Welcome to The Ministry Lab's curated list of faith formation resources for Sunday school & Storytime. Here you'll find:
If you don't find a resource to fit your need, don't hesitate to consult with The Ministry Lab's director, Emily Meyer, who is happy to assist you.
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Mini Revolutions is an intergenerational, monthly, digital curriculum based on the Revised Common Lectionary. Churches and families will practice the rhythms and experience the seasons of the church year through the revolutions of the liturgical calendar.
Spill the Beans designs Narrative Lectionary worship and learning resources for all ages.
Find free curriculum, resources, and blog posts ranging from Setting up Kids Ministry Volunteers to Curriculum Adaptations [for] Kids with Special Needs to 5 Reasons Preschool Programming Is Not Childcare.
|includes Dwell at Home; Dwell Digital; subscription Sunday school curriculum; offers teachers/coordinators online access to all 360 lesson plans; and lesson summaries for parents (here’s an example); with additional fun ideas and a guide for adapting to online; includes dwell at home|
Spans K-12; includes digital options: Shine at Home and Shine Connect (which is free!); differentiates between teachers and parents leading at-home learning. All of Us connects differently with Primary, Older Elementary, and Multi-Age. Includes:
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.
edible theology offer bread-based and dinner church curricula for individuals, households, or congregations in a variety of age-groups. Find their full line-up here.
Follow Me: Biblical Practices for Faithful Living is a whole-congregation curriculum that studies the Bible through the lens of biblical practices.
The result of a lifetime of research and practice by theologian, author and educator, Rev. Dr. Jerome Berryman, the Godly Play® method is a curriculum of spiritual practice exploring the mystery of God’s presence in our lives. The Godly Play curriculum engages what is most exciting about religious education: God inviting us into—and pursuing us in the midst of—Scripture and spiritual experience. Godly Play® practice teaches us to listen for God and to make authentic and creative responses to God’s call in our lives.
Provides curricula for all ages in a variety of progressive modes and topics.
Sparkhouse Digital is customizable and accessible for teachers and parents; engaging content is available for pre-K-12.
This claymation video of "Kum Ba Yah" (video created and animated by Paavo Rundman; music arranged and performed by John Hermanson) is part of the music for SparkHouse's Whirl Classroom and Whirl All Kids curricula.
|Michelle Gribble Story and Stretch is fantastic! Online videos make it easy to share with your group; all ages enjoy the movement together; and it is a fresh perspective on ancient stories and truths!|
|Bloom! Children’s Ministry Curriculum includes a Story Intro video and Children’s Sermon videos; follows the Narrative Lectionary with ideas for PreK-6th grade, as well as for large group and a Christmas program.|
|A suite of Grades 3-12 curriculum resources with curriculum guides, and online modules to download for free.|
|One Room Sunday School Kit, Summer 2020 is adaptable for many ages and their Adventure Summer 2020 will hook kids with their animated videos.|
|Feasting on the Word Curriculum weekly lessons appropriate for children & families, youth or adults.|
Relationally focused; easy to adapt online; use at home or a traditional church setting. Download a sample session, see the breakdown of Bible stories by unit, and check out the fall through spring units.
Candle Press's To Go Resources can be downloaded and used at home.
Storypath links children's books to religious themes and to both the Narrative and Revised Common Lectionaries.
MPR's Classical Kids Storytime:
SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL offers TACKLING COPYRIGHT CONCERNS WHEN TAKING STORYTIME ONLINE: a running annotation of publishers’ requirements.
|Raising Luminaries' Books for Little|
An amazing curated list of children's books that address racism, education, identity and other contemporary concerns with humor, gorgeous illustrations and wonderful story-telling.
As followers of Jesus, we celebrate to remember and anticipate God’s abundant goodness, creativity, faithfulness, beauty, and love. This practice invites families to cultivate joy with the God who rejoices in us (Zeph. 3:17). Here are five “delight-full” ways to do so.
Connect with families of young children through Splash! monthly newsletters which help caregivers incorporate faith formation in the events of everyday lives.
Watch for the Easer iteration of Ms. Suzy's Place; and find her other 8 videos here.
48-page quarterly issues with activities and discussion starters; based on seasons and Bible themes; pre-K- 4th grade.
Individual and bulk subscriptions available.
The MN Conference UCC teams up with Danger Boat Productions, Doing Good Together, musician Richard Bruxvoort Culligan and The Ministry Lab to offer Fall & Advent Toolkits for Families and Faith Formation Leaders.
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
|Practicing small acts of kindness every day helps it become a habit.|
Free downloadable activity sheets for children and adults.
has free at-home activities based on favorite books.
The Labyrinth Society has a page of resources specifically for children.
The Association of United Church Educators shares a giant list of at-home faith formation activities and 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.