The Bible Curriculum (Series 1)
Lee Bruce et al, The Little Worship Company LTD, 2019

£139.99 (Approx)
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Overview

What does it say on the tin?

Discover God together with this action-packed COMPLETE SET OF RESOURCES for children of all ages! Take your children on an exciting journey to discover more about God. Following the Series 1 themes, we learn about the God who made both us and the beautiful world we live in. We find out how to praise God with every part of our bodies and learn how to worship the God who is with us today, tomorrow and always.

Each session uses worship songs and Bible verses from Little Worship Company Series 1, offering easy curriculum plans suitable for Sunday School, toddler groups and all-age worship activities. With crafts, games, BIG questions, talks, worship and prayers, this is a complete resource to engage children and families in your church.

Cost?

£139.99 from the Little Worship Company. Cost includes 32 lesson plans and DVDs which accompany series 1. Digital curriculum is also available to download or stream if preferable and is purchasable from https://littleworshipcompany.com/products/little-worship-company-bible-curriculum-series-1  Digital curriculum can be purchased as a whole or as individual modules for £49.99 each (8 lessons).

Accompanying resources have also been produced and can be purchased alongside the main curriculum if desired but this is not essential. These accompanying resources have been produced primarily to aid learning and discipleship of children with their grown-ups at home, using the same themes of the series. The DVDs are versatile too though and can also support different types of group gatherings or children’s groups.

Each DVD for one series costs £12.99 each, or the full box set can be bought for £39.99. The devotional guide for series 1 can be purchased for £19.99 Both available here https://littleworshipcompany.com/collections

What do you get?

A4 curriculum book, a DVD boxset of 32 lesson plans and DVD Series 1 episodes with a performance license for use in schools or groups up to 500.

Who is it for?

Content is split for groups aged 0-4 years, 5-7 years, toddler groups, all-age worship and messy church sessions.

Review

  • What is the overall quality of material presentation?

    The quality of the material presentation is outstanding. The Little Worship Company have used every avenue available to bring to life this interactive and varied series. The resource itself is beautifully produced with easy layouts and attractive formats and the DVDs contain a range of supporting videos to help even the most inexperienced leader. A very high quality resource all round.

    How clear are its aims and outcomes?

    Each session plan is based around a “Little Big Idea” which helps children to engage with the two main learning outcomes for each session. The aims are listed in the contents page at the beginning of the resource and then highlighted within each individual session. The aims are fairly broad concepts to allow all ages to achieve them, and are linked to the theme of the mini series they are associated with, i.e. Amazing me, Beautiful world, Praise party and Wonderful day.

    How accessible are the leader’s notes?

    The leader’s notes are extremely accessible so that even the least experienced children’s worker could use this resource. As much or as little can be done by the leader, there are video options for most sections of each session which can be used, and a range of crafts differing in preparation time so the leader can choose the best fit for their context. Time is needed to understand how the resource works prior to starting the series but this is the same when running any series. The Bible Curriculum does an outstanding job in ensuring only necessary details and instructions are outlined. This is done concisely and clearly so leaders can feel confident about exactly what is available and how it can be used. As it is a thorough and holistic resource though, leaders need to be prepared to look through all the content first, there is quite a bit of it!

    Who could lead it?

    Anyone can lead this series due to the different ways it can be used, and the amount of content support included. There are guidance videos for almost every aspect, and the difficulty of preparation is up to the leader. The devotional guide resource can be run alongside this series and is best led by a parent or guardian.

    How good is any digital material?

    The digital material is excellent and accessible by digital download or in DVD format. There are lots of videos to choose from for Bible verses, crafts’ set up, songs and more. The material is age appropriate, fun, professional and has been produced with a large range of contributors. It aids leaders well if they are not confident with leading the whole session themselves, and incorporates a range of learning styles.

    How much prep will I have to do?

    Preparation takes time as there are so many ways the resource can be used. Each session plan is based around an aim which can be used flexibly within a range of discipleship and outreach contexts and each element to the session can be included, omitted or reshuffled to suit the context best. The different elements also have symbols allocated to them to easily identify the “preparation level”. A blue dot means no preparation needed, a green dot means a small amount of preparation is needed and an orange dot means more committed preparation is needed. There are also symbols for the crafts indicating if they are suitable for all ages or for older children, and in most cases, videos to demonstrate how the crafts are completed on the DVD. At the beginning of the resource, there are some example session plans which can then be applied to each lesson. These examples include outlines for: Sunday School (0-4 years for 1 hour and 5-7 years for 1 hour), Toddler Groups and All-Age Worship (with a messy church extra). Preparation can be more minimal if a leader chooses to use the DVD to assist throughout the session. There are drawing templates to photocopy at the end of each session too.

    Is there website support? Links?

    Website support is available if resource is downloaded digitally.

  • How well does it encourage interaction with the group?

    Each session begins with a suggested icebreaker which gets the children in groups or teams to work together and interact from the start. Regardless of what the leader then incorporates in to the session, the children interact consistently with both the leader and one another. This is done through craft, discussion in little groups, sing-a-long songs, games and prayer. The sessions ensure all participants are encouraged to interact throughout.

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

    Due to the fact that there is DVD footage to accommodate all aspects of this resource, those who learn through visual stimuli are well catered for. As the leader will then lead other parts of the session, those who learn best by talking to someone, listening to someone or by doing something are also encouraged to understand the main message of the session in a way most appropriate for them. These sessions are all about appreciating the importance of fun and play in order to aid children to learn. Delivery styles are varied and the videos have been done with children in mind as the audience.

    How adaptable is it to my situation?

    As this resource has been created for flexible use, it includes session outlines for contexts such as Sunday School, toddler groups and all-age worship. It has been designed for two age groups of children, either 0-4 years, or 5-7 years old and details specific sections which suit younger and older children within the sessions. The resource can be purchased as a large A4 book and DVDs or downloaded digitally depending on what is preferable. It is very adaptable as each session is made up by the leader choosing what they want to include and there are symbols to identify the difficulty of each section. If a leader has low resource and not much time to prepare, they can use the DVD content to support more. Equally, if a leader has lots of time to prepare they can lead each section themselves if preferred and have minimum support from the digital content. It is worth noting that series 1 focuses on God and his purposes; it does not focus on Jesus or the Holy Spirit.

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

    Children apply what they have learnt the whole way through, appropriately for the age groups. As the participants are so young, they apply what they learn by drawing and colouring, as well as by talking to each other in little groups and answering questions the leader asks. The Bible verses can also be accessed on the DVDs, and children learn through the crafts they make and the simple prayers. For example, in the session entitled “God Made Me”, children have three options of crafts to do where they make people and are encouraged to think about what God decided was good when he designed them.

  • How much of the material is Bible-based?

    Each session has a section “Little Big Idea” which is the main message of the session. In the outline for Sunday School, it is recommended that this section lasts 7 minutes out of the hour. The other games and crafts then work to help children apply the message they have heard. The message can be delivered by the leader or by use of the DVD.

    How well is the biblical material presented and used?

    Biblical material is presented in lots of fun ways which vary from session to session. For example, children may act out the story, or watch interesting videos. They may be asked to listen and answer questions the leader asks. The main message is presented alongside a relevant illustration idea to help children understand the message in a way appropriate for them. For example, when learning about God making mountains and oceans in Jeremiah 31:35, before the message, children make the sea, sand and mountains using a tray, sand and lots of water. They then go on to learn how God made all the big mountains and oceans in the world.

    How well does it apply biblical material to everyday life?

    This is done appropriately for the age groups targeted. The series included are: Amazing Me, Beautiful World, Praise Party and Wonderful Day. Children are encouraged to apply what they learn to everyday life most directly in the series “Wonderful Day” as this series helps children explore what God’s good promises are to them today, from the moment they wake up until they go to bed. Application is very much based around the present rather than future, and encouraging children to put God first at an early age. The focus is around growing the children in faith, and giving them a firm foundation to build on. Abstract themes are focused on, like being thankful, being sorry and praising God.

    Is there a particular theological perspective?

    No however there is some all-age liturgy which can be used or omitted. This series focuses on God, with no mention of Jesus or the Holy Spirit.

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

    Children are encouraged towards whole-life discipleship in the themes covered by the series. For example, when learning about God making them, they are inspired to be thankful for the way God has made them and to appreciate positively where God has made other people different to them. They are also inspired to consider the purposes for which God made them. In the series about the beautiful world, children are inspired to think about looking after the world and in the praise party series they think about discipleship through showing love to others, dancing and making music. Children are gently taught how to love and respond to God after first learning about why he is so worthy of praise. This edition does not cover Jesus or the Holy Spirit.

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

    The series covers a range of themes for children in order to help them grow in faith and one of the more interesting ways this is done is by not sticking solely to the well-known children’s stories and verses. The series also uses extracts from both the Old and New Testament. Children grow in faith by learning who they are, why they were made, what else God made and how they can respond to God for what he has done. The series focuses on setting a solid foundation of who God is and what he has done, but it does not go on to teach about Jesus or the Holy Spirit in this series 1.

    How well does it stretch faith and vision of God and his purposes?

    The series on “Wonderful Day” which is the fourth in the edition teaches about God’s promises to the children and what it means for them to love and live for God each day. They learn that God has provided all they need, and so they can be equipped to live for him. They learn that God wants them to know him and worship him out of love, and they learn that God loves everyone. In the series “Beautiful World” children are encouraged to look after the world because God gave man the instruction to do so.

    How well does it connect with real life issues?

    Gently for the age group. For example, children may be asked to think about someone they know who is hurt and to pray for them, or to think about what God has given them that they are thankful for so to thank him. The series does not delve in to complex life issues as this would be difficult for the children to understand, interpret and apply. They may think about real life issues which happen each day for them, and what to do to make them better. For example, children think in one session about whether they are scared at bed time in the dark when they lie down, and are then taught that they don’t need to be scared, because God watches over them (Proverbs 3:24)

  • How well does it encourage personal evangelism?

    Personal evangelism is not a main topic in this series. This edition does not focus on Jesus.

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

    Community involvement is not a main focus of the resource, however there is a session on the Good Samaritan where children think about how they can be kind and where they have been kind to others before. They learn that God commands us to love other people too. There is more of a focus on community involvement in the devotional guide which can be purchased alongside the series.

    How well does it connect with global issues?

    Not a focus.

    How well does it encourage global mission?

    Not a focus.

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