Summer COVID use of The Gospel Project for Kids
As churches continue to minister in different ways because of COVID-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 through July 31, 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 extended through July 31, 2020.
Stand Alone Videos
Bible story videos, Questions from Kids videos, missions videos, and music videos may only be shared through a secure pass-word 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.
Embedding Bible story videos, Questions from Kids videos, missions videos, and music videos 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.
Ministry Grid Use
While select Spring 2020 (Volume 7) content to equip the home has been shared for free through the new Curriculum portion of Ministry Grid, here is how the use of this new platform is changing for June 1–July 31, 2020.
Summer 2020 Content
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 at the start of June 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.
Fall 2020 Content
The regular print and digital bundles of Fall 2020 (Volume 9) content will be available for purchase in late May to mid-June. In addition to the same ways for you to purchase and use The Gospel Project for Kids as before—print and/or digital bundles available through the MCM platform—you will be able to purchase this volume for use directly in Ministry Grid at some point too. Pricing will be based on average ministry size in tiers like the digital bundle pricing for MCM. Look for information about this and a new link to access curriculum in Ministry Grid at that time too.
The off-cycle content that has been in the curriculum portion of Ministry Grid will be removed on June 1, 2020. However, off-cycle churches will still have access to that platform through July 31, 2020. 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.