COVID use of The Gospel Project for Kids
As churches continue to minister in different ways because of COVID-19-related social distancing, and many gradually move toward a “new normal” for ministry, we at LifeWay and The Gospel Project want to continue to serve you well. Here are the updated permissions for using The Gospel Project for Kids materials as of July 9, 2020. We hope these temporary permissions continue to offer your ministry the flexibility needed in the days ahead.
Online Video Use
The permissions for using The Gospel Project resources that were originally granted through May 31, 2020 have been updated as follows:
Stand Alone Videos (through November 30, 2020)
Bible story videos, Questions from Kids videos, missions videos, and music videos (note that for royalty reasons, permission to use music videos may change) may only be shared through a secure password protected or invite-only platform. This means that if you want to post the Bible story video itself as a stand-along resource for others to watch, it needs to be posted on a platform that limits access only to the people in your church that you provide access. We ask that each video be removed the week after they are shared and viewed by families and/or kids.
Embedded Videos (indefinitely)
Embedding Bible story videos, Questions from Kids videos, missions videos, and music videos (note that for royalty reasons, permission to use music videos may change) into a longer teaching video does not require password protection. An example of this would be a 25-minute live streaming or recorded teaching video where you as a kids ministry leader talk about the session and as part of that, you show the Bible story video. This type of video could be posted online without needing password protection. We ask that if these videos are posted online that they be removed the week after they are viewed by families and/or kids. Permission has been extended indefinitely, but could be restricted or retracted in the future.
Ministry Grid Use (TBD)
On-cycle Summer 2020 (Volume 8) content has been provided in the Curriculum portion of Ministry Grid, for churches that purchased print resources. Off-cycle content has not been provided in Ministry Grid, but churches have been allowed to use the platform to share the content they have purchased through digital bundles or printed leader kits. Permission for churches to use the platform in this way is extended beyond July 31, 2020, but will need to end when curriculum is available for purchase in Ministry Grid.
Access to Summer 2020 (Volume 8) in Ministry Grid will be granted to churches that have purchased this content in either print form or as a digital bundle. To learn more about this offer, visit lifeway.com/churchassistance. This should provide ministries with the needed flexibility to serve children and families through different phases of COVID distancing.
Even if your ministry is not meeting in person to use the printed resources you have purchased, we hope that the access to the same digital resources in Ministry Grid enables you to continue ministry and that perhaps at some point during the summer you can put the printed materials to use as ministries begin gathering in person again. The content in Ministry Grid will be grouped in two ways: CHURCH and HOME.
The HOME content will include the resources that would help families disciple children in the home. If you have used the Spring content, you will be familiar with these resources. Ministry leaders will be able to customize that content for the home and then share it with their families.
The CHURCH content will include all of the regular resources that you have purchased to grant access to the content in Ministry Grid. This should provide everything you would need to conduct your kids ministry: leader guides, cards, activity pages, videos, music, posters, printables, and so forth. Only the worship hour add-on will not be available through this platform. You will be able to customize this content for a variety of uses, such as:
- Online large group experiences. If you are leading a live or recorded online kids ministry time, you will be able to use the videos, poster .jpg files, and so forth during that time. To help with this, we have also included a brand new presentation show file—a .ppt file—for each session that includes all of that session’s videos and poster images. You can customize this presentation show file and use it as you lead your online experience.
- Online small group experiences. If you have online small groups, you can provide your leaders with the leader guide for their ages and all of the digital resources they would need for that time as well. You can create a customized collection of content for specific ages and only share the resources they want and need, or share the full collection of resources with them so that they can choose what is most helpful for them.
- In person experiences. Even if your ministry is in person using the printed materials, you can always use Ministry Grid to share each session’s digital content with your leaders to make it easier for them to prepare.
Off-cycle content for The Gospel Project for Kids is not currently available on Ministry Grid. However, off-cycle churches will still have access to that platform until curriculum is available for purchase in the platform. You are welcome and encouraged to continue to use Ministry Grid to upload and share the content you have purchased with leaders and/or families in the home through that date.