Leader’s guide includes weekly session plans, resource pages, and colorful, helpful tips for teachers. Biblical background information helps your leader feel confident teaching the stories of the Bible with children. Also included in the leader’s guide are supply lists, extra activities, and suggestions for adapting activities for children with special needs. A Stories, Colors, & More color pack is included with the Leader’s Guide additional packs may be ordered separately.
This spring quarter begins with Lent. This is an excellent opportunity to invite children to think about the season of Lent as a time of personal reflection to consider about how Jesus wants us to live. Each week connects a practice with an aspect of worship: praying the prayer Jesus taught us, sharing God’s message, declaring who we believe Jesus is, asking for and offering forgiveness, and serving others as we see Jesus in them. Easter morn arrives with the women’s visit to the tomb and our acclamation, “Christ is risen!” and response, “He is risen indeed!” The seven Sundays of Eastertide follow as the children learn that Easter is not just one day but a season of celebration and good news as we move toward Pentecost.
Growing in Grace & Gratitude is our quarterly denominational curriculum for children ages 3–10. Children see God’s grace in the biblical narrative and in our world today. The curriculum provides age-appropriate opportunities for responses of gratitude through claiming, celebrating, praying and offering. There is diversity in learning as well as support for leaders to adapt lessons for children with special needs. Coloring illustrations accompany each Bible story to engage children visually. Each session will embrace children in the grace of God through engagement with the Bible that echoes reformed worship: gathering in God’s grace, responding in gratitude, and loving and serving God.