I think that my team has great ideas. I love hearing their creative thoughts about improving Bible Study for kids. I also love hearing their activity ideas and ways to improve resources. Because our team members use the products we produce, we actually know what works and what doesn’t.
All of these ideas are great, but do you know whose ideas I love the most? Yours. Since the introduction of Bible Studies for Life: Kids, we’ve learned a few things that can help make your teaching experience better. Because of that, we’ve been doing some remodeling on a few things in our resources and I want you to be the first to know. Now, let me put a small caveat here. We work far ahead. FAR AHEAD, so these changes will mostly be seen in Spring 2014. This just means Winter will be largely the same as fall, with a few exceptions.
So, are you ready?
1. Dates: We’ve heard from customers who were confused about the lack of dates. In our Kids graded resources the dates currently listed on page 96. However, starting in the Spring the suggested dates will be listed on the Table of Contents. If you are like my church, these dates won’t be applicable, because we use a different teaching schedule, so just disregard the dates if this applies to you.
2. How-To: We’ve tried to make the how-to page more understandable and less bulky. Hopefully, leaders can look at this infographic and quickly understand how to navigate through the session.
3. Gospel Plan: In the past, we have always listed the “ABCs of Becoming a Christian,” but haven’t offered a lot of guidance on how to talk with a child who is interested in accepting Christ. This new page will help you know how to talk to a child about making Jesus his Savior!
4. Bible Stories on Activity Pages: I know that many of you have voiced concern over the Bible Story being absent from the activity pages. We scrunched and crunched and moved things around and are happy to say that the Bible stories will now appear on the Kids Activity Pages. If you are wanting the written out story now, you can download them here.
5. Aligned Concepts with Devotionals: You are probably thinking “It’s always been that way.” right? Well, it has, but it is even more closely aligned than ever before. In fact, you can now even order bundles of devotionals and kids activity pages. Here is a link to ordering information.
6. Brighter, More Distinguishable Covers: The covers for the current Bible Studies for Life are beautiful, but similar. It can be hard to see, what age group. We have improved the covers with a more kid-friendly look, and more clearly different covers. PLEASE NOTE THIS CHANGE WILL BE FOR SUMMER 2014 (don’t worry, we’ll remind you!).
7. Daily Bible Readings. Some have asked for the list of daily Bible readings. Currently, that tool is available here on the blog. Here is the link.
I hope that you are pleased with these improvements. Spread the word. Thanks for joining the journey of helping kids know how to apply the Bible to their lives.