4 weeks in November? What do I do with that?

Last week, we announced that the first 4 weeks of What’s in the Bible? curriculum will be released November 15. Your first reaction may have been, “YAY! Sounds great! Can’t wait.” And your second reaction may have been, “Huh? What the heck do I do with only 4 weeks of curriculum in the middle of November?!”

If these were your reactions, a couple of ideas:

  • Use the 4 weeks as a January series for K-Grade 5 on Sunday mornings. It’s fresh, and fun, and contains great Biblical literacy content that follows the Christmas season nicely. DVDs 2-4 release at the end of January, so if you like what happened in your children’s ministry in January, you can carry on with the What’s in the Bible? curriculum for an additional 12 weeks (4 weeks / 3 DVDs).

A Sample Schedule:
JANUARY 9, 16, 23, 30: In the Beginning (DVD 1)
FEBRUARY 6, 13, 20, 27: Let My People Go (DVD 2)
MARCH 6, 13, 20, 27: Wanderin’ In The Desert (DVD 3)
APRIL: EASTER SERIES (Easter is April 24, 2011)
MAY 1, 8, 15, 22: Battle for the Promised Land (DVD 4)

  • Use the 4 weeks as a perfect midweek series. Following a similar schedule as above, the curriculum is perfect for Wednesday night programs. Instead of taking a break for Easter, you’ll have 16 weeks that will encourage children at church, and families at home!
  • If you already have your curriculum planned from now until summer 2011, first: congratulations! And second: consider using the 4 weeks during “in between weeks.” You know, those tricky weeks between Christmas and New Years, or the week after Easter, or Memorial Day weekend. Since the focus of the curriculum is Biblical literacy, it’s relevant any time of year, and can be used 1 week at a time.

What else? How are you planning to use the first 4 weeks released in November?

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Nancy Morris
Nancy Morris

Call me crazy...but I am planning on using these DVD's for an adult class. I am an adult Sunday School teacher (not as good as your Sunday School lady...but I do, do a Ms. Dweeb character) anyways....I bought the DVD's for my grandchildren and found I actually learned some new and wonderful things about the Bible...you really made it simple to understand things like church history, septuagint, redemption etc... and there's quite a few adult sunday schoolers who need a Bible 101 refresher course...especially when they ask stuff like "Say...where was the Queen of Sheba from anyways?!". Mmm. Makes for an interesting lesson...Thanks Phil for your wonderful DVD's.... Nancy

Jennifer
Jennifer

We are planning on using it on Wednesday nights. Our Preschool Ministry LOVES the DVDs! Can't wait until #4 comes out!

Jason
Jason

We are already using the videos, and coming up with our own lesson, for childrens church. the kids love it and learn at the same time. Can't wait till the curricuum come outs and we can use it for the next round of students. Thanks for all you do WITB

Meghan
Meghan

We already have our curriculum for the regular year, but we are thinking about trying to do something different for kids on week days when there is no school (PRO-D days-where teachers go for conferences and stuff). Would this curriculum work for this kind of isolated event? The kids usually have a pro-d day about every six weeks. We would split the lessons up over the school year and try to go through the whole thing over the year. Would that mess up the continuity? Thanks!

Janet
Janet

I have to tell you I am impressed with your response. Secondly I want to say that 4 weeks is a great series length. Some curriculum do 6 weeks and personally I feel that is the max. Some do 8 weeks and unless they BUMP IT UP A NOTCH for each of those week ... 8 weeks is too long for not enough variety. So I am really looking forward to seeing and getting this curriculum - but I do second the response that was made before ... any chance of getting a sneak peek on a sampler posted here?