Thursday, March 9, 2023

Why Another Curriculum? Why Deeper In for Children?

Yes, I agree there are a number of excellent curriculum resources currently available for churches to use in their Children's Ministries, so why am I releasing Deeper In for Children? There are several reasons, but the biggest one is because Deeper In for Children does several unique things -

  • Deeper In for Children focuses on an important topic for an entire year. Most curriculum resources hop, skip, and jump around the Bible teaching about Bible people and events. The first year of Deeper In for Children takes a year to teach children what the Bible says about Grace. The first quarter focuses upon our need for Grace, the second quarter focuses upon our challenge to choose God's Grace, the third quarter looks at how our lives are changed by Grace, the first month of the fourth quarter reviews what children learned about Grace, and the rest of the quarter dives into what Jesus had to say about Grace. By the end of the year children will not only have "met" Bible people and learned about Bible events, but they will know what Grace is, why they need it, and how it changes their lives! This focus moves children past just learning about Bible people/events to understanding what God wants them to know about important topics - such as Grace. 
  • Deeper In for Children engages children so they help teach the Bible lesson for the week. Studies consistently show we remember 5% to 10% of what we see/hear, but 95% of what we teach others, so why do we sit children down and have them just listen to us as we teach them the most important things - what the Bible says, what difference it makes in their everyday lives to know this, and why they are able to believe? Each week with Deeper In for Children the children in your ministry will be engaged in helping the teacher teach - they will be able to remember what happened in class! This matters because if they do not remember, they will not understand. If they do not understand, they will not know how to live God's Word. If they do not live it, their lives will not change. But with Deeper In for Children their lives will change because they will know how to live God's Word, because they will understand it, because they will remember it! Deeper In for Children is designed to be memorable because children help teach!
  • Deeper In for Children has a unified scope and sequence. Yes, there are other curriculum resources which offer this, but the scope and sequence for Deeper In for Children is unified for all age levels preschool through elementary. We want families to continue the learning throughout the week, but if the children all learned different Bible lessons at church it is much more challenging for families to continue the learning at home. Deeper In for Children makes it easier for families to continue the learning since all the children learned the same Bible event at church.
  • Deeper In for Children has intentional Bible memory. Each month children learn one verse/passage, but do so intentionally. The first week of the month children learn the verse. The second week they focus upon what the verse means. The third and fourth weeks they focus on how they are able to live what they learned. Memorizing God's Word has to be about more than just putting words in the right order. With Deeper In for Children the focus is on understanding and living God's Word!
  • Many churches offer a second service/Children's Church, so with Deeper In for Children along with providing Sunday School curriculum you will receive optional second service/Children's Church lessons as well. If you do not have a second service, but have a longer Sunday School, the resources you will find each week in the optional second service will provide options for you to use in your ministry on Sunday and/or during your mid-week ministry. There is no extra charge for the optional second service resources!
  • Deeper In for Children is designed to help children learn to talk with God by praying Scripture back to God! We tell children to pray and while some children do this, others struggle with how to talk with someone they are not able to see. Praying Scripture back to God is a great way to pray and with Deeper In for Children you will be able to equip children how to do this!
  • Deeper In for Children does a fantastic job of teaching the "whats" - what the Bible says and what is the difference it makes in my life to know these things, but it also equips you to teach children the "whys" - why we are able to believe God is real, the Bible is true, God and science DO go together, and God is good because Anchored supplemental curriculum is included with Deeper In for Children at no extra charge to you! 
  • You might think Deeper In for Children must be expensive to include all these features and resources, but I believe curriculum should not be one of a church's biggest expenses, so one quarter of Deeper In for Children is just $50 a quarter - for all ages! Yes, you will receive preschool through elementary digital curriculum for just $50 and if you order a full year at one time, you will be able to do so for just $150! Deeper In for Children is a digital curriculum so you are welcome to email the teacher materials to your volunteers/staff or print them - whichever you choose, but your cost each quarter will be only $50 or if you buy it once a year it will be only $150!
Yes, there are many curriculum resources available for churches to use in their Children's Ministry - many of  them are excellent. But Deeper In for Children offers your church a focus and features you will not find in other curriculum resources at a price which makes a difference. Deeper In for Children will be available in a few weeks - I will have new samples lessons in a few days as I have been working on making them better! Please help me spread the word about Deeper In for Children by sharing this post - thank you!

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