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A Christian Education Handbook
Overview of Episcopal Curricula
Beulah Land (Montessori-based)
Living the Good News

Lessons for Pentecost 2013
Pentecost Resources
Prayer Mandalas

Godly Play
Weaving God's Promises
Journey to Adulthood
Seasons of the Spirit

Episcopal Children’s Curriculum
Episcopal Youth Ministries
News & Upcoming Events
Adult Formation/Lifelong Learning

Office of the Bishop
Safeguarding God's Children
Diocesan Staff
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    The Importance of Good Curriculum
    With the phenomenon in our churches of having more older members than younger members – a trend we’d like to change – one of the most important decisions a parish can make is in its choice of curriculum for its youngest disciples, When evaluating a curriculum, consider the following important questions:

    Purpose: Why was it written? Does it match our needs?

    Theology: How is God depicted? Who is Jesus? The Holy Spirit? The People of God? How are creation, sin, judgment and redemption explored?

    Type: Is it lectionary-based, Montessori-approach, Scope and Sequence Based, Thematic? What type will support our goals?

    Lessons: Is there supportive material for teachers? Engaging and a variety of activities for learners? Special supplies or typical on-hand materials needed?

    Bible: How is the Bible used? What version? Are Old Testament stories told? New Testament? Gospels?

    Worship: How is prayer included? Is it important to have lessons on the sacramental traditions? Creedal statements? How are Baptism and Communion explained?

    Publisher: Is it affiliated with any particular denomination that may impact the lessons and theology?

    Cost: Does it fit in my budget? Is it reusable? Dated? Extra pieces that need to be purchased for the program to work?

    The best time to begin fall program planning, including choosing a curriculum, is shortly after Easter. Begin gathering information about the programs you have held the past year as well as all the curricular resources that have been used for implementing them. Include attendance patterns and numbers of participants and teaching teams, budget figures and information about your teaching space. The evaluation of current practices is always helpful in determining next steps.

    For additional information, please read the sections below or call Gennie Callard, Assistant to the Bishop for Children and Youth Ministries, at (269) 381-2710, ext. 13 or send an e-mail.


 

  EDWM Recommended Curriculum for Children
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Godly Play

Similar in structure and origin to “Young Children and Worship” (also known as Worship Center), and “Catechesis of the Good Shepherd,” Godly Play is based on the retelling of Bible stories and asking open-ended wondering questions that help bring the children deeper into the story. However, unlike many other curriculum choices, Godly Play has its foundation in the Episcopal Church.

Godly Play is about understanding how each of the stories of God’s people connects with the child’s own experience and relationship with God. Godly Play respects the innate spirituality of children and encourages curiosity and imagination in experiencing the mystery and joy of God. (Learn more)


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Weaving God's Promises

  • Weaving God’s Promises is a relatively new curriculum developed and written exclusively for the Episcopal Church.  It is on a three-year cycle for pre-school through 6th graders.  While the readings do not directly correspond to the lectionary, it does have similar themes and goes along with the church seasons.

    Each lesson includes the areas of Holy Scripture, the Episcopal Church, and Christian Living.  The curriculum is completely downloadable from the Internet, and flexible in terms of class size and age of children.

    We recommend “Weaving God’s Promises” because it lends itself to creativity and adaptability.  (Learn more)

Weaving God's Promises Lessons for Pentecost 2013
   
   
EDWM  Recommended Curriculum for Youth 12-18

 

 

Youth are defined as 12-18 and those not yet out of high school. Our Sunday morning worship service definitely has the biggest impact on how youth are formed in our church. Youth should most definitely be attending the entire church service as part of the community. They may choose to sit with each other, or with other adults, and not with their family. That's wonderful, because it builds the relationships that young people need. Curriculum for youth can be used in many different settings - during a Sunday morning formation time and during a Youth Group are the two most popular. Creativity and the opportunity to ask questions are the most essential properties of a good youth formation. Youth teachers, or mentors, do not have to have all the answers! It's perfectly find to say, "that's a wonderful question - I wonder…”

When we work with the youth, it's our job to be with them, to walk together on their journey. The best thing for youth is to have as many adults as you can participate. If the adult doesn't serve as their regular Sunday School teacher or youth group leader, they can come in to present a specific topic, or learn something new along with them. Young people need as many healthy adult relationships as they can get - and the church is the perfect place to find these.

Some churches are inviting high school students to be part of the adult formation - book studies or movie discussion are often a wonderful time for this intergenerational learning.

Click links below for further curriculum resources:

Conversations with Scripture
Journey to Adulthood
Living the Good News
Faith Lens (from the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America
Re-form (from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America):
Seasons of the Spirit

   
 
Godly Play Weaving God's Promises