In the Fall of 2006, Brookside Kids Children's Ministry launched a new theme-based curriculum. The Quest for the Sacred Door, our 5th & 6th grade Bible Study class was the first theme room opened. Two other rooms soon followed, The Voyage of the H.M.S. Good News in 2009 and Paradise Garden was placed in to operation in 2010.
The Quest For The Sacred Door
"The Quest for the Sacred Door" is a knowledge-based course in the Bible - it's definition, history, structure, and story from Genesis to Revelation. Using the metaphor of an archaeological expedition to the Holy Land, the children gain a basic literacy of the Bible. From their tent in the middle of the Israeli desert, they are led in their adventures by Dr. Bones and their sidekick Eureka. Often they must pass through Pilgrim's Portal where Talmon, the unseen doorkeeper, tests them on their knowledge of Scripture. "Fabulously rare" artifacts relating to the Bible story are uncovered by the children at the dig sites. They ultimately discover that Jesus is the Sacred Door and their hearts are the keys to opening this Door to eternal life. By the end of this curriculum, children should:
♦ be able to define what the Bible is, understand its history and explain its structure; know that God has preserved His Word from error throughout history
♦ have a general understanding of the entire Bible story - including people, places, and events - through a system of motions and words called
The Testament Trek
♦ be able to recite all the books of the Bible in order; name the key words for all the major books of the Bible
♦ be familiar with the geography of the Middle East and the country of Israel in the New Testament
♦ be familiar with the event of Passover and how it foreshadows Jesus as the Lamb of God
♦ be familiar with the structure and significance of the tabernacle and the temple and how they foreshadow our bodies as the dwelling place of God
♦ explain the significance of the city of Jerusalem to the Israelites and to Christians today; be familiar with the major sites in old and new Jerusalem
♦ be able to give evidence of Jesus' resurrection
♦ recite 15 Bible verses that focus on the theme of this curriculum
♦ discover that Christ, the theme of all Scripture, is the Door to eternal life; discover that their hearts are the keys that open that Door
The Voyage of the HMS Good News
Welcome aboard "The Voyage of the HMS Good News," where your child will "sail" through a chronological study of the life and times of Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God and the Savior of mankind. The ship, under the command of Captain Braveheart and 3 able-bodies seaman (assisted by a family of ship rats!), will take the "mates" to different "ports of call" in Jesus'
life. The "x" on the map of Israel always marks the spot where they discover Treasures of Truth about Jesus. "The Voyage of the HMS Good News" emphasizes equipping 3rd & 4th graders to answer Christ's question to Peter: :Who do you say that I am?" At the end of the year, the crew of The HMS Good News will then be exhorted to respond to Jesus as He commands them to "follow Me" as His disciples. By the end of this curriculum your child should:
♦ be able to articulate who Jesus is by answering His question: "Who do you say I am?"
♦ know that the Son of God became flesh to reveal Himself to mankind
♦ understand that God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to save all who would believe in Him; have an opportunity to receive Christ as their personal Lord and Savior
♦ be familiar with the chronology of Jesus' earthly life; be familiar with the major people, places, and events in His life; be familiar with life in New Testament times, be familiar
with the geography of Israel (Palestine) in Jesus' day
♦ be familiar with the major teachings of Jesus; know the meaning of the following words: Gospel, sin, salvation, Savior, Christ, Messiah, Redeemer, baptism, Passover,
resurrection, sacrifice, repentance
♦ understand that Jesus called all of us to be His witnesses
♦ be able to name the 12 disciples, recite The Lord's Prayer and the Beatitudes
♦ be able to recite several Scripture verses that relate to the theme
Paradise Garden emphasizes 1st and 2nd graders to know "the only true God" by studying His character. The ambiance of the room and the attitude of the mentors play significant roles in helping the children know God, not just know about Him, for these elements offer a backdrop of refreshing refuge, love, and laughter. We want them to "taste and see that the Lord is good." They will have a "toadally" fun time as they gather around a pond in Paradise Garden to learn what it means to fully rely on God (FROG). Lily, a young girl lost and saddened by the "outside world" wanders into this wonder-filled place where she will learn about God along with the children. Elmer, the talking tree, Freddie, the frog, and other characters inhabiting the garden will help to teach the children and Lily about who God is as He interacts with major characters in the Old Testament. In the end, Lily and the children discover God's transforming Light that shines through the dark and weary world. Lily finds the courage to go back to the outside world alone, believing in "the only true God" and trusting that He will always be with her. By the end of the curriculum, the children:
♦ should better know God, as well as know about Him; know how to build a deeper relationship with God through prayer
♦ should understand that they can know who God is because He has revealed Himself in His Word, the Bible; that the Bible was given to them to lead them in His paths
♦ should be familiar with the major people and events in the Old Testament and how God's character is displayed in His interaction with them; will have observed Old Testament characters as they "fully relied on God"
♦ Should have a better understanding of who God is by studying key descriptions of His character: Creative Designer, Loving Father, Comforting Shepherd, Faithful Promise-Keeper, Mighty King of Kings, Holy & Just Judge, Merciful Savior, and Unchanging and Eternal Spirit; be able to name these 8 descriptions of God's character
♦ Should understand what it means to fully rely on God (FROG); they will learn to follow God 1 step at a time because they trust His character
♦ will know that sin entered this world through man's disobedience and desire to follow his own path; know that, because of His great love for them
♦ God promised a Light that would show them the path back to Him; that they can have a personal friendship with God through the promised Light, Jesus Christ, His Son; will have multiple opportunities to accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior
♦ should understand more about the wonder and joy of the life lived in Him; will "taste and see that the Lord is good"
♦ should know that all creation, including the children, reflect the glory of God' that God uniquely designed each one of them
♦ should be able to recite several Scriptures which reflect the year's theme