Sparkhouse - ELCA Publishing house for kids, creates faith formation resources for children, youth, and adults-- striving to spark new life in Christian communities. Curriculum for classrooms, lectionary, theme-based, rotation models and also transferable as VBS lessons.
Sparkhouse allows for you in your own time and on your own schedule to view past live events hosted by experts and thought leaders including:
Frolic, is a family of early childhood resources that integrates faith development and child development both at church and in the home! Frolic resources help keep your church connected to active families with young children.
*Invite parents and their little ones to Frolic Faith Development classes based on the Frolic First Bible and books.
*Transform your nursery into an intentional ministry site with the Frolic Nursery Guide and other Frolic nursery resources.
*Connect with families each month by automatically sending them personalized e-newsletters packed with articles on child development, tips on early faith formation, and fun seasonal activities and ideas.
Augsburg-Fortress - The publishing house of the ELCA featuring a variety of resources for education as well as supplies for ministry. Consider their communion materials Fed and Forgiven.
The Book of Faith (variety of Bible resources) For example: "Heaven on Earth: Studies in Matthew" by me/Janelle! :) (The only currency I get if you buy it, is knowing that more and more people are touched by studying the Good News!)
Faith Lens - Written with teenagers in mind, it is a weekly (during the school year) look at the lessons that uses current events and relevant questions to get people talking. Put out by the ELCA.
Lutheran Peace Fellowship - Offers ideas for many ages, including computer games targeted for kids around social justice issues.
Narrative Lectionary Resources:
Spirit and Truth Publishing - Spirit and Truth Publishing produces faith formation resources for all ages integrating education and worship, with products related to the liturgy, church year, and the Narrative Lectionary.
Clergy Stuff - Provides Narrative lectionary based curriculum, liturgy helps, original music, children's bulletins and pays attends to special needs children.
Spill the Beans - A quarterly resource with a Scottish Flavor for Worship Leaders, Sunday Schools, and Youth Leaders based on the Narrative Lectionary. Uses inclusive language and hands on activities.
Church Publishing Inc. - the official publisher for the Episcopal church offers a wide variety of books and curriculum for children and youth ministries.
Godly Play - "assumes that children have some experience of the mystery of the presence of God in their lives, but that they lack the language, the permission and the understanding to express and enjoy that spiritual experience..." It provides a way of storytelling that invites questions of wonder about God and is appropriate for all ages.
Episcopal Confirmation Magazine with tons of resources. This edition provides eight questions that ask the planning team to consider context and purpose as they design a program that encourages lifelong faith provides
The Book of Comic Prayer: Using Art and Humor to Transform Youth Ministry by Heather J. Annis - Check out Annis' theologically sound as well as practical book on the role of comics to enter into the faith journey. I was not a fan of comics until Annis convinced me what a wonderful way this art form can be used to talk about faith. Must read!
Lesson Plans That Work! - Lesson plans are written by experienced church teachers using practical approaches to respond to the needs of volunteer teachers. They are designed to follow the Revised Common Lectionary and published by the Episcopal Church.
Rowsofsharon.com (for children) Rowsofsharon.com (for youth) by Sharon Ely Pearson offers a curated chart of curriculum resources.
LeaderResources offers a large collection of downloadable Christian Formation Resources --- for children’s ministry, youth groups, adult education, congregational development and more! We provide churches with high-quality, low-cost Sunday School and confirmation curriculum, leadership training and other ministry resources, as well as retreat speakers, trainers or a consultant in religious education, youth ministry and congregational development. We also offer books, DVDs, education kits and teacher aids. While we are grounded in the Episcopal Church, we serve all denominations and people of faith.
Forward Movement - Episcopal resources for children through adults.
These Are Our Bodies addresses foundational issues for how we are called to have conversations about our sexuality within a faith community. Looking at sexuality through the lenses of growth and change, we can explore values and intentionality. Individuals and churches can use this technique to build upon this theological grounding. Discusses sexuality starting from the age 3, written by Episcopalians.
Cokesbury - is the retail division of The United Methodist Publishing House. Our mission is to reach more people in more places with quality services and resources that help them come to know and deepen their knowledge of God through Jesus Christ, learn to love God, and choose to serve God and neighbor.
Practical Resources for Churches - terrific resources for evaluating Sunday School Curricula and tips for supporting teachers.
Faith Alive - The mission of Faith Alive Christian Resources is to provide resources that call people to follow Jesus Christ by helping people to understand, experience, and express the good news of God’s kingdom that transforms lives and communities worldwide.Faith Alive is a nonprofit publishing ministry of the Christian Reformed Church in North America and theReformed Church in America. Faith Alive publishes materials for...
The Confirmation Project - The Christian Youth: Learning and Living the Faith Project (CY: LLF) seeks to learn the extent to which confirmation and equivalent practices (CEP) in five Protestant denominations in North America are effective for strengthening discipleship in youth.
Storyboard by ELCA Pastoral Intern Heather Roth Johnson. "I am storyteller, public speaker, workshop leader, writer and in general just a creative soul. My work hat takes me to Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd where I am the Director of Children’s Ministries and a pastoral intern." Find many creative ideas at her website.
Consider an intergenerational staycation! The schedule is chocked with meals, sing-a-longs, storytelling, art and service projects and worship. For more information, please contact Vanessa Bradby 651-646-1478 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Go to Grow - This program planner from the ELCA is intended to assist Christian education leaders as they engage adults, youth, and children in a life of discipleship. Grow to Go is designed to especially help you equip children to be “disciplemakers” and to instill an assurance in their identity that they too are called to “go tell” in the world.
Lifelong Faith Associates - A Catholic website chalked full of good background material on the benefits of intergenerational ministry as well as resources for how to do it. Check out this link here for a specific resource.
Home Grown Faith - Like a farmers market, HomeGrown Faith invites the exchange of fresh ideas and support for one another in the nurturing of an organic faith in Jesus Christ, deeply rooted, generative, and sustainable for a lifetime.
Engage - Youth Ministry & Contemporary Issues by the Institute for Youth Ministry at Princeton.
Catch the Buzz - VBS from ELCA World Hunger
My Neighbor is a Muslim - A FREE resource from Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service that helps your audience learn more about what it means to be a Muslim. Jesus taught us to love our neighbor, learning about who our neighbor is and about their faith are steps in this direction.
Communion - ELCA Pastor Brian Hooper provides a great example of a congregational letter talking about "first" communion changes.
Feasting on the Word written by mainline Protestants follows the lectionary. Great theology and good resources for all ages.
Progressive Christianity - offers a 6-10 year old curriculum focusing on Jesus' example of compassion and inclusivity. Sample lessons for A Joyful Path curriculum can be found here.
BimBam - BimBam (formerly G-dcast) is a new media studio making Jewish videos, apps and animated series that are joyful, empowering introductions to Jewish ideas and life for kids & adults.
Teach Bible Stories with a Parachute! - The Sign of Jonah in a Parachute! For my very first time teaching Sunday school, I was asked to teach kindergartners about Jonah. Having been a kindergarten teacher, I instinctively picked up a parachute and led the children through movement as we read the story. Since then I have moved from volunteer to church staff member and have continued to use parachutes to engage children with Bible stories. Christine V. Hides is the Director of Ministries with Children and Youth at Northbrook UMC, Content Manager for Christians Engaged in Faith Formation, a mother of two, and a certified deacon candidate in the United Methodist Church.
First Third of Life Church Booklet - Westwood Lutheran Church has an in-depth take home booklet outlining their faith formation mission and strategy. Get some great ideas here!
Virginia Theological Seminary believes VBS can be a powerful tool for evangelism for your church, and review several here. Be sure to select a program that mirrors the mission and theology of your church and community. Look beyond a catchy theme to the way scripture is used and the messages, both explicitly and implicitly, the participants will receive.
RENEW - A Lutheran curriculum from Sparkhouse.Celebrate God’s creation this summer with ReNew VBS. This 100% downloadable VBS is available for only $99.99! ReNew is a 5-day curriculum that empowers kids in grades PreK-Grade 6 to grow in faith, have fun, and change the world. Each day, kids will explore Jesus’ Parable of the Sower with 3 age-appropriate activities that help kids learn how to care for God’s creation.
Lutheran Outdoor Ministries VBS Curriculum - Get all you need to run your own Vacation Bible School program, without paying for pricy boxed sets! The VBS Package includes: Curriculum Development Bundle, Preschool Bible Study, Day Camp/Lower Elementary Bible Study, Upper Elementary Bible Study, The Water of Life” Crafts, The Water of Life” Games, The Water of Life" Graphics. Price: $100 The website also offers VBS curriculum from years past!
Camp Hope Ministries - Camp hope provides VBS for Elementary aged kids while training middle school and high schoolers to be a leaders-overseen by a college student and adult staff.
VBS on Location! Imagine instead of coming to a church building, going out into the community and telling relatable Bible stories there!
Branching Out: Connecting Through Christ has everything you need for up to 7 days of residential and overnight camp programming or 8 weeks of day camp. You will find suggestions for overnights and retreats and even helpful guides to make your programming last as long as your camp does. The Bible stories in Branching Out encourage campers to use prayer, relationships, family, and more to stay connected throughout their lives.