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Faith Formation: Bible & Prayer with Young People

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 and prayer 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.

Books & Downloads

Picture of 3-Minute Prayers for Brave Boys     Picture of 3-Minute Prayers for Courageous Girls     The Complete Brick Bible for Kids          Picture of Decisions, Decisions Devotions for Kids          Everyday Prayers for Families          Hiding Baby Moses     A beautifully illustrated Bible for 4-8,encouraging children to wonder about our great God.     The Lord's Prayer Illustrated Prayer Booklet     The Lord's Prayer Sticker Sheets      Manna and Mercy: A Brief History of God's Unfolding Promise to Mend the Entire Universe     Picturing God     Prayers for Faithful Families: Everyday Prayers for Everyday Life     Simple Prayers for Children     There's No Wrong Way to Pray     What Do I Do with Worry?     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

This family discussion guide accompanies Picturing God.

This family discussion guide accompanies There's No Wrong Way to Pray.

Tween/Teen Devotions & Journals

Picture of Choose Adventure     Picture of Choose Extraordinary                    Dream Up Now: The Teen Journal for Creative Self-Discovery     Picture of You Are Worthy, Girl. Never Forget That!     You Can Talk To God Like That: The Surprising Power of Lament to Save Your Faith

Bible Discussion with Tweens & Teens

All Living the Questions curricula are available to stream or download; includes a variety of progressive topics.

                                   

Find this same sequence of resources for Middle School in our Confirmation & Affirmation of Baptism lib guide.

Crystal Cheatam's Our Bible App is focused on Ditching Toxic Theology, and includes devotions and podcasts from emerging thinkers and leaders.

     The Compact Brick Bible     Image result for a habit called faith     Reading the Bible Again for the First Time: Taking the Bible Seriously but Not Literally     What Do We Do with the Bible?     

Echo the Story 12                                                                                          Echo the Story 36

Experience the biblical narrative through storytelling, creative reflection, and dialogue. Echo the Story 12 is an overview of the Bible, from creation to the formation of the church. Experience the biblical narrative through storytelling, creative reflection, and dialogue. Echo the Story 36 delves deep into the biblical narrative from creation to Revelation.

Blogs, Podcasts & Articles

Poetry Unbound: incorporate poetry into a personal or group contemplative practice, worship/liturgical element, or fodder for small group discussions among tweens, teens and/or adults.

Listen to the trailer and subscribe on Apple PodcastsSpotifyGoogle PodcastsOvercast, or wherever you listen.

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     

The Ministry Lab teams up with the MN Conference UCCDanger Boat Productions, Doing Good Together, and a musician to offer SummerFallAdvent, and Lent Toolkits for Families and Faith Formation Leaders from any denomination. Watch for Lent & Easter - starting soon!

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

is an online daily devotion that includes leading questions that could be discussion starters.

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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.

Faith Questions is a PC(USA) youth curriculum that explores questions asked by real youth about important faith topics. Each unit offers connections to media resources and fun, enriching activities and comes in both print and Coffeehouse (i.e. online-friendly) versions. Sessions include:

  • 7 Bible Studies
  • 8 Real Life Topics
  • 8 Basics of Faith
  • 9 Understanding Theology (from a PC(USA) perspective)

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                         Spark Bible (NRSV) Gift Edition