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Hearts Alive provides liturgical congregations a high quality, three-year children's curriculum that combines captivating content, lectionary alignment, and gospel focus for students ages 3-12. For those seeking to engage children in a fun, age-appropriate application to the Revised Common Lectionary, the authors of The Cross Walk children’s curriculum have formatted this third installment of a three-year course of study to give children a strong overview of the story of salvation and how it ties to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Hearts Alive supports and elevates liturgical traditions and the church calendar while using clear, contemporary learning techniques to present the Word of God.
Congregations searching for a compelling bridge to the lectionary readings in regular worship will find this curriculum to be a first-of-its-kind resource for teachers and families, reaching children on three learning levels—pre-K–K, lower elementary, and upper elementary—as well as a fourth unit for children’s large group worship settings. Each week’s lesson will incorporate hands-on activities, an actionable challenge, and a reproducible parent page for further interaction at home. Hearts Alive is designed to be adaptable for use in both large and small group settings, making it easy to adapt to churches’ current formats.
Bible Study Media, Inc. works to foster a Biblically-literate church in North America through the production of engaging, faithful, and accessible Christian teaching resources for the Church and individuals.
"Having been involved in children's, youth, and family ministry for nearly two decades, I know the desperate frustration of searching far and wide for compelling and biblically sound resources. Bible Study Media is filling a cavernous need in children's ministry curriculum with theologically-grounded, application-rich curriculum. Hearts Alive is a vibrant and engaging resource for congregations of varying sizes and age-breakdowns. It is extremely user-friendly for adult leaders who desire for students to come away with a Jesus-centered understanding of the lectionary Scriptures each week. By including accessible activities and a take-home sheet, this curriculum aids churches in connecting Sunday truths to the Monday through Saturday lives of families. I wholeheartedly encourage anyone who takes seriously our mandate to form and equip young Christians to utilize Hearts Alive!"
Adam Young, Priest for Youth & Families, Cathedral Church of St. Luke, Orlando
"At Church of the Ascension, we're excited to be using Hearts Alive, a curriculum that is both biblically based and lectionary driven. We want our children to know the Scriptures, to hide the Word of God deep in their hearts, and to encounter the risen Christ in them. We also want them to do so in concert with the Christian Year and, therefore, with their parents. Thus, following the lectionary not only engages kids in the broader life of the church, which is crucial, but gives parents further opportunities to disciple their children. Parents and children can talk about what they are learning since there will be overlap and, God willing, synergy between adult and children's catechesis."
The Rev. Matthew Ainsley, Assistant RectorChurch of the Ascension, Orlando, FL
"More than ever before, we need children that are grounded in the gospel. I am thrilled about the new children's Sunday School curriculum, Hearts Alive. This is a lectionary-based curriculum that is gospel-centered and will help meet the needs of children and families alike. I heartily recommend it!"
Rev. Dr. Winfield Bevins, Director of Church Planting, Asbury Theological Seminary
"Have you been waiting for years for a children's curriculum that is both gospel-centered and lectionary based? Your wait is over. Hearts Alive from New Growth Press and the folks who brought us The Crucified Life, is creative and engaging. Check it out. It's just plain good."
Matt Marino, Associate Rector, St. John the Divine, Houston; Board member, Vibrant Faith
"This curriculum is an excellent choice for anyone teaching Sunday school or leading a children's ministry. Each lesson comes with everything you will need to successfully teach a Bible story–the teacher's guide, a take home page, a craft template, step-by-step photos, and activity pages are all included and ready to use. No need to spend extra time searching for templates or visuals, because it's all there! The graphics are good and the format is very easy to follow, especially when working with volunteers who are new to children's ministries. The three learning levels are color-coded, which makes the lessons easily identifiable."
Adriana Christenson, Director of Christian Education, St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Lake Mary, FL
"Following Jesus's instruction, 'Let the little children come to me . . . for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs,' Hearts Alive: A Gospel-Based Children's Lectionary Curriculum innovatively approaches Sunday School with Christ-focused and engaging stories, activities, memory verses, and topics for children and families alike. Easy-to-follow lesson plans are teacher-friendly while also allowing for creativity. Hearts Alive makes children's Sunday School a week-long journey for the entire family."
The Right Reverend Gregory O. Brewer, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Central Florida
"In the cluttered landscape of children's curriculum, Hearts Alive offers a fresh and exciting advancement in educating and equipping the next generation. Lessons burst with life engaging every age with innovative and artistic activities that are actually relevant to the truly exegetically solid biblical teachings. Redemption Church has spent many years searching for curriculum, and with Hearts Alive, our quest is finally over."
Rev. Jason Bowman, Rector, Redemption Church
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