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Young Children & Worship

Young Children and Worship is a program curriculum that presents a joyful way for children to worship God. It invites children and adults to experience the wonder and mystery of God through a unique storytelling format and multi-sensory materials. Our products are ideal Montessori Materials for both classroom and Sunday School settings.

Young Children and Worship is designed for three to seven year olds but it can be used with people of all ages. Young Children and Worship is found in churches, class rooms, and Sunday schools across America, as well as in South Africa, England, South Korea, Mexico, Australia, Canada, and Japan. It has been used with children up until sixth grade, in nursing homes, and in hospitals.

Young Children and Worship (Book)

Sonja Stewart and Jerome Berryman wrote "Young Children and Worship" as an exciting method for introducing three- to seven-year-olds to the wonder of worship. Their approach, which integrates religious education and worship, has been presented at numerous workshops and training sessions. Based on the authors' experiences, the methods described here will be invaluable to teachers helping children understand and appreciate worship. Their Children's Curriculum method is perfect for Sunday Schools using Montessori materials and approaches.

Parable of The Good Shepherd

The story of Jesus, the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd looks after us! Psalm 23 speaks of God's nearness and gentle care for us.

Psalm 23

Creation

One of the beliefs of Christianity is the simple verse: "In the beginning God created the heavens and Earth..." Genesis expresses another belief: God created everything good.

Genesis 1:1-2:3

Noah's Ark

The Bible's flood story is unique in that it insists that God acted out of justice and in response to great evil. Because Noah is faithful to God, God takes great care of him and his family. God makes a covenant with Noah promising never to destroy the Earth by flooding it again.

Genesis 6:9-9:29

Abram and Sarai

Abraham whose name was originally Abram is regarded as a great example of faith in God. God called Abram and Sarai to leave their home. He sealed a covenant with them and changed their names to Abraham and Sarah.

Genesis 12 and 13

Exodus

God responded to the plight of the Israelite people and sent Moses to lead them into freedom. Their liberation was accomplished as they responded to God’s initiative to free themselves from a life of bondage.

Exodus 1:1-15:21

Ten Best Ways to Live

God gave the Israelites the Ten Commandments, which united them and required from them certain attitudes and behaviors toward God and their fellow Israelites. Obedience to the Commandments became the sign of faithfulness to the Covenant with God.

Exodus 19-20; Deuteronomy 6:4-6

An Ark & Tent for God

The ark of the Covenant was made in fulfillment of God’s command. A portable box in which the Israelites kept the tablets of the Law, it was a symbol of God’s saving presence. When the ark was not being carried, it was placed in a sacred tent at the center of the Israelites camp. It was a place where the God of Israel revealed Himself to dwell among His people.

Exodus 25:1-40:38

The Promised Land

By remaining true to the Commandments of God, the various tribes of Israel under the leadership of Joshua conquered the land and settled in with their families and livestock.

Joshua 1-4

The Temple, A House for God

Under the guidance of Solomon a house of God was built. God gave his word that if they walked in His statutes, executed His ordinances, and kept all His commandments, he would fulfill the promise made to David: “I will live among the Israelites and not abandon My people Israel.”

II Samuel 5:1-7:17; I Kings 5-8; II Chronicles 6:1-11

Exile and Return

After being exiled from their land, the returning Israelites under the leadership of Ezra built a second Temple, a symbol of rebuilding their lives, culture and religion after the Babylonian Exile.

Ezra 1-6

How the Church Tells Time

The appointed times of the Lord and the times that should be proclaimed as sacred assemblies.

Leviticus 23:1-3

Advent

The prophet Isaiah told of the coming of the Messiah and the light it would bring to the people. The travels of Mary and Joseph, the shepherds, and the Magi to experience the birth of the Messiah.

Isaiah 9:2; John 1:5

Boy Jesus in the Temple

Jesus was raised in a home where love and faith were the norm. Luke’s story of Jesus getting separated from his parents demonstrates that even the Holy Family had its moments of conflict and crisis. But, their love and faith helped them survive such conflicts and grow stronger.

Luke 2:41-52

Jesus is Baptized

John the Baptist is a model of how Christians should point others toward Jesus with passion and humility. Although Jesus was without sin he was willing to be baptized to use as a sign of how fully he embraced his humanity.

Matthew 3; Mark 1:1-11; Luke 3:1-22

Jesus in the Wilderness

Although tempted to use his power to prove to the world how great he was, Jesus instead chose to prove how great and loving God is.

Matthew 4:1-11; Mark 1:12-13; Luke 4:1-15

Parable of The Mustard Seed

Jesus used ordinary objects like seeds in his stories to help people understand the Kingdom of God.

Matthew 13:31-32

Parable of The Leaven

A common item that Jesus used to help people of his time understand the Kingdom of God was leaven.

Matthew 13:33

Parable of The Great Pearl

Jesus chose everyday actions to help the people of the time understand the new life that comes with the Kingdom of God.

Matthew 13:45-46

Parable of the Sower

Planting crops, which the people were familiar with, was used by Jesus to help them examine certain beliefs they took for granted.

Matthew 13:3-8; Mark 4:3-8; Luke 8:5-8

Parable of the Good Samaritan

Jesus used parables to not only help the common people understand but also to challenge the powerful and educated.

Luke 10:25-37

Parable of The Great Banquet

Jesus used the image of a banquet to describe the Kingdom of God. His point was not what was on the menu but who was on the invitation list.

Luke 14:15-24

Lenten Puzzle

The six Sundays of Lenten preparation are put into puzzle form to help explain the mystery of Easter.

The Journey

Combined stories of Jesus' journey to Jerusalem told during the Lent season.

Jesus and the Children

Jesus directs us to welcome the Kingdom of God like a little child.

Matthew 19:13-15; Mark 10:13-16; Luke 18:15-17

Jesus and Bartimaeus

Bartimaeus found that his true trust in God would be rewarded.

Matthew 20:29-34; Mark 10:46-52; Luke 18:35-43

Jesus and Zacchaeus

Conversion is a change of heart and behavior. It calls us to act in ways we have not acted before. We cannot let our physical attributes stand in the way of seeing our God.

Luke 19:1-10

Jesus The King

As Jesus entered Jerusalem to celebrate Passover, he was joyfully hailed as the King and Messiah, a prophet who brought hope and called people to conversion.

Matthew 21:1-11; Mark 11:1-11;
Luke 19:29-44; John 12:12-19

Jesus' Last Passover

Jesus gives a special invitation to share in the Eucharistic meal. It is a way of participating in His death and resurrection, strengthening our faith and renewing our hope until He comes again in glory.

Matthew 26:26-28

Appearance to Mary Magdalene

Mary Magdalene is the first to announce that Jesus has been raised from the dead. Her belief prompted her to tell others, “I have seen the Lord.”

Matthew 27:57-28:10; John 20:1-18

The Road to Emmaus

Discouraged and saddened, the disciples did not recognize Jesus until He had joined them at the table and broke bread.

Luke 24:1-35

Good Shepherd & Lord's Supper

Jesus is near us and offers His gentle care for us even to point of giving His life for us His sheep. God as our Good Shepherd will seek us out and show us the way while providing for our needs.

Psalm 23; John 10; Matthew 18

Ascension

The Lord is our light and our salvation.

Luke 24:44-53; John 14-17; Acts 1:1-11

Pentecost

No matter what the language, the people of God were given the courage and confidence to joyfully go out into the world and proclaim God’s salvation in Jesus Christ.

Acts 2

Baptism

Those who follow Jesus will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life. The light that comes from Christ can guide us in our journey to God and to true life.

Matthew 28:18-20; John 8:12; Acts 2:38-39