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Grades 1–5


The journey continues over here.

Next up: an “elementary” understanding of Jesus.

As they journey into this time, kids are beginning to ask tougher questions. Their curiosity is alive. And we don’t want to stop them. One Story Kids is designed to invite thinking about the biblical story and how it connects to our lives today. It is designed for kids to be able to see what it looks like lived out while trying it on for themselves as well. But most importantly, it is designed to help kids take steps even closer to Jesus.

One Story Kids is designed to build on the foundation developed in Early Years and teach kids how each story in scripture connects to God’s big story, and ultimately point to Jesus. Each year is divided into 4 sections:

  • Old Testament September - November
  • Jesus: His Life, Death, & Resurrection December - Easter
  • The Early Church Easter - June
  • Special Topics July - August

Kids are active and creative; growing and bursting with ideas. Jesus taught that the kingdom of God belongs to them. Kids will learn how each story in scripture connects to God’s big story, and ultimately points to Jesus.

By the time kids reach Junior High, they will have a solid understanding of how Jesus is the main character in God’s overarching story and will begin to see that each of us can have a significant role to play in this story.

Scope and Sequence

Scripture: Genesis 1:1-25, Genesis 1:26-2:25, Genesis 2:1-3, Genesis 3:1-24

In this series, kids will discover that we can see God’s fingerprints on every part of creation. He is the ultimate artist. He designed an amazing world for us to take care of, a place for us to be creative, and a place for him to hang out with us. This series rolls back time to the very beginning to help us understand who we are in connection to God and his great desire to be in relationship with us.

Scripture: Genesis 12:1-9, Genesis 15:1-21, Genesis 17:1-8, Genesis 18:1-15, Genesis 21:1-6

In this series, kids will learn about the many ways that God has proven he is trustworthy right from the start. They will focus on the idea that God is a good God who can be trusted by discussing what trust is and why it is important in relationship.

Scripture: 1 Samuel 16, 1 Samuel 17, 1 Samuel 18-24, 1 Samuel 25-31, 2 Samuel 1

In this series, kids will learn the beginning of David’s life story from musician and shepherd boy to king. Kids will discover that God doesn’t choose us for his purposes based on the way that other people choose, but by what is in our hearts. David’s story helps us to see that God’s plans for us are much more interesting than anything we can dream up on our own!

Scripture: Isaiah 7, 40, Luke 1:5-56, Luke 1:57-2:2, Luke 2:8-20

In this series, we will look at the Christmas story and the prophecies of Isaiah hundreds of years before. This series focuses in on what it means to listen to God. During this series, kids will discover why and how we listen to God. Kids will be given the opportunity to take some time to listen to God, and they will be challenged to try out different ways to really experience Him.

Scripture: Luke 2:21-40, Luke 2:41-52, Luke 3:1-22, Luke 4:1-13, Luke 5:1-11

Jesus is the son of God. Through this series, kids will grapple with the idea that Jesus lived a human life just like them. He was tempted and uncomfortable. He was hungry and thirsty. He felt joy and sadness. He felt all of the things that we feel. He lived on earth being tempted, but never sinned. Because even though Jesus was fully human, he is also God. This series is jam-packed full of incredibly rich Jesus- centred conversations waiting to happen!

Scripture: Luke 5:17-26, Luke 7:1-10, Luke 7:11-17, Luke 8:40-56

Jesus showed us that he really is God’s Son through his teaching, great love, and miracles. His miracles weren’t just for a good show, but to pour his love and compassion on those who really needed it most. There was love and meaning wrapped in to each one. In this series, kids will learn through the miracles of Jesus and see his immense love for people.

Scripture: Luke 10:25-37, Luke 11:1-13, Luke 12:22-34, Luke 17:1-4

Jesus taught many amazing things, and the truth is that if we actually believe them, take them to heart, and live them out, it’ll change not only our own lives but the lives of others around us. And when we don’t know where to start, it’s very best to start with the basics. In this series, we’ll look at love, prayer, forgiveness, and worry.

Scripture: Luke 23:26-56, Luke 24:1-34, Luke 24:35-48, Luke 24:49-53, Acts 1:1-11

Jesus came to show us God's love and set up his kingdom. We see that in his life. We also see it in his death. In Jesus' death, we see an unassuming rescue. Jesus saves us from sin and death. He rescues us from a life of selfishness, loneliness, and sin to an eternal life with God. Jesus came to rescue the lost. To be a light in the darkness. He came to save us from sin, show us God's love, and set up his kingdom. We are forgiven. We are loved. We are rescued.

Scripture: Acts 9:1-19, Acts 9:19b-31, Acts 13:1-3, Acts 13:4-12, Acts 14:1-7

Radical can mean awesome and amazing. It can also mean something that has an impact so intense that it affects the very root of the thing. The triune God has a radical impact in our lives—so awesome and amazing—that it changes us at our very core. And that's radical.

Scripture: James 1-2, James 3, James 4, James 5

When we call ourselves followers of Jesus, or Christians, we can't just say we follow Jesus, and not live like it. We must show it by how we live. Living for Jesus means living a different way, following in the way of Jesus as we understand it in Scripture, and as we work it through in community, the church. Our life, our words, and our actions must line-up with the label: Jesus-follower.

Scripture: Matthew 12:22-30, Romans 8:38

God's story has characters we can see, and characters that we cannot see. It has our great loving, powerful God, and it has an adversary. It has angels and fallen angels. It has things going on that we can see, and that we cannot see. But it is all in the hands of a God that is love. In this series, kids will learn about each of these characters through the lens of a loving God.

Scripture: John 15:1-13, Psalm 100, Matthew 26:47-56, Ruth, Matthew 7:12

When we focus in on Jesus, and grow closer to him, the Holy Spirit becomes "louder" in our lives. We choose love over hate. Joy over misery. Peace over anger. Patience over worry. Kindness over selfishness, and so on. None of this is easy. It takes dependance on God, and constant reminders that life isn't about "me first" but instead about God first. This series we will stare into the beautiful results the Holy Spirit can have in our lives.

What’s included:

  • Weekly lesson plans including bible stories, discussion questions, activities, and games.

  • Weekly videos to accompany each lesson plan.

  • Series overviews that break down each week’s Big Idea, God Story, and learning outcomes.

  • Supply lists that compile the materials to print and gather for each week.

  • Weekly activity pages to print.

  • Series graphics for digital use.

  • Take Home Cards for parents and community engagement.

  • Resources to help you continue the learning and engagement experience beyond Sundays into the rest of the week in a variety of settings.

  • Access to our customer service team should you have any questions or issues.