Curriculum Overview


Curriculum Comparison Chart for Children's Ministries

Lectionary-Based Curriculum Materials
 

Feasting on the Word

Publisher:  Westminster John Knox Press (Presbyterian)

Foundation Statement:  Feasting on the Word offers pastors and church educators focused resources for sermon preparation and education. All resources in the Feasting on the Word collection utilize the biblical texts assigned by the Revised Common Lectionary, and for each text, readers will find brief essays on the exegetical, theological, homiletical, and pastoral challenges of the text. The two main collections under Feasting on the Word are the lectionary commentary series, Feasting on the Word: Preaching the Revised Common Lectionary and the new Feasting on the Word Curriculum: Teaching the Revised common Lectionary.

The editors of these resources are from a wide variety of disciplines and religious traditions. These authors teach in colleges and seminaries. They lead congregations by preaching or teaching. They write scholarly books as well as columns for newspapers and journals. They oversee denominations. In all of these capacities and more, they serve God's Word, joining in the ongoing challenge of bringing that Word to life.

Content:  Follows the Revised Common Lectionary with lessons for each grade or a multi-age group.

Teacher Support:  Detailed lesson for teachers, color pictures sent separately.

Format:  Downloadable or printed/shipped.

For more information: https://www.feastingontheword.net/Curriculum

 

Living the Good News

Publisher:  Morehouse Publishing (Episcopal)

Foundation Statement:  A lectionary-based curriculum that helps bring the weekly readings alive for all ages.

Content:  Lectionary-based

Teacher Support:  Detailed lesson outline for each class.

Format:  Leader’s Guide, take home sheet and companion visuals.

More information: https://www.livingthegoodnews.com

 

Seasons of the Spirit
Publisher:  Multidenominational (English-speaking United Churches)

Foundation Statement:  To provide God's people with lectionary-based, ecumenical resources that empower all ages to be transformed in Christ as they explore meaning and mystery in the Bible and celebrate in worship, sacraments, education, and service.

Content:  Lectionary-based

Teacher Support:  Leader’s guide includes materials for photocopying.  Detailed class outline with variety of activities. The Congregational Life material ties the learning in Sunday school to the corporate worship experience.

Format:  Materials can be purchased on paper, CD, or as downloadable files.

More information:  https://www.seasonsonline.ca

 

Whole People of God

Publisher:  Woodlake Publishing (non-denominational)

Foundation Statement:  Explore, live and celebrate our faith with lessons related to everyday life.

Content:  Lectionary based; follows the Revised Common Lectionary.

Teacher Support:  Detailed lesson outline for each class. 

Format:  All materials are download-able; print only what you need.

More information:  www.wholepeopleofgod.com

 

Bible Story-Based Curriculum Materials

 

Connect:  Tween Sunday School

Publisher:  Augsburg Fortress (Lutheran)

Foundational Statement: With Connect, tweens (grades 5-6) revisit the Bible’s greatest stories, uncover major biblical themes, and discover how the Bible relates to their own lives. It’s Bible-centered Sunday school with just enough quirky tween humor to get them hooked.

Content: Kids explore an Anchor Text that sets up the lesson’s theme, along with up to 3 Supporting Texts to see how that theme plays out in the Bible. As they explore the text, kids highlight, underline, sketch on, search through, and draw in the pages of the Connect Bible.

Teacher Support: Tweens watch a video that blends witty, slap-stick, just-for-them humor and solid theology to introduce the session theme.  After exploring the text and themes in the Bible, kids relate the themes to their own lives through project-style activities included in the Connect Learner Sheets.

Format:  DVD, Leader Guide and Learner Leaflet.

More Information: https://www.wearesparkhouse.org/store/category/286807/Connect

 

Deep Blue Kids

Publisher:  United Methodist Publishing House

Foundational Statement: To reach, empower, and equip children, and those who care for them, with grace-based resources that help them on the journey to understand themselves as children of God, explore and deepen their relationship with God through Jesus Christ, and love and serve God and neighbor.

Content: Covers the main Bible stories over 3 years, with materials for babies through tweens, as well as a one room option and rotation stations, and Bible storybooks and Bibles.

Teacher Support: Online leader guides and training videos.

Format:  Downloadable PDFs and streamable video.

More Information: www.deepbluekids.com

 

Holy Moly

 

Publisher:  Augsburg Fortress (Lutheran)

 

Foundation Statement:  Holy Moly irresistibly captures the imagination of kids by bringing the Bible to life. Kids walk away from class excitedly retelling the stories they just learned and eagerly awaiting what’s next.

Content: 32 Bible based Lessons, DVD, Leader Guide and Learner Leaflet. For Pre-readers and Readers.  Each Holy Moly lesson starts with an activity to jump start kids’ imaginations about what they’ll see and do! Kids get a preview of who they’ll see in the video & learn something special to watch for.  Next, kids talk about the story they just watched. Kids relate to the Bible story and each other. They talk about what surprised them & what made them wonder! Then, creativity flows as kids complete activities that reinforce the lessons they watch in the Bible story retelling.

Teacher Support:  There is a leaders guide and a DVD with a short cartoon-like clip, which amplifies the lesson. 

Format:  DVD, Leader Guide, Learner Leaflet.

More information: https://www.wearesparkhouse.org/store/category/286795/Holy-Moly

 

A Joyful Path:  Spiritual Curriculum for Young Hearts and Minds

Publisher:  the Center for Progressive Theology

Foundation Statement:  A groundbreaking progressive Christian children's curriculum that celebrates a joy-filled life, compassion for all, and the wisdom within.

Content:  Thirty six full lessons for children ages six to ten years old.

Teacher Support:  Teacher guide contains detailed lesson plan for each class. 

Format:  All comes in one spiral bound book.

More information: https://progressivechristianity.org/childrens-curriculum

 

Shine: Living in God's Light

Publisher:  Brethren Press and MennoMedia (Mennonite)

Foundation Statement: A dynamic Sunday school curriculum that engages Christian communities and families in their life together, expressing faith through lives of compassionate peacemaking and service.

Content:  Curriculum materials for ages 2 through high school, include a story Bible, a song CD & songbook, and materials for Vacation Bible School.

Teacher Support:  Leader guides are supplemented with access to training videos, podcasts, and a webpage of "Extras." 

Format:  Printed material, shipped.

More information: https://shinecurriculum.com

 

Supplementary Curriculum Materials

Illustrated Children's Ministry

Publisher:  Adam Walker Cleaveland, founder & illustrator, is an artist, entrepreneur, pastor, pastor’s spouse, and father. Adam graduated from Princeton Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity and a Master of Arts in Youth Ministry. Adam is an ordained Teaching Elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA). After doing youth ministry for over 15 years, Adam founded Illustrated Children’s Ministry and loves providing the church and families with creative, illustrated resources.

Foundation Statement:  Illustrated resources for the church and the home, encouraging creativity and active engagement with faith

Content:  Coloring pages, coloring posters, children's bulletins, children's moment visuals, and thematic 12-week curriculum materials which include these and mp3 audio files with sheet music.

Teacher Support:  All-inclusive "no-prep" session plans. Click here to scroll down and access the link for a free sample session. 

Format:  Printed material, shipped.

More information: https://www.illustratedchildrensministry.com

 

Picture the Bible

Publisher:  First Congregational United Church of Christ, River Falls, Wisconsin

Foundation Statement: The images in Picture the Bible 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.

Content: A set of 36 images depicting 36 individual Bible stories with corresponding student engagement pages.

Teacher Support:  Student engagement pages 

Format:  Printed material, shipped.

More information: http://firstchurchrf.org/picture-the-bible