As more and more children and youth and their families come through the doors of MCC, having a program designed just for them is essential.If there is no program you will soon lose those families to churches who realize that this is an important under served population in our community.
To help your congregation, MCC offers this listing of resources by age groups including descriptions, websites, and in many cases an MCC contact person who has used the program. Individuals listed as “Resource Person” are MCC program leaders within a local church and have agreed to have their name and email address included. Please use these individuals to help navigate any questions about specific programs.
If you or your church has had excellent experience with resources please email Rev. Arlene Ackerman here.
The following alphabetical list of resources is for use by local churches offering children’s Sunday school and/or Vacation Bible School (VBS).
Center For Progressive Christianity Ages 6 – 10: “A Joyful Path” is available for purchase. The curriculum is free from dogma and creed and does not make reference to the atonement/sacrifice issue that is in classical Christianity. It treats Jesus as a teacher of a way to live a fulfilling and spiritual life. It respects and celebrates the many wisdom teachings that exist and focuses on a joyful path and finding God within all. http://progressivechristianity.org/childrens-curriculum/
Cokesbury - ages 3 – 13, many options available for purchase from http://www.cokesbury.com/forms/curriculum.aspx?lvl=Children
Live BIG curriculum – theologically love based, multi-ethnic/racial, multi-media. Some adapting needed. Resource person – Joel Palomares, Youth Ministries Program Coordinator at Resurrection MCC, Houston, TX (Email Joel).
“Grow, Proclaim, Serve ”curriculum, http://www.growproclaimserve.com/. This program was created and released by the United Methodist Church. The program is age appropriate and easy to implement with a volunteer staff. It also features work books and fun packs for the children and resource material that follows the week to week curriculum.
Cokesbury – ages 6 months to 3 years
SundaySchool Group – ages 3 – 13, many options available for purchase. Sundayschool.group.com
The Group uses different programs for different ages groups. Theologically evangelical, love based, multi-racial, and multimedia. Some adapting needed.
United Church of Christ – ages 3 – 18 Gather ‘Round, just a few options available free of charge. https://secure3.convio.net/ucc/site/Ecommerce/64022948?FOLDER=1190&store_id=1401
BluefishTV – ages 13 – 21 & adult - There are many any options available for purchase and some free downloads. Good selection of programs, multimedia, reasonably priced, bible based material. Some adapting needed. http://www.bluefishtv.com/Home
MCC Teen Ministry – “You! A Faith That Fits” Ages 13 – 17, minimal cost, designed specifically for MCC youth. Much of the religious education material that is available for teens is so inappropriate for use in MCC and can not be easily adapted because it is very denominational in nature or because it addresses questions of faith and sexuality in ways that are hurtful. This program is designed to serve as part of a spiritual rite of passage. The curriculum attempts to address some of the basic questions of adolescent faith development in an atmosphere of loving acceptance of them and their families. It is designed for small, mixed-age groups and is very flexible offering numerous options for each of the twelve sessions. Resource person –). To order, call 281-940-1558 or email
“Tree of Life” - developed by MCC Omaha – a teen and preteen led worship resources. Contact MCC Omaha at email@example.com
The following are resources not necessarily limited to a Sunday school or youth group program.
Kid Spirit – ages 11 – 15, is a new coed quarterly magazine for with great articles. It is also a unique forum for kids who are curious about the meaning of life and age-old questions that affect us all. They want to help the young people of the world show their colors and share each others’ belief systems, cultures, art, traditions, ideas and values. Their goal is to share many perspectives and encourage each other to think about what is important in our lives and in our world. (Learn More)