The following alphabetical list of resources is for use by local churches offering children’s Sunday school and/or Vacation Bible School (VBS).
Center For Progressive Christianity Ages 6 – 10: “Inner Wisdom Series” and a second on “A Joyful Path” will be available Fall of 2010 for purchase. The curriculum is free from dogma and creed and does not make reference to the atonement/sacrifice issue that is in classical Christianity. It treats Jesus as a teacher of a way to live a fulfilling and spiritual life. It respects and celebrates the many wisdom teachings that exist and focuses on a joyful path and finding God within all. tcpc.org
Cokesbury – ages 3 – 13, many options available for purchase from Cokesbury.com
Live BIG curriculum – theologically love based, multi-ethnic/racial, multi-media. Some adapting needed. Resource person – Joel Palomares, Youth Ministries Program Coordinator at Resurrection MCC, Houston, TX (Email Joel).
“Rock Solid” curriculum, IAmRockSolid.com. This program was created and released by the United Methodist Church. The program is age appropriate and easy to implement with a volunteer staff. It also features work books and fun packs for the children and resource material that follows the week to week curriculum. Resource people – Phyllis Ringdahl and Nancy Horvath, Youth Program Coordinators, MCC Austin, TX. (Email Phyllis and Nancy) and Suzette from MCC of Paducah (Email Suzette)
Cokesbury – ages 6 months to 3 years
“Rock-a-bye Baby” program. It uses a lot of music, play and repetition, puzzles, play dough and crafts. Most of the materials are inclusive in format. The biggest part covers Jesus loves you. Resource person – Suzette from MCC of Paducah (Email Suzette).
SundaySchool Group – ages 3 – 13, many options available for purchase. Sundayschool.group.com
The Group uses different programs for different ages groups. Theologically evangelical, love based, multi-racial, and multimedia. Some adapting needed. Resource person – Melody Merida, Minister of Congregational Care, LifeJourney MCC, Indianapolis, IN. (Email Melody)
United Church of Christ – ages 3 – 18 – Kid2Kid, just a few options available free of charge.
Journey to the Congo and Journey to India. Programs can be used for either Sunday School or VBS, they are love based, multi-ethnic/racial, and use inclusive language. Little if any adaptation needed. (Learn More)
United Church of Canada – ages 5 – 12, many options available free of charge,
UC of Canada has downloadable programs available, however the Family Story Bible is needed. Seasonal and topical themes available such as Church Seasons, Creation, Peace, Empire. Love based, little adaptation needed. (Learn More)