Life with God for Children is spiritual formation curriculum for children. It has been used in Sunday school, children’s church, small groups, homeschooling and even adapted for Vacation Bible School. Life with God for Children is based on the people profiles in The Renovaré Life with God Bible. While the children are engaging in a life together, they are also engaging in the lives of those in the Bible who have journeyed with God. They learn the ways in which people in the Bible have connected with God, and then practice the same.
These ways of connecting with God are called spiritual disciplines. Life with God for Children uses the twelve classic spiritual disciplines written about in Celebration of Discipline, by Richard J. Foster. Over the course of a year, the children will practice all twelve in kid friendly ways.
Life with God for Children is moldable to the child. There are portions for nearly every kind of learner. It is available in four volumes, written for individual developmental levels. Each level requires a Bible that is developmentally appropriate. Suggestions are made within the curriculum.
The entire curriculum consists of:
Preschool and Kindergarten
First and Second Grade
Third and Fourth Grade
Fifth and Sixth Grade
A biblical time line, which can be downloaded at www.GoodDirtMinistries.org/curriculum.
A CD of original music with an accompanying songbook, Do Life with Me.
Every human ever born receives a spiritual formation. The question becomes just what kind of spiritual formation will we receive. Life with God for Children is based on the premise that children are born with a hunger to be in relationship with God. Right from the womb they search the eyes around them for connection. Children have a natural openness to God, therefore Life with God for Children was written to give children a place and space to experience God.
Life with God for Children is about true connection. Entertainment has become the fast and sterile substitute for the hard work of relationships. Children are hungry for relationships. They come into this world looking for connections. They call our names to woo us, they learn to make eye contact, and they cry and giggle, all for connection. Unfortunately our driving desire to be entertained has left us relationally depleted.
For this reason, this curriculum has not been written to entertain. Instead it has been written to give children what they need, what they really want, and what they have been asking for if we were listening– relationship. Relationship with the adults who love them and relationship with Jesus who loved them so much he lived and died for them. That’s not to say that there won’t be fun, or laughter, or the exhilarating sense of celebration. A life with God is full of these emotions. Our focus is connection, both to God and to each other, because that is what we are all seeking no matter how old we are.
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