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Flexible, fully customizable curriculum that equips kids with a solid faith foundation.

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About DIG IN

Lay the Groundwork
for Lasting Faith

DIG IN Sunday school curriculum helps you guide preschool through 6th-grade kids to new discoveries about God, creating a firm and comprehensive foundation of faith to last a lifetime.

DIG IN allows you to adapt lessons to fit your unique needs with creative, multisensory experiences that immerse your kids in deep Bible learning, helping them know Jesus personally and grow in relationship with him.

Choose from a variety of program themes delivered through DIG IN's easy-to-use online lesson builder offering you the ultimate in flexibility.

Transform Kids'
Relationships with God

There's a big difference between knowing about someone and really knowing them personally. That's why the guiding principles behind all DIG IN lessons are designed to help kids develop a genuine, growing relationship with God by getting to know his heart.

Here's a look at those principles...

DIG IN is this... not that Here's why...
DIG IN emphasizes discovery... not dictated. DIG IN creates experiences where kids make discoveries, helping them to take ownership of their faith. Simply being TOLD to believe something does not result in a strong and sustaining faith.
DIG IN is the present... not the past. DIG IN presents the Bible as real and relevant. Kids understand the Bible is not full of distant, irrelevant principles, but is packed with rich meaning that applies to their lives today.
DIG IN means knowing... not knowing about. DIG IN moves kids from knowing about the historical Jesus to knowing him personally and growing in a relationship with him.
DIG IN is experiential... not lecture. DIG IN offers multisensory, educationally sound experiences that immerse kids in learning, rather than teacher talk that can result in boredom, disciplinary problems, and disengagement.
DIG IN means student talk... not teacher talk. DIG IN builds in time for kids to talk to each other to process thoughts and concepts instead of only listening. Verbal participation helps to imprint Bible truths and capitalizes on the reality that for some kids "interacting with my friends" is a key motivator to come to church.
DIG IN is relational... not impersonal. DIG IN lessons involve interaction, conversation, and storytelling. Kids learn from adults who share their own faith stories, building trust, friendship, and a faith that sticks. Kids practice relational skills that help them live out their faith beyond the classroom.
DIG IN asks tough questions... not avoiding the tough stuff. DIG IN tackles grappling questions head-on in Deeper Bible. This shows kids that no questions or doubts are off-limits. Asking questions grows faith. Jesus was the Master Asker who didn't fear the tough questions.
DIG IN lessons make one clear point... not multiple confusing points. DIG IN uses one clear, kid-friendly Bible point, presented through multiple learning methods, that makes it easier for kids to grasp and remember what they've learned. Rather than hearing, "I learned about Jesus' birth", you might hear, "I learned that God does the impossible."
DIG IN asks open-ended questions... not asking for expected answers. DIG IN is packed with thought-provoking, Jesus-style questions that challenge kids to truly explore their hearts and minds as opposed to stating the expected answers.
DIG IN is delightful... not dour. Not only will DIG IN make YOU smile, your kids will smile, giggle, gasp, laugh, and be downright delighted with Sunday school. It's no secret that we learn more when we enjoy the learning process. The experiences will engage kids on their own level and bring them joy.
DIG IN is adaptable... not rigid. DIG IN is designed so that you can choose activity blocks based on kids learning styles, teacher strengths, classroom time, class format...whatever works with the best of your ministry because you know your ministry best. You aren't locked into anything other than Bible truth!
DIG IN emphasizes heart change... not head knowledge. DIG IN is not about just information, it's about seeing kids transformed by a real relationship with Jesus, diving deep into what Scripture has to say about their lives.

How DIG IN Works

Create Deep Bible Learning
That Fits Your Needs

From deep Bible lessons and games to crafts, videos, and more, you can customize lessons to fit your format, your lesson time, what your kids love, and your teachers' unique gifts and interests!

Activity Title

Opening

Length

5 minutes

Description

A warm, relational introduction to the Bible story.

DIG IN Opening Activity

Activity Title

Core Bible
Discovery

Length

20 minutes

Description

The heart of every lesson. An immersive, "you are there" way for kids to experience the Bible story.

DIG IN Core Bile Activity

Activity Title

Core Bible
At Home

Length

20 minutes

Description

An adapted version of the Core Bible Discovery block built specifically for at-home or online environments. This block also contains suggestions for other at-home or online friendly lesson blocks.

DIG IN Core Bile at Home Activity

Activity Title

Life Application
Wrap-Up

Length

5 minutes

Description

Kids have a time for prayer and to personalize what they've learned.

DIG IN Life-Application Wrap-Up Activity

Activity Title

Deeper Bible

Length

15 minutes

Description

For elementary, this block poses age-appropriate questions that drive Bible learning. For preschoolers, this block goes deeper into the Bible through interactive activities.

DIG IN Deeper Bible Activity

Activity Title

High-Energy
Game

Length

10 minutes

Description

An energetic way to interact with the Bible point—ideal for a larger space.

DIG IN High Energy Game Activity

Activity Title

Low-Energy
Game

Length

10 minutes

Description

A fun way to interact with the Bible point—ideal for a less active option.

DIG IN Low Energy Game Activity

Activity Title

Object Lesson

Length

10 minutes

Description

Make learning memorable with a tangible item or experiment that illustrates the Bible point in vivid 3D.

DIG IN Object Lesson Activity

Activity Title

Craft

Length

10 minutes

Description

Delight craft lovers with a simple, creative expression of what they've learned.

DIG IN Craft Activity

Activity Title

Music Video

Length

10 minutes

Description

Worship God with professionally produced kid-friendly songs.

DIG IN Music Video Activity

Activity Title

Talk-About
Video

Length

10 minutes

Description

Visual learners love this fun way to engage with the Bible story or Bible point.

DIG IN Talk-About Video Activity

Activity Title

Take Home

Description

A great way to equip families to talk throughout the week. Print to send home with kids, engage parents with emails, or post on your church website or social media.

DIG IN Take Home Activity
DIG IN Sunday School Curriculum works on tablet and dektop devices

Build Unique Lessons to Match Your Ministry in No Time!

The simple "drag and drop" lesson builder makes creating your lessons fast and easy. And when you're finished, simply download your lesson to print or share as a PDF or editable Word Doc.

No printers or internet access required in classrooms—simply print lessons for teaching.

Program Options

Choose From Five 
Biblically Deep Themes

With many unique themes to choose from, each DIG IN program can stand alone—but the real power comes when you use all of them to give kids a comprehensive faith foundation. Use in any order.

The Life of Jesus Sunday School Curriculum Program
COVID-19 Compatible

Digging Into

The Life of Jesus

Digging Into the Life of Jesus leads kids in walking in Jesus' footsteps from his birth to his resurrection and ascension. Kids don't just learn about the historical Jesus; they get to know him personally. They'll discover that Jesus is a real person—a real friend—who makes a difference in their lives today. scope & sequence

The Bible In One Year Sunday School Curriculum Program
COVID-19 Compatible

Digging Into

The Bible in One Year

Digging Into the Bible in One Year takes kids on a whirlwind journey from Genesis to Revelation. Kids experience a relationship with God through the eyes of ordinary Bible people. Kids will discover that they're a lot like people God has always loved and worked through. scope & sequence

The Heart of God Sunday School Curriculum Program
COVID-19 Compatible

Digging Into

The Heart of God

Bring a fresh approach to growing a lifelong relationship with God. As kids explore God's character throughout the Bible, God transforms them from the inside out. Kids discover what it means to reflect God's Heart in everyday life. scope & sequence

Epic Teachings of the Bible Sunday School Curriculum Program
COVID-19 Compatible

Digging Into

Epic Teachings of the Bible

Explore the enduring lessons of the Old and New Testaments. Kids build a foundation that guides them in living God's way. You'll dig into Scripture such as the Fruit of the Spirit, Armor of God, and Psalm 23. Kids discover that the Bible matters and is a loving letter from a God who understands them. scope & sequence

Foundations of Faith Sunday School Curriculum Program
COVID-19 Compatible

Digging Into

Foundations of Faith

Lay the groundwork for what it means to be a Christian. Kids explore what the Bible reveals about who God is and how God sees us, how we fit in God's family, and how we live the Christian life. As kids understand core concepts, they'll gain a solid framework for their relationship with Jesus. scope & sequence

DIG IN Pricing

Pricing for Any 
Church Size & Budget

Choose a program theme and select your pricing tier based on the average number of kids you have each week, and you're ready to roll with unlimited classrooms. All pricing tiers include access to all age levels, class formats, activity blocks, and media.

Tier Level Number of Students Cost Per Quarter
Tier 1 1-20 kids $109
Tier 2 21-40 kids $159
Tier 3 41-60 kids $209
Tier 4 61-100 kids $259
Tier 5 101-400 kids $309
Tier 6 401+ kids $384

DIG IN is a subscription-based model. Each program theme includes 13-week quarters of curriculum. Upon subscribing, you are charged for the first quarter of materials, which becomes available to use immediately. Each subsequent quarter becomes available 90 days later and is charged automatically. Cancel at any time.

FAQ

Frequently Asked
Questions

The demo version gives you one lesson to build in any classroom format or any combination of the 11 Activity Blocks provided. With the full version you can create unlimited classrooms and each quarter includes 13 configurable lessons. The full version also includes a private web page for your teachers to access published lessons.

Yes, within the demo you can view or download the first two lessons from each available program.

Group Publishing has earned its excellent reputation in the field of children's ministry, with over forty years of experience equipping ministries across multiple Christian denominations. We stand behind our mission: "We create experiences that help people grow in relationship with Jesus and each other."

  • Our team of editors comes with a lot of experience!
  • Combined 93 years volunteering with children.
  • Combined 93 years developing curriculum.
  • Combined 16 years of experience working in a paid ministry setting.
  • Combined 10 years of experience teaching at a school.
  • 7 children and 6 grandchildren raised in Christian homes.
We currently volunteer with these ages:
  • Elementary (1st-5th) large group/small group format
  • 4th & 5th graders in an age-graded Sunday School setting
  • 3- to 8- year olds
  • infants
  • elementary kids (grades K-6) in an after school tutoring program for at-risk kids
  • 3- to 15-year olds
Our degrees include:
  • B.A. in Christian Education from Wheaton College, with a minor in Bible & Theology
  • M.A. in Children and Family Ministry from Bethel Seminary
  • B.A. in Elementary Education, from Colorado Christian University with a minor in Biblical Studies
Plus...
  • Experience leading children's ministries in small, medium, and mega church settings.
  • Helping create Group's VBS programs for over 24 years
  • DIG IN was originally developed by an editor with a Master of Divinity.
  • We believe the Bible is the inspired, authoritative Word of God.
  • We believe there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
  • We believe in the deity of Jesus Christ, in his virgin birth, in his sinless life, in his death on the cross, in his bodily resurrection, in his ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in his personal return.
  • We believe people receive forgiveness of sins and eternal life through Jesus.

All the tools and content are the same. We created DIG IN so it's affordable for any size church or budget. A large church will spend less per student than a small church, but a smaller ministry will spend less overall.

New programs are typically announced in January and released in June.

Each program is sold separately. You might choose to use multiple programs simultaneously with different age levels or for different purposes. For example, you might use Life of Jesus for Sunday school and The Bible In One Year for a Wednesday evening program.

When you purchase, you pay up front for your first quarter. Every 90 days, your credit card will be automatically charged for the next quarter before it's delivered. You can cancel any time prior to the quarterly billing date. Once you've received all content for a specific program, the billing cycle will stop unless you purchase a different program.

Your quarterly content delivery schedule is based on the original purchase date of your program. So, for example, if you purchase "Digging Into the Life of Jesus" on June 15th, you will have immediate access to Quarter 1 upon purchase. Your next quarter will become available 90 days later on September 15th when your second payment is made and so on until you have paid for all four quarters. You can cancel or reactivate at any time. If you reactivate, your subscription will start with the next available quarter.

No, all four quarters will be delivered in sequence. However, you can edit your delivery schedule to get your next quarter sooner, postpone it to a later date, or cancel your subscription and reactivate it later if desired.

No, once you've paid for a quarter, you have access to that lesson content for 15 months from the original purchase date. Cancelling a subscription just stops the billing cycle so you do not receive any new content until you choose to reactivate.

No, Group's company return policy states that "Products or services that include downloadable content are non-returnable once content has been delivered. All sales are final." However, you may cancel your subscription at any time to avoid future charges.

You can start a program at any time. You'll always begin with Quarter 1 and continue through the scope and sequence. We provide additional holiday lessons for Christmas and Easter for you to drop in to your lesson plan as needed.

Yes. After choosing the activity blocks for a lesson, you will assign a date for that lesson to be taught. When you look at your Published Lessons page, lessons will be displayed in order by date. Since you can start DIG IN at any time of year, additional Christmas, Easter, and Palm Sunday lessons are provided to schedule in whenever needed.

Yes, your license includes permission to print copies of lessons for any number of teachers or helpers within your church as long as they are only used with the number of students specified in your pricing tier.

Page count varies based on how you build each lesson; however, you can estimate about 12-pages of lesson content for an hour of teaching time. If you choose to use class handouts and/or take-home pages, you may decide to print these as well. Remember, you have the option to download lessons to an electronic device for teaching…or you can setup a Staples Advantage account, upload your lessons, and take advantage of highly discounted printing.

DIG IN uses a web browser interface. There's no software to install, so all you need is a PC or Mac connected to the Internet to build and publish lessons. It's easy! And teachers can review and even teach lessons from a computer, tablet, or hard-copy printout.

Downloadable video files are included at no extra charge, but if you prefer to purchase physical DVDs, you may buy them directly from Group.com. There's a separate DVD available for each quarter, so please specify the quarter(s) you need when placing your order.

Before building lessons, you'll start by setting up classrooms. If your church has multiple services, you may want to name a classroom for each service, such as "9 a.m. Grades 1 & 2" so you can tailor each classroom experience to the particular preferences of the teachers or students involved. When creating a classroom, you can name it and choose the classroom format options such as age-graded, one room, or large-group/small-group. Taking this simple step also keeps teachers from accidentally changing another teacher's lesson.

You can create as many classrooms as you desire—it's up to you.

There are three main classroom formats available:
  • Choose Age-Graded Classrooms if your ministry has kids in separate classrooms for age-appropriate learning and activities. You may select up to four different age groupings.
  • Choose One Room if your ministry has kids of various ages (from Preschool to 6th Grade) together in a single room. This option works well for a children's church, midweek program, or smaller Sunday school program.
  • Choose Large-Group/Small-Group to have all elementary-age kids gathered together for a portion of the lesson and then split into small group crews for interactive experiences and deeper discussions.

Completely different activity blocks are created for Preschool and Grades 3&4 (media blocks being an exception). The two activity blocks are then adjusted as needed to be age-appropriate for Grades 1&2 and Grades 5&6. Sometimes, the activities work well for multiple age groups with no edits. Sometimes, changes are made to words, questions, or other elements making the activities more age-appropriate. The result is activities that are often quite similar, and in some cases identical between age groups. Rest assured, lessons are carefully edited to ensure age-appropriateness for each age group.

Also, many years of successful VBS program development have proven that children of different ages can have the same experience and interpret it ways that are meaningful to their age. We know this to be true and leverage it in our DIG IN lessons development. Watch this video to learn more.

Absolutely! The One Room and Large-Group/Small-Group classroom formats work particularly well for children's church, evening, or midweek programs.

Yes. You can download video files (in mp4 format) for use with your preferred presentation software.

Yes, all videos may also be streamed online on our Vimeo account at vimeo.com/digin.

You'll be able to access quarterly lesson content for 15 months (1 year + 1 quarter) from the date of payment. Each quarter will have its own expiration date, shown in the Quarter dropdown within the Lesson Builder screen. You can also check the expiration date for quarterly content on the Account Settings > Subscriptions page.

If you think of a lesson as a recipe, Activity Blocks are the ingredients. Each Activity Block has a specified time duration, and each block is connected to the main lesson point, so everything has a purpose. The most important block is the Core Bible Discovery block because it contains the central Bible story for the lesson. You can mix and match other blocks to add music, crafts, games, and other activities to your lesson to meet your needs for available time and teacher/student preference.

Every lesson offers 11 different activity blocks to mix and match. By default, we include the following blocks in every lesson: Opening, Core Bible Discovery, and Life Application Wrap-Up for a total of 30 minutes. If you choose to include all 11 available blocks, your total lesson time would be 1 hour, 55 minutes.

New Living Translation (NLT)

Once you've built a lesson, you can add it to the list of Published Lessons for teachers to access online.

You can give each teacher his or her own login to view and/or download lesson content from the Published Lessons page. You can also choose whether to give individual teachers permission to build or edit lessons.

You may choose to print hard-copy lessons for your teachers or allow teachers to retrieve their own lessons from the Published Lessons page in your DIG IN account. It's completely up to you.

The more the merrier! You may set up as many teacher logins as needed to support the number of students in the pricing tier you have purchased.

All teachers can view lessons for all classrooms. DIG IN is a flexible lesson builder that's easy for you to manage—including giving your team full visibility so they can inspire one another.

You have the option to print hard-copy lesson materials, download and email files to your sub, or set up a login for your sub so he or she can download his or her own lesson materials. You're covered!

No. A computer with an internet connection is only needed to build lessons and download or print your lesson content. Within your classroom, your teachers can teach from a hardcopy printout or a mobile device. For video content, we recommend either downloading video files to a device connected to a TV or projector, or you can purchase a quarterly DVD and play the videos using a standard DVD player.

Yes. We provide a permission release document here that you may take with you to any printing service to certify you have the rights to reproduce the materials for local church use.