Children

It is a profound privilege and gift to journey with our children as they grow in faith. We probably learn more from the children in our parishes than they learn from us!

Looking for ideas and resources for children’s ministry? Check out the Building Faith website sponsored by the Center for the Ministry of Teaching at Virginia Theological Seminary.

Vacation Bible School

Choosing a Curriculum

VBS season will soon be here! Selecting a great curriculum is key, but given the overwhelming number of options, it also can be challenging. Check out the VTS Center for the Ministry of Teaching VBS Reviews for 2017. Not only do they provide detailed reviews of all the latest curricula (including Top Picks for the year), they also list Perennial Favorites, excellent VBS programs that continue to be relevant and engaging.

Why VBS Needs Clergy…

This article, published in News from the Hill, Spring 2017, by the VTS Center for the Ministry of Teaching, talks about the importance of clergy investment and participation in VBS, and the benefits received in return. Read Now >>

Curricula

Godly Play and Catechesis of the Good Shepherd are two curricula widely used in the Episcopal Church. Below is a brief description of each, along with information about upcoming trainings and links to additional information.

If you would like to see information about other curricula, or perhaps your parish has created its own, please let us know! We would love to feature it, as well as see it in action. Contact us.

Godly Play

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Drawing the Circle Wider: 2017 North American Godly Play Conference
June 23-25, 2017 in Denver, Colorado
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The result of a lifetime of research and practice by theologian, author, and educator The Rev. Dr. Jerome Berryman, the Godly Play® method is a curriculum of spiritual practice exploring the mystery of God’s presence in our lives.The Godly Play curriculum engages what is most exciting about religious education: God inviting us into—and pursuing us in the midst of—Scripture and spiritual experience. Godly Play practice teaches us to listen for God and to make authentic and creative responses to God’s call in our lives.

For more information about Godly Play, or to see a schedule of upcoming classes, visit the Godly Play Foundation:

Share your favorite curriculum with us so we can share it with others! We love new, old, innovative, curricula that have added to the experience of God for your children. Let us get the word out to other children’s ministers in Colorado and across the states. Contact us.

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

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“If we want to help the child grow near to God, we should, with patience and courage…seek to go always closer to the vital nucleus of things. This requires study and prayer. The child himself will be our teacher if we know how to observe him.” (Sofia Cavalletti) Since 1954, in Rome, Italy, Sofia Cavalletti and Gianna Gobbi pursued the revelation of the young child’s religious potential, marking over sixty years of research and published material at both the preschool and elementary levels. With the pedagogical principles of Maria Montessori and the theological moorings of Hebrew scholarship, Scripture studies, and Roman Catholic liturgy and doctrine, Cavalletti and Gobbi developed an approach that not only appealed to the profound religious intuition of the younger and older child, but that evolved from the children themselves.

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a profound and wonderful curriculum that involves the whole parish in its creation of space and materials. It is a lovely intentional opportunity for a parish to witness to its children the importance of God in their own lives and how much they wish the same for their children.

Trainings for Catechesis start in August 2016.

For level 1 training (3-6 year olds):

For level 2 training (6-9 year olds):

For level 3 training (9-12 year olds):

For more information about Catechesis, visit The National Association of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd:

Share your favorite curriculum with us so we can share it with others! We love new, old, innovative, curriculums that have added to the experience of God for your children. Let us get the word out to other children’s ministers in Colorado and across the states. Contact us.