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Faith Formation: Bible with Children

Resources including: Children & Family Curricula & Storytime; Confirmation/Affirmation of Baptism; Denominational Resources; Tween & Teen Mental and Spiritual Health; Sexuality & Identity; and Online/At-Home Tech

Welcome

Welcome to The Ministry Lab's curated list of resources geared toward Bible study with young people. Here you'll find:

  • Websites and Curricula suitable for sharing online or in person
  • Blogs, Podcasts & Articles with helpful tips and worthwhile content
  • Activity Suggestions & Resources
  • Books and Downloadable resources to share with or through parents

If you don't find a resource to fit your need, you might also look in our Contemplative Practices/Introductions guide, or don't hesitate to consult with The Ministry Lab's director, Emily Meyer, who is happy to assist you.

Bible - Books & Downloads

The Complete Brick Bible for Kids     A Child's Bible     Picture of Decisions, Decisions Devotions for Kids               Go and Do Likewise! The Parables and Wisdom of Jesus           Good News! It's Creation!     Hiding Baby Moses     A beautifully illustrated Bible for 4-8,encouraging children to wonder about our great God.     In the Beginning: A Creation Story Pop-Up Book     Manna and Mercy: A Brief History of God's Unfolding Promise to Mend the Entire Universe     Mother God     The Raven and the Dove, The Big Fish, and The Stubborn Donkey     The Totally True Book of Strange and Surprising Bible Lists     Picturing God     What Is God Like? by Rachel Held Evans and Matthew Paul Turner     The World of the First Christians: A Curious Kid's Guide to the Early Church     Your First Bible | A Reading Guide for Kids

This family discussion guide accompanies Picturing God.

In Our Library

100 Things Every Child Should Know before Confirmation     Finding Your Way Through the Bible - Common English Bible Version: A Self-Instruction Book for Elementary Boys and Girls by Abingdon Press 1426744226 9781426744228     Grit and Grace: Heroic Women of the Bible     I Wonder: Engaging a Child's Curiosity About the Bible   -     By: Elizabeth Caldwell          Cover Image     Manna and Mercy: A Brief History of God's Unfolding Promise to Mend the Entire Universe               Sign & Say: 36 Bible Verses for Children  -           Story & Stretch: A Guide to Teaching Kids Yoga Using Gospel Stories          When Kids Ask Hard Questions: Faith-filled Responses for Tough Topics     The World Jesus Knew: A Curious Kid's Guide to Life in the First Century

Blogs, Podcasts & Articles

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Contemplative Bible Storytelling for Children & Grownups Alike

offers numerous video and podcast series as well as their small group study series, Church at Home. Disclaimer: while accessible for many age-groups, God is imaged as exclusively male and their motto is, "Helping people experience the Bible as a unified story that leads to Jesus" (a form of Christo-centrism that subsumes the Hebrew narrative for its own purposes). Significant editing may be required, but might also make for powerful conversations about biblical interpretation and usage.

Activity Suggestions

Picture of Bread of Life

Picture of Daddy and Me     Picture of Mommy and Me

The Great Banquet: Parable Series     

Narrative Yoga: Connects a Children's Story with RCL Bible texts for Sunday worship

"Choose Love" connects Elizabeti's School to Matthew 21:23-32
"Stepping Into the Unknown" connects Scaredy Squirrel at the Beach to Exodus 16:2-15

"Live and Let Live" connects The Grumpy Pets to Romans 14:1-12
"Work It Out" uses the story Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse to Matthew 18:15-20

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Websites & Curricula

All Together: God’s Story for You & Me     Shine at Home

All Together: God’s Story for You & Me serves as the source of the story for Elementary classes using MennoMedia's Shine! Curriculum. One new volume is produced each year, containing all the Bible stories for that year. Each week includes two versions of the Bible story—an illustrated version and a version to read together—along with God’s Story and My Story prompts that provide questions and interesting facts about the story. The God’s Story and My Story prompts help develop leadership skills as children read a question and ask it to the group.

Help the children in your church grow with the newest multiage curriculum for children ages 5-10, based on the best-selling story Bible Growing in God's Love: A Story Bible

Download a Sample Session

New Downloadable At-Home Kit Guides are attached to each unit.

Sparkhouse's One-Year bible Reading Plan: each month includes four stories, discussion questions, an intergenerational activity, and a short prayer. Use your own Bible or choose one of their Story Bibles.

forma/Faith@Home shares weekly and semi-daily RCL “lectionary-based readings and reflections” for discussions in youth group or at home; age-appropriate options for toddler through high school

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  • GATHERING GENERATIONS TOGETHER

  • BLENDING WORSHIP AND EDUCATION

  • CONNECTING CHURCH AND HOME

Bible Song Cross+Gen builds a fun and life-giving cross generational (Cross+Gen) ministry by engaging the senses, the brains, and the hearts of people of all ages. Walking through the biblical narrative from Genesis through Acts, Bible Song Cross+Gen creates Biblical literacy.

Click here to order Bible Song Cross+Gen, for more information or to download a free sample.

Click here to order Bible Song Cross+Gen Journals.

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The FAITH5 Course provides the tools needed to incorporate FAITH5 into the core of children, youth and family ministry in your church.

This fun and engaging 6-session resource creates the home as a church, and the church as a home.

Click here to order the FAITH5 Course, for more information or to download a free sample.

Feasting on the Word is a lectionary based curriculum that allows all ages to study the same text each week. Preparatory materials equip leaders with the biblical background they need to feel confident with any age group.

Sample Sessions are available for:

The Free Guide offers tips for online use.

Children's, Youth, & Intergenerational Bibles

         The Book of God    The Family Time Bible     First Nations Version          Lift-the-Flap Bible Stories for Young Children                    Spark Bible (NRSV) Gift Edition