. . . Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven." (Matthew 19:14)
You have at your fingertips, a virtual treasure chest full of valuable lessons, games, craft ideas, and teaching aids. In all there are over 250 lessons, enough for several years.
These lessons are free of charge. Just keep in mind, you can reproduce and distribute this material, but you cannot copyright or sell it under any circumstance whatsoever.
Note: All of these studies are available in Adobe® PDF format, which you will need to open and download the files. If you don't already have the free Acrobat Reader on your computer, you can download it here.
I have developed these expository Bible studies for school-age children that can read. To give the children the big picture of God's story, I have covered the main narrative stories in the Old and New Testaments as well as various topics, such as the Lord's Prayer, the Ten Commandments, and the 23rd Psalm. You can teach these topics during mid-week services to supplement the Sunday morning lessons. As with any topical studies, it's important to explain the context of the passages and how they fit within the Bible as a whole.
The curriculum that I am most proud of is the one on Creation, called God's Weird and Wonderful World. It is the most complete, by far, and includes science projects for each lesson. Check it out for sure!
To develop these lessons, I used the three steps of Inductive Bible Study methodology — Observation (what does the text say), Interpretation (what does it mean), and Application (how do I apply it to my life). Age-appropriate application naturally emerges from the context of the Bible story.
Along with teaching inductively, I believe children should be taught the Bible chronolically. Too often children's Sunday school curricula springboard from one familiar story to another — from Noah and the ark; then to Jesus feeding the 5000; then to Daniel in the lion's den and on to Jonah in the belly of the whale. Teaching children the context of the story and how it fits into the whole picture reinforces the idea that the Bible's 66 books are woven together into a single story of God's plan of redemption. Every child should learn how to navigate through the pages of Scripture.
You can download any individual lesson or you can download a complete book (a manual cover, title page, forward, table of contents, etc.) containing all the lessons within a series. The two-column layout of these lessons is designed so that you can cut the pages in half to fit into your Bible. When the children observe that you are teaching right out of the Bible, rather than from a curriculum book, it validates God's Word and gives your teaching more authority.
You can use these lessons for your own personal study and growth and then adapt them to any age child (or adult.)
Not every lesson has a suggested craft or game idea. When I've had a good idea that really seems to fit with the main lesson objectives, I've included it. But, I have written another handbook called Tips and Tricks - Making Children's Bible Lessons Come to Life that gives lots of suggestions for activities that will help reinforce your lesson objectives and teach the memory verse. You can find this handbook in the Teacher Training folder. Tips and Tricks is also a great tool for training new teachers. It has ideas on how to prepare a lesson, how to present a lesson, and what to do about discipline, how to use visual aids and puppets, as well as the ideas on games, crafts, object lessons, and so forth.
Please let me know what you think about this curriculum. I'm always open to suggestions for improvement. Contact me at: ccuv-ChildrensMinistry@usa.net
I pray that you will use these lessons to teach the Bible as an entire plan by a systematic and connected study of the Word. I'm sure you will find it to be a useful resource to help bring each and every child in your care into a deeper personal relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ. It brings joy to my heart knowing that the Sunday school curriculum materials that the Lord has been leading me to write over the past number of years will bring honor to Him.
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