Woo hoo! Today was a great day. I officially finished the first year of my mid-week program that I am writing, simply called “Small Groups for Kids.” After having tried nearly all the mid-week programsÃ‚Â and not loving any of them, I decided to write my own. Of all the curriculum I’ve tried, there were things I liked. But with each one of them, I was left wanting. Here are the things that I didn’t seeÃ‚Â any curriculum addressing?
- How do I know the Bible is true?
- How do I use my Bible?
- How do I pray?
- What do I pray when I don’t know what to say?
- How do I have a quiet/devotional time?
- When reading the Bible, where do I start?
These are just some of the questions I attempt to answer. The main point is to prepare and train kids spiritually, lay a solid foundation before they get into middle school. All of this is done through small groups, where kids develop strong relationships with their peers as well as with their small group leaders. I just want our kids to know what they believe and why they believe it and to have the tools they need to study their Bibles and grow in their relationship with God.
Back to the point of this post… I just finished year one. 24 separate lessons for K-2nd grade (I co-wrote with someone on my staff) and 24 separate lessons for 3rd-5th grade. Hopefully this summer I’ll begin writing year two (three in total). In the very near future, I hope to post year one on this website for others to look at and review. I’d love the feedback. My hope is to actually offer it to others seeking this kind of mid-week program as a free resource… I just would like to polish it up a little more and get feedback first.
I hope to take about a month off before beginning year two. Although it was a lot of work, I’m so excited to finish developing all three years.
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Wow! What an undertaking. That sounds really great – I’ll keep checking back for samples. Keep us informed!
I would love to see this material AND USE IT with the kids I minister to. Are you willing to share this?