Prairieview Covenant, New Richmond, WI participated in The Story (published by Zondervan) over the school year of 2011-2012.
The Story goes through the whole Bible chronologically in 31 weeks, using the NIV translation and organizing the major themes and stories into chapters. We have used The Story for preschool, early elementary, later elementary, teen, and adult books. The book for each age has NIV scripture and some connecting paragraphs of explanation. It helps us to see God’s “Upper Story,” which is God’s overall plan from creation to Revelation, as well as God’s “Lower Story,” which is all the people he used to carry out his plan.
We introduced The Story to the congregation with a series of dramatic sketches of Bible characters. We used it as emphasis for everything during the week. In Sunday school there was a video for adults and youth, along with discussion. Parent pages were sent home each week with suggestions for the family to use in family devotions for the week. The youth curriculum had a wealth of material and resources. In worship, the sermon focused on the Scripture for the week. For Wednesday family night we had small groups for men, women and youth. The elementary children worked on the stories and made pictures to put on a time line that was displayed in our fellowship hall. Preschoolers used some of the Sunday school story. Children’s church also used some part of the week’s story.
By the end of the year, our elementary children could explain the story of God from creation through the book of Revelation. At the end of the year, we also had many from our congregation asking how we were going to go through the Bible in the coming year. So we will be strongly encouraging our congregation to read through the Bible using an approach of their choice. (Note: options for Bible Reading Plans may be downloaded here.)
Submitted by: Nancy King, Prairieview Covenant Church, New Richmond, WI