If a parent stopped you in the hallway and asked you, “Why do you do what you do?” what would you say? Would you respond with, “I like kids,” or “I don’t know; I don’t have time to think about why I do what I do”? Most likely your answer would reflect your passion for kids to know Jesus Christ and to be in a growing relationship with Him. Your purpose is clear, but how do you accomplish it? You may desire to partner with parents in teaching Bible truth to kids. But what tools do you use?
The Gospel Project for Kidsis a new Bible study curriculum designed to help you partner with parents and teach kids the big picture of God’s story. This curriculum is part of The Gospel Project that includes Bible study materials for students and adults, too.
The Gospel Project for Kids takes children, as young as three years old and as old as sixth graders, on a three-year chronological journey, beginning with Genesis and ending with Revelation. Since kids are visual learners, they can see God’s story develop in pictures, using the large timeline map.
Each week, as kids see God’s story of redemption unfold, they will encounter a Christ Connection and see that Jesus is the point of the Story.
The Christ Connection is part of each week’s Bible story video. That’s right! Every week kids will hear the Bible story told by a master storyteller while watching a video. As a teacher, you will also have a copy of the Bible story script for you to use as well. Additional video includes music (with lyrics and backgrounds) and countdowns for all ages. School-age kids will also view brief discussion starter videos each week.
To help cement the truth of the gospel in kids’ hearts and minds, teachers will guide kids to learn a key Bible passage every Bible study unit, and a Big Picture Question and Answer every week.
Parents can continue to reinforce learning with The Big Picture Cards for Families.
To further assist you in partnering with parents, The Gospel Project for Kids includes emails, texts, tweets, and Facebook messages so you can personally communicate with parents.
What does a typical Bible study experience look like? Kids will begin the session with small group activities and activity sheets to introduce them to the day’s Bible content. Then, they move to the large group where they engage with the Bible story in an exciting environment. After large group, kids transition back to small groups where they open their Bibles and continue to learn the big picture of God’s story as they interact with a teacher and one another and participate in learning activities. To expand the Bible study experience, an optional worship hour is provided where kids continue to learn the same Bible content. All of this can be done in a large/small group format or in a self-contained classroom.
Another exciting fact about The Gospel Project for Kids is that it is available in two formats. You can choose to purchase the digital version and customize the content for your church, or you can purchase the print version.
You may be wondering how you sign up for this exciting new curriculum. You can see more examples of the curriculum materials at www.gospelproject.com. Once there, you can also sign up for a pilot program to receive a month’s worth of curriculum to try out for free. Take a look at the samples on the website and tell us what you think!