“Digging for Treasure” in Jesus’ parables

diggingtreasuresOctober 12, 2016
News release

“Digging for Treasure” in Jesus’ parables
MennoMedia 2017 Bible school curriculum ready for orders

HARRISONBURG, Va., and KITCHENER, Ont.—The parables of Jesus contain rich hidden gems. With the theme Digging for Treasure: Parables Revealed, the 2017 vacation Bible school series from MennoMedia gives children tools to find treasures of God’s kingdom.

“This year’s theme responds to a survey in which people said they would like to study parables during VBS,” writes project director Mary Ann Weber. A team of Kansas writers gathered to discuss Jesus’ parables before creating the materials. “The parables reveal things about the kingdom of heaven, about God, and about how much God loves us,” Weber writes in her introduction.

The five-day curriculum brings children both stories and activities about the sower and the seed, the lost sheep and lost coin, the mustard seed, and others. Through drama, worship, creative activities, and song, children will find the spiritual wealth in these ever-new stories from Jesus.

Children’s booklets, Treasure Map and My Book of Stories, and a CD of energetic worship songs help draw children into exploring the world of Jesus’ stories and teachings. Leader’s guides help teachers lead VBS for children from age 4 through grade 5. Adaptations for grades 6–8 are offered on a resource CD, a new feature in this year’s curriculum.

The CD provides additional helpful tools to publicize VBS, a Bible memory slide show, name tags, and other resources designed to equip leaders in implementing an effective, dynamic VBS program.  Digging for Treasure includes leader’s guides for active response, Bible response, creative response, and worship and drama.

MennoMedia’s vacation Bible school writing rotates among various Mennonite communities across the United States and Canada, and varies by year.

Digging for Treasure may be ordered in an all-in-one boxed set including everything needed for planning and preparation. All items are also available separately. More information is at: www.mennomedia.org/vbs.

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Melodie Davis

Shine: Living in God’s Light looking for curriculum writers


Shine: Living in God’s Light, the Sunday school curriculum produced by MennoMedia and Brethren Press, is accepting applications for curriculum writers. The curriculum is for children age three through grade 8.  Accepted writers must attend a Writers Conference in Virginia, March 2-5, 2017. Shine pays for meals and lodging during the conference and covers reasonable travel expenses.

More details are available at www.ShineCurriculum.com/writers. Application and sample session deadline is December 1, 2016.

Adult Bible Study announces new study cycle (Press release in English and Spanish)

News release–English; see below for the release in Spanish.

June 8, 2016

Adult Bible Study announces new study cycle
Anabaptist Bible study curriculum for today’s church

AB8004HARRISONBURG, Va., and KITCHENER, Ont.—Adult Bible Study (ABS), MennoMedia’s premier faith formation curriculum for adults, begins a new six-year cycle this fall of studying the whole Bible.

The outlines for weekly lessons, based on eight biblical themes, were developed by the Committee on the Uniform Series, an ecumenical group of Christian educators and publishers in which MennoMedia participates. Anabaptist pastors, teachers, and lay leaders in Canada and the United States write the study materials. ABS Online offers “just in time” commentary that relates the Bible studies to current events in the church and in the world. Estudios Bíblicos para Adultos, a Spanish-language version of ABS, is also available.

“The themes provide a helpful way to see connections between the Old and New Testaments,” commented James E. Horsch, ABS editor emeritus. “We are particularly excited about a New Testament unit featuring women who were called to minister.” Horsch served as chair of the Committee on the Uniform Series during the development of the 2016–22 study cycle.

ABS offers meaty, relevant, Anabaptist commentary that invites spiritual growth and ABS-iconSmaller

practice,” said editor Sharon Williams. “ABS is great for congregations looking for Sunday school or Bible study curriculum that draws people into God’s Word and results in a closer walk with Jesus in the world.”

More information about ABS and EBA is available at www.MennoMedia.org/abs or 1-800-245-7894. Individual and bulk subscriptions are available.

MennoMedia Staff

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Melodie Davis
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Boletín informativo

08 de junio del 2016

Estudios Bíblicos para Adultos anuncia nuevo ciclo de estudio
Currículo de estudios bíblicos anabautistas para la iglesia de hoy

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HARRISONBURG, Virginia, y KITCHENER, Ontario— Estudios Bíblicos para Adultos (EBA), el currículo principal de MennoMedia para la formación de la fe de adultos, inicia en otoño un nuevo ciclo de seis años para estudiar toda la Biblia.

Las líneas generales de las lecciones semanales, basadas en ocho temas bíblicos, fueron desarrolladas por el Comité sobre las Series Uniformes, un grupo ecuménico de educadores y editoriales cristianos del que MennoMedia participa. Pastores, maestros y líderes laicos anabautistas de Canadá y EE. UU. escriben los materiales de estudio. Adult Bible Study (ABS), la versión en inglés de EBA, también está disponible.

“Los temas brindan una forma práctica de ver conexiones entre el Antiguo y el Nuevo Testamento”, comentó James E. Horsch, editor emérito de ABS. “Nos entusiasma de modo particular una nueva unidad de Nuevo Testamento sobre mujeres que recibieron el llamado a ministrar”. Horsch se desempeñó como presidente del Comité sobre las Series Uniformes durante el desarrollo del ciclo de estudio 2016-22.

EBA ofrece un comentario anabautista sustancioso y pertinente que invita al crecimiento espiritual y la práctica”, dijo la editora Sharon Williams. “EBA es fantástico para aquellas congregaciones que buscan un currículo de escuela dominical o de estudios bíblicos que involucre a la gente con la palabra de Dios y que produzca como resultado un andar más íntimo con Jesús en el mundo”.

Más información sobre EBA y ABS disponible en www.MennoMedia.org/abs o llamando al 1-800-245-7894. Hay guías de EBA para el alumno y el maestro para descargar e imprimir.

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