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Faith Formation: Curricula

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General Curricula

No-Prep Curriculum for Children's Ministry An Illustrated Invitation: Joining God at Work in the World. This is a 12-week curriculum geared toward K-5th graders. It highlights Hebrew Scripture and New Testament stories, including the five daughters of Zelophehad, Lydia, and Hagar and Ishmael.

FREE SET of the Illustrated Invitation Coloring Posters is included when the curriculum bundle is ordered, while physical poster supplies last.

Celebrate Wonder Music CD · Cokesbury KidsPOWERXPRESS DIGITAL CURRICULUM

PowerXpress is a rotation model curriculum using seven stations (art, cooking, games, video, music/movement, science, storytelling) using a life to Bible format. For children grades K-6 with activities for both younger and older children.  A favorite downloadable curriculum among churches for years!

Michelle Gribble's Story and Stretch:

  • online videos
  • easy to share
  • enjoyment for all ages
  • movement together
  • a fresh perspective on ancient stories and truths

Sparkhouse Digital:

  • customizable
  • accessible for teachers and parents
  • engaging content available for pre-K-12
PC(USA) Store's Growing in Grace is appropriate for ages 3-5 or 5-10.
Living the Questions Provides curricula for all ages in a variety of progressive modes and topics.

The Unofficial Holy Bible for Minecrafters Box Set     The Unofficial Holy Bible for Minecrafters: Old Testament     The Unofficial Holy Bible for Minecrafters: New Testament     The Unofficial Holy Bible for Minecrafters

Narrative Lectionary Based Curricula

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Spill the Beans

  • Narrative Lectionary
  • worship and learning
  • resources for all ages

Revised Common Lectionary Based Curricula

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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.

young smiling girl playingSpark Lectionary

Three-year curriculum that corresponds with the Revised Common Lectionary

Why choose Spark Lectionary?

  • brain iconHelp kids learn at their level

    Sunday school lessons connect kids with Bible stories heard in worship.

  • paint palette iconFocus on hands-on learning

    Engage with the Bible story with lessons packed with activities, interactive games, and creative crafts.

  • tools, wrench and screwdriver iconCustomize your leader content

    Support and prepare your leaders and volunteers with detailed, customizable leader guides, lesson prep videos, and additional supplemental content.

  • calendar iconConnect Sunday school to the church year

    Extend worship to Sunday school with readings from the week’s Revised Common Lectionary readings.

How it works:

Each Spark Lectionary lesson follows a four-part sequence:

  • Gather – Begin the day by gathering together and trying a warm-up activity
  • Open the Bible – Open Bibles and explore the day’s story
  • Activate Faith – Get moving and become engaged in the story they just read by using their leaflets
  • Send – Finish with a closing activity and prayer

Spiritual Practices Based Curriculum

Godly Play

The Godly Play® method is:

  • created by theologian, author and educator, Rev. Dr. Jerome Berryman
  • a curriculum of spiritual practice
  • explores the mystery of God’s presence in our lives
  • teaches us to listen for God and to make authentic and creative responses to God’s call in our lives

Relational Curricula

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This 12-lesson digital companion curriculum is designed to introduce children to the concepts of holy troublemaking as modeled by the people profiled in Holy Troublemakers & Unconventional Saints, from diverse faiths, who worked for love, compassion, and justice, even when that rocked the religious boat. These lessons ask questions such as: What is holy and good trouble? What is not? What lessons can we learn from those who have gone before on this path? How do we keep our joy and inner peace while working for a world where all can flourish? What might my contribution be?

These lessons are designed for middle-grade children (ages 8–14) with activity options for younger and older participants.

There are three versions (licenses) available based on the size of your organization: Personal/Family, Church 1-100 Members, and Church 100+ Members.

Manna and Mercy: A Brief History of God's Unfolding Promise to Mend the Entire Universe Manna and Mercy Board Book Bundle     A Place for You Bilingual Edition

From Augsburg Fortress:

  • a full intergenerational curriculum
  • based on Daniel Erlander's beloved book Manna and Mercy
    • a book about God and the continuity of God’s covenant of life, justice, and inclusion to all people and all of creation.

The curriculum includes:

Peer Ministry Leadership – Leadership Training Peer Ministry works with all denominations. The theology is Christian, and flows from the Good Samaritan Story, with emphases on relational caring, welcoming and affirming skills. PML is a good fit for many denominations and adapts well for various settings. Programs include:

Other Curricula Lists

The Association of United Church Educators shares a giant list of at-home faith formation activities and ideas.

Keep up with Disciples Home Missions on their website and fb for every-day at-home faith formation ideas.

The PC(USA) Store has a huge list of resources for on-lining church (worship and study groups) and free downloadable faith formation for all ages.

In Our Library - Curricula

Around the Year in Children's Church: 52 Programs for Kids Ages 3-7  -     By: Lisa Flinn, Barbara Younger     Blessed to Be a Blessing     

          
ProgressiveChristianity.org's  A Joyful Path (ages 6 - 10):
  • behavior-over-belief curriculum
  • connects children with their own inner wisdom
  • works well in-person or online
It teaches:
  • interdependence
  • self awareness
  • respect for nature
  • stillness
  • forgiveness
  • prayer
  • meditation
  • integrity
  • utilizes the Bible and other wisdom stories
Choose Year 1 or Year 2 Full Year Version - Book, PDF or DVD
Year 3 (for ages 9-12) lessons offer:
  • a Christianity that is radically inclusive
  • a willingness to foster connections
  • questions in pursuit of "the Oneness and Unity of all Life" and includes:
    • heart-centered and experiential practices
    • informed by Christian mysticism and Earth-centered spirituality
    • includes interfaith and inter-spiritual perspectives

In Our Library - Out-of-the-Box

Help! I'm a Sunday School Teacher!   -     By: Ray Johnston     Story & Stretch: A Guide to Teaching Kids Yoga Using Gospel Stories     The World Jesus Knew: A Curious Kid's Guide to Life in the First Century

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