St. Paul Lutheran KidStuff

What is it?

The KidStuff curriculum we use is designed to equip kids from kindergarten through fifth grade with these basic truths.

  • I need to make the wise choice. (wisdom)
  • I can trust God no matter what. (faith)
  • I should treat others the way I want to be treated. (friendship)

These truths were modeled by Jesus in Luke 2:52 “Jesus grew in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and all the people.”

At least one of these truths is reinforced in each weekly lesson. Along with these truths there are also 36 Life Applications or Virtues that are taught as a monthly theme, for example honesty, responsibility, patience and so on. All 36 of these life apps are taught over a 3 yr period. To underscore these truths and life apps, Bible stories are presented in creative ways to pull it all together. These Bible stories help kids discover Jesus and reflect His character to the world around them. To make it easy to understand, everything is unpacked through weekly bottom lines – short phrases that are so easy to remember they can be reinforced at home throughout the week. So that’s the foundation of what KidStuff is.

The FIRST LOOK curriculum is designed so that preschoolers 3yrs and up will grow up believing that:

  • God made me.
  • God loves me.
  • Jesus wants to be my friend forever.

Preschoolers are introduced to the story of God by providing weekly Bible story presentations that are highly creative, interactive and age-specific. Each lesson emphasizes a monthly Bottom Line to help make it easy and fun.

How it works

Every Wednesday at 5pm, prior to the 6pm service, kids and their families meet in the Fellowship Hall in the lower level for a family meal. Children from 6th grade to 8th grade often still participate or volunteer because they loved the program when they went through it.

KidStuff kids then go to age appropriate classrooms for some small group time called “Plug-In”; small group activities to focus energy on what is happening this week. Then they all come together for “POWER UP”, which is the interactive large group activity where kids hear the Bible story in creative ways. Kids then return to their small groups for “Catch On” where they do various activities that apply the story/ truth for the week.

FirstLook kids go to their own room where they participate in crazy fun activities, crafts, a Bible story, worship time and prayer.

Parents are equipped with Parent CUES: notes to parents that help them know what we talked about with their child this week and to CUE them to continue the conversation at home.

KidStuff kids also go home with GodTime Cards: kids’ notes to help them establish a consistent devotional experience. These cards have one activity to complete each day for 4 days to reinforce what they experienced that week.