The cornerstone of every great children’s ministry is a curriculum that sets the stage for kids’ faith development—from babies to preteens. As one of the most important choices you’ll make for your ministry, you must be informed and methodical as you assess the wide array of curriculum choices. We asked curriculum experts from a variety of publishers to offer their valuable insights on what makes a great curriculum and how to make it a win for families and your ministry.
Awana offers curriculum that reaches kids and their families with the Gospel through Bible memory and life application. With proven and adaptable curriculum from ages 2-18, Awana will help you develop leaders and disciple kids to walk with Christ for life.
Proven curriculum – Research shows that Awana alumni are 3.6 times more likely to read their Bible several times a week, nearly 70% witness to their friends at least once a month, and 92% still attend church weekly or more!
Adaptable to any church size, demographic, facility, schedule, or budget
Gospel-centered, Biblically grounded and high on Bible engagement
Discipleship-focused – it introduces kids to Jesus and equips them to walk with Jesus for life
Family-focused – it engages and encourages parents to be the primary spiritual heroes in their kids’ lives
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Awana Puggles (preschool)
Awana Puggles lessons and music center around four Big Truths from the Bible: God Made Everything, God Is Great, God Loves Us and We Give Thanks!
Awana Cubbies (3-5 years)
Celebrate the spiritual potential of preschoolers! Kids in Awana Cubbies learn basic truths about God, Jesus and salvation through fun handbook activities.
Sparks (grades K-2)
Ignite kids’ curiosity and build a foundation of wisdom for knowing Christ. Three years of Sparks lessons cover Scripture from Genesis to Revelation.
T&T (grades 3-6)
Guide kids to a deeper understanding of God’s grace. Four years of lessons about the Bible, Jesus and life application of Scripture come in an illustrated novel format.
Trek (middle school)
Help middle school students own their faith, discover what they believe, and answer the important spiritual questions: “Who am I?,” “Why am I here?” and “Who’s with me?”
Journey (high school)
Empower high school students to be lifelong disciples with lessons that inspire godly perspective and evident faith. Newer Journey curriculum includes videos with renowned ministry experts!
Deep Blue Connects: At Home with God helps families grow in faith together as children take what they've learned in Sunday school and dive deeper into the stories at home with their families. Children will explore families in the Bible, learn how today's faith families care for children as they grow, build loving relationships, and find out what it means to be part of God's family!
Based on the award-wining Deep Blue Kids Bible, the new awe-inspiring resource for children includes adventure, exciting stories, science experiments, arts and crafts, animated video storytelling, and active games—all combined into a living-faith experience that will help children discover what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ today!
The Deep Blue Kids—Asia, Edgar, Kat, and Caleb—lead children through the Bible using animated videos that tell the story. Colorful kid's books engage children to "dive deeper" into the Bible and explore the depths of God's love.
Includes animated videos that tell the weekly Bible story!
The Action Bible Curriculum takes preteens deeper into the heart of God’s Word. Exclusive videos animate the comic-style graphics of The Action Bible to set weekly themes in motion. With their leader, preteens take initiative to discover who God is and who they are in him. Together they investigate Scripture and study God’s Word, memorize key verses, and connect timeless truth to life in today’s world. Designed to build confidence in students so they enter their teen years empowered by an active faith they claim as their own.
4-step lesson path designed to engage preteens at every turn with time for building relationships, exploring the Bible, worshiping together, and receiving a blessing
Specifically designed for preteens—kids ages 9-12
With a flexible format, The Action Bible Curriculum works for classroom-based teaching, large groups, or small groups
Chronological, two-year scope & sequence
Through daily devotions, preteens continue to engage with God during the week
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Help your kids discover God through his Word with HeartShaper Children’s Sunday School Curriculum—for ages 1 to 12. Fully resourced, customizable lessons will help meet the needs of every child in your class. HeartShaper even includes Special Needs Friendly activities that work with all kids—each approved by special needs experts. No matter where your students go or what they do, the lessons you teach will be with them for a lifetime. Come along on the journey—shape hearts, change lives.
Builds Bible skills at every age level—from toddlers to preteens, kids use their Bibles, participate in interactive Bible learning, and grow spiritually
Teachers more than just values—kids dig into questions, such as “What does this teach me about God?” and “Why is this story important to me?”
Features 2+ hours of correlated curriculum for all 3 early childhood levels
Gives more resources to teachers—with free online newsletters, family resources, teacher training, crafts, special needs resources, and more
Digital downloads and bundles available for our Teacher’s Convenience Kits and Teacher Guides
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Tru is a spiritually forming, parent-empowering ministry philosophy that offers vibrant curriculum and resources for today’s churches and families. With every Tru lesson students connect to God through the revealing of his character and find their place in his big story. Each lesson creates space for children to connect God through the power of the Holy Spirit during a time of worship response. This digital curriculum is available for multiple age levels in Sunday school and large group/small group formats. Included are videos, storytelling images, and supplemental activities.
Explore Scripture chronologically—kids see the whole Bible and how God’s Big Story connects to their own story
God is at the center of every lesson—the focus on God statements shows kids that no matter the story, God is always central
Create space for worship response—lessons encourage time for kids to respond to God through the power of the Holy Spirit
Families are primary—HomeFront Weekly encourages families to spend time together in God’s Word and introduces kids to next week’s lesson
Fun and engaging—kids experience lessons through hands-on, age appropriate activities designed to get them into the Bible
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Successful Jesus-centered ministries start with a comprehensive plan. A plan that guides children to a deeper understanding of Jesus through mentoring relationships with teachers and parents with a strong emphasis on discipleship and evangelism. Gospel Light Sunday school builds year upon year from birth through preteen with a proven scope & sequence and age-appropriate lessons. Children will journey through the Bible five times from preschool to preteen, and our teacher training materials will help turn your volunteers into experts.
Simple lesson plans at each age level make preparation easy for teachers
In-depth teacher training resources are available for each age level
Every teacher guide, preschool through preteen, includes an article with clear steps on how to lead a child to Christ
For elementary ages, additional resources to print and email home to parents can be found on the CD-ROM included inside each teacher guide
Worship song CD’s for all age levels are reproducible to share with families
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From planning tea parties to building forts, kids’ lives are full of activity. Because every day is different, Bible-in-Life uses real-world applications to reveal God’s Word in everyday moments. As our best-selling children’s ministry program, Bible-in-Life is perfect for churches of all sizes. Its theologically balanced approach has been trusted for generations. But to stay relevant in a changing world, the curriculum has been updated to reflect modern life—at every stage, every day, year after year.
High-quality, engaging lesson plans designed for multiple learning styles and class sizes
Age-appropriate ideas, questions and issues, to connect with kids’ daily experiences
Lesson videos feature kids living out their faith and are inspired by real life
Lessons are easy to teach, for volunteers and church leaders alike with Bible-based themes, activities, memory verses, and more
User-friendly teaching tools provide step-by-step instructions that allow for minimal preparation time
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The Bible isn’t just a collection of isolated stories. It is one big story that extends from Genesis to Revelation—eternity past to eternity future. It is the story of the one true God. The God who created one man and one woman in His image, and who sent His one and only Son, Jesus, to pay the price for the sin of humankind—fulfilling His one plan of redemption. This is the story of the Bible—God’s one story that changes everything.
The Gospel Project for Kids takes preschoolers and kids on a Christ-centered, chronological journey through Scripture, teaching them how the gospel unfolds from Genesis through Revelation.
Through videos, music, and activities, this resource will help you teach kids to:
Invite kids to experience the text from cover to cover. Explore the Bible: Kids helps preschoolers and kids dig deep into God’s Word! Using a book-by-book format, every session brings the Bible to life through rich study and engaging Bible objects, equips kids with foundational Bible knowledge and skills, and encourages them to live what they learn everywhere they go.
Through object-based learning, hands-on activities, videos (for younger and older kids), and take-home cards, this resource helps you:
Empower kids to study all the books of the Bible every three years
Provide kids with a specific Bible skill they can build upon for the rest of their lives
Engage kids with Scripture in a way that sticks
Connect parents to the lessons their kids are studying
Book-by-book, three-year study plan
“Explore the Bible On Location” videos for younger and older kids
As kids grow, their understanding of foundational truths grows with them. That’s why Bible Studies for Life: Kids delivers studies designed around the way kids learn best at each stage of development. This ensures every kid in your church has an age-appropriate encounter with God’s Word.
This resource helps you to:
Disciple your kids step-by-step as they grow in God’s Word
Equip parents to lead family discipleship at home
Teach kids to put the Word into action
This resource offers:
Broadly- or closely-graded materials for babies through preteens
Special needs curriculum
Preview four free sessions at biblestudiesforlife.com
Life application Bible study based on the Levels of Biblical Learning®
The Greatest Story Ever Told takes a birds eye view of the whole Bible in 9 lessons, from Genesis to Revelation seeing God’s salvation story unfold.
Children will discover the big picture themes of the Bible. Starting with Origins - where the story all began. In the opening scene we learn that we all need to be rescued and God has a plan! Through a series of Judges and Kings we learn, from the good and bad, that God wants us to trust and obey Him.
The Hero of the story rises as we see God’s Chosen One, Jesus, spoken of by the prophets arrive announcing that The Kingdom of God is Here. An unexpected twist to the Savior God’s people were looking for. Next, we discover that we have a Tale To Tell - a mission from Jesus to share the good news.
The Never Ending Story of God and His people continues as we follow the Early Church and the bold men and women who travelled to spread the Gospel. We learn that the Church is God’s plan for us and that the Great God adventure is to be shared.
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DIG IN is a flexible, undated curriculum that provides creative, multisensory Bible learning. With each lesson, you help kids know Jesus personally and grow in relationship with him. Building your lessons online is easy: simply choose the lesson format and age group, then pick from 12 activity blocks to fit your time frame, teacher talents, and children’s interests. One highlight of DIG IN is the Core Bible Discovery block, an immersive, “you are there” way for kids to experience the Bible story. Print or email lessons so there is no need for internet in your classroom!
Children’s leaders love the flexibility of DIG IN. Have only 20 minutes? No problem. Need to stretch class to two hours? You got it. Want age-graded classrooms for your first hour, then one-room style for the next? DIG IN can do that. What about that teacher who doesn’t like crafts, and this leader who can’t figure out technology? DIG IN lets you pick the activities that work best with each class. And when you buy DIG IN, you get material for ALL ages, not just one. So you can use DIG IN curriculum for preschoolers all the way through 6th grade.
Choose lesson activities that tailor to each teacher’s natural gifts
Select the class format that matches your ministry needs
Pick a combination of activities that equal your classroom time
Enjoy an interactive Jesus-centered experience for every age
With FaithWeaver NOW®, family members explore the same Bible passage in age-appropriate classes so each week the same Bible truth is fresh on everyone’s heart and mind. You’ll actually see families grow stronger in their faith together.
Where all ages explore the same Scripture at the same time.
FaithWeaver NOW is a quarterly, age-graded curriculum for infant through adults. The three-year scope & sequence covers the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation. Each quarter goes through 13 sequential Bible events so families get a snapshot of the Bible timeline.
With FaithWeaver NOW, family members explore the same Bible passage in age-appropriate classes so each week the same Bible truth is fresh on everyone’s heart and mind. You’ll actually see families grow stronger in their faith together.
Hands-On Bible Curriculum is an age-graded curriculum for toddlers through 6th graders that guides kids through the Bible. Jesus was the master at using creative objects—like coins, fish, and lilies—to connect eternal truths to everyday life. With Hands-On Bible Curriculum, kids experience the same powerful connections between Scripture and everyday life by engaging all five of their senses. The Bible comes alive!
The two-year scope & sequence guides kids through the Bible. As kids learn and understand biblical truths, they develop a deeper, thriving relationship with Jesus.
With Hands-On Bible Curriculum, you get:
Captivating gizmos that help kids experience God’s Word and engage all five senses
A Jesus Connection in every lesson—whether Old or New Testament
Great music and sound effects
Easy-to-follow teacher guides
Engaging family activity ideas so parents can reinforce what kids learn
KidsOwn Worship helps you create a fun and powerful children’s church experience. It’s perfect for churches that have everyone together (preschool – 6th grade) in one room, and it has flexible options to fit varying times, group sizes, and age levels.
With KidsOwn Worship, you’ll help kids learn to experience God through a weekly Bible Point, fun activities, and engaging worship. Creative lessons and experiences keep kids engaged, and music teaches Scripture—all with life-changing results.
Memorable sing-along videos and discussion-starter videos
Volunteer-friendly lessons that don’t require musical talent
Captivating gizmos that help kid’s experience God’s Word
BE BOLD is a curriculum just for preteens. Each week, preteens and their leaders will tackle a different question that reflects what preteens want to know and need to know about God and faith.
But, preteens need more than a place to ask questions—they need a community. That’s why BE BOLD gives preteens everything they need to thrive: validation of their faith questions, a place where they and their struggles are accepted, a community where they can connect with God and others, and opportunities to make a difference. By focusing the lesson content on questions about faith and God, BE BOLD meets preteens where they are and creates an environment where they grow in and own their faith.
BE BOLD is question- and discussion- based, not lecture-based. This ground-breaking curriculum is:
Welcoming to questions, not afraid of the unknown
Empathic with preteens, not condescending
Focused on student discussion, not lectures or fill-in-the-blank answers
Perfect for churches of any size, Bible Story Basics is a 3-year Children’s curriculum that is easy to teach, Bible-driven, and provides kids the basic tools for reading and learning the Bible. Children will memorize key verses, internalizing God’s Word while having fun with music, games, puzzles, prayer, and more. With a focus on Bible stories and biblical literacy, Bible Story Basics helps kids realize that the Bible is more than a history book and that it's relevant to their lives today.
A simple age-level structure (Pre-reader and Reader) makes Bible Story Basics straightforward and uncomplicated for leaders while providing age-appropriate lessons for your kids. Whether you need a Sunday morning curriculum or a Wednesday night program, Bible Story Basics will give your children the tools they need to build a strong Christian foundation.
Is your worship time more of a struggle than a success? Have you ever considered if your kids really understand what worship time is all about? With Heartbeat, you and Yancy will be teaching your kids the definition of worship, the why of worship, and the how of worship…all in an exciting music environment. Yancy will take your kids on a World Tour with a behind-the-scenes look at songwriting, recording, concerts and more, as she unpacks that the heartbeat of worship is so much more than just singing a song.
Through 5 lessons with more than 90 minutes of content each, Heartbeat takes a look at David’s life and the way he expressed the deepest longings and desires of his heart. David learned how to worship God, no matter what was going on in his life. There is SO much to be learned about praising God by looking at David’s life as an example.
Leader Materials for both Large Group & Small Group
Teaching Video Clips with Yancy, featuring a behind the scenes look at songwriting, recording, concerts and more
What Does It Mean? video clips with Yancy, unpacking Hebrew words connected to Worship
Heartbeat series video countdown & opening, Animated Video Graphics & background
A take home “Backstage Pass” for each lesson, complete with Life Application ideas and designed for easy use with lanyards
God is the ultimate storyteller and the Bible is His ultimate story. It’s not just a story you read, then set down. It’s a living, everlasting story that the Spirit invites us to be a part of. Unfortunately, a lot of kids don’t understand it that way. To them, the story of God is as two dimensional as the paper it’s written on. It’s one to be learned, not lived. And the way it’s taught is just as flat. It’s told to them, spoken at them, and they become spectators of the story instead of active participants. But what if there was a curriculum that got kids out of their seats and into the storytelling action. One that invited kids to join the story of God’s love and redemption through Jesus.
Well, there is. It’s called GO! It’s a chronological curriculum that takes kids through the entire Bible and helps them see how all of scripture is connected. GO! clearly presents the Gospel and shows kids how they can join God’s story by becoming followers of Jesus.
There’s another way GO! helps kids join the story. While GO! puts God at the center of the story, it puts kids at the center of the storytelling. GO! uses dozens of interactive storytelling methods to make the Bible come alive. Now, instead of battling boredom, they’ll be battling a giant, building an ark, and becoming a part of the story in wonderfully fun ways.
So what are you waiting for? Sign up for free lessons here and start changing the lives of kids by helping them join the story.
Chronological—GO! takes kids through the Bible every year and helps them see how they can be a part of God’s story.
Interactive—GO! puts God at the center of the story, but it puts kids at the center of the storytelling.
Gospel-centered—GO! regularly presents the Gospel and gives kids an opportunity to respond by becoming followers of Jesus.
God-Focused—GO! shows kids how God is at the center of every story in Scripture and helps them understand the character and nature of God.
Fun-filled—GO! is tons of fun! We don’t want parents to drag their kids to church. We want kids to break your doors down. Metaphorically of course!