If you receive The Gospel Project for Kids digitally through My Curriculum Manager, you are going to encounter something you aren’t used to seeing when you begin Unit 32 on March 29: two sessions per week. Unit 32 presented a challenge for the Gospel Project for Kids team as we were laying out the scope and sequence resulting in the session on Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection falling two weeks after Easter Sunday. You can read more about that on this January 7 blog post if you would like.
Here is how Unit 32 appears in the printed leader guides:
April 12 – Session 1: Preparation for Passover
April 19 – Session 2: The Last Supper
March 29 – Session 3: The Triumphal Entry
April 5 – Session 4: Jesus’ Crucifixion and Resurrection
You will notice that we have provided suggested use dates that do not follow the chronological order of the sessions. This was done for the churches that desire to teach “Jesus’ Crucifixion and Resurrection” on Easter Sunday and then go back to cover Session 1 and Session 2 out of chronological order. But we also recognize that some churches will want to follow the chronology, so we put the sessions in that order for them.
If you receive The Gospel Project for Kids in print form, meaning you receive leader kits, leader guides, and activity packs as physical products, you will simply need to let your teachers know whether you are following the chronological order and they are to teach the sessions in the order they are numbered or if you are following a schedule that aligns the “Jesus’ Crucifixion and Resurrection” session for Easter Sunday and they are following the suggested use dates on the Contents page.
If you receive The Gospel Project for Kids in digital form, meaning you receive digital materials through My Curriculum Manager, you will need to choose what approach you want to take with Unit 32 and then help your teachers and leaders know which of the two sessions scheduled for each week they should use.
Here is a summary of the sessions available each week:
March 29 – Session 1: Preparation for Passover / Alternate Session 3: The Triumphal Entry
April 5 – Session 2: The Last Supper / Alternate Session 4: Jesus’ Crucifixion and Resurrection
April 12 – Session 3: The Triumphal Entry / Alternate Session 1: Preparation for Passover
April 19 – Session 4: Jesus’ Crucifixion and Resurrection / Alternate Session 2: The Last Supper
And this is how it will appear in My Curriculum Manager:
If you are following the chronological approach, inform your leaders to ignore the Alternate Sessions. If, however, you want to align “Jesus’ Crucifixion and Resurrection” with Easter Sunday, let your team know to ignore the regular Sessions and use the Alternate Sessions instead.
We have tried to make this as clear as possible as your teams navigate My Curriculum Manager. Below is a screenshot of what March 29 will look like once you open it. Notice that there is a paragraph explanation after the date at the top of the screen and another explanation under each session.
We know that this can be potentially confusing for your teams, but we hope that this solution provides a way that both approaches can be followed in My Curriculum Manager. Please let us know if we can help you as you point your kids to the cross and empty tomb during this Easter season.
Brian Dembowczyk is the team leader for The Gospel Project for Kids. He served in local church ministry for over 16 years before coming to LifeWay in 2014. Brian earned an M.Div. from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and a D.Min. from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Brian and his wife, Tara, and their three children – Joshua, Hannah, and Caleb – live in Murfreesboro, TN, where Brian enjoys drinking coffee and teaching 1-3 graders at City Church.