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 loose 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 .
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: “Inner Wisdom Series” and a second on “A Joyful Path” will be available Fall of 2010 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. tcpc.org
Cokesbury – ages 3 – 13, many options available for purchase. Cokesbury.com
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 ().
“Rock Solid” curriculum, IAmRockSolid.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. Resource people – Phyllis Ringdahl and Nancy Horvath, Youth Program Coordinators, MCC Austin, TX. () and Suzette from MCC of Paducah ()
Cokesbury – ages 6-months to 3.
“Rock-a-bye Baby” program. It uses a lot of music, play and repetition, puzzles, play dough and crafts. Most of the materials are inclusive in format. The biggest part covers Jesus loves you. Resource person – Suzette from MCC of Paducah ().
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. Resource person – Melody Merida, Minister of Congregational Care, LifeJourney MCC, Indianapolis, IN. ()
United Church of Christ – ages 3 – 18 – Kid2Kid, a few options available free of charge.
Journey to the Congo and Journey to India. Programs can be used for either Sunday School or VBS, they are love based, multi-ethnic/racial, and use inclusive language. Little if any adaptation needed. ()
United Church of Canada – ages 5 – 12, many options available free of charge,
UC of Canada has downloadable programs available, however the Family Story Bible is needed. Seasonal and topical themes available such as Church Seasons, Creation, Peace, Empire. Love based, little adaptation needed. (Learn More)
BluefishTV – ages 13 – 21 & adult, many options available for purchase and some free downloads. Good selection of programs, multimedia, reasonably priced, bible based material. Some adapting needed. Resource person – Mary Ann Durborow, Youth Ministry Coordinator at Vision of Hope MCC, Mountville, PA (). (Learn More)
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 – Sharon Van Butsel, Minister of Children and Youth, MCC Omaha, (). To order, call 310-360-8640 or email or order online!
“Tree of Life” – developed by MCC Omaha – a teen and preteen led worship resources. Contact Sharon Van Butsel for more information ().
The following are resources not necessarily limited to a Sunday school or youth group program.
Book: The Side Door, a book regarding teen suicide and coming out. Fifteen-year-old Melrose Bird, a.k.a. Mel, steps into high school and out of the closet, bringing her best friend Frank along for the ride. She wonders about Alex Weber—the guy who hanged himself behind Drift High School five years ago. She wonders why his mother haunts the park bench across from the school. In delving into the mystery of Alex Weber, Mel happens upon a pair of his pants—waiting to be donated. She tries them on. They fit. Mel and the pants become inseparable, and the contents of the pockets change everything. In learning the truth about Alex’s death, Mel uncovers a town secret that unlocks the school’s closet doors for good.
“There is magic in putting pen to paper,” their favorite English teacher tells Mel and Frank. But when this buzz-cut girl and football-hating boy start to tell the truth in their drawing and writing, the adults around them don’t want to hear it. And when they begin investigating the mystery of Alex, a student who killed himself five years earlier, they break a silence that changes everything. The Side Door is a story about a couple of Superman-loving kids who discover that it’s by revealing their secret identities that they come into their true super powers. —Alison Bechdel, author of Fun Home and Dykes to Watch Out For
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)