Sparkhouse is at it again, this time with a new line of children’s Sunday school curriculum based on the Revised Common Lectionary, called Whirl. Sparkhouse, the ecumenical division of Augsburg Fortress, has pulled out all the stops to develop a curriculum that connects kids to the life of the church and the liturgical seasons and rituals in a fresh, new way.
Filled with color, symbols, and lively activities, Whirl is a curriculum you’ll not want to miss. Kids will be immersed in the church year seasons and lectionary readings as their Sunday school experience mirrors what happens during worship. sparkhouse has taken a complex system of readings and turned it into a simple to understand scope and sequence. Whirl continues the sparkhouse tradition of including playful, high quality animated videos that bring the themes and Bible stories to life. Kids will see animated kids in a church setting learning to live out their faith as they struggle with challenges and celebrate the joys of ordinary life.
The leaflets provide a lively way for kids to go deeper into the reading of the day and discover what it means to live for Jesus. Kids in Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 2 will enter the Bible story in an illustrated Story Bible with graphic novel style illustrations. This vibrant Story Bible makes it easy to teach the sometimes difficult texts from the Revised Common Lectionary in a kid-friendly way. Older kids, Grades 3 to Grades 6, have the chance to read the text in a four-color NRSV Bible developed especially for them. Each reading for Sundays in the Revised Common Lectionary is highlighted in a color that corresponds to the church season. Each lesson comes with an activity embedded in the Scripture text to help kids get ready to read.
Whirl doesn’t stop in the classroom. Whirl includes material for a large group opening, children’s bulletins, and children’s messages. The leaflets kids receive in class also include a Family Square to continue their faith formation at home. It contains activity ideas for every day of the week for the whole family to enjoy doing together.
Whirl is perfect for congregations looking for a way to make church more relevant to kids. The traditions and rituals that organize congregational life can have meaning and relevance for our youngest church members, too. For more information about Whirl and to view sample videos and curriculum materials, visit the sparkhouse website: http://wearesparkhouse.org/kids/whirl.