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Flexible digital curriculum for Sunday School & Children’s Church

Dig deep into the Bible and equip kids with a solid faith foundation.

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Why DIG IN

DIG IN was Designed for Your Ministry

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Adapts to your needs

A simple online tool makes it easy to customize the curriculum for your unique children's ministry.

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Filled with creativity

Kids become genuinely excited about Jesus-centered discoveries as you dig deep into the Bible. DIG IN was created by children's leaders with your ministry in mind.

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Saves you time

Share lessons with teachers in a snap or ask volunteers to login and build their own. No classroom internet or printers required.

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Sunday School and Children's Church

Each curriculum can stand alone, or use them together for a complete children's ministry solution.

How DIG IN Works

Easy Online Lesson Builder

A simple drag-and-drop motion will build a custom lesson in minutes. Mix and match the following based on your kids and volunteers:

  • Classroom format
  • Age level
  • Activities
  • Timeframe
  • Children’s Church or Sunday School

Inside the lesson builder are three main components.

Program Themes

Choose from 5 year-long programs, each with a Bible-rich scope and sequence. Complete the programs in any order!

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Program Themes

DIG IN is comprised of 5 program themes, each with a 12-month scope and sequence. Start with any program and complete them in any order. When kids experience all 5 programs, they travel through the Bible from several different perspectives and build a lasting foundation of faith. Within each program, Sunday School and Children’s Church activities follow the same scope and sequence.

The Bible In One Year Sunday School Curriculum Program

Digging Into

The Bible in One Year

Take kids on a whirlwind journey from Genesis to Revelation. scope & sequence

The Heart of God Sunday School Curriculum Program

Digging Into

The Heart of God

Bring a fresh approach to growing a lifelong relationship with God. scope & sequence

The Life of Jesus Sunday School Curriculum Program

Digging Into

The Life of Jesus

Lead kids in walking Jesus' footsteps from his birth to his resurrection and ascension. scope & sequence

Foundations of Faith Sunday School Curriculum Program

Digging Into

Foundations of Faith

Lay the groundwork for what it means to be a Christian. scope & sequence

Epic Teachings of the Bible Sunday School Curriculum Program

Digging Into

Epic Teachings of the Bible

Explore the enduring lessons of the Old and New Testaments. scope & sequence

Subscription Options

Your plan can include Sunday School, Children's Church, or both for just a $39 upgrade per quarter.

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Subscription Options

There are three subscription plans within DIG IN: Sunday School, Children’s Church, or both!

Sunday School activities are filled with discovery experiences that build a comprehensive faith foundation. These can take place in age-graded classrooms, a large-group/small-group format, or all ages in one room.

Children’s Church activities are created for all ages in one room to practice connecting with God through low-prep worship-filled experiences.

Children’s Church

  • Focuses on connection with God through kid-friendly worship experiences.
  • Practices the faith skills kids need to grow in friendship with Jesus.
  • Brings children of all ages together for intentional worship.
  • Helps kids see the Gospel woven throughout the Bible

Sunday School

  • Digs deep into the Bible for foundational understanding.
  • Explores who God is and our identity in Christ.
  • Adapts to your Sunday School format (age-graded classrooms, one-room of mixed ages, and large-group/small-group).
  • Connects the Bible to kids’ everyday lives.
Activity Blocks

Every block includes an activity to reinforce the weekly Bible point. Sunday School & Children's Church have different blocks.

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Activity Blocks

Every DIG IN lesson is a combination of activities you mix and match. Each Activity Block illustrates the same Bible point in a unique way. Simply drag and drop the blocks to build a sequence that works for your time frame, the skills of your volunteers, or the interests of your kids. And because DIG IN was created by Group, every experience is rooted in Scripture, uses REAL learning, and is unforgettable for kids and adults alike.

Select an option to view the Activity Blocks.

Opening

A warm, relational introduction to the Bible story.

DIG IN Opening Activity

Core Bible
Discovery

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

DIG IN Core Bile Discovery

Core Bible
At Home

An adapted version of the Core Bible Discovery block built specifically for at-home or online environments.

DIG IN Core Bile at Home Activity

Life
Application
Wrap-Up

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

DIG IN Life-Application Wrap-Up Activity

Deeper
Bible

Poses age-appropriate questions that drive Bible learning for elementary. Goes deeper into the Bible through interactive activities for preschool.

DIG IN Deeper Bible Activity

High-Energy
Game

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

DIG IN High Energy Game Activity

Low-Energy
Game

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

DIG IN Low Energy Game Activity

Object
Lesson

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

DIG IN Object Lesson Activity

Craft

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

DIG IN Craft Activity

Music
Video

Worship God with professionally produced kid-friendly songs.

DIG IN Music Video Activity

Talk-About
Video

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

DIG IN Talk-About Video Activity

Take
Home

A great way to equip families to talk throughout the week. Print, email, or post on your church website or social media.

DIG IN Take Home Activity

Bible
Message

A thought-provoking and interactive children’s sermon.

DIG IN Children's Church Children's Church Bible Message

Music
Video

Sing and move along with Group’s bestselling worship music.

DIG IN Children's Church Music Video

Jesus
Connection

Discover how Jesus is connected to every part of the Bible.

DIG IN Children's Church Jesus Connection

Prayer

Practice talking to God in both traditional and unique ways.

DIG IN Children's Church Prayer

Scripture
Skills

Dig deep into Bible literacy and exploration.

DIG IN Children's Church Scripture Skills

Activity
Pages

Intentional puzzles and games to challenge minds and cement learning.

DIG IN Children's Church Activity Pages

Bible
Memory

Scripture moves from ink on a page to an imprint on the heart.

DIG IN Children's Church Bible Memory

Overtime

When the pastor runs long or the lesson runs short, you always have an extra intentional activity.

DIG IN Children's Church Overtime

DIG IN Pricing

Pricing for All 
Church Sizes & Budget

DIG IN pricing is simple. Determine the average number of kids you serve each week and find the cost of your base plan.

Average
Number of Kids
Best Value
just $39 more per quarter!
Sunday School
plus
Children's Church

(cost per quarter)
Sunday School Only
(cost per quarter)
Children's Church Only
(cost per quarter)
1-20 kids$160 ($242 value)$121$121
21-40 kids$210 ($342 value)$171$171
41-60 kids$260 ($442 value)$221$221
61-100 kids$310 ($542 value)$271$271
101-400 kids$360 ($642 value)$321$321
401+ kids$435 ($792 value)$396$396

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.

Get Started

3 Steps to Get Started

Step 1

Choose a program
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Which program will you dig into first?

Step 2

Select a pricing tier
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Based on average number of kids per week.

Step 3

Choose a plan
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Sunday School, Children’s Church, or both?

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If you aren't quite ready to DIG IN, explore an online demo and practice building lessons. No credit card or commitment required. At the end of the demo, publish sample lessons to share with your team or try with your kids.

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FAQ

Frequently Asked
Questions

The demo version gives you one lesson to build in any classroom format or any combination of activity blocks. 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, as you proceed to the only demo you have the option of building a custom lesson or downloading multiple pre-built lessons.

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.

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.

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.

For Children’s Church, all ages are together for one classroom format. For Sunday School, there are three 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! Children’s Church, One Room, or Large-Group/Small-Group formats work particularly well for 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.

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.