“You told us that you’d like a choice, so we’re offering both print and digital teaching resources this fall,” said an announcement from Brethren Press and the Shine curriculum produced jointly with MennoMedia.
The curriculum is seeking help to estimate how many congregations will want print resources as well as digital resources for Sunday school classes starting this fall. “If you can place your order early–by June 30–we’ll be better able to set a print quantity that’s just right,” said the announcement. “You can still order later, but there might be a delay in filling print orders.”
Student resources continue to be print only. Teacher books and other resources are available in digital format.
In addition, Shine is offering a brand-new, non-dated, digital curriculum called Current, meant to serve the whole church. “Bring children, youth, and adults together in worship and learning!” said an announcement. The first unit of Current is on the topic “Seeking Justice Together,” exploring biblical justice and wholeness for humanity and all of God’s creation.
New for Fall 2021
Shine’s new Teaching Kits are available in both print and digital formats. Teaching kits include a teacher’s guide, illustrated story pictures or “Follow the Story” cards, and full-color teaching posters. When ordering, choose the desired format (print or digital), add student materials, story Bibles, and music CDs. Extra print teacher guides are available to purchase as “add ons” after purchasing a print teaching kit.
New age groupings are a result of surveys in which Shine staff learned that congregations may be planning to combine some early childhood classes. The curriculum has adjusted by regrouping materials. For Fall 2021, the age categories are Pre-K to Kindergarten, Elementary (grades 1-5), and Junior Youth (grades 6-8).
All Together: God’s Story For You & Me is new for the fall, with Bible stories that are central in the Shine curriculum. This Bible storybook is the source of each session’s Bible story for elementary-age students for the 2021-2022 curriculum year. Order one for each student and teacher.
Shine at Home for Fall 2021 is a streamlined version of the weekly sessions for families to do at home. These weekly mini-sessions help children and families explore the Bible story if the congregation is not offering in-person Sunday school. Purchase a downloadable PDF and email it to all the families in the congregation.
Go to www.brethrenpress.com/searchresults.asp?cat=224 to purchase the Fall 2021 resources from Shine and to support the publishing ministry of the Church of the Brethren.
This new non-dated, digital curriculum is intended for congregations to use in intergenerational gatherings as well as the separate age groups. It is suitable for summer, mid-week, or special events at any time of the year. Current offers age-appropriate sessions for preschoolers, elementary-aged children, youth, adults, intergenerational groups, and also includes resources for worship.
The first unit of Current is on the topic “Seeking Justice Together,” exploring biblical justice and wholeness for humanity and all of God’s creation. It is available as a comprehensive bundle for the whole church, but age levels and worship resources also are sold separately.
Go to www.brethrenpress.com/SearchResults.asp?Cat=227 to purchase Current resources from Shine and to support the publishing ministry of the Church of the Brethren.
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