CROWNED (Elementary)
NewSpring Church, 2015

£0.00 (Approx)
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Overview

What does it say on the tin?

Hear ye, hear ye! Our Heavenly Father is King over everything, and since we are His children, that makes us royalty! In this series we will learn how to live like royals by having the kinds of attitudes Jesus tells us to have in Matthew 5. As we look at different kings and queens of the Bible we will see that when we have these attitudes, we will be blessed! Learning to live like royalty who depend on God means that His kingdom will belong to us!

What do you get?

All session outlines, notes, graphics, music and media for the 8 week series. Available at: https://newspringnetwork.com/resources/kids/crowned-elementary

Who is it for?

Children aged 4-11 years old (Also available for children aged 3-4years)

Cost?

FREE, just requires a subscription

Review

  • What is the overall quality of material presentation?

    Easy to read, appealing layout, lots of different colourful subheadings which can be incorporated or not.

    How clear are its aims and outcomes?

    Not explicitly stated in each session, however, there is a ‘Need to Know' focus on each session. The overall aim for this series is to help children discover how God wants to bless us.

    How accessible are the leader's notes?

    Accessible once initial outline material is read through, as there are quite a few files which need to be pieced together.

    Who could lead it?

    Experienced children's leaders to organise the set up and larger group sections. Small group leaders can take on small group sections and could have less experience. Leader's cards are provided with each lesson.

    How helpful are the participants' resources?

    Good and simple for example, colouring sheets and memory verses.

    How good is any digital material?

    Digital material includes songs, sound clips, dramas and other audio files. These are good, however in some cases leaders may opt to act out the scene themselves, in order to engage their audiences best. The songs are pop-like music and are unique to the course.

    How much prep will I have to do?

    Preparation is quite extensive, and there are checklists to ensure you have done/acquired all you need for each session. If doing sessions properly, this series could get quite pricey, and this is evident from the optional shopping list included. As the session layout includes activity time, large group learning and small group learning, all these sections must be accommodated for properly by thorough prior preparation.

    Is there website support? Links?

    Website support comes in the form of downloading all relevant documents from: https://newspringnetwork.com/resources/kids/crowned-elementary The Activity Station suggestions page outlines potential games/craft ideas and hyperlinks these to various websites where they can be found too.

  • How well does it encourage interaction with the group?

    Interaction is encouraged both in large group sections (where the stage play involves children) and in small groups where children learn through competitive games, Bible stories and crafts.Small group interaction varies depending on the age group, e.g. older children have more discussions.

    How well does it cater for a variety of both learning and delivery styles?

    This is done really well. The styles vary across the different small group age ranges, e.g. children with special needs have a more tactile and visual approach to learning. Bible material is delivered so that children help complete the story, and there are a range of activities to choose from in order to help your group learn best - visual, tactile and auditory.

    How adaptable is it to my situation?

    Sessions require quite a lot of preparation as they are designed for an hour long duration, perhaps best as a holiday club or for a church with lots of resources and support. Outline is given for what needs to be purchased for the stage setting for large group times. Series runs for 8 weeks - and is intended for use as children approach the end of one school year and go in to the next. If lots of children are in your church, you will need an adequate leader to child ratio which is defined in the notes. Read and Learn Bible/ Kid's Bible's needed. There are extra games and repeated small group activities to give the structure some familiarity.

    How well does it encourage people to work together in applying the material?

    Most effectively done in the ‘Make it Matter' section where children apply what they have learnt to an activity or group game. Older children have the option of application through discussion.

  • How much of the material is Bible-based?

    7 minutes out of the hour session are spent explicitly on a Bible story. Children then spend 6 minutes on the ‘Make it Matter' section applying the verse. The rest of the session focuses on the main lesson more indirectly.

    How well is the biblical material presented and used?

    Biblical material is presented in a range of ways depending on the age group. In large group time it is presented by dramas and interaction. In small groups, it will be read to the group and they will have to respond in some way, for example, colouring a set of pictures as each part is read out. It is also presented to small groups with the use of aids such as doing actions to specific words and being presented with story cards. Children use the material to complete colouring sheets, answer questions from leaders and to respond to the ‘Make it Matter' activities.

    How well does it apply biblical material to everyday life?

    Application to everyday life can be achieved as this series teaches children about God's daily blessings to us. They are encouraged to be thankful for these and can link them to how they act e.g. ‘I'm blessed when I depend on God'

    Is there a particular theological perspective?

    No, open, prayer is included in each session.

  • How well does it inspire people towards whole-life discipleship?

    Inspires children to act as Jesus wants us to as they will be blessed for their actions. For example, they learn that they are blessed when they depend on God through the story of Ester and King Xerxes.

    How well does it encourage and enable people to grow in their faith?

    Gently by encouraging children to understand what Jesus' death on the cross and resurrection means for them. Week three focusses on the fact that we are blessed because Jesus suffered, and therefore we owe him everything and should want to act in ways which please Him. Children apply this knowledge to how they act. They are also given the opportunity to put themselves in the shoes of the characters they are learning about, for example, when King David experiences great sadness, they are asked to consider ‘ have you ever had a point of sadness when nothing is going right?'

    How well does it stretch faith and vision of God?

    Children learn about God's various attributes by learning how her blessed people in the Bible. They learn that God had a vision for David when he did what was right, and rewarded him by making him King instead of Belshazzar.

    Is there a particular theological perspective?

    No, open, prayer is included in each session.

  • How well does it encourage personal evangelism?

    Gently encouraged by teaching Jesus dying is for everyone and that it is good news.

    How well does it encourage local or network-based community involvement?

    Indirectly addressed by considering that acting in certain ways mean we are blessed. For example, being humble, forgiving and having pure thoughts.

    How well does it connect with global issues?

    Lightly touched on by teaching about King Asa and the fact that his kingdom was blessed because he worked for peace.

    How well does it encourage global mission?

    Not a focus.

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