Free Bible studies!
Want a Bible study you can choose and download from the ‘net in seconds? Want a Bible study that actually digs into the Bible? How about a Bible study by Mennonite youth for Mennonite youth? And shouldn’t it be FREE? You can have it all! Surf on over to MC USA Youth Bible Studies and choose from 118 different lessons! That’s more than two years at one lesson per week or four years at one per month. Wow!!
MennoMedia has a number of great stand-alone options that typically have 13 lessons to fill out one quarter of Sundays. For example, there are studies on Anabaptist history, service trips, sexuality, the Confession of Faith, and more. Find them here.
The Bible Project
The Bible Project makes free videos and podcasts that present and interpret the Bible as “a unified narrative that leads to Jesus and has profound wisdom for the modern world.” Check out their many series of videos and also their podcast. The videos are great teaching tools for youth and adults, and are compatible with Anabaptist thought. You’ve got to check them out!
Circle of Grace Curriculum from Dove’s Nest
The Circle of Grace curriculum teaches children and youth how to identify and maintain appropriate physical, emotional, spiritual and sexual boundaries; recognize when boundary violations are about to occur; and demonstrate how to take action when boundaries are threatened or violated. There are just 2-4 lessons per year, so make room in your schedule for these important sessions
Help your youth process the pandemic through the lens of faith with this curriculum designed to be used in an online meeting. From Eric Frey Martin at Mennonite Mission Network.
The Upside-Down King musical by Doug and Jude Krehbiel and Carol Duerksen was presented in a number of venues in 2008 and 2009, including the Mennonite Church USA convention in Columbus, Ohio. Duerksen has now written a Bible study for high school youth and adults, based on the gospel of Luke and featuring one song from The Upside-Down King in each of the 12 sessions. The cost for this online curriculum is $10 and available through the mennowdc.org/the-upside-down-bible-study/Western District Conference website, and the CD is $15.
Dig deeper with MEA lesson plans
Here’s something really cool. Most of our youth don’t even have the option of going to a Mennonite high school and taking classes like Practical Christian Living, Images of God, Sermon on the Mount, or Anabaptist Heritage. BUT, you can teach these classes to them yourself! The lesson plans and course outlines are all on the Mennonite Education Agency web site.