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Faith Formation: Bible with Children

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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     I Am Not Afraid: Psalm 23 for Bedtime     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     The Peace Table     Picturing God          Look Inside Salmos de asombro     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.

Children's, Youth, & Intergenerational Bibles

The Family Time Bible     First Nations Version          Lift-the-Flap Bible Stories for Young Children          

Websites & Curricula

Picture the Bible (Myers)Picture the Bible is a set of 52 images depicting 52 individual Bible stories. The images and corresponding student engagement pages offer a creative approach to Bible study that fosters biblical literacy and interpretation, and encourages people to see connections between their lives and the biblical story. Picture the Bible adapts to a wide variety of congregational settings; connects worship, education, and mission; and provides a link between church and home.

Order Picture the Bible Story Bible here. See the trailer here. Find an info flyer here.

Visit the Picture the Bible website here.

The Beatitudes: An Illustrated CurriculumThe Beatitudes: An Illustrated Curriculum

The Beatitudes: An Illustrated Curriculum is a twelve-session, verse-by-verse study of the Beatitudes from the Gospel of Matthew. This intergenerational curriculum is highly adaptable, providing a flexible and formative experience for your entire Sunday school program and the whole family.

Designed to be led virtually, this study explores Jesus’ timeless teaching through art, reflection, and discussion. This passage is full of wisdom that will enrich families and churches by exploring Jesus’ vision of God’s inclusive kingdom, observing how Jesus turned expectations and traditional beliefs about being blessed upside down, and imagining ways to live into the promises of Jesus’ Beatitudes.

Free Bible Images, 'wants to help those teaching the Bible in all nations of the world in this visual age. All pictures are free for use in teaching and non-commercial streaming. We provide the pictures and you tell the story, with the Bible as your reference source'.

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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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.

In Our Library - Hebrew Testament Bible Stories

But God Remembered: Stories of Women from Creation to the Promised Land  (What You Will See Inside): Sasso, Rabbi Sandy Eisenberg, Andersen,  Bethanne: 9781580233729: Books     Hardcover The Coat of Many Colors Book     David Y Goliat - Historias De La Biblia Para Niños | MercadoLibre     Cain & Abel: Finding the Fruits of Peace: Sasso, Rabbi Sandy Eisenberg,  Rothenberg, Joani Keller: 9781683366881: Books     552765     Does God Know How to Tie Shoes? Softcover   -     By: Nancy White Carlstrom    Illustrated By: Lori McElrath-Eslick     FA19;KDS19;SC192;SC192A;KDSU;GFTC2018;KDBK;KDSI;DD21;DDKD;TFE;GAEI;DD22;DDS23;LOUISVILLEPRIDE     Jonah's Whale     cover image Moses     Hardcover The Moses Basket Book     Noah's Ark by Peter Spier     Hardcover On Morning Wings Book     On Noah's Ark     Psalm Twenty-Three: Ladwig, Tim: 9780802851635: Books     Picture of Psalms for Young Children     Spy on Noah's Ark     The Story of Moses and God's Promise: A Spark Bible Story - Smith, Martina     The Story of Queen Esther  -     By: Jenny Koralek                    cover image Walking the Bible (Children's Edition): An Illustrated Journey for Kids Through the Greatest Stories Ever Told     The Watcher     The White Ram: Gerstein, Mordicai

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


In Our Library - Multi-media Bible w/ Children

Holy Moly / Year 1 / Unit 1 / DVD     Holy Moly / Year 2 / Unit 1 / DVD     

Picture of Delicious Bible Stories     9781791020255: Milk and Honey Cooking School

In Our Library - Christian Testament Bible Stories

Hardcover The Easter Story Book     cover image God's Love Is Like...     18323748          Hardcover Los Milagros de Jesus [Spanish] Book     Miracle Man The Story of Jesus     9780711218147: Miracles : Wonders Jesus Worked     The Miracles of Jesus by Tomie dePaola                    The Very Best Story Ever Told: The Gospel with American Sign Language     Look Inside Who Counts?     Look Inside Who Is My Neighbor?

In Our Library - Creation Stories

Adam & Eve's First Sunset: God's New Day: Eisenberg Sasso, Rabbi Sandy  Eisenberg, Rothenberg, Joani Keller: 9781580231770: Books     Hardcover The Beginning of the World Book     Born with a Bang: Book One: The Universe Tells Our Cosmic Story )] [Author:  Jennifer Morgan] [Jul-2002]: Jennifer Morgan: Books     At Break of Day: Grimes, Nikki, Morin, Paul: 9780802851048:  Books                    The Creation Story: In Words and Sign Language By John P. Audia, David Spohn (Illustrator) Cover Image     lave to life               9780840766717: In the Beginning There Was No Sky: A Story of Creation          Mammals Who Morph: The Universe Tells Our Evolution Story     Older than The Stars     On Noah's Ark     Hardcover The Story of Creation: A Spark Bible Story Book     Look Inside A Very Big Problem     ACTA New Cover

In Our Library - Bible Story Collections

God Speaks to Us in Dreams And Visions     1812034     178929. sx318

In Our Library - Children's Bibles & Story Bibles

The Action Storybook Bible  -     By: Catherine DeVries    Illustrated By: Sergio Cariello                    Children of God Storybook Bible          9780892213320: The Children's Illustrated Bible          The Family Story Bible     Frolic First Bible          The Holy Moly Story Bible: Exploring God's Awesome Word, Family Edition     eBook cover of The Illustrated Bible Story by Story          9780525459255: Let There Be Light: Bible Stories Illustrated by Jane Ray                         Paul, Man on a Mission: The Adventures of an Apostle  -     By: Bob Hartman     The Play-Along Bible: Imagining God's Story through Motion and Play  -     By: Bob Hartman    Illustrated By: Susie Poole               Spark Bible (NRSV) Gift Edition     Spark Story Bible: Sunday School Edition     The Spark Story Bible: Spark a Journey through God's Word, Family Edition     The Story for Children: A Storybook Bible    -     By: Max Lucado, Randy Frazee     

page1image2554361216     Stories from the Bible, Bible stories for children, Child's Bible picture book, Kathleen Long Bostrom, Diana Mirtalipova     NIrV, The Story for Kids, Paperback     Tomie dePaola's Book of Bible Stories by Tomie dePaola     Whirl Kids Story Bible: Classroom Edition     Whirl Bible NRSV Hardcover     Whirl Story Bible: Lectionary Edition     The Whirl Story Bible: Lively Bible Stories to Inspire Faith, Family Edition

In Our Library - Devotional & Activity Bibles for Young Children

9781451499964: Baby Moses and Other Bible Stories (Holy Moly Bible Storybooks)     The Holy Moly Easter Story          Hardcover Jonah and the Big Fish and Other Bible Stories Book     9781451499957: Joseph and His Brothers and Other Bible Stories (Holy Moly Bible Storybooks)     9781451499940-1451499949-Noah's Ark and Other Bible Stories (Holy Moly Bible Storybooks)          Spark Story Bible Devotions for Kids     God's Great Big World: A Play and Learn book     9781506421889: Journey to Easter: A Play and Learn book (Spark Story Bible)     The Life of Jesus: A Play and Learn Book     My First Message: A Devotional Bible for Kids   -     By: Eugene H. Peterson     Old Testament Adventures: A Play and Learn Book     Parables of Jesus: A Play and Learn book (Spark Story Bible): Lafferty,  Jill C., Grosshauser, Peter: 9781506421865: Books     The Story of Christmas: Spark Story Bible Adventures

In Our Library - Bibles for Tweens & Teens

Spark Bible (NRSV) Gift Edition     Whirl Kids Study Bible     Whirl Bible NRSV Hardcover

In Our Library - Adults

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