Curriculum for children
These curriculum options for children's ministries can be used in various church settings: Sunday School, Bible School, Kids Clubs, etc. When considering a curriculum that is not Anabaptist, use this checklist to help you evaluate it.
Children's Sunday School
Shine Sunday School curriculum was created by three Anabaptist denominations. Find all the information you need to preview or order at shinecurriculum.com. Watch the Introductory video.
Listen to the Shine podcast. It is called Give Light, and can be found wherever you get your podcasts.
Here is advice from Shine on nurturing faith in children for both parents and Sunday School teachers.
Here are the Bible memory verses from the Shine curriculum for Early Childhood through Junior Youth for 2016-2017 and for 2017-2018.
Wee Wonder: Sharing God's Love With Twos, by Chrissie Walls and Lori Steiner Jans, introduces the youngest (two-year-old) children to God through song, action rhymes, Bible stories and responsive play. This age-appropriate curriculum has 12 modules and a total of 52 sessions such as We Come To Church, God Made The World, Jesus Is Born and God Is With Us. The sessions, which can be used interchangeably or consecutively throughout the year, include Bible stories, pictures and take-home activity pages; the curriculum also includes a music CD and Leader's Guide.
Stewardship lessons for kids
Curriculum from Everence that brings stewardship down to earth for children with six different lessons:
Nutrition, Exercise, Emotions, and Generosity I, Generosity II, and Generosity III. Great hands-on activities are included with each lesson to engage young minds and souls. Free downloads.
Vacation Bible School
Every year, MennoMedia provides a new curriculum for Vacation Bible School. The 2017 offering is called Digging for Treasure: Parables Revealed. Dig into a VBS that’s all about Jesus’ parables and the treasure to be found in his words. At first, Jesus’ parables seem simple. But it takes listening and digging deeper to discover the treasures of the kingdom of heaven.
The Digging for Treasure: Parables Revealed starter kit from MennoMedia comes with everything you need to help children dig deep into the parables and uncover truths about God’s constant love and care for them. Each day’s story and theme are rooted in the Bible and will help the parables come to life in age-appropriate ways through dramas, playing games, making crafts, sharing snacks, and other fun activities.
Fun Bible Skits
Bring Bible stories to life with these ready-to-go skits! Each short script is reproducible, and accompanied by tips for discussion and activities. Build a curriculum around this resource or use it in conjunction with another curriculum. The three volumes contain 75 different Bible-story-based skits. Find the books here.
The Kids Can Club is a series of all-in-one, flexible resources for children’s clubs, midweek, Sunday night, camp or other settings. Each session includes:
· Kids Cluster – a time for gathering, singing, and Bible memory
· Kids Talk – a Bible story, reflection, and conversation starters
· Kids Create – hands-on crafts and response activities
· Kids Move – games that relate to the theme.
Also included are suggestions for opening and closing time, snacks, and more. It is geared to children in grades one to five, but suitable for a variety of settings and easily adapted to kindergarten or junior youth. There are ten titles; each title includes ten sessions.
A number of congregations offer mid-week children's ministries. Find stories from congregations in Central Plains Mennonite Conference in the April 2011 edition of Scattered Seeds. Check it out for inspiration and ideas!
Mission Bank Materials
Mennonite Mission Network produces packets of stories that help connect our children to children around the world. The stories and activities in the packets can be used in many settings. Order mission banks and materials here.
Mission Possible is a three-year curriculum for an hour-long mid-week children’s ministry developed by Bethel Mennonite Church, Mountain Lake, Minnesota. Each evening begins with Gathering Songs, followed by Agency Time (telling the Bible story), Academy Time (classroom activities), Team Training (cooperative games), and CIA (Christians In Action) Time, where a member of the congregation tells about how they put their faith into action. To order a flash drive with all the curriculum and promotional material, call or email Bethel Mennonite at 507-427-8907 or email@example.com.
Bible reading charts
My Bible Reading Chart. Designed for early readers, this colorful booklet lists 100 favorite Bible verses selected for young children. Fun tips and challenges get kids excited about Bible reading, and a chart provides an easy way to track their Bible reading progress. Purchase one per child ages 6-9.
Dig into the Bible: A Reading Chart. Fun facts and tips guide reading and motivate older kids to learn even more about the Bible while they chart their progress on an easy-to-follow grid. Includes a list of suggested Bible memory passages. Ages 10-13.
Find Bible reading charts here.