Sunday School and Bible Study Curriculum for Youth
Need a Bible Study or Sunday School material? You’ve got options!
When considering a curriculum that is not Anabaptist, use this checklist to help you evaluate it.
Sunday School curriculum
Generation Why is the Sunday School curriculum for high school youth from MennoMedia. This material is easy to use, and there are many titles to choose from. Use two titles per quarter, as each contains five sessions. They are available as booklets ($18.99) or as downloads ($20.99). Gen Why has been a favorite of many high school Sunday School teachers! Here's a sample session. Also, now that you are choosing your own Gen Why titles from quarter to quarter, you'll want to map out a four-year plan for your youth.
Meeting House curriculum
The Meeting House, an Anabaptist church in Ontario, Canada, produces Sunday School curriculum and makes it available for free online. There are two versions for youth: for ages 11-18 or ages 15-18.
Free Bible studies!
Want a Bible study you can choose and download from the ‘net in seconds? Want a Bible study that actually digs into the Bible? How about a Bible study by Mennonite youth for Mennonite youth? And shouldn’t it be FREE? You can have it all! Surf on over to MC USA Youth Bible Studies and choose from 118 different lessons! That's more than two years at one lesson per week or four years at one per month. Wow!!
Bible study series
With the Word: A Bible Study and Devotional Guide for Groups or Individuals is a new series for adults, but I think they are great for youth too. Titles include Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts, Psalms, Genesis and Isaiah. Each contains eight sessions, and for each session there are seven daily devotionals. Costs $9.99.
MennoMedia has a number of great stand-alone options that typically have 13 lessons to fill out one quarter of Sundays. For example, there are studies on Anabaptist history, service trips, sexuality, the Confession of Faith, and more. Find them here.
If you like teaching with DVDs, try videos from MennoMedia like the Beyond the News series and Ted and Company videos. Or, check out the videos from Mennonite Central Committee.
The Bible Project
The Bible Project makes free videos and podcasts that present and interpret the Bible as "a unified narrative that leads to Jesus and has profound wisdom for the modern world." Check out their many series of videos and also their podcast. The videos are great teaching tools for youth and adults, and are compatible with Anabaptist thought. You've got to check them out!
Circle of Grace Curriculum from Dove's Nest
The Circle of Grace curriculum teaches children and youth how to identify and maintain appropriate physical, emotional, spiritual and sexual boundaries; recognize when boundary violations are about to occur; and demonstrate how to take action when boundaries are threatened or violated. There are just 2-4 lessons per year, so make room in your schedule for these important sessions.
NEW: Making faith sense amidst a pandemic
Help your youth process the pandemic through the lens of faith with this curriculum designed to be used in an online meeting. From Eric Frey Martin at Mennonite Mission Network.
The Upside-Down King Bible study
The Upside-Down King musical by Doug and Jude Krehbiel and Carol Duerksen was presented in a number of venues in 2008 and 2009, including the Mennonite Church USA convention in Columbus, Ohio. Duerksen has now written a Bible study for high school youth and adults, based on the gospel of Luke and featuring one song from The Upside-Down King in each of the 12 sessions. The cost for this online curriculum is $10 and available through the mennowdc.org/the-upside-down-bible-study/Western District Conference website, and the CD is $15.
Stewardship curricula from Everence--also free!
Real life talk about money: navigating the money maze
This three-part lesson series will introduce young people to real life application of biblical principles about money so that
young people will be prepared to make faithful, Christ-honoring financial decisions both now and in the future.
Real life: waking up to God's creation
This three-part lesson series will engage young people in exploring the biblical command to care for creation today. Beginning with creation awareness, activities focus on current environmental issues, such as our use of water, climate change, recycling, and our response as people of faith.
Money Matters for Youth: Integrating faith and finances
Seven sessions give youth a biblical foundation for handling money and possessions. Covers budgeting, debt, tithing, planning and "enough." Keep in mind: the church may be a youth's only setting for learning Christian practices of financial management.
Anabaptist Dramatic Readings
Stories bring our faith to life, and these stories bring our history to life! The Anabaptist Dramatic Readings help people of all ages enter into the stories of the early Anabaptists. Choose from 24 different readings, or use them all; they can be used in many settings. Written by Alan and Eleanor Kreider.
Close to Home topics
Close to Home pamphlets bring together Christian faith, therapy and congregational support for those struggling with issues such as pornography, depression, eating disorders, or drug or alcohol addiction. Through the Close to Home series you can open doors toward conversation, awareness, and healing. A pamphlet costs just 75 cents and the study guides are free! Download the free study guides.
Here’s an idea: talk with your pastor—he or she may be happy to order a set of pamphlets to display at church. Then, they’ll be at your fingertips, and other people at church will have access to them too!
Dig deeper with MEA lesson plans
Here’s something really cool. Most of our youth don’t even have the option of going to a Mennonite high school and taking classes like Practical Christian Living, Images of God, Sermon on the Mount, or Anabaptist Heritage. BUT, you can teach these classes to them yourself! The lesson plans and course outlines are all on the Mennonite Education Agency web site.