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Lifelong Learning
Christian Formation and Discipleship

Resources and Curriculum

Episcopal Children's Curriculum
Music: Please note that we do not have rights to the recorded music that was once offered with ECC. The tapes are no longer produced in any format. 

Art: Art and illustrations commissioned and created for ECC are included in the downloadable materials. You are free to use this art.
Episcopal Children's Curriculum (ECC) is a thematic Sunday school curriculum tied to the seasons of the church year. It was  developed by the Center for the Ministry of Teaching under the direction of the Rev. Locke E. Bowman, Jr. and Amelia J. Dyer, Ph.D.  Although no longer in print, ECC curriculum materials are available for FREE download here on our website. Use the navigation below to find the documents you need.

Age Groups: ECC is available for three age groups: Preschool/Kindergarten, Primary (grades 1–3), and Intermediate (grades 4–6). 

Scope and Sequence: ECC divides each school year into four units.
Unit Time of Year Topic
I Late Pentecost (Sept - Nov) Old Testament
II Advent - Epiphany (Dec - Jan) New Testament
III Lent & Easter (Feb - Mar) Baptism/Eucharist/Worship
IV Spring & Pentecost (Apr - May) Additonal Themes

Three-Year Cycle: For each age group, the ECC provides three years of material. A child or class may start in any one of the three years. In other words, the Shell, Chalice and Cross years may be used in any order. 
Shell Year: Four units, special focus on Baptism 
Chalice Year: Four units, special focus on Eucharist
Cross Year: Four units, special focus on Worship
Episcopal Youth Curriculum
ECY is offered in modular format for maximum flexibility. The materials may be used in any order for classes, retreats, or youth group meetings. Each modular part focuses on a topic of interest to young people, who helped design the curriculum.
Episcopal Teacher Magazine

About Episcopal Teacher

Episcopal Teacher is the research journal of Lifelong Learning: Christian Formation and Discipleship. The last print issue of Episcopal Teacher will be mailed and available electronically in January 2019.

We are currently working on building a new Episcopal Teacher site that includes new articles, thoughtful pieces about faith formation, and its groundings within faith traditions. Please sign-up for our Christian Formation e-newsletter to keep up-to-date with our latest news.
Resources for Ministry for Older Adults
The Lifelong Learning at Virginia Theological Seminary has curated resources for churches and other organizations providing ministry for and with older adults. For most of the eight categories at the bottom of the page, we have selected our “Top Picks” to give users a helpful starting point. Below the “Top Picks” category are additional resources that may be useful to those planning or implementing programs for older adults.
For the most part, we have selected resources that are easily available through the internet or in books. In addition to titles, we provide names of authors, publishers, dates of publication and websites, if appropriate. The resources in this listing are targeted to churches, retirement communities, and similar institutions. We do not have the space or expertise to include resources on topics like health or finances, which can be provided by governmental agencies organizations like AARP.
We will continue to add new resources and update links and other information. If you wish to recommend a resource, please contact us

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