Children & Families @ Home

Illustrated Ministries’ Compassion Camp is fantastic! Check out The Lighthouse,  Trinity Heights United Methodist Church (Flagstaff, Arizona) kids TV show based on the curriculum. Super fun!!!

Shine curriculum is providing the weekly session and other resources FREE for families to use at home during this time. Each week includes the session plan, a YouTube video of the Bible story, family conversation prompts, and a song.

Dwell Digital is an online, subscription Sunday school curriculum which offers teachers and coordinators online access – via any device – to all 360 lessons plans. You can also share lesson summaries with parents (here’s an example). Learn more at DwellCurriculum.org/Digital.

Bloom! Children’s Ministry Curriculum will be $50 for all congregations this fall due to the financial impacts of COVID-19 on so many of us. A Story Intro video, Children’s Sermon videos (to edit into a worship video or use to for your own ideas) are also included. Bloom! follows the Narrative Lectionary with ideas for PreK-6th grade (in sections of PreK, K&1, 2&3, 4-6) as well as for large group and a Christmas program.

PC (USA) Store invites you to take a look inside the upcoming new children’s curriculum, Growing in God’s Love: A Story Bible Curriculum in a webinar you can share with Sunday school teachers, Christian education or faith formation committee or team members. Sign up to attend the new curriculum webinar, which will be on May 12 at 7 p.m. EST.

Teaching Children About Food
MennoMedia offers weekly free excerpts. This week it is from Hope’s Table: Everyday Recipes from a Mennonite Kitchen by Hope Helmuth. In the excerpt, Hope talks about how food is a heritage that we pass along to our children, and what that looks like in the day-to-day. There’s also a recipe for tasty Protein Balls, which make a great snack!

Cokesbury is offering free downloadable activity sheets for children and adults. See them all!

This just in from Rev. Eliot Howard at Linden Hills UCC: an Earth Day Creation At-Home Altar. Super fun for the kids and a great learning opportunity for all!

UMC Ministry with Children (fb) includes tips on empowering and listening to children in this time of pandemic and a list of resources for further mental and spiritual health and formation, including free access to their Deep Blue Connects Adventure Spring series on Amplify Media

Illustrated Ministry has free weekly resources for all ages including children’s activities, devotionals, and coloring pages.

Dwell Sunday School curricula offers free downloads and sharing during social distancing. Whether you use Dwell curricula or not, they have some fun ideas.

Michel Gribble-Dates and her daughter Joy share a youtube video of their Son Salutation from Story and Stretch.

Hope4CE shares a really basic but helpful outline for creating community on zoom between elders, caring individuals, and kids and families.

The Association of United Church Educators shares a giant list of at-home faith formation activities and ideas.

Keep up with Disciples Home Missions on their website and fb for every-day at-home faith formation ideas.

MennoMedia’s Shine curriculum is available with free resources for use by churches for online learning or to send to parents for use at home.

Flyaway Books has free at-home activities based on favorite books and PCUSA Store shares free activities and coloring pages for their Growing in Grace curriculum.

Chalice Press has Faithful at Home: 15 Easy Family-Friendly Prayers and Activities and offer 30% off books that help with parenting in challenging times, like Faithful Families: Creating Sacred Moments at Home, When Kids Ask Hard Questions, Sabbath in the Suburbs: A Family’s Experiment with Holy Time, and Ash and Starlight: Prayers for the Chaos and Grace of Daily Life.

Sparkhouse is sharing eight free downloadable family Sunday school lessons.

Growing in God’s Love: A Story Bible Curriculum is relationally focused, which makes it easy to adapt to online ministry, use at home, and in a traditional church setting. Download a sample session and learn about discounts from The Thoughtful Christian, which is releasing six units this July and six more this October. (More in 2021 and 2022.) There is a complete list of each unit broken down into the stories they feature from the story Bible and their biblical references.