Welcome to The Ministry Lab's curated list of resources geared toward Bible study and prayer with young people. Here you'll find:
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.
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.
|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.|
Both include helpful insights when walking youth through faith and the Bible.
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.
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.
The Ministry Lab teams up with the MN Conference UCC, Danger Boat Productions, Doing Good Together, and a musician to offer Summer, Fall, Advent, and Lent Toolkits for Families and Faith Formation Leaders from any denomination. Watch for Lent & Easter - starting soon!
series includes the original children’s book, with DVD and parent guide; 75 Mindfulness Activities for Kids; and Breathe through This: Mindfulness for Parents of Teenagers
|Narrative Yoga: Connects a Children's Story with RCL Bible texts for Sunday worship|
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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.
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.
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.
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:
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.