Many resources thanks to the Evangelical Covenant Church
KID’S NEW TESTAMENT AUDIO & TRANSCRIPT
Includes a 10-minute episode for each day of the New Testament campaign, featuring the abridged text of the NIrV. Also includes a transcript to read and/or follow along and a parent's guide. You can download individual mp3 files or the entire audio as a single zip file.
SMALL GROUP QUESTIONS FOR THE FAMILY
Each day, before you listen to the audio together, be sure to listen carefully to the narrator’s introduction. They often give some helpful context and ideas to think about while listening. Below you can download a pdf of specific questions that the narrator asks, written out for you. It’s often helpful to ask this question to your children BEFORE listening to the audio! It acts as a pre-reading activity so that as they’re listening, they’re listening for the answer to your question! After listening, see if you can answer the question together.
CHILDREN’S MINISTRY CURRICULUM
The scope of Community Bible Experience reading each week makes it challenging to focus in on one idea. However, the lessons that have been selected from the “Adventure with God” curriculum for each week contain a portion of the weekly Bible reading and focus on a major theme so there is consistency within the reading plan. Churches are also encouraged to use the five CBE discussion questions as part of each session for the middle and older age group. Click on an age group below to download the curriculum.
HOW TO ENGAGE IN CONVERSATIONS ABOUT GOD
“God Conversations” provides insight on where each of us is in our daily walk with Christ, helping us see where we are flourishing and where we are struggling. Such authentic conversations will enable us to support and encourage children in their journey with Christ as you explore God’s Word together. Download the resource here >
MY GROW ADVENTURE STORY WITH GOD
Life with God is an adventure! This small booklet enables children to write and share their story with God by providing space for children to reflect and write or draw the tangible ways they journey with God. This resource is appropriate for children ages 5-12. Download the resource here >
|Church Tip: Create spaces for children to share stories about their Community Bible Experience. This can be in worship, in children’s ministry, or in club ministries. They can even use their My GROW Adventure with God story booklets (see above) as a guide for sharing.|
HOW TO READ THE BIBLE WITH CHILDREN
Tips for engaging children from ages 2-10 in the Bible. Includes age appropriate Bible suggestions, developmental considerations and creative ideas on how to explore the Bible with children.
Download the resource here >
|Parent Tip: For younger children, consider selecting a picture bible and read through the New Testament portion together as a complementary alternative to the CBE reading plan.
The NIrV New Testament for Children is a great resource. You can purchase it here.
10 CREATIVE WAYS OF PRAYING WITH CHILDREN
There are many ways of praying, and this resource will have children begging to pray. “Tips for Encouraging Children to Pray” includes ten great ideas for expanding the prayer life of children and families.
Download the resource here >
|Parent Tip: As you spend time with children in conversations with God and encourage children to write their own story with God, it will enable them to naturally share their faith story with others.|
Calling All Youth Workers! The CBE initiative is a great opportunity for your church and youth group to come together and be transformed by the living and breathing Word of God. Whether you have teenage only community groups or intergenerational groups, we want to support you with the following resources. We believe the material is great as a stand-alone reading opportunity, but consider some of the following options as you prepare to engage in the Community Bible Experience with your youth in this season.
Biblica has put together 5 simple questions to help prompt discussion in your community groups. We have put together a set of 5 questions that are specifically geared towards teenage community groups:
1. Put in your own words the central idea of this section.
2. What makes sense and what doesn’t make sense?
3. What is one thing you can relate to from this reading?
4. If this passage was to examine your own life, what would it point out
5. How can you share this idea with someone you care about?
We’ve put together a Spotify playlist. Feel free to use this any way you would like. A few ideas: 1. Listen to it while you are doing your daily readings. 2. Have it playing in the background during your community group. 3. Use it for epic rounds of musical chairs.