Top Christian Education Program for Children

Godly Play
If you want to know how this program works and what Godly Play is like, there is no subsitute for taking 6 minutes to watch this video: Godly Play Video

This program teaches children the art of using Christian language – parable, sacred story, silence and liturgical action – helping them become more fully aware of the mystery of God’s presence in their lives. When Christian language is learned by the Godly Play approach, it is learned as a means to know God and to make meaning of our lives. This approach is quite different from the traditional model in which the teacher tells the children what they need to know. Godly Play is not about things that are that simple. It is not just about learning lessons or keeping children entertained. It is about locating each lesson in the whole system of Christian language and involving the creative process to discover the depths of meaning in them.

Vacation Bible School

The site Ministry to Children has a helpful section with solid advice on planning, picking a theme and much more including a section on VBS crafts. Do know that buying a kit does not mean you have to do your own VBS based on the curriculum. Adapting the VBS program to your context always makes the event go better.

Other Helpful Resources

Candle Press
An Episcopal source for formation, sacramental, liturgical, seasonal resources.

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
is religious formation training for children, ages 3-12, using Montessori methodology. It is also a unique experience for the adult. CGS uses the Montessori method to present scripture and the sacraments to children. Through wondering questions and hands on materials the children dive deep into the meanings of the scirptures and prayers. This method of faith formation was developed by Sofia Cavaletti, a scripture scholar and Gianna Bogi, a Montissorian in 1954. The National Association provides certificate training for catechists with courses for the Levels I, II and III are given in various locations each year. If you are interested in finding out about trainings in our area go to the website.

Children at Worship
An organization dedicated to the full inclusion of children and youth in worship.

Creative Communications for the Parish
An ecumencial catalog with items for projects, church seasons etc.

Sermons 4 Kids
Lectionary based (Revised Common Lectionary) weekly children’s sermons, activities,coloring pages, puzzles, games, songs, crafts; free e-mail subsciption service for weekly sermons; includes an on-line forum for sharing sermons and ideas; sermons also available in Spanish.

The Sunday Paper/The Sunday Paper Junior
A weekly, Episcopal lectionary-based cartoon booklet presenting the Sunday lesson in a child friendly format. Good as a supplement to curriculum/also as a worship bulletin for children. Beulah Land Storytelling Kits are play sets; felt board storytelling kits that illustrate biblical stories (other items available); helpful for interactive storytelling; produced by the publishers of the Sunday Paper.