New Children's Discipleship Material - for Online Use and Small Groups
We are excited to launch this new resource that has been created to support children’s discipleship in response to a time of social distancing. It is designed for children’s ministry leaders working with groups of children via video calling platforms and small groups face-to-face but could easily be adapted for use in the home as a family.
These resources are aimed at children aged 7-12.
Each session includes content for a 30-40 minute group meeting under the headings Start It, Sing It, Tell It, Action It, Pray It. There are also Explore It (For Me) and Explore It (Together) additional resources to send home to families to explore the theme further.
Read the Introduction
Find out how to use the resources, including how each session is structured and the plan for upcoming editions.
A new resource equipping leaders with the tools they need to support young people during a time of social distancing.
Explore It - Oct 2021 session 1 - Leaders Guide
A CALL TO GLOBAL JUSTICE
Isaiah 58:6-8; Micah 6:8
Explore It - Oct 2021 session 2 - Leaders Guide
CLEAN WATER AND GENDER JUSTICE
Jesus and a Samaritan Woman
Explore It - Oct 2021 session 3 - Leaders Guide
FOOD SECURITY AND INCOME GENERATION
Acts 2:42-47; 4:32
The believers share
Explore It - Oct 2021 session 4 - Leaders Guide
ANTI-TRAFFICKING AND EMERGENCY RESPONSE
1 John 3:1
We are God’s children
For the next few months, For Me and Together are part of the Leader’s Guide.
Please note: In Session Four we will be looking at practical actions we can take to care for creation and address climate change. The Great Big Green Week, organised by The Climate Coalition (of which The Salvation Army is a member organisation) is taking place from 18-26 September 2021.
You may want to get involved in a local event or organise your own. If so, you may want to introduce this idea to the group in an early session so you can plan something in plenty of time.
Explore It - Sept 2021 session 1 - Leaders Guide
STEWARDSHIP - WHAT IT IS AND WHY IT MATTERS
Genesis 1:31; 2:15
Explore It - Sept 2021 session 2 - Leaders Guide
THE SALVATION ARMY - IMPACT OF CLIMATE CHANGE AND PROJECTS
Explore It - Sept 2021 session 3 - Leaders Guide
HOPE FOR THE FUTURE
The importance of Christ
Explore It - Sept 2021 session 4 - Leaders Guide
SHOWING LOVE TO THE WORLD
Faith and Good Works
Session 1 – THEY FOLLOW HIM BECAUSE THEY KNOW HIS VOICE
John 10 (selected verses) The good shepherd and his sheep
Session 2 – I SAW THE LORD
John 20:1-18 Jesus appears to Mary Magdalene
Session 3 – I HAVE CHOSEN SAUL FOR AN IMPORTANT WORK
Acts 9:1-19 Saul is converted
Session 4 – WE SAT DOWN AND TALKED TO THEM
Acts 16:6-15 Lydia becomes a Christian in Philippi
Session 1 – I WILL BE WITH YOU
Exodus 3 Moses and the burning bush
Session 2 – A GENTLE WHISPER
1 Kings 19 The Lord appears to Elijah
Session 3 – FOR JUST SUCH A TIME AS THIS
Esther 4 Mordecai persuades Esther to help
Session 4 – I CALLED TO THE LORD
Jonah 1 Jonah flees from the Lord
Session 1 – WHO’S ‘GOT YOUR BACK’?
Acts 9:19b-31; Acts 11:19-30 Paul and Barnabas
Session 2 – FRIENDS TOGETHER
Acts 15:40; 16:16–40 Paul and Silas
Session 3 – THANKING FATHERS
Acts 16:1-5; Philippians 2:19–24; 2 Timothy 1:1-7 Paul encourages Timothy
Session 4 – INFLUENCERS
1 Timothy 4:11–16 Paul’s advice to Timothy
For session five, you may wish to invite your corps leaders along to share together about what is important in your corps/church.
Session 1 – DOING WHAT GOD WANTS
Matthew 6:25-34 Don’t worry
Session 2 – GOD IS WORKING IN THE WAITING
Acts 1:1-14 Jesus ascends to Heaven
Session 3 – BE WILLING
Luke 22:39-46 Jesus prays alone
Session 4 – PENTECOST
Acts 2:1–17 Guided by the Holy Spirit
Session 5 - TRUST IN CHRIST
Acts 2:42-47 The believers share
Session 1 – GOOD FRIDAY
Mark 15:33-41 The death of Jesus
Session 2 – EASTER SUNDAY
Matthew 28:1-10 Jesus has risen
Session 3 – EYES WIDE OPEN
Luke 24:13-35 The road to Emmaus
Session 4 - LOTS OF QUESTIONS
John 20:24-29 Jesus appears to Thomas
Session 5 – A NEW OPPORTUNITY
John 21:15-19 Jesus reinstates Peter
Next month we will have five sessions, the first session being an optional Good Friday session.
Session 1 – GOD HAS A PLAN (ACTION STORY)
Luke 5:17-26 Jesus forgives and heals a paralysed man
Session 2 – MOTHER’S DAY (LOVE STORY)
Session 3 – LIVING FOR JESUS (MYSTERY STORY)
Matthew 10:1-16 Jesus sends out the Twelve
Session 4 - PALM SUNDAY (INSPIRATIONAL STORY)
Matthew 21:1-11 Jesus comes to Jerusalem as King
Next month we are recommending that each child has access to a Bible. Please check the Spring Overview Leaders' Notes for more information.
Session 1 - HEALTHY ME
Luke 2:21-40 Jesus presented in the Temple
Session 2 - HEALTHY SOUL
Luke 4:1-13 Jesus in the wilderness
Explore It - Feb 2021 session 2 - Leaders Guide
Explore It - Feb 2021 session 2 - Together
Explore It - Feb 2021 session 2 - For Me
Explore It - Feb 2021 session 2 - Bible Verses
Session 3 - HEALTHY MIND
Luke 4:38-44 Jesus heals many
Session 4 - HEALTHY RESPONSE
Luke 5:12-16 Jesus heals a man with leprosy
Session 1 – GOD’S INVITATION
Luke 15:1-7 The lost sheep
Session 2 – GOD’S CHOICE
Luke 15:11-32 The prodigal son
Explore It - Jan 2021 session 2 - Leaders Guide
Explore It - Jan 2021 session 2 - Together
Explore It - Jan 2021 session 2 - For Me
Explore It - Jan 2021 session 2 - Good or Bad Choices
Good or Bad Choices
Session 3 – GOD’S GIFT
Luke 22:14-20 The Lord’s supper
Session 4 – GOD’S GRACE
Luke 19:1-10 Zacchaeus
Four sessions exploring joy at Christmas. You may wish to start these sessions in November.
Session 1 - HOW CAN I BE JOY-FILLED THIS CHRISTMAS?
Luke 1:26-38 An angel appears to Mary
Session 2 - HOW CAN I SHARE JOY WITH MY FAMILY THIS CHRISTMAS?
Matthew 1:18-25 Joseph accepts Jesus as his son
Session 3 – HOW CAN I SHARE JOY WITH MY COMMUNITY THIS CHRISTMAS?
Luke 2:8-20 The shepherds and the angels
Session 4 - THE JOY OF GIVING
Matthew 2:1-12 The Wise Men visit Jesus
Explore It - Christmas 2020 session 4 - Leaders Guide
Explore It - Christmas 2020 session 4 - Together
Explore It - Christmas 2020 session 4 - For Me
Explore It - Christmas 2020 session 4 - Wise Men Maze
Discover the meaning behind the Wise Men's gifts
For November we have three more sessions – continuing the theme of Justice and Remembrance Day.
Session 1 – JUSTICE: INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
1 John 3:16-18
This week we have provided Explore It (Together) only. There are lots of ideas given by The Salvation Army’s International Development team for exploring these themes further.
Session 2 – REMEMBRANCE
John 15:13 and Matthew 5:9
Explore It - Nov 2020 session 2 - Leaders Guide
Explore It - Nov 2020 session 2 - Together
Explore It - Nov 2020 session 2 - For Me
Explore It - Nov 2020 session 2 - Remembrance
Session 3 – THE RIGHTS OF THE CHILD
1 Samuel 3 The Lord Calls Samuel
Explore It - Nov 2020 session 3 - Leaders Guide
Explore It - Nov 2020 session 3 - Together
Explore It - Nov 2020 session 3 - For Me
Explore It - Nov 2020 session 3 - Placard
For session three you may wish to use our resource, True Story. To order free copies email firstname.lastname@example.org. There are two versions available: for ages 7-12 and for 13-18 year olds. Let us know your name, corps and postal address, plus how many copies of each version you would like. Ordering early is advised to ensure they arrive in time.
Session 1 – WHAT IS INJUSTICE?
Isaiah 61:1-2; Proverbs 31:8-9 Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves
Explore It - Oct 2020 session 1 - Leaders Guide
Explore It - Oct 2020 session 1 - Together
Explore It - Oct 2020 session 1 - For Me
Explore It - Oct 2020 session 1 - Injustice Collage
Session 2 – INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE GIRL (11 October)
Genesis 1:26-28; Galatians 3:28 God created us in his own image
Session 3 – TRUE STORY
This session uses the free resource True Story – instead of Together and For Me. If you have been unable to order copies you will still be able to use this session with young people and place an order at a later date.
Session 4 – JUSTICE: MY LOCAL COMMUNITY
James 2:14-17 Faith and Deeds
For session 3 in October you may wish to use our resource, True Story. To order free copies email email@example.com. There are two versions available: for ages 7-12 and for 13-18 year olds. Let us know your name, corps and postal address, plus how many copies of each version you would like. Ordering early is advised to ensure they arrive in time.
Session 1 - EMBRACING CHANGE
Genesis 12:1-9 God calls Abram
Explore It - Sept 2020 session 1 - Leaders Guide
Explore It - Sept 2020 session 1 - Together
Explore It - Sept 2020 session 1 - For Me
Growing Out Of Lockdown
Tips and activities to support you going back to school.
Session 2 - WAITING FOR CHANGE
Genesis 15:1-6; 21:1-6 God’s agreement with Abraham
Session 3 - PUTTING GOD FIRST
Luke 10:38-42 Jesus visits Martha and Mary
Session 4 - PRAYING FOR CHANGE
Exodus 3:7-12 God tells Moses to rescue the Israelites
This month there are five sessions exploring the theme of serve. The material has been adapted from ‘Children of God Serve’ which was initially intended to have been used in this year’s summer camps.
Session 1 - GROWING AS A CHILD OF GOD
7 Luke 2:41-52 Jesus in the Temple
Session 2 - GOD HAS A JOB FOR LITTLE OL’ ME!
1 Samuel 16 The Anointing of David
Session 3 - I CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE
2 Kings 5:1-19 The Little Servant Girl
Session 4 - I CAN TELL OTHERS ABOUT JESUS
2 Timothy 1:5 -14 Timothy
Session 5 - I’VE GOT WHAT IT TAKES TO SERVE!
Matthew 18:1-6; 19:13-15
Session 1 - A LOVE FOR ME
This session explores John 3:1-21, Jesus teaches Nicodemus.
Session 2 - A LOVE FOR YOU
This session looks at John 15:5-17 The Vine and the Branches.
Session 3 - A LOVE FOR ALL
This session focuses on Luke 10:25-37 The Good Samaritan.
Session 4 - A LOVE FOR US
This session explores Mark 4:35-41 Jesus Calms the Storm.
Please email us if you would like a copy of the Leader's Guide. firstname.lastname@example.org
Session 1 - A LIVING FAITH
This session focuses on Hebrews 11:1 and the rich man and the Kingdom of God in Mark 10:17-31.
Session 2 - A COURAGEOUS FAITH
This session explores Matthew 14:22-36, when Jesus walks on water.
Session 3 - A MIGHTY FAITH
This session looks at Matthew 17:14-21, in which Jesus heals a demon-possessed boy.
Session 4 - AN ACTIVE FAITH
This session delves into Matthew 25:31-46, the sheep and the goats.
This session opens up Acts 2:1-13, in which The Holy Spirit comes.
Explore It - Pentecost 2020 - Leaders Guide
Explore It - Pentecost 2020 - Together
Explore It - Pentecost 2020 - For Me
A number of ideas you can choose from as part of your children's ministry for Pentecost.
Session 1 - A STRONG HOPE
This session focuses on Luke 5:1-11, in which Jesus calls the disciples.
Session 2 - AN ENCOURAGING HOPE
This session looks at Matthew 10, in which Jesus sends out the twelve.
Session 3 - A PATIENT HOPE
This session explores John 14:1-13, in which Jesus comforts his disciples.
Session 4 - A JOYFUL HOPE
This session digs down into Luke 24:36-53, in which Jesus appears to his disciples.
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