Kingdom Story Sunday School Curriculum
About The Curriculum
The Saint Matthew’s Children’s Ministry curriculum is inspired by the Big Picture Story Bible by David Helm. The curriculum seeks to highlight the grand narrative of the Bible, and to show the children that the stories in the Bible are not isolated stories, but together they weave the rich tapestry of the history of God’s people and the unfolding of the Kingdom of God on earth. It includes both Old and New Testament stories that point to and reveal Christ as the Saviour and Promised Forever King.
Ages and Size of Group
5 to 10 years or Kindergarten to Grade 5. Lesson plans can accommodate a small class of 2 children up to a group of 20 students.
Approximately 45 minutes. There is supplemental material to extend the time, if needed.
The curriculum has liturgical components such as Lighting of the Candle and a modified Prayer of Confession. However, the main body of the curriculum can be used by any Christian denomination that seeks to give the children the “bigger picture” of Scripture and God’s eternal plan in Christ. Each of the 28 lessons either point to Jesus as the Promised King, or reveal Jesus, his character, attributes and love.
The Big Picture Story Bible by David Helm.
Scripture references in the stories were taken from The Beginning Reader’s Bible, International Children’s Bible.
Anglican Church in North America, To Be A Christian, An Anglican Catechism
COMPONENTS OF THE CURRICULUM
Each of the 28 lessons have the following components:
1: Teacher’s Notes (Objectives and Catechism connections)
2: Lesson Outline (Overview of lesson time – 45 minutes)
3: Poster Discussion (Poster Picture & Poster Summary)
4: Story and Life Application
5: Response Activities (Kingdom News and other activities) and Memory Verse
The Story (#4 above) is often a short drama which the children can spontaneously participate in, or they can choose to be an active observer. Easy, representational costumes for a few of the Bible characters can be quickly donned, and the lines or simple actions given to any child who volunteers. In this way, children are learning the stories by hearing, seeing, and doing!
Poster Picture and Summary:
(Print as a double sided document)
Each lesson plan has a poster picture that depicts the Bible story. The lesson is introduced by looking at and talking about the poster picture.
The poster summary on the back of the poster contains key elements of the lesson. These elements can serve as a script for the teacher.
A take-home paper called the Kingdom News is available for each child to share with their family and to communicate the lesson. When printing, choose the double sided short edge and landscape formats.
There is additional material (i.e. colouring pages)
This includes liturgical and prayer elements such as Collect for Purity, Prayer of Confession, the Lord’s Prayer, and Bible Songs.
About The Authors
Every church has dedicated and loving Sunday School teachers whose impact for Christ in the lives of their children bear fruit for years to come. It is more than curriculum that we teach, it is Christ himself. Filled with the desire to have children know the Scriptures, in order that they may know, love and follow Jesus Christ, we were inspired to develop a series of lessons that would stretch from Genesis to Revelation, searching out God’s saving plan for his people through the coming of the Promised Forever King, Jesus.
From this perspective, we developed a curriculum that would engage children and adults alike in digging deep into God’s Word to see the Bible not as isolated stories, but as a grand narrative of the history of God’s people and the unfolding of the Kingdom of God on earth.
Although many people were involved in designing this curriculum, Joan Deeks, Ida Greenwood and Kjersti McElrea were the authors and Connie Waldron was the artist of the posters. Each person has come with gifts and experiences that have been a wonderful resource to the completion of this project.
Joan Deeks: Joan has 30 years of experience in human resources and corporate leadership development, currently serves on the ANiC council and has taught Sunday School for 25 years.
Ida Greenwood: Ida has 25 years of elementary school teaching experience, home-schooled her children for several years and was an instructor of the Bethel Bible Series at the congregational level.
Kjersti McElrea: Kjersti worked with YWAM (Youth with A Mission) for 17 years. She teaches Sunday School and is actively involved in leadership in several ministries in our church. Her husband, David, is the associate priest at Saint Matthew’s.
Connie Waldron: Art and crafts has been a life-long focus for Connie, who has offered her talents to the church for over 40 years. She has worked with children in Summer Camp counseling environments and Children’s Ministry.
Special thanks to all the teachers and helpers at Saint Matthew’s who participate in Sunday School and have worked with us on this Curriculum offering suggestions and encouragement along the way.
Is there a cost for the curriculum?
No, the lesson plans and materials are free of cost for use in your Sunday School, Children’s Ministry, Home-schooling etc. If copying the materials for other uses, please acknowledge Saint Matthew’s Anglican Church.
Is this curriculum for Anglicans, or can other church denominations use it?
The lessons are linked to the new ACNA Catechism to ensure that the lessons are structured to include many of the truths of our faith. However, the curriculum can be used by any Christian denomination that seeks to give the children the “bigger picture” of Scripture and God’s eternal plan in Christ.
What is the best way to use and print the Poster, Poster Summary and Kingdom News?
The Poster and the Poster Summary should be printed together as a double sided teaching aide. This allows the teacher to hold the poster and read the lesson summary at the same time. The poster is best printed on 11×17 paper and laminated to be used for years to come and as classroom displays. This can be done for a reasonable cost at outlet office stores. When printing the Poster & Summary, choose the double sided short edge and landscape format options.
The Kingdom News is a take-home paper that can also be used during the lesson time. It includes the story summary for parents and a space for children to make a response drawing. On the back side of the Kingdom News is a word search puzzle that develops the vocabulary that was introduced in the story. This is a double sided document which folds in half with print on all four sides. When printing the Kingdom News, choose the double sided short edge and landscape format options. Children enjoy decorating the cover, drawing and doing the word search.
When is the best time to start using the curriculum?
At Saint Matthews, we started the curriculum in September. Often, we would have the first Sunday of each month as a “review” of the lessons in the previous month. We would also use the “Review Sunday” to teach children how to pray. We try to time the Christmas and Easter lessons to occur within those seasons. As the date for Easter varies, we have often filled in the extra Sundays with teachings on the four Foundations (The Lord’s Prayer, The Apostles’ Creed, The Ten Commandments and the Greatest Commandment). We will add these lessons to the Curriculum Resources section at a later date.
What is the best way to include the four Foundation documents into the lesson plan?
We usually introduce these gradually throughout the year in a way that relates well to the lessons. We often start the year by praying the Lord’s Prayer together, and then we start learning the 10 Commandments after the Moses & Pharaoh lesson. After that we learn the Apostles’ Creed in stages, starting with the first article leading up to Christmas, following on with the second article after Christmas, and bringing in the third article at Pentecost. The Greatest Commandment is used sometime during the spring. Using at least one of the Foundations each week, helps the children to become very familiar with them and perhaps even remember them by heart.
We are developing the resource lessons that teach the Foundations more in depth. These components will be added to the Curriculum Resources section as they are completed.
Use the links under each Lesson to open the Component .pdfs. Once the .pdfs have been opened, the documents can then be saved.
Lesson 9 - King David and King Solomon
Lesson 10 - Solomon and the Prophet
Lesson 11 - The Prophets and the Journey Home
Lesson 12 - God's Promised One is Born
Lesson 15 - Jesus and the Disciples
Lesson 18 - Jesus and the Blind Man
Lesson 27 - Letters to God's People
Supplementary Curriculum Documents
Click on the links to open the .pdfs. Once the .pdfs have been opened, the documents can then be saved.
- Greeting & Collect for Purity
- Prayer of Confession
- Preparation for Communion
- Review of Foundations – Apostles’ Creed
- Review of Foundations – The Ten Commandments
- Review of Foundations – The Greatest Commandment
- Review of Foundations – The Lord’s Prayer