New Sunday school curriculum premiering


"Grow, Proclaim, Serve!" is the new core children's Sunday school curriculum to be introduced this fall by Cokesbury.

An overview of the new curriculum from The United Methodist Publishing House says it is designed "to meet the needs of a variety of churches, particularly those who use ‘Rock Solid'" and ‘Live B.I.G'. We'll continue to offer biblically solid, theologically sound, age-graded and age-appropriate learning tools that are easy to use, fun for the children and provide lots of options."

For churches or teachers who like multimedia, the accompanying resources will include videos set in a whimsical town filled with a variety of quirky characters. Each week these characters will tell the Bible story as they deal with each other, with situations and with the unusual (and sometimes recurring) characters that come in and out of the town. Music and movement videos for all-new contemporary songs will also be included.

"Grow, Proclaim, Serve!" will be the umbrella title for a variety of resources to serve the needs of ministries to children from birth through tweens. Cokesbury's "Babies & Woddlers," "Toddlers & Twos" and "One-Room Sunday School" offerings will be incorporated. Specific curriculum will be offered for preschool, early elementary, middle elementary and older elementary-age children. Specific resources will be available for churches using the large-group/small-group teaching model. "One-Room Sunday School" will also be incorporated.  Children in classes using "Grow" will make a three-year journey through the Bible. Those from 3 to 10 years old will all focus on the same story each week.

"On the Go," a one-year Bible survey for tweens, will have a completely different look and feel.

A new website will support both teachers and parents. Patterned after the sites that have supported Cokesbury's recent vacation Bible school offerings, it will feature promotion and training tools, a "snack and craft calculator," ideas for adapting the curriculum for children with special needs, a photo gallery and detailed information for planning mission projects.

Parents visiting the site will find ideas for using the Sunday morning lessons throughout the week. There will be tips for raising children in the faith, simple at-home activities or devotions and the opportunity for parents to build community and engage in conversation online.

By the Rev. Kathy Noble, editor, Interpreter and Interpreter Online