"Children Desiring God"This fall, Transformed Youth and Disciple City will begin using materials from Children Desiring God. CDG will be used with 18 month olds all the way up to 18 year olds! The message is the same but teaching methods will be different to meet the learning needs of the various ages. Why this curriculum?
Curriculum for FCC Children & Youth
Curriculum for FCC Children & Youth
He Has Spoken by His Son (3 -5 years)
This curriculum explores the greatness of God in Christ by noting key themes found chronologically throughout the New Testament.
The ABCs of God (Kindergarten & 1st Grade)
Using the alphabet as a framework for teaching the attributes of God, this study explores the delight that God has in Himself as the source, means, and purpose of all things. Each lesson asks and answers three key questions, "Who is God?" "What is He like?" and "How should I act toward Him?" as it presents a theology of God for children.
In the Beginning...Jesus (2nd & 3rd Grade)
In the Beginning...Jesus begins with a historical mystery—Jesus' death on the cross—and asks the questions: "What really happened here?" "Why did Jesus die?" and "Who did it?" To find the answers to these questions, the study goes to the beginning of the Bible narrative in Genesis and then moves chronologically through the Old Testament text as students search for clues that foreshadow the coming of Jesus and His redemptive work on the cross. Special emphasis is given to showing that the Bible is God's story from beginning to end and that Jesus is the key to understanding the story.
How Majestic Is Your Name (4th & 5th Grade)
The names of God are wonderful revelations of His majestic character. This study presents the Hebrew names of God in the Old Testament and the names of Christ and the Holy Spirit in the New Testament. Each lesson encourages children to see and rejoice in the goodness and greatness of God as they explore the meaning of His glorious names.
Teach Me Your Way (6th-12th Grade)
A study for Transformed Youth on surrendering to Jesus in salvation and submitting to His way in obedience. The evidence of a surrendered heart is obedience, and the mark of the obedient heart is reflected in the true righteousness of the person who has "put off the old self" and "put on the new self". The curriculum uses the Sermon on the Mount to demonstrate the character of a true believer. For the believer, the Sermon on the Mount is a celebration of the identity of the kingdom, and for the unbeliever it is an invitation to surrender to Christ and become part of His kingdom. The curriculum includes the student journal, which includes encouragement for personal study and discussion between parents & students in between Sundays.
Why a Curriculum and Why This One?
Our leadership team determined that curriculum employed in our ministry to parents and children should have the following characteristics:
- Bible focused: The Bible should be the primary text - not just one source that the curriculum is based on. The curriculum must lead children to the Word of God and teach them to handle the Word of God correctly. Bibles should be seen as an essential tool that every child will need.
- God-centeredness: God should be seen as the center of the Bible - not the people. He should be exalted and celebrated.
- Depth & Theology: Children can handle deep truth even at a young age. Children should be taught solid biblical truth that will give them a foundation to fall back on when they go through deep waters, yet done so in a child-friendly manner.
- Incremental: Truth presented on a simple level in the preschool years should be reinforced and expanded at primary levels and so on. As children grow older, they should dig deeper and their scope of understanding should be widened. Curriculum should be taught sequentially with a clear scope and sequence.
- Application-oriented: We want truth to be clearly understood by the children, explained through illustrations and reinforced as children look up Scripture passages, discover God's truth and respond as God leads.
- Partnering with Parents: Curriculum that recognizes the parent's responsibility to their children and provides resources for children to take home that connect parents with their children in the learning process.
For more information, visit the Children Desiring God website >>