New Children’s Program Curriculum
I’m pleased to share that this past Sunday April 23, we launched a new, improved curriculum to point the children of Grace Church Alexandria to God’s glory. Children who attend our children’s program GraceKids during the worship service will be taught The Gospel Story curriculum by Marty Machowski.
Clear Advantages to Point Children to God
The Gospel Story provides clear advantages to strengthen our children’s program going forward.
Kids will learn 52 core memory verses each year and re-learn those same key verses year-after-year through the Sword Bible Memory program.
Focus on Christ
The Bible is presented as one story with Jesus as the hero. Children learn to see and to savor Christ while their parents experience the same during Sunday sermons.
Companion Resources for Parents
At home, you can reinforce the God-focused lessons your children are learning at church! At home, parents can use companion resources including: The Gospel Story Bible (a children’s Bible on younger kids level), Long Story Short and Old Story New (10-minute family devotionals for Old and New Testaments), and Sword Bible Memory cards (Old Testament and New Testament).
A Three Year Cycle Through the Bible
Kids will travel through the Bible from Genesis to Revelation in three years. Increasing the pace from six to three years better serves the character of the D.C. area as a highly-transient community.
More Teachable for Teachers
- One of the greatest assets of our local church is our volunteers. The Gospel Story is far easier to prepare and present to children than the last curriculum we used. We aim to serve our faithful volunteers by minimizing their prep time and maximizing their effectiveness.
A Team Effort
As lead pastor, I want to say a word of thanks to Nancy and Ron Bean for instigating a curriculum review, to Gracen Collins (GraceKids co-leader) for spearheading the changeover, and to our tireless teachers who share Christ with the children of our church week-in-and-week-out. You are all a gift of Christ to this Bible church in Alexandria!