Friday, May 31, 2013

Curriculum Review - Best Buys - Grow, Proclaim, Serve! from Cokesbury

Grow, Proclaim, Serve! is a new Non-Traditional Sunday School curriculum or Large Group/Small Group or One Room curriculum from Cokesbury with a strong focus on helping children, "develop the skills to unlock the Bible's message and grow in their faith by leaps and bounds!is one of my "best buys" for the following reasons - 
  1. Churches with definite budget issues could purchase just the teacher books for $9.99 per class per quarter.
  2. Churches are able to purchase student materials as their budget allows - student materials for $4.36 per student per quarter. This flexibility provides churches a way to utilize resources with solid Bible teaching and still work within their budgets.
  3. They also have a Large Group/Small Group curriculum at $99.99 per quarter and $65.99 for One Room Sunday School - which provides more options!
Allow me to share Grow, Proclaim, Serve! with you! 
  • Publisher - Cokesbury  
  • Website -
  • Price - $9.99 per teacher and $26.99 per class/teaching resource pack and $4.26 per child, $99.99 per quarter for Large Group/Small Group curriculum at $99.99 per quarter and $65.99 for One Room Sunday School
  • Scope - Through the Bible
  • Available for Preschool - Elementary
Strengths -
  • Biblically Sound
  • Options in lessons for older children involve them in reading from the Bible the lesson then engages them creativily in learning it
  • Strong focus on teaching children what God's Word says
  • All ages are intentionally involved in a service project to "Put Feet to Their Faith"
  • Variety of interactive options included for each lesson to engage children in thinking about the point of the Bible lesson
  • Middle and Upper Elementary students are engaged in helping to teach the Bible lesson through dramas - I'd like to see this for all ages
  • Tween materials area available
  • Teacher Devotions
Would like to see - 
  • Stronger focus on involving all ages during the teaching of the Bible lesson in a drama-type activity 
  • Unified scope and sequence 
  • Family Flyers
  • Optional second service 
Grow, Proclaim, Serve! is written with the goal of engaging children so they are able to learn and live God's Word for changed lives. If you are looking for a Non-Traditional curriculum with a focus on building a foundation on God's Word, this curriculum is well worth taking a look at to see if it may be a good "fit" for your ministry! Cokesbury says, "With Grow, Proclaim, Serve! as children grow in mind and body, they also grow in heart and soul. Grow, Proclaim, Serve! will nourish and enrich children, from birth through tweens, in faith so they can proclaim the good news of God’s love and serve God and neighbor. Children will realize their faith goes with them as they grow."

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