Every Christmas and Easter, we provide 2-3 sessions to help your kids understand and celebrate these two important events. Of course, this means that we step out of the chronology for these Christmas and Easter units so that these sessions can fall on the correct dates for each.
Some of our churches who purchase the digital bundles have opened Volume 2 (Winter 15-16) and discovered something troubling—the Christmas sessions were slated for January! Those are not our suggested use dates, but these sessions were scheduled then because of a software technicality. The software was aligning all five sessions of Unit 4 in order before scheduling Unit 5 (Christmas) instead of inserting the Christmas sessions in between Sessions 1 and 2 of Unit 4.
We have provided a work-around for this technical issue so that the sessions will occur on the correct dates as listed below, but we wanted to let you know that this volume might look a little different because of how we had to get the scheduling to work.
Basically, we have had to make Unit 5 (Christmas) part of Unit 4. So you will not see Unit 5, just three sessions labeled “Christmas.” Once you set December 6 as your first use date, the sessions will align in the correct order, so you can let your teams know they can trust the scheduler. We will do our best to make the unit resources clear for you to find what you need. Thank you for your patience as we seek to make this as easy as possible to use.
In March 2016, we will revert this volume back to having three distinct units for churches that use this material after the current winter season.
Below is a screen cap of how the material will look when you open it. You will notice that “Angels Spoke to Mary and Joseph” is labeled as Unit 4: Session 2, instead of Unit 5: Session 1. Now while this might be confusing, the software automatically assigns those labels and unfortunately it has to appear this way for the order to work. I would encourage you to coach your teams to focus on the session titles, which will match the PDF leader guides, activity pages, etc.
Here is a screen cap of what the Unit 4 Support Materials button looks like when it is expanded. I scrolled down some you can see that the Unit 5 Christmas unit items are after the unit 4 materials and they are labeled “Christmas.” Again, we know this is not ideal and that it might be confusing, and we apologize for that, but this was what we deemed to be the best solution to provide the material in the correct sequence with minimal confusion.
Here is the correct suggested use schedule. The red text in brackets is how My Curriculum Manager (MCM) titles each session. I would suggest that you print a copy of this and have it handy as you navigate through unit 4 and Christmas.
December 6, 2015 — Unit 4, Session 1: Moses Was Born and Called [MCM Unit 4: Session 1]
December 13, 2015 — Christmas (Unit 5, Session 1): Angels Spoke to Mary and Joseph [MCM Unit 4: Session 2]
December 20, 2015 — Christmas (Unit 5, Session 2): Jesus Was Born [MCM Unit 4: Session 3]
December 27, 2015 — Christmas (Unit 5, Session 3): Wise Men Visited Jesus [MCM: Unit 4: Session 4]
January 3, 2016 — Unit 4, Session 2: The Plagues, the Passover, and the Crossing of the Red Sea [MCM Unit 4: Session 5]
January 10, 2016 — Unit 4, Session 3: The Wilderness Test [MCM Unit 4: Session 6]
January 17, 2016 — Unit 4, Session 4: The Golden Calf [MCM Unit 4: Session 7]
January 24, 2016 — Unit 4, Session 5: The Ten Commandments: Love God [MCM Unit 4: Session 8]
January 31, 2016 — Unit 6, Session 1: The Ten Commandments: Love Others [MCM Unit 6: Session 1]
February 7, 2016 — Unit 6, Session 2: The Tabernacle Was Built [MCM Unit 6: Session 2]
February 14, 2016 — Unit 6, Session 3: God Gave Rules for Sacrifice [MCM Unit 6: Session 3]
February 21, 2016 — Unit 6, Session 4: Worship Only God [MCM Unit 6: Session 4]
February 28, 2016 — Unit 6, Session 5: God Reminded His People of His Covenant [MCM Unit 6: Session 5]
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, 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.