks in worship this Sunday? Consider these easy ideas for embracing Easter guests.

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Is our Sunday school structure holding us back from deeper discipleship with children?

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This blog is a creative source for ministry inspiration, especially during special seasons of the church year.

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My Sunday school class takes place in a small square room with two rectangle tables pushed together in the center. Add 8 chairs filled with fifth graders and you’ve used up all the floor space. 

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Sitting still to answer questions is really hard for active kids. So I’m collecting ideas for jumpstarting conversations and disguising discussions. Here are a few that have worked for me. 

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Although everyone appreciates peace after a busy holiday season, by February things can seem a bit too quiet! Break up the long winter weeks by incorporating a “Beat the Winter Blahs” day into your season! Here's how . . .

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In the children’s Bible storybooks that I read to my daughter the opening pages begin with, “This is a story from God’s book, the Bible. It’s for [say name(s) of your child(ren)]. It’s for me too!”

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How do youth and children call us to re-imagine what it means to be and do church? What, theologically, does it mean to be a young person in today’s church and world? How should our theology (re)shape the ways in which we minister with children and youth?

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It’s a wild ride from September to January, but you made it!! Now its midway through the season and a lot has changed—it’s time to take a fresh look at the itinerary and recalculate as necessary... 

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The suspense builds as all the barn animals get ready for a special arrival and wonder who is coming. They dust the beams, lay eggs, and make room. At last they welcome Mary and Joseph as each snout pushes in for a better view of baby Jesus lying in Mary’s arms.

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On Thanksgiving Day (USA), YouVersion launched a new Bible app for kids. It promises to be an animated adventure designed to help kids explore the big stories of the Bible and begin cultivating a love for Scripture at a young age.

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I think question 97 explains the purpose of this Lord's Day.   We are not to worship images or substitutes of or for God.  Jesus was a man also, fully human, as another Lord's Day explains.  So people saw him, touched him.   Representing the Jesus they saw, admittedly we don't know what he looked like, is in one sense having an actor represent Julius Ceasar or the apostle Peter in the telling of a visual story.   However, if you find yourself worshipping such an actor, or thinking that the actor represents God, rather than the human suffering aspect of Jesus, then you probably should not participate in the watching. 

A.God can not and may not
be visibly portrayed in any way.

Although creatures may be portrayed,
yet God forbids making or having such images
   if one's intention is to worship them
   or to serve God through them.1
 

 

In the Heidelberg catchism  L.D. 35 , images of God or Jesus are not permitted .  I would be interested to see if anyone else thinks that movies like this would be applied to this.

One of our members told me yesterday that her non-Christian husband asked her to watch it with him.  I am praying that God will use this series as the open door through which this man will step asking more questions and perhaps finding the answers in Christ.

Thanks for the comment, Fred. I wonder how many people who aren’t familiar with the Bible are watching it. Your caution reminds me of a time when I was leading youth group for high schoolers and someone asked about a story that they thought was in the Bible. It was sort of a fable with a moral, and it was totally fictional, not in the Bible at all.  Yet this person was convinced that the story came from Scripture! Perhaps it was used in a devotional or as a sermon illustration at one point. Likewise, people can get confused when the story is combined with creative liberties.  

I didn't catch the latest episode, but I heard it was quite violent. I hope families with young children are cautious about watching it with their kids. In Sunday school we don’t tell all the stories to every age group. Sometimes people criticize that, but we have to strike a balance—we know kids today to face violence and hardship, and some of these stories speak to them. But we also need to be sensitive to young imaginations that are vivid and easily frightened.  

We have watched this as well. my wife and I are quite familiar with the Bible stories. The series does make them interesting. Certainly, a lot of details in the Bible are not included, and sometimes the series skips over a lot of Bible history. So while it may be interesting, I do not think that someone unfamiliar with the Bible should study it without also looking at the Bible itself for reference, and rely on this for his/her Bible learning alone. Worth watching.

Hi Leon, I'm glad I could be helpful. It sounds like you have you have a solid plan in mind with a timeline that will set you up nicely for next fall!

Hello again, Jolanda:

Thanks again for your response.  I just browsed through the resources you suggested for training Sunday School teachers and the materials for visioning.  They all look very helpful, and I will aim to use some of them in the future.  I think my next step is to meet with the chairperson of our Education Team and cast a vision for a debriefing meeting this spring to evaluate our year, and a visioning/training session in the early fall, when we're gearing up for the new teaching year. 

Thanks again for your support and guidance. 

Peace of Christ,

Leon

Hi Jolanda,

Thank you so much for the guidance.  I look forward to exploring those resources to discern how to best mentor our Sunday School teachers.  I'm probably going to suggest that we conduct a workshop early next fall and incorporate some of these ideas.  We've also found mentoring to be helpful, although sometimes it is hard to find one teacher for each group, let alone having these teachers mentor others.  I really like the idea of developing a vision for teaching (or a philosophy of teaching ministry), and I think we really need to do that.

Again, thank you so much for the guidance.  Perhaps I'll be in touch with you with more questions/comments after I review the resources you sent.

Peace to you!

--Leon

Hi Leon, I think annual training and visioning sessions for Sunday school leaders is a great idea! Faith Alive used to have an excellent resource called Sunday School That Really Works. Check your bookshelves to see if you have a copy. If so, section 1 is all about developing a vision for ministry. I'll attached three sections of it--developing a vision, an assessment tool, and a visioning excercise under the all resources section on this network. You might find these helpful as you meet with your team.

We also offer many free workshops that you can use or draw from to develop enrichment times for your leaders. You'll find them here. But your question made me think about mentoring. I always find that the best way to grow a leadership team is to bring new potential teachers on as assistant. Give them a year to serve alongside an experienced teacher and get comfortable in the role before trying it on thier own. Team teaching is much more fun than solo teaching, so it's a win win situation. You'll develop new leaders and your current leaders will feel supported. Eventually new leaders will begin to share the responsibility so no one feels burnt out.  

I hope lots of other people post here to offer idea. But please, give me a call if you'd like to brainstorm ways to do training in your church. Helping leaders develop a plan to support thier Sunday school team is part of my job at Faith Alive. You can reach me at 800-333-8300, ext. 2789 or 616-224-0789 or jhowe@crcna.org.

That's awesome, Tim! That's the kind of web of relationships we need to weave around all of our kids!

For years, we've been part of intergenerational small groups (with families, singles, couples). We alternate between meeting with kids (a fun but chaotic soup supper, with some time to sing, share, and pray together) and without kids (calmer with adult conversation, in-depth sharing and study).

I've been AMAZED at the effect of that on our young kids. They truly love their small group and have formed real connections with the other adults. If my wife and I are busy during the service, they'll occasionally sit with them instead. One is a Sunday school teacher, another a kids club leader, others occasionally babysit - all of which adds other dimensions to the relationship and, through that, to our church and their faith.

But it takes time to form those relationships. And, at least in our experience, intergenerational small groups have really helped provide that time.

Thanks for this article.   I think we often underestimate the capacity of children to learn.  They actually learn much faster than adults, with the right motivation and expectations.  So learning is very important, because doing without learning, often leads to "doing" for its own sake, rather than for the Lord's sake.   Any robot can do things without learning.   It is easily possible for grade five students to memorize the 66 books of the bible, for example.  Even grade one students have the capacity to memorize an entire chapter of the gospel, for example, Luke 2, with enough coaching and perseverance.   Learning how to apply the scriptures to life is one of the most valuable things any child can "do", so learning and doing are inseparable.   In our church education programs, we should probably remember that our "doing" needs to reinforce and not replace our "learning".    

Interesting ideas, William!

The Jesse tree is a wonderful Idea that helps us celebrate the season of Advent.  I wonder if, instead of wishing everyone a Merry Christmas during Advent, we could wish each other Thoughtful Advent?  Then at Christmas, we could drop the name Christmas.  It is the Feast of the Nativity of our Lord and it lasts 12 days.  Could we claim back the season for Christ by wishing everyone Merry Nativity?  And  before the Nativity Eve service wew could begin to turn the Jesse Tree into a Nativity Tree by adding symbols and figurines that have to do with Christ's birth?

Holly Gort, Children's Ministry Director at South Grandville CRC, sent me this great idea for decorating classrooms and celebrating baptisms:

I put posters on the wall with the kids names, baptism dates, and on the bottom it states: Child of God! We celebrate the kids baptism dates like a birthday! Give them a small book called "God Thinks You're Wonderful" by Max Lucado. 

Thanks for sharing, Holly!

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Thanks, Kelly!  I'll look into it :)

Hi Jamie!

The Office of Social Justice also has a kid-friendly way to get involved in justice on behalf of asylum-seekers from Indonesia -- it's a bit more relevant to the U.S. than Canada, but it's a cool way for kids to learn about immigration, the persecuted church, and how they can show love to their neighbors.  Check it out!

http://www.crcna.org/pages/osj_indonesian_encourage.cfm

Thanks for sharing that tip, Michelle! I know organizations use Mailchimp, but I didn't realize it could work for churches. Great idea!

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Thanks for sharing Brian's email format--this is just the direction I was looking for regarding the biweekly email I send to all of our teachers, subs, and assistants. I love introducing celebration to an email that has felt stuck in the information and encouragement rut. This adds a deeper dimension to my communication, turning everyone's attention for a minute to the audience, and not just to the author and necessary program/admin info. 

Now I'll share something on this topic: one tool I've found very valuable in creating a biweekly email is Mailchimp (http://www.mailchimp.com). It's an email/marketing service that is free for use with small lists of people, for which our small church qualifies. I most appreciate the intuitive interface, frequent offers of "help" with tasks, and easy access to good graphics, interesting color schemes, and choices in layout. Using mailchimp has taken my group email out of the text-only world and into the graphics-rich communication format that so many of us now expect. Bonus: It also allows me to track how many recipients open the emails I send, which has been instrumental in closing loops with folks who are inconsistently reading the messages I send to everyone. 

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Thanks John, I couldn't agree more!

Thanks, Renee!  I've ordered the materials :)

Jolanda, I appreciate what you've said here.   It is really important for the teachers to capture the vision.   This helps them to go beyond just going through the motions, to realizing that we are helping our children to put on the full armor of God, in an eternal life and death situation. 

Hey Jamie, CRWRC/World Renew has a new children's giving project that you may be interested in called "God's Blessing Farm".   It's available through Faith Alive: http://www.faithaliveresources.org/Products/800570/god39s-blessings-farm-leader39s-guide.aspx 

Nate,

Another potential video resource is Paul David Tripp's Getting To The Heart of Parenting.  You can buy the DVD on his personal site and download handouts for free. http://www.paultrippministries.com/store 

I haven't done this yet, but am considering it for spring.  We did his What DId You Expect? series.  Video quality isn't as slick as some but content was very good. His relationship book is pretty Christocentric and have heard positive comments about the parenting course.

 

Brad's question is mine. I'm trying to find some good materials on parenting with a media/video component. Where can I find reviews on the various offerings?  I've gone through Boundaries for Kids but find their accompanying video a bit heavy & dry. What I do like about their materials is that the video offers short teaching segments that then lead to discussion. People don't necessarily have to prepare ahead of time.  

Nate

I just talked to someone about when churches generally do VBS. I've seen a broad range of dates from the beginning of summer, right after the church school season ends all the way to the end of summer, to build momentum for the new season to come. I tend to favor the second approach because it allows your church to build meaningful connections with the community just as you're signing up new kids for the fall kick off of Sunday school and other ministries. What goes into your thinking when you schedule VBS? Why do you choose the date that you do?

Laura,

Thank you for all your stories, insights, and tips.  I think my favorite blog was: What I Learned from Fruit Snacks.

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We just finished a session on "Dealing with Today's Teens" Heartlight Ministries Foundation, a seminar for parents & youth workers which includes DVDs, workbook for the parents and leader's guide. It was presented right after the morning service when the children were in Sunday School. We had a very good turnout and will do it again. www.heartlightresources.com 

Eva

Thanks Jolanda and Kim!  I am looking forward to Jolanda's leadership on the Network!

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Thanks for all of your articles and insights, Laura! You and your ministry are a gift to the CRC. You do so much to encourage, inspire, and equip church staff members, children's ministry directors, and Sunday school coordinators. I am always challenged and blessed by you!

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Laura,

Thanks for sharing your perspective and for all of your contributions to the Sunday School network.  We hope you'll continue to be a contributor even as you head into "retirement."

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I really like this one:

Titus

He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to His own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit. (3:5)

a great encouragement for SS teachers or Directors of Chr. Ed!  Share the great things GOD is doing in the lives of our children with the congregation! 

A great list of questions posted above - I am looking forward to this webinar!

Verry good question, Laura. 

amen John... Courageous shared a powerful and priceless message...    One of the things that I believe (and agree with John)  needs to be restored is the "family altar", that families make an intentional effort to gather together to pray, share and read and discuss scripture.   I am not finding this going on at any significant level (via a variety of ways), so unfortunately, the 85% would seem to be fairly accurate from my experience and discussions.    I believe Cheryl Saks (Prayer Saturated Church) is working on a book about this, and not sure if it's out yet or not.   Many have the tools, just are not making the time in often already over-loaded and busy schedules.   It is about our priorities.

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I have nothing against the story cards or the Dwell curriculum.   Any helps we can get can help.  But to expand on the transferring faith to family, we just watched the film "Courageous" as a family.   And it reminds us that it is not good enough to just be good enough as parents.   We need to be better than "good enough".  Story cards can be good, but faith is primarily shared in committment.   That means that personal faith needs to be shared from parents to children.   Daily family devotions.   Breakfast devotions.  Supper devotions.   Evening devotions.   Daily committment to faith life.   Daily committment to listening to your kids, their joys and problems, and explaining how it relates to their faith, how it relates to God's purpose for them.  

Mothers often do this because they seem to have more time to be more involved, and are around when the children are experiencing pressure points.   But it is really important for fathers to take a lead, to explain their faith, their faith struggles, their faith victories, their faith committment.   Fathers need to step up to the plate in prayer, in care, in being there.   Fathers bear the responsibility for the growth of their family's faith and spiritual well-being.   The pledge identified in the film "Courageous" could be a good one for fathers to commit to.  

Without this committment to share faith in families, sons and daughters will follow their parents lack of committment.   Sons and daughters will end up experimenting with pre-marital sex, with drugs, with entertainment, with "shacking up", with crime.   They will make money, or career, or self, their primary motivation.   Statistics indicate that sons and daughters without fathers are more likely to end up in crime.   And who can tell about the impact of fathers who are there, but not all there... who do not share their faith?    Who are present in body and absent in spirit? 

It should never be said that a single Christian family does not share his faith with his children (not to speak of 85%!!!).   And sharing faith between husband and wife.   If there is no sharing within the family, perhaps it should be questioned as to whether the faith of those parents is dead and not alive.   Do not let your faith be dead.  Let it live in you and in your children!  Pray for God's blessing!  When it gets hard, pray for His Spirit leading and filling!

And for preachers.... this should be a message to proclaim.   That our greatest evangelical task as parents is to share our faith with our children in the home.   All the preaching in church and teaching in Sunday School will not replace or supplant the influence of the home in faith formation, and in living for Christ. 

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What a great idea, Karen.  Thanks for sharing. 

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That's great idea! At my church we use Kid Connection so we save the leftover copies of the Guess What! Family Magazine that accumulate through out the year and set them on the table at our Welcome Center during July and August for any visiting kids (and our kids!) to select and take home.

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What a wonderful story! At my church we use the Kid Connection curriculum which means we begin with a large group time each Sunday and, because we're a church plant and in a rented facility, we have to set up and take everything down in our room. Each Sunday Matthew, a boy in grade 4, pops his head into the room and asks if he can do anything to help. Then he rounds up his buddies and they set up chairs and help get out the supplies. Your story gave me a new perspective on Matthew and his crew---how awesome that they feel like they are a significant part of what is happening at our church. As Sunday school leaders it's our prayer that they'll always feel that way!!   

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Update for anyone reading/following this thread...the webinar has now been scheduled for April 25. Visit www.crcna.org/webinars to register or to view the recording afterwards. Spread the word!

Laura, you raise some great points!   Made me think about some of the things we do in general.  Like taking breaks and vacations, etc.  Priorities.   Retirement.   What does it mean in God's grand scheme? 

I know some churches which never take a break from Sunday School.   They have Sunday School as often as they have church.  It is simply another form of worship.  They would not omit it anymore than omit a church service. 

Many churches take breaks during summer, and Christmas...   but it makes me wonder, maybe we look at this in the wrong way.   Would we say we don't need a janitor in the summer months?   Yet we don't need sunday school or bible study?   What is more important to maintain?   Which is more significant to spiritual growth and health? 

When people are too busy, is it because sunday school is during church service?  or because people are unwilling to make it a priority?  or because career and entertainment and sports are more important?   Okay, it can be tough sometimes when you have small children, or when older children need transportation to events, etc.   But maybe it is about priorities.   Perhaps Sunday school classes are more significant and important than praise teams in church, more important than choir, more impacting than the superbowl or American Idol, and more of a ministry than attending diaconal meetings or caregroup get-togethers. 

Maybe snowbirds can become young again and teach some of these classes in the summertime when they return to their churches. 

I agree with you that the kids appreciate a consistent teacher as much as possible.   Switching teachers from week to week is frustrating for them, and leaves them with a sense of a lack of committment. 

 

JOhn Z

Laura, I think it's wonderful that you are thinking deeply about how every aspect of Sunday School can be glorifying to God and edifying to the kids.

For me, the most important part of crafts or other activities at Sunday School is not the end result, but the action. Kids learn in different ways. Listening to the lesson or story is one way for them to learn, and using their other senses continues to add to that learning. Using their hands and different parts of their mind to make things reinforces the lesson, not only when you use that time to review the story, as you mentioned, but also as they create something that is sparked by the story. For some kids that act of creating a craft will be a reinforcement of the lesson, for some it's probably THE way they learn and retain what that story is about.

So I agree with you, don't eliminate crafts. Thank God for the variety of children's personalities and ways that they learn.

You are correct in identifying the catch-22 we find ourselves in. We'd love to do more on the video side as well as with developing interactive media technology, especially because we sense that the Reformed voice is sadly under-represented there. However, all that costs a whole lot of money when you are talking about everything from the initial investments in equipment and software to the money needed to pay the many people these types of projects involve.

Web-based video does provide a break in distribution costs, but not enough to overcome the cost on the production side of things.

At the end of the day, Faith Alive is committed to producing engaging and effective educational materials to equip and assist churches in their faith formation efforts. We pray daily that God will guide and sustain us as we work to develop new and innovative ways to do this with the resources we have while remaining hopeful that God will provide the means for us to do more with visual and interactive media in the future.  

Hi Royce,

I'd be happy to help! My name is Karen DeBoer and I'm an associate curriculum editor at Faith Alive. Sounds like you've got a great age span of children at your church--that's exciting! The other grade K-8 age graded curriculum we offer is called Walk With Me. It's often described as "faithful, friendly, fun." Faithful because like all Faith Alive curriculum it's faithful to scripture and every story is taught from a Reformed perspective--one that believes every story in the Bible tells us about God and must be understood as part of the one story of God's redemption and restoration of this fallen world through Jesus Christ.   Friendly because WWM provides leaders with a variety of options so they can adjust their teaching based on their setting, available time and the learning styles of the children in their class. Fun because each session includes activities that meet the needs of different learners---the contemplative child who learns well on their own, the child who loves to interact with others, the child who needs to move their body, the child who likes to solve puzzles, the child who loves to sing, and more! Paying attention to the different ways kids learn cuts down on discipline problems too because everyone is engaged:) 

What are leaders telling us they love about WWM? The full color resources for both the leaders and the children, the grades 6-8 materials which include a year of the Catechism, a year of issues that middle schoolers can sink their teeth (making tough choices, prayer, justice, etc.) and a year that examines church membership and Reformed themes like Covenant and Kingdom. They also appreciate the fact that the scope and sequence revists key stories at deeper levels throughout the years---something that's especially important now when Sunday school attendance can be erratic because of sports committments, visits with non-custodial parents and more. And they also like that it's relevent. (I think you mentioned in an earlier post that your church is in a rural location. One of things to keep in mind is that even though your location may be rural, because of the Internet and all the other influences that technology brings into kids lives, children may be physically present in the country, but still within a fingertip's reach of urban influences and attitudes. So sometimes it's helpful to consider the perspective of say, kids in an urban school---even if that's just to contrast and compare with the situation of the kids in your class---it can lead to some great discussions! )  

If you'd like to see a sample of WWM visit www.walkwithmeonline.org. There's a page where you can request samples for it and our other curriculums---Kid Connection, a K-grade 6 curriculum that uses a large group-small group approach, WE an intergenerational curriculum for the whole church, and Dwell.

In the spring Faith Alive will be offering a number of free webinars on Choosing a Curriculum that you and your leaders can attend. Check the website in the next few months for the dates those will be available. 

PS: At my own church this past Sunday I was approached by two Sunday school co-ordinators from other churches who recognized me from a workshop I had done in the area. Both mentioned they were using Dwell this past year and in the words of one of them "the leaders love, love, love it!" When I asked what was most exciting about Dwell for them one co-ordinator said the leaders loved the simple prep time and the easy way the sessions were laid out--especially the  session step where kids retell the story.  The other co-ordinator said families in her church were thrilled with the God's Big Story cards and the way they were now able to connect what happens at church by faith-talking with their kids at home. Different curriculums "fit" churches in different ways, but I always find it helpful to hear what is working about a particular curriculum in a particular church. (That's why it's also been great for us to hear from you, Royce!) 

Hopefully these ideas help you find the curriculum that will fit at your church. God bless you in your ministry to children and their families!

I need a sunday school curriculum for next year. Grade kindergarten through eighth grade ( every grade is in a separate class room). I must be missing something because I am unimpressed by the Dwell series. What else do you have available that allows the teachers to lead the children through the stories in the Bible to learn the truths of God.

Hi Mister B. I'm the director of Faith Alive. Thanks for your comment. Would you be willing to give me some examples of other publishers that are still Reformed in their thinking that you typically look to and, what you mean by "watered down?" My ask is not a challenge to you at all. I hope you don't take it that way. Actually, I'm asking because I want to learn. As the leader of Faith Alive, it's very helpful to me to hear from churches what other publishers they rely on for Reformed material and why. I'd also be very interested to know if our content is considered watered down, what that means so we can address the problem. Thanks for your consideration.

Speaking as someone who doesn't really understand publishing, I'm guessing that one of the reasons that Faith Alive has not done much in terms of DVD curricula is because it's cost prohibitive.   At the same time that seems to be a source of potential revenue, so it's kind of a catch 22.  Is that changing at all with web based video? 

Jeff -

Those are the three major year long catechism options we currently have available. However, we do have a few other products you may want to take a look at:

Believe It! http://www.faithaliveresources.org/Products/130325/believe-it-leaders-guide-on-cd.aspx

(Based on the Belgic Confession and only 16 sessions but some churches use it every other week to cover a full year)

Living Your Faith In a Messed Up World http://www.faithaliveresources.org/Products/130305/living-your-faith-in-a-messed-up-world-leaders-guide-download.aspx

(again, only 15 sessions and it is based on the Contemporary Testimony, not the Heidelberg or Belgic)

Quest of Faith http://www.faithaliveresources.org/Products/138805/quest-of-faith.aspx

(more of a pre-Profession of Faith study but some churches have used it other ways)

If you are thinking about ordering for next fall, keep an eye out this summer for Deep Down Faith, which will be an updated version of A Sure Thing for high school and young adult small groups.

We have a few other projects in the works aimed at refreshing our high school curricula and resources in the future. Our monthly e-newsletter is a great way to stay in the loop on these new products. You can sign up to receive it on our website: http://www.faithaliveresources.org/

   

Are there any year long high school catechism curriculums besides What We Believe, HC and Me, and Questions worth asking? 

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