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Curriculum Guide

Choosing a Curriculum

There is no one curriculum that meets the needs of every parish. When choosing a curriculum consider: the size of the parish, the resources available, and the goals desired. The following sites outline most available curricula for children, youth and adults which are compatible with Episcopal theology.

Curriculum Center at Building Faith, the blog of Christian formation specialist Sharon Pearson of Church Publishing
Building Faith
  has a wealth of ideas and resources.


Recommended Curricula

Godly Play  a biblical based, story-telling approach to children’s formation widely used in the Diocese of Bethlehem
Weaving God’s Promises a thematic Episcopal curriculum for pre-school through middle school. Downloadable.
Journey to Adulthood (J2A)  a complete youth ministry program for spiritual formation for 6th -12th graders.
Lesson Plans that Work free downloadable lectionary based lessons for children, youth and adults.

Alleluia! Amen
A Child’s Guide to the Holy Eucharist
Let Us Pray A Little Kid’s Guide to the Eucharist
What We Do in Church An activity book
This Bread and This Cup a curriculum with Leader’s guide and Child’s guide


Teaching Resources

Animated Bible Stories

Nest Entertainment
Veggie Tales

Bible studies, small group topics for adults, teens, children

Forward Movement, pamphlets, books and study guides in the Episcopal Tradition
The Thoughtful Christian, maintained by the Presbyterian Publishing Corporation, an ecumenical site with writers from a variety of denominational affiliations.


Study Bibles

For Children

The Spark Story Bible  geared for children age 2 through early readers
Children’s Illustrated Bible one of the best loved children’s bibles in story form.
Children’s Everyday Bible has a bible story for every day of the year. Wonderful family devotional.
The Spark Bible NRSV comes in both paper and hard bound editions, has sidebars and appendixes, and works grade 3 through middle school.


For Youth and Adults

For older youth and adults, NRSV translations with the Apocrypha.

The Life with God Bible devotional bible with expert commentary
The Access Bible includes sidebars, maps and other study aids
The New Oxford Annotated Bible the premier study bible used by scholars and students
Pew or gift Bible includes maps, but no notes or study aids
The Pocket Bible Guide an excellent, easy to use resource from LeaderResources