"We love because God loved us first"

Leader’s Material

The Leader’s Material is available in two formats: a printed book and downloadable PDF.

 

Solid biblical and theological background for leaders is found in the first section of the session plan: “Recognizing God’s Grace.” The weekly text is

explored and helps reveal God’s grace in Scripture. The sections “. . . In Your Children’s Experiences” and “. . . In Your Relationships with the Children” provide leaders with a clear understanding of the needs, abilities, and interests of the children.

Ages 3–5

The easy-to-use session plans continue with three parts:

“Gathering in God’s Grace,” “Exploring God’s Grace,”

and “Loving and Serving God.”

  • Gathering in God’s Grace: Welcoming and preparing children to hear God’s Word. This part of the session includes singing and praying, as well as hearing and reflecting on the week’s Bible story. It includes a handy, comprehensive supply list and a thumbnail illustration of the Bible story in the sidebar.

  • Exploring God’s Grace: Offers young children activities to help them recognize God’s grace in their lives. It includes age-appropriate activities for leaders to choose based on the group size and time available. Some activities require minimal preparation, while others (noted as “more prep”) will need advanced planning and/or supplies.

  • Loving and Serving God: This sending extends an invitation to discipleship that inspires children and their families to practice hospitality, generosity, and love.

Ages 5–7, Ages 8–10, and Multiage (Ages 5–10)

The easy-to-use session plans continue with three parts:

“Gathering in God’s Grace,” “Responding in Gratitude,”

and “Loving and Serving God.”

 

  • Gathering in God’s Grace: Welcoming and preparing children to hear God’s Word. This part of the session includes singing and praying, as well as hearing and reflecting on the week’s Bible story. It includes a handy, comprehensive supply list and a thumbnail illustration of the Bible story in the sidebar.

  • Responding in Gratitude: Highlights ways we pray, claim, celebrate, and offer God’s grace to others. It includes age-appropriate activities for leaders to choose based on the group size and time available. Some activities require minimal preparation, while others (noted as “more prep”) will need advanced planning and/or supplies.

  • Loving and Serving God: This sending extends an invitation to discipleship that inspires children and their families to practice hospitality, generosity, and love.

*Grace Notes, included in the Leader’s Material, are black-and-white reproducible pages that provide activities and crafts for the session.

Click here to download samples of all age-levels.

Toddlers (Ages 1–3)

This all-inclusive KIT includes basic information and resources for caregivers

that will help transform the lives of the youngest among us and those

who love them, shaped by grace and gratitude. It features an easy-to-use

guidebook for caregivers; Stories & More: 52 Bible story cards that provide

colorful visuals and basic themes of Christian faith; age-appropriate

enrichment activities in a handy tear-out book; and at-home resoure sheets

(on CD). Growing in Grace & Gratitude for Toddlers (Ages 1–3)* is non-dated,

so you can purchase it once and use it year after year.

*Based on the popular Wee Children at Church resource

Stories, Colors, & More

One Stories, Colors & More (SCM)  is included with the purchase of the Leader’s Material. This essential, printed component of Growing in Grace & Gratitude includes all the color resources needed for each session. It has three sections:

 

Stories: Colorful illustrations of the Bible stories spark imagination and reveal God’s grace for us. Words of the stories appear on the back, enabling leaders to read each story without flipping pages.

 

Colors: Colorful resources, such as teaching pictures, maps, figures, puzzles, games, and game pieces to use with children.

 

& More: Song lyrics sheets, the Children with Disabilities and Special Needs Support Map, and other resources.

 

Each classroom needs one SCM.  Additional SCMs are available for purchase. The printed SCM ships separately before the beginning of each quarter.

 

SCMs, as part of a subscription, ship 4–6 weeks before the beginning of each new quarter

Music & Melodies

This lively and kid-friendly CD includes sing-along songs with familiar lyrics, as well as new tunes such as Growing in Grace & Gratitude's 2015 theme song, "We Are Blessed to Be a Blessing." Music & Melodies is available as a separate purchase. We recommend one CD per group, per age level.

 

 

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