Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Resource Recommendations Requested

I feel so alliterate :-). Anyway. . .

I'm working with the children's ministry in our church to develop a 3-year rotation of lessons for preschool and kindergarten children, that teaches them about the different elements in the worship service. There is an emphasis on Christ-centeredness (so an advent/epiphany lesson that merely states that the wisemen came and brought gifts and had to go back a different way is lacking; much better would be a lesson on Jesus being the true One King whom all other kings bow before), scripture memorization, and other memorization (catechism, creeds, hymns). I need 3 sets of lessons (4 weeks each for advent, 2-4 weeks each for Easter, etc.) for each holiday, to rotate every 3 years, plus lessons on the Apostle's creed, Lord's Prayer, sacraments (from a Reformed perspective), worship in general, confession, pardon, etc. I'm looking for free online resources, and ones from a Reformed perspective would be a definite plus. Suggestions? Anyone?

9 comments:

greenbaggins said...

Susan, it seems to me that the best course would be to acquire resources appropriate for adults, distill the contents, and then make the material appropriate for children in terms of language, illustrations, etc. The big problem with children's literature that I see is that it usually abbreviates substantially the necessary information. And while I certainly do not wish to bring in question your wisdom on such matters, it is often difficult to supply what is lacking, and much easier to summarize more information. So, I would go with commentaries on the given passages (I always prefer to work with a passage), find the themes, and then illustrate those themes with stories that children would understand. It may be more work, granted. However, when you are dealing with the Incarnation, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ, more work is definitely better. My two cents.

Susan said...

I think that is definitely what we'll end up having to do for several of the lessons, at the very least. I've never seen a children's lesson on the sign/seal aspect of communion, or on the real/spiritual presence of Christ in the sacrament, and those are on the list of things to be covered :-). I'm working off a list that the youth/children's minister sent me, and I've been quite impressed by what he wants to cover. Good thoughts, Lane.

Jessie said...

hmmm, i'm not sure of anything to recommend, but whatever you find I'd be interested in. Nathan is teaching Sunday school with me now, which you don't know because we haven't been very efficient recently when it comes to communicating, have we? : ) But we'd like to do a little more than just telling stories, too...

Jessie said...

oh, btw, when I recently did a series of lessons on the fruit of the spirit, I tried to think of a character in the Scriptures who illustrated each fruit, and then used Matthew Henry's commentary to study up on the passage, like Lane is recommending. Then it was like feeding baby birds. I ate first, and then fed them, LOL. *I* really enjoyed doing it that way, even if the kids didn't (which they did).

Sherrin said...

Sounds like a great kids program! It'd be great if you could post some of the outcomes of your work. I'm currently thinking about (and not taking enough action) how I can teach my niece the gospel.

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