Gather Round, 800-441-3712, http://www.gatherround.org/
Preschool (Ages 3 – 5)
Primary (grades K – 2)
Middler (grades 3 – 5)
Multiage (grades K – 6)
Junior Youth (grades 6 – 8)
Youth (grades 9 – 12)
Gather Round: Hearing and Sharing God’s Good News is a bible-based Sunday School curriculum created for children, youth and the adults who care for them. Using the faithful retelling of Bible stories this curriculum strives to guide congregations and teachers in leading children, youth and their parents and caregivers to follow Jesus Christ with joy and confidence. Developed by the Mennonite Church, Gather Round invites adults to gather around the Biblical story with children and youth to learn and grow together in faith.
The Gather Round curriculum has four major goals:
• To nurture children and youth in their faith formation by helping them know, love, and follow God, by engaging children and youth in the language and habits of worship, respecting them as partners in ministry, and encouraging them to engage directly with scripture.
• To strengthen the connection between home and congregation by offering parents and caregivers resources to participate in their children’s faith formation, and providing opportunities to engage the entire congregation in faith nurture.
• To explore what it means to follow in the footsteps of Jesus in Christian community by considering how God is working in the world and how people are invited to participate in that work, by learning how to share our faith with others, by providing an alternative to worldviews that emphasize individualism, power, and accumulation of wealth, and by encouraging an attitude of service.
• To promote versatility and ease-of-use by supporting congregational Christian education programs, and by maximizing the responsiveness and flexibility of the curriculum.
Curriculum parts include:
- Leader’s guide for each age group
- Student resource for each preschool through junior youth group
- Classroom pack which contains posters, cards, teaching pictures for each age group
- Gather ‘Round Handbook: The Essential Guide for Leaders and Teachers
- Gather ‘Round Annual Music CD
- Gather ‘Round Bible Picture Stand
- Hymnal: A Worship Book
- Sing the Journey songbook