The What’s in the Bible? Church Edition brings the Bible alive in your Sunday School classroom like no other church curriculum. From engaging videos created by VeggieTales® creator Phil Vischer to activities for every type of learner, the What’s in the Bible? elementary school curriculum is a perfect fit for children’s ministries looking to instill a lifelong love of the Bible into their students.
Highlights from the Bible Curriculum
When we created the What’s in the Bible? Sunday School curriculum, we focused on four main goals:
1. Bible Literacy
The What’s in the Bible? curriculum covers the whole Bible – Genesis to Revelation! And it’s not just a series of well-known Bible stories, but rather a comprehensive look at the Bible – answering questions like “who wrote it?” and “why can we trust the Bible?” You will be amazed at the increase in Bible knowledge your class will show! Each week ends with a “Bible What’s It?” video that quizzes kids on the day’s lesson.
2. Easy & Customizable
We know children’s ministry is deeply rewarding, but also challenging. The What’s in the Bible? curriculum team has created a flexible, customizable, leader-friendly curriculum. Each curriculum comes with a leader guide in PDF and Word Doc format – so you can edit, add, subtract, and clarify questions for each activity to make it the perfect fit for your ministry. You can also access the whole curriculum online! With a password included in each volume, you can view and download each lesson (including the videos). You can also share the site with your volunteers, making it even easier for them to prep for each week.
3. Family Ministry Tools
What’s in the Bible? is a curriculum, but it is also a video series! The home videos (available streaming or on DVD) are the perfect tool to recommend to the families in your ministry to continue their learning at home. The What’s in the Bible? web site is also full of free, printable Bible coloring pages and other activities you can use to enhance each week’s lessons.
With videos from VeggieTales® creator Phil Vischer, this curriculum is full of fun! Leaders will laugh alongside kids as the What’s in the Bible? crew learns the story of the Bible. The activities for each lesson include a variety of fun and reflective games, so kids with different learning styles can experience the Bible through acting out stories, putting together puzzles, reading Bible passages, and thinking through their responses to thoughtful discussion questions.
Bible Curriculum Scope & Sequence
The What’s in the Bible? curriculum goes through 66 books of the Bible in 13 volumes. Each volume contains 4 weeks of lessons. You can check out the full scope and sequence here.
The first 9 volumes cover the books of the Old Testament. An Old Testament review curriculum can be used before or after finishing the Old Testament. There are 4 volumes for the New Testament, as well as a Christmas curriculum you won’t want to miss!
Reviews of the What’s in the Bible? Curriculum
You can find What’s in the Bible? curriculum reviews for the first 9 volumes (the Old Testament) at the links below. We asked some leading children’s ministry bloggers to write about each volume, and here’s what they said:
Volume 1 – Genesis Bible Curriculum by Amy Dolan of Lemon Lime Kids
Amy Dolan (who is one of our curriculum writers) wrote about the vision behind the What’s in the Bible? curriculum and the plans starting with Volume 1: Genesis.
Volume 2 – Exodus Bible Curriculum by Dale Hudson of Relevant Children’s Ministry
This review discusses the topics in Volume 2 – salvation, redemption and the book of Exodus.
Volume 3 – Leviticus, Numbers & Deuteronomy Curriculum by Lindsey Whitney of Growing Kids Ministry
This Volume 3 review explains how Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy can be tricky books for kids, but says “Vischer did a great job keeping the audience engaged with the help of some really fun characters.”
Volume 4 – Joshua, Judges and Ruth Curriculum by Matt Guevara of the Cory Center
Matt Guevara takes on Volume 4 in this review, saying that it’s intuitive, deeply theological, online and complete – you get helpful tips and online access to all the lessons.
Volume 5 – 1 & 2 Samuel Curriculum by Jared Massey of Small Town Kidmin
“When was the last time you had the words Davidic Covenant in your kids’ curriculum?” Jared’s review starts. It’s a great look at Volume 5 and the stories of Saul, David and Solomon.
Volume 6 – Kings & Chronicles Curriculum by The Kidmin Carpetbag
This review of the Kings & Chronicles curriculum begins with this praise – “If you combine the wit of Phil Vischer with the wisdom of the Bible, you come up with a children’s ministry curriculum that is both delightful to watch and foundational in a child’s understanding of the Bible.”
Volume 8 – Psalms & Proverbs Curriculum by Jesse Smith of Coffee with Dad
The Volume 8 review discusses how the What’s in the Bible? curriculum about Psalms teaches the tricky bits of the Writings.
Volume 9 – Prophets Curriculum by Lori Bethran
Lori Bethran (also a What’s in the Bible? curriculum writer) addresses the challenges of putting the 17 books of the Major and Minor prophets into one 4-week curriculum.