This fall two denominational publishers are introducing new Sunday school curriculum. One comes from Cokesbury, the publisher for the United Methodist Church, and the other comes from PC USA, the publisher of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
Cokesbury’s new curriculum is called Deep Blue; the name is based on the Deep Blue Kids Bible. If you’re not familiar with the award winning Bible in the Common English Bible translation you can check out a sample here. Deep Blue replaces Cokesbury’s Grow, Proclaim, Serve curriculum.
The Deep Blue curriculum is comprehensive; besides resources for preschool, early, middle, and older elementary students, there are also resources for Babies & Woddlers, Toddlers & Twos, and a one year Bible survey called Submerge for children preparing to transition to youth group. Other options considered part of the Deep Blue curriculum are the One Room Sunday School for children ages 3 to 12 and a Large Group/Small Group format in two age groups.
According to Cokesbury’s publicity Deep Blue includes “adventure, exciting stories, science experiments, arts and crafts, animated video storytelling for today’s media-savvy kids, and active games—all combined into a living-faith experience that will help children discover what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ today.”
Asia, Edgar, and Kat are the Deep Blue Kids characters and appear in animated stories on DVD. The DVDs also include Bible verse videos, Bible trivia, and music videos. There’s even an app for kids and parents with information, games, and more, and the Deep Blue website offers sample lessons/videos, teacher training videos, lesson summaries, home activities, and more.
The new curriculum from the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is called Growing in Grace & Gratitude and includes resources for ages 3-5, 5-7, and 8-10. There is also a multiage option for children ages 5-10. The publicity for the curriculum emphasizes that it is founded in “Presbyterian identity where God’s grace and our gratitude are the heartbeat of our faith, life, and worship.” The curriculum “inspires children to learn and practice hospitality, generosity, and love; and reaches beyond Sunday morning, encouraging children to live their lives as an expression of God’s grace.”
A free sampler with color resources, a story, and a page for families to use at home is available on the PC USA Store website. It includes one session for each age group. There is also a link to a page where downloadable samples of the curriculum are available. There are audio versions of all the Bible stories, an interactive e-book for families to use at home, and a music CD. Sessions are available in English and Spanish.