Programming and Curriculums

Programing and choosing curriculum is often a key responsibility of those co-ordinating programs for kids ministry. Here are some resources to help you think about programming, choosing material and transitioning kids into youth ministry.

Programming

Programming for your churches children’s ministry is a big responsibility! If you are involved in planning children’s ministry at your church, ensure you consider each of the four areas in this article.

Programming for Children’s Ministry

Choosing a Curriculum

With so many curriculums available, it can be hard to decide which is best for your church. The following is a list of areas that may be helpful to consider when selecting a children’s ministry curriculum for your group.   Choosing a Curriculum

Comparing Curriculums

 

Here are a number of children’s ministry curriculums that are currently being used in various churches Kids’ Church or Sunday School programs. Please note that they are included below for comparative purposes only, and the Baptist Association NSW & ACT does not necessarily endorse their content or activities. 3. PDF 2021 Comparing Curriculums Document

Transitioning kids into Youth Ministry

Transitioning from primary to high school is a stressful time, and children of this age group are often given, for the first time, the option to decide whether or not to attend church. Here is a great article for transitioning Kids from Children’s Ministry to Youth Ministry

Engaging ways of telling the big God story and creative ways of exploring and responding to the story are helpful for everyone. Content that the whole church is looking at is going to get more take-up and be helpful for families than age segregated material.

The best way to use pre-packaged content will be as a springboard for your own context rather than just sending a link to families. 

Good questions to ask as you choose content:

  • Will this content be used for the whole church or specifically for kids?
  • If you are having a separate time for kids to explore the bible – can you use the same passage, story or key theme in your material as what is being explored in the church live stream/videos?
  • Rather than overwhelming families with lots of options – what are the 1 or 2 great things I will use?

Hands Off Games

KidsMin Curriculum have produced a great list of no touch games to play in the kids ministry setting. Find it here

Zenos Media

Zenos Media is a new Australian Christian media initiative providing churches, schools and other Christian organisations with resources to enable them to proclaim the good news about Jesus in culturally appropriate and creative ways.