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Group’s children’s ministry resources have one goal: to let God shine through you as you help kids grow in Jesus! Everything here revolves around your real, everyday ministry. Discover a few of the fun and exciting resources highlighted at Children’s Ministry Local Training below.

Notes From Jesus

Notes From Jesus

Notes From Jesus are his messages to new friends. Each playfully illustrated note reminds kids that Jesus wants a lifelong friendship. Perfect for kids just starting a relationship with Jesus!

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Spiritual Grit

Spiritual Grit

Spiritual Grit offers an extensive menu of everyday life practices that Jesus modeled in his ministry. Without Jesus, grit is just a gimmick. With Jesus, grit can infuse the world—and our lives—with hope.

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Friends with God Story Bible

Friends with God Bible

Help kids build a true friendship with God! In the Friends With God Story Bible, kids meet 54 Bible-times friends who share their thrilling stories, each from their own view…

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Friends with God Activity Book

Friends with God
Activity Book

Being friends with God is fun, real, and exciting...and so is this activity book! No more generic mazes or humdrum puzzles.

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POP Praise: Celebrate DVD

POP Praise:
Celebrate DVD

Kids love the catchy Jesus-centered music videos in POP Praise: Celebrate, and parents love hearing their kids’ bright, bouncy voices singing to Jesus throughout the week!

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POP Praise: Jump for Joy DVD

POP Praise:
Jump for Joy DVD

This POP Praise DVD features 12 awesome worship songs, including contemporary Christian melodies and updates of favorite hymns. All approved by millions of kids at Group VBS programs around the world!

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More Songs of the Christmas Story

More Songs of the
Christmas Story

This all-new four-week curriculum shares the story of Christmas through four beloved songs. These traditional carols find new life with fresh musical arrangements that capture the joy and wonder of Jesus' birth.

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When you use Group’s Sunday school curriculum, you know each experience was intentionally designed to create a social, emotional, and spiritual environment that prepares hearts and minds for God to work. We’re here to partner with you as you create lifelong disciples of Jesus!

DIG IN Sunday School Curriculum

DIG IN: Creating Deeper Bible Experiences for Kids

With DIG IN online Bible curriculum, you pick and choose what works for your unique children’s ministry. Want videos? Deeper Bible? Object lessons? You choose. And you get EXACTLY the faith-building experience you want for your kids and volunteers.

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Hands-On Bible Curriculum

Hands-On Bible Curriculum

With Hands-On Bible Curriculum, kids experience the same powerful connections between Scripture and everyday life by engaging all five of their senses. The Bible comes alive!

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FaithWeaver Now

FaithWeaver Now

FaithWeaver NOW is a quarterly, age-graded curriculum for infants through adults. The three-year scope & sequence covers the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation. Each quarter goes through 13 sequential Bible events so families get a snapshot of the Bible timeline.

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Vacation Bible School

No matter which Group VBS program you choose, you’ll get a fun, engaging, hands-on Bible learning experience that’s easy to do and adaptable to your church’s size and budget. It’s a win-win!

Roar VBS

Roar VBS

Make your VBS the mane event! This epic African adventure engages the whole herd. At Roar, kids explore God’s goodness and celebrate a ferocious faith that powers them through this wild life.

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Athens VBS

Athens VBS

Imagine leaving a life of privilege and power to face angry mobs, painful imprisonment, and chain-breaking earthquakes—all to spread the life-changing truth of God’s love.

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More than 75 percent of Americans have a distorted view of God's character that keeps them from being the disciples Jesus calls them to be. Fortunately, there's an effective way to bring them closer to him. Jesus modeled it through a process that's so familiar it's often dismissed. That model is friendship.

Friends of God: A Discipleship Experience

Friends of God: A Discipleship Experience

A 12-session discipleship program that moves people toward a deeper friendship with God.

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Church Safety

Safe & Secure Church Kit

How Prepared Is Your Children’s Ministry?

We know you care about the safety and security of the kids in your care. After the background checks are done, the plans for fire drills and lockdowns have been practiced, and the child check-in and out system has been put in place, it might be easy to miss some of the more common issues that could arise.

Take our online Children’s Ministry Security Assessment to discover how prepared your staff and volunteers really are.

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Shepherd's Watch Background Checks

Your partner in keeping your church safe.

Child safety is too big an issue to leave to just anyone. As your trusted ministry partner, we’ve handled the details to take the worry out of background checks. Shepherd’s Watch by Group is the best in child safety by ministry people...for ministry people! Choose the Shepherd’s Watch Program That’s Right for You!

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Training Opportunities

Group U Online Training

All-New Group U

Become the Kind of Leader God Created You to Be

Group U gives you everything you’d want in a ministry leader’s wish list — how to teach as Jesus taught, how to ignite your volunteers, how to manage change — the tools you need to transform your church culture into a dynamic, thriving community. And it’s all online, making it a flexible, easy, and affordable way to prepare yourself for a truly transformational career in ministry.

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VBS Fun Shops

Hands-On VBS Training

Discover Time-Saving & Budget-Stretching Tips from Group’s VBS Veterans

Group's VBS FunShop events offer hands-on-training where you’ll learn how to create amazing decorations with step-by-step instructions, experience a “Day at VBS,” network and learn how to plan, coordinate and pull off an amazing VBS event. Get practical pointers on all things VBS—including fundraising, volunteer recruiting, decorating, and family follow-up. You’ll jump start your VBS season, and...have fun!

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Graphics Pack

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Courage Activity

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Helpful Articles

Confessions of a Wannabe KidMin Superhero

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Practical Ways to Get Smart About Safety

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19 Inexpensive Decorating Ideas for Sunday School Rooms

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Practical Ideas to Help Partner With Parents

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6 Creative Ways to Help Kids Build Friendships

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Frequently Asked Questions

We use our R.E.A.L. approach to training, which means it will be hands-on, you’ll try things that you can apply right away, and you’ll end up retaining over 70% of what you learn. We also create an environment where you’ll learn from each other. All of this will be taught by training pros who aren’t reading from a script, but practicing what they preach.

We'll spend time together in God's Word as we explore Jesus' teaching and grow friendship with God and each other. Specifically, we'll dig in to John 16:33. "I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world."

Thanks for your honesty. No, it is not a big infomercial. You don’t need to use our VBS, curriculum, or resources to attend or to understand how to cultivate courage in kids. We will have resources that you can purchase and explore, however.

You will leave with practical takeaways that you can implement immediately.

This training works for 1 person, 2 people, or teams of 20. That’s why experiential learning is so powerful! Teams will walk away being on the same page, fired up to help kids grow closer to Jesus. And don’t forget to bring future team members! This is a wonderful opportunity to invite someone you can see serving in children’s ministry. Bring them and watch how they get excited about developing courage in kids. This is an AMAZING volunteer recruitment tool.

Come casual and comfortable. No ties or formal wedding dresses required…that's a joke.

If you have a circumstance where you can’t attend that involves death or natural disaster, we will give you your money back. For other circumstances where you choose not to attend, you may substitute someone in your place at any time.

John 16:33

“I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”

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