Every Easter and Christmas, 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 Easter and Christmas units so that these sessions can fall on the correct dates for each. Sometimes, the Easter and Christmas units align nicely with the other two units in the volume, but there are other times, like Spring 2016, where the Easter unit falls right in the middle of the previous unit.
To schedule the Easter sessions on the correct dates, we basically had to make Unit 8 (Easter) part of Unit 7. So you will not see Unit 8—just two sessions labeled “Easter” as part of unit 7. When you set March 6, 2016 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.
When you are looking for unit resources, the Unit 7 resources will be at the top of the list and if you scroll down a way, you will see the Easter unit resources beneath them clearly labeled.
In June 2016, we will revert this volume back to having three distinct units for churches that use this material after the current spring season.
Below is a screen cap of how the material will look when you open it. You will notice that “Jesus’ Triumphal Entry” is labeled as Unit 7: Session 3, instead of Unit 8: Session 1. Now while this might be confusing, the software automatically assigns those labels and unfortunately it has to appear this way for the session 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 7 Support Materials button looks like when it is expanded. I scrolled down some you can see that the Unit 8 Easter unit items are after the unit 7 materials and they are labeled “Easter.” 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.
March 6, 2016 — Unit 7, Session 1: Joshua and Caleb [MCM Unit 7: Session 1]
March 13, 2016 — Unit 7, Session 2: The Bronze Snake [MCM Unit 7: Session 2]
March 20, 2016 — Easter (Unit 8, Session 1): Jesus’ Triumphal Entry [MCM Unit 7: Session 3]
March 27, 2016 — Easter (Unit 8, Session 2): Jesus’ Crucifixion and Resurrection [MCM: Unit 7: Session 4]
April 3, 2016 — Unit 7, Session 3: The Promised Land and Jericho [MCM Unit 7: Session 5]
April 10, 2016 — Unit 7, Session 4: Achan’s Sin and the Defeat of Ai [MCM Unit 7: Session 6]
April 17, 2016 — Unit 7, Session 5: Joshua’s Final Encouragement [MCM Unit 7: Session 7]
April 24, 2016 — Unit 9, Session 1: The First Judges [MCM Unit 9: Session 1]
May 1, 2016 — Unit 9, Session 2: Deborah and Barak [MCM Unit 9: Session 2]
May 8, 2016 — Unit 9, Session 3: Gideon [MCM Unit 9: Session 3]
May 15, 2016 — Unit 9, Session 4: Samson [MCM Unit 9: Session 4]
May 22, 2016 — Unit 9, Session 5: Ruth and Boaz [MCM Unit 9: Session 5]
May 29, 2016 — Unit 9, Session 6: Eli and Boy Samuel [MCM Unit 9: Session 6]
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.