Jigsaw Sunday School Curriculum
Our children’s work is growing and Diocesan Children’s Officer, Julie Currie, has just launched a brand new Sunday School curriculum called ‘Jigsaw – Connecting God’s Big Picture’. The programme has been 18 months in development and has been adopted by 27 parishes around the diocese. Available free to Down and Dromore parishes, the Jigsaw programme contains all the material needed for leaders to run a full year of Sunday School and can be used across a variety of church contexts.“Jigsaw is the result of a lot of research and we have tried to build in the best aspects of other programmes we looked at,” says Julie. “We’re aiming to produce a 6 year curriculum in two 3–year cycles repeated from a slightly different angle, so that by the time our kids leave primary school they are well grounded in the Bible. The material uses teaching, memory verses, prayers and activities that will make up the bigger picture of God’s love and His plan for our lives.”
This is the pilot year and Julie is very much collaborating with the Sunday Schools who are giving feedback via Facebook and Pinterest, such as this comment after week two:
“We started last week with an introduction to the programme and today had our first full blown Sunday school. We really enjoyed using the materials and I loved the fact it was all planned already. Thank you so much for devising this all for busy leaders”
The Seventh Bishop's Bible Week starts tonight in Shankill Parish Church Lurgan at 7:45pm each night - Tuesday 27th , Wednesday 28th, Thursday 29th and friday 30th August.
The speaker is our very own Bishop. Bishop Harold will be speaking on the Acts of the Apostles, looking at the very foundations of mission in the early church under the title, ‘We’re on a Mission’:
Tuesday 27th August
The Preparation of Prayer
Wednesday 28 August
The Pouring Out of The Spirit at Pentecost
Thursday 29 August
The Preaching of Penitence
Friday 30 August
The Practical Practice
Here are a few things you might like to know:
- The Bible Week is completely free so don’t worry about an entrance fee!
- You don’t need to worship in the Diocese of Down and Dromore or even the Church of Ireland to attend. All are welcome
- Do bring a Bible but the Bible passages will be available in a new translation by Tom Wright (The New Testament for Everyone)
- The evening should last approximately 2 hours
Prayer ministry will be available towards the end of each evening at the front of the church in the chancel and to the left. Please avail of the opportunity to receive prayer for yourself or someone known to you. The Prayer Team are trained, experienced, discreet and considerate. Most importantly, they will themselves have spent time in prayer before the evening begins.
The evening’s message from Bishop Harold will be available for download from our website the next day. All four messages will remain available until the end of September, after which they will be found in the news archives.
The Good Book Shop will have a stall at the back so you may wish to make a purchase before or after the meeting.
The Good Book Shop’s Special Bible Week Offers
The New Testament For Everyone (Hardback) £10.00
Acts for Everyone Parts 1 & 2 £9.99 each or 2 for £13.00
Tom Wright Complete Commentary Set: £150.00 (Available to order only. Deposit required. See bookstall for details).