What Every Child Should Experience – Updated

...and the child grew

…and the child grew

What Every Child Should Experience – A Guide for Leaders and Teachers in United Methodist Congregations is a resource developed through Discipleship Ministries of The United Methodist Church to assist leaders and teachers of children in United Methodist Congregations in the area of faith formation. You will find this guide useful in choosing and studying scripture, selecting and writing curriculum, offering parents and guardians useful developmental information, and addressing issues facing today’s children.

Section 1 – A comprehensive guide to scripture significant for children as they develop cognitively and theologically.

Section 2 – Comprehensive charts that address the needs of children and the concepts they can understand at different stages of development around the beliefs and concepts of God, Worship, The Bible, Home and Family, Everyday Life, Community and Methodist Heritage.

What Every Child Should Experience – A Guide for Leaders and Teachers in United Methodist Congregations 

What Every Child Should Experience – Individual downloads by age 

Spanish and French translations are forthcoming! 


Our Methodist Heritage

A Little Bit of Heritage

The history of the Methodist Church is filled with great faith, excitement, and evangelism.  There is a long history of caring for the poor and oppressed, and people with the deep desire to do whatever is necessary to share the love and good news of God with those who need it most. The lessons of Our United Methodist History are designed to help preschoolers and elementary aged children learn and celebrate the rich and vibrant history of their denomination. Perhaps, through understanding the history and passion of John Wesley and the people called Methodists, they might capture the desire to do God’s work and bring the good news to our world today!  The lessons are short and designed to work with mixed-aged children.  The activities use a minimum of supplies and include pictures of the activities to help with clarity.  

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Consider exploring our heritage through the celebration of a Love Feast: