Shine: Living in God's Light

Matthew 5:14-16: You are the light of the world. . . . Let your light shine before others,
so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.

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Explore God's love with the new Shine Sunday school curriculum! Engaging stories and activities will help children find meaning in the biblical stories, understand that they are known and loved by God, and learn what it means to follow Jesus. The Bible-based materials invite everyone to shine God's light in the world!

Bible-based session plans, imaginative activities, and an emphasis on spiritual practice and peacemaking! Shine: Living in God's Light offers everything you need to plan a dynamic Sunday school program that nurtures children in the way of Jesus.

Shine:

  • calls children to experience the transforming power of God's love;
  • nurtures trust in God and invites children to follow Jesus;
  • encourages imaginative, interactive biblical storytelling;
  • explores the meaning of the Bible within the gathered community;
  • cultivates the inner life of the Spirit through spiritual practices;
  • expresses faith through lives of compassionate peacemaking and service; and
  • invites all ages to shine God's light in the world.

Shine curriculum products are created with your children in mind.

Each age group includes products specifically designed for that developmental stage. Shine age groups overlap to allow you to choose the span that works best for your children: Early Childhood (ages 3–5); Primary (grades K–3); Middler (grades 3–6); Junior Youth (grades 6–8); and Multiage (grades K–6). Multiage is especially designed for congregations with a small number of children in Sunday school.

[Shine On]

Two key products are the Early Childhood CD and Shine On: A Story Bible for Primary and Middler children. Both of these products are purchased once and are used throughout three years of Shine curriculum. Families in your church can also purchase these two products as valuable faith formation pieces to use at home.

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Watch a video introduction to Shine and find more information at ShineCurriculum.com.

Early Childhood (ages 3-5) incorporates nested leaflets filled with colorful, child-friendly activities. Leaflets can be pulled apart to send home. A parent section helps families connect to church and home.

Primary children (grades K-3) use nested leaflets with lively, creative activities. These leaflets can also be sent home with children and include a section to help parents connect the lesson to life at home.

Middler children (grades 3-6) use Glow, a 48-page student magazine with articles and activities.

Junior Youth (grades 6-8) use L.E.D., a 32-page student magazine that helps coordinate learning and faith formation in each session.

Multiage classes (grades K-6) can use either the primary leaflets (for K-3) or the Glow magazine. Teachers can choose student pieces according to age.

Shine Together: The Essential Guide for Leaders and Teachers is an excellent teacher training guide. Learn how to use Shine and welcome children; focus on the spiritual practice of teaching, and ponder ways to lead and learn from children of each age level.

For more information, visit the official Shine website.

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