Children's Sunday School
Our children's Sunday School curriculum is called Shine. Find all the information you need to preview or order at shinecurriculum.com. Watch the Introductory video.
Here is advice on nurturing faith in children for both parents and Sunday School teachers.
Shalom Readers is a reading program in which children read books specially chosen to teach Christian values from a peacemaking perspective. When children read seven books and creatively respond to two of them, they earn a gift book of their choice from the list. Makes a great addition to VBS, Sunday School or kids club. Find all the information you need to start on our Shalom Readers page.
Vacation Bible School
Every year, MennoMedia provides a new curriculum for Vacation Bible School. Surprise!, the 2016 release, is a Bible and activity-based learning experience in two parts. One is designed for grades K–5. Children will see Bible stories come to life in the dramas during worship time, and will reflect on them during three response times: Bible Response, Active Response, and Creative Response.
The second part of Surprise! is designed for early childhood ages 4–5. You may choose to have the young children participate in worship with the older children or have their own worship time in their VBS room. They will hear the Bible story and process it with crafts, games, and other activities designed for their age and developmental levels.
The Kids Can Club is a series of all-in-one, flexible resources for children’s clubs, midweek, Sunday night, camp or other settings. Each session includes:
· Kids Cluster – a time for gathering, singing, and Bible memory
· Kids Talk – a Bible story, reflection, and conversation starters
· Kids Create – hands-on crafts and response activities
· Kids Move – games that relate to the theme.
Also included are suggestions for opening and closing time, snacks, and more. It is geared to children in grades one to five, but suitable for a variety of settings and easily adapted to kindergarten or junior youth.
Titles include Kids Can Dig the Bible, Kids Can Build Bridges, Kids Can Make Peace, Kids Can Live Upside-Down and Kids Can Be Blessed.
A number of our congregations offer mid-week children's ministries, and we want to affirm and equip them in this work. We shared stories from these congregations in an issue devoted to nurturing faith in children in the April 2011 edition of Scattered Seeds. Check it out for inspiration and ideas!
Protect the children in your ministries
Every congregation must have policies and procedures in place to protect children. We recommend:
Protecting and Nurturing Our Children and Youth, a resolution adopted in July 2013 by the delegates of Mennonite Church USA.
Let the Children Come by Jeanette Harder
In the context of the Bible and faith, Let the Children Come helps Christians learn about their role in ending child abuse and neglect in all communities: church, home, extended family, neighborhood, school, work. Each chapter contains real-life stories, discussion questions and action items; the appendix includes a sample protection policy, as well as prayers, readings and exercises for use in adult education.
Circle of Grace curriculum from Dove's Nest.
The Circle of Grace curriculum teaches children and youth how to identify and maintain appropriate physical, emotional, spiritual and sexual boundaries; recognize when boundary violations are about to occur; and demonstrate how to take action when boundaries are threatened or violated.
Bible Reading Charts
My Bible Reading Chart. Designed for early readers, this colorful booklet lists 100 favorite Bible verses selected for young children. Fun tips and challenges get kids excited about Bible reading, and a chart provides an easy way to track their Bible reading progress. Purchase one per child ages 6-9.
Dig into the Bible: A Reading Chart. Fun facts and tips guide reading and motivate older kids to learn even more about the Bible while they chart their progress on an easy-to-follow grid. Includes a list of suggested Bible memory passages. Ages 10-13.
Find Bible reading charts here.
Mission Bank Materials
Mennonite Mission Network produces packets of stories that help connect children to mission around the world. The stories and activities in the packets can be used in many settings. Order mission banks and materials here.