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Growing in Faith Together: Parent and Child Resource Pages

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Parents have the unique responsibility and awesome privilege of shepherding their children spiritually. We want to help churches equip parents to bring truth to bear on the daily life experiences they share
as a family. It is in these daily experiences that the Word can be tried
and found true.

To that end, we include Growing in Faith Together (GIFT): Parent and Child Resource Pages with all our curriculum, to help parents in this important calling. GIFT pages have been written to help parents interact with their children about what they are learning in class. These pages help parents discuss truths that their child is learning in class and help the child apply these truths in daily life, in the hope that their son or daughter will grow in spiritual understanding and in faith.

Some of the benefits of the newly-revised GIFT pages are:

  • They are now available in a convenient spiral-bound version, which can be provided to parents at the beginning of the year. This saves administrative time for church staff and/or teachers.
  • Stories of God’s providence provided for each lesson can be read aloud and discussed as a family. These can serve as a supplement to your family’s regular devotion times.
  • As You Walk by the Way exercises are designed to prompt deep discussions, encouraging parents and their children to engage in spiritual conversations as a part of normal everyday life.

Spiral-bound GIFT pages can be ordered in sets of 10. Note: These pages are also available on the the DVD that is included in the Classroom Kit and can be e-mailed to parents or printed and distributed each week.

Free Printables: “My Purpose Will Stand” Visuals

One of the things that we are really excited about in the release of our revised curriculum is the updated visuals and graphics. As we mentioned in the FAQs about the revised curriculum:

When our curriculum was first being developed in 1998, it was written for use in one church, formatting was done in Word (PDF files were relatively unknown), clip art was cutting edge, electronic display meant overhead projectors and this website did not exist. Since then, both technology and the needs of the churches using our curriculum have changed significantly. What has not changed is our vision to teach God-centered Bible truth to children of all ages.

We are so glad that the curriculum visuals are moving into the 21st century, with graphics and visuals that can hold their own in a digital age. These free printables from the newly-revised My Purpose Will Stand (6th Grade) will give you a taste of the amazing quality of the illustrations and artwork. Use them as your desktop wallpaper, pin them, or share them to inspire yourself and others!


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Lesson 3: God’s Sustaining Providence
God is able to sustain the universe because He is unlimited. Placed against the backdrop of this spectacular lightning photography, students are reminded of God’s power both visually and through the text.

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Lesson 7: All God’s Purposes Are Right
Students learn that God rules with perfect justice and righteousness. We can trust God to rule rightly because He is righteous in all He thinks and does.

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Lesson 28: God’s Providence Over Man’s Way
Original illustrations by Fred Apps are absolutely stunning as they capture the essence of the biblical histories they recreate. You can see God’s gift to him, and now to us, in this illustration of Rebekah watering the camels as God providentially revealed Isaac’s wife in response to the prayer of Abraham’s servant.

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Lesson 33: God’s Providence Over Prayer
This is the type of clean, fresh, modern graphics that are used in many of the teaching visuals. Students write this quote in their notebooks as they learn that God ordains prayer as a means to fulfill His purposes.

Revised Curriculum

Revised Curriculum

In June we highlighted the release of our revised curriculum. Since then people have been asking a lot of questions about the changes we’ve made to the curriculum and how it better equips teachers and engages students.

We now have a lot of helpful information about the revised curriculum on our website, including:

  • an Overview (check out the “Bible Skill Objectives” Chart)
  • a product guide (check out the Electronic Classroom Kit)
  • information about Upgrade Pricing (for existing customers)
  • FAQs (check out the curriculum availability chart)

We hope this information will serve you as you plan your fall curriculum purchases.

Defining Providence

Purpose

Could you give a clear, concise definition of the providence of God? Do you think a 6th grader could? Try to fill in the blanks below:

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The above definition of providence is used throughout the My Purpose Will Stand curriculum. It helps students learn incrementally 1) What God’s providence is; 2) The extent of His providence; and 3) How to respond to His providence.

We asked the author, Sally Michael, a few questions about the newly-revised curriculum:

Q: Why is the providence of God such an important concept for children to learn and understand?

A: Understanding God’s providence gives a person a place of security in all the circumstances of life. If children understand everything is under God’s constant care, they have the foundation for learning that they can trust God.

Q: What is your hope for students who learn about God’s providence?

A: My hope is that children will have the understanding that nothing escapes God’s notice but everything is under His sovereign care, leading them to have the confidence that they can trust God in all circumstances.

Q: What was your main objective in revising the lessons, which were previously written for 2nd through 6th grade classes?

A: My main objective was to specifically target 6th grade students, using appropriate activities and teaching illustrations that match a 6th graders’ intellectual comprehension. In so doing, I was able to answer some critical questions about God’s providence that 6th graders would ask such as, “If God is sovereign, why pray?” and “If God is sovereign does man have real choices?”.

Learn more about My Purpose Will Stand or view curriculum samples.


By the end of 40 Lessons, the majority of students will have this helpful definition memorized:

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The Bridge Ministry: Reaching Children in the City

Ever wonder how other people and churches are implementing the Children Desiring God curriculum? The Bridge, a ministry of Southwest Church in Topeka, Kansas, included a Bible study outreach program that used Children Desiring God curriculum. This video shares how Chris Stewart and his team used Children Desiring God material in their ministry, and how families benefitted from exposure to God-centered teaching. (more…)

Thank you for calling CDG… How May I Help You?

Recently we said goodbye to our longtime customer service representative, Jim. You might be wondering, “Who is going to help me order curriculum?” Never fear! We are very pleased to introduce you to the newest members of our customer service team, Holly and Annie.

(more…)

Coming Soon: My Purpose Will Stand

Purpose Coming Soon

***This resource is now available!***


We are pleased to announce that the revised version of My Purpose Will Stand will be available in mid-July.


My Purpose Will Stand:
A Study for Children on the Providence of God

Lessons: 40
Target Grade: 6th Grade
Grade Range: 5th Grade – 6th Grade
English Standard Version

God is present and active in the world, orchestrating all things to serve His eternal purposes. All His purposes are good and right, and are accomplished with perfection. As the Sovereign Creator of the world (and everything in it!) God has the right, power, wisdom, and righteousness to rule the universe.

The goal of My Purpose Will Stand is to so reveal God and His glorious work of providence that through the Holy Spirit’s work in the teaching of His Word, students would respond to God in faith as they look for God’s providence in all things—meditating on His works, seeing the big picture of God’s work in the world, and seeing the hand and heart of Jesus in all circumstances of their lives.


Watch our website for more information about products, pricing and upgrades for existing customers. In the meantime, learn more about the revised version:

Revised and Enhanced Curriculum from Children Desiring God

Children Desiring God's new CEP Curriculum

Children Desiring God is in the process of revising and updating our Sunday School curriculum. This is more than just a “new look.” After 15 years of curriculum publishing, our mission and vision have not changed. We still exist to spread a passion for the supremacy of God in all things so that the next generation may know and cherish Jesus Christ as the only One who saves and satisfies the desires of the heart.

But in our passion to see the next generations delight in Him, we’ve been working to improve the ways we equip teachers, engage students, and impact families. (more…)

On the Road with CDG – Update

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We shared previously about homeschool events where David & Sally Michael would be presenting the vision for God-centered ministry to children and parents. This week is our last event of the homeschool conference season:

David and Sally Michael will be presenting two workshops:

  • Friday, June 14, 11:45 am—Teaching the Bible to Spread the Supremacy of God in All Things
  • Saturday, June 15, 10:30 am—A Vision for Growing a God-centered, Bible-saturated, Christ-exalting Generation

If you are in the area, or planning to be at this event, we invite you to attend these seminars and to visit the Children Desiring God exhibit for a free informational DVD. The CDG team would love to meet with you and answer any questions you may have!

John Piper—Be Holy, for I am Holy: Delighting in the Holiness of God

John Piper shared this message at the Children Desiring God 2013 National Conference.

You can also read the transcript of Pastor John’s message.

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