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A Sure Foundation

A Sure Foundation

A Philosophy and Curriculum for Ministry to Infants and Toddlers


Lessons: 29

Age: Nursery

Age Range: Birth - 36+ Months


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Transform your nurseries into a place for prayer, where children learn simple truths about God, begin to memorize Scripture, and hear foundational Bible stories.

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What You Need to Start

  • 1 Coordinator's Starter Kit (plus 1 Teacher's Guide for each additional teacher)

Additional Helps (printable from kit)

  • 1 Resource Packet
  • 1 set of Truth Statement Posters
  • 1 set of Story Pictures for each class

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The church nursery is an exciting and vital ministry in the church—a launching pad for nurturing the faith of the next generation. A Sure Foundation: A Philosophy and Curriculum for Ministry to Infants and Toddlers is designed to help you transform your ministry to infants and toddlers into an integral beginning—a place of prayer for young children, a place where they hear foundational Bible stories, and a place where children learn simple truth statements and begin to memorize Scripture as they form their language skills.

A Sure Foundation is divided into four stages.

  • The Fragrance of the Knowledge of Christ establishes the philosophy of ministering in infant nurseries and creates an environment centered on prayer for each baby.
  • Young toddlers, 18-24 months, are taught four repeating Bible stories and monthly memory verses along with truth statements about God’s character in The Wonders He Has Done.
  • The Older Toddler Volume 1 Teacher’s Guide, His Praiseworthy Deeds, reviews the four stories already learned, teaches 24- to 36-month-old toddlers nine more foundational stories and completes the monthly memory verses.
  • For toddlers 36 months and up who have not graduated to a preschool class, the Older Toddler Volume 2 Teacher’s Guide, Set Their Hope in God, introduces 16 additional Bible stories with accompanying memory verses for each lesson. If you do not have separate older toddler classrooms, Volume 2 can also be used as a midweek curriculum for older toddlers.

The Nursery Coordinator's Starter Kit includes 4 booklets that are valuable resources to share with the parents in your church:

  • Praying for the Next Generation
  • Mothers: Disciplers of the Next Generation
  • A Father’s Guide to Blessing His Children
  • Children and the Worship Service

We recommend this training video (in the carousel above) to help build a robust, biblical vision for nursery ministry (handout). Scripture quotations are from the ESV® Bible.

Purchase:

A Sure Foundation: Nursery Coordinator's Starter Kit

Order 1 Starter Kit for your nursery program.

The Starter Kit includes:

One of each Teacher's Guide:

  • Infant (Birth-18 Months): The Fragrance of the Knowledge of Christ with the philosophy of ministry
  • Young Toddler Teacher's Guide (18-24 Months): The Wonders He Has Done with four lessons (also in Volume 1)
  • Older Toddler Teacher's Guide (18- or 24-36 Months), Volume 1: His Praiseworthy Deeds with 13 lessons
  • Older Toddler Teacher's Guide (36+ Months), Volume 2: Set Their Hope in God with 16 lessons

One of each parenting booklet:

  • Praying for the Next Generation
  • A Father's Guide to Blessing His Children
  • Mothers: Disciplers of the Next Generations
  • Children and the Worship Service

One revised ESV Foundation Verses pack in color

The link for the Curriculum Resources includes pdfs of the Coloring Pages, Parent and Child Resource Pages, the Resource Packet (with prayer signs/cards and memory verses), Truth Statement Posters, Story Pictures (for Young Toddler, Older Toddler Volume 1, and Older Toddler Volume 2), and other teacher resources (including a training video)

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A Sure Foundation: Resource Packet

Order 1 packet per church or classroom. (Optional, the Resource Packet PDF is included in the Coordinator's Kit)

The Resource Packet include 17 prayer signs and 28 prayer cards to be used by caregivers in all nurseries and classrooms to pray over infants and toddlers. It also has signs for all 28 toddler memory verses, along with coordinating designs for you to make memory verse cards and magnets to be used in class or sent home with families. This packet is printed in full-color on cardstock. (71 pages)

Note: Story Pictures are not included in the Resource Packet but are sold separately.

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A Sure Foundation: Truth Statement Posters

Order 1 set for each nursery (Optional, the Truth Statement Posters PDF is included in the Coordinator's Kit)

How can we teach children under two years old the truths of the Bible? Should we wait until they are older and can understand more? Although the minds of young children are limited, their spirits can be very active. The responsibility of a nursery worker caring for children at this age is to nurture that spirit. This can be done through very simple truth statements spoken frequently and casually. Children need to see that biblical truth is part of the fabric of everyday life.

These 12 posters are 12”x18” in size and printed in full color on glossy cardstock. They are designed to be posted on the walls of infant nurseries and toddler classrooms to remind teachers and caregivers to emphasize basic truths about God when they are interacting with the children.

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A Sure Foundation: Additional Infant Teacher's Guide

Order 1 guide for each regular caregiver. (1 copy is included in the Coordinator's Kit.)

Ministry to infants (0-18 Months) is a ministry of spreading the fragrance of the knowledge of Jesus. Although young children cannot understand deep truths, their spirits can respond to the Spirit of God and they can begin to understand simple truths that will someday lead them to deep truth.

This guide, The Fragrance of the Knowledge of Christ: A Philosophy for Nursery Ministry, helps nursery caregivers set the atmosphere of a nursery and pray for infants in their care.

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A Sure Foundation: Additional Young Toddler Teacher's Guide

Order 1 guide for each regular teacher or caregiver. (1 copy is included in the Coordinator's Kit.)

This guide, The Wonders He Has Done: A Philosophy and Curriculum for Young Toddler Ministry, is for teachers and caregivers who work with young toddlers ages 18-24 months.

The Wonders He Has Done introduces a philosophy for toddler ministry along with providing 4 Bible lessons (repeated throughout the year), activities (finger plays and songs), coloring pages, Growing in Faith Together: Parent and Child Resource Pages, and monthly memory verses. (These 4 lessons are also part of the Older Toddler Volume 1 Teacher's Guide.)

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A Sure Foundation: Young Toddler Story Pictures

Order 1 set for each young toddler nursery.

The Young Toddler Story Pictures packet includes 17 story pictures designed for use with the four basic Bible stories included in the Young Toddler Teacher's Guide, titled The Wonders He Has Done: A Philosophy and Curriculum for Young Toddler Ministry. Pictures are printed in full-color on cardstock. (20 pages)

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A Sure Foundation: Additional Older Toddler Volume 1 Teacher's Guide

Order 1 guide for each regular teacher or caregiver. (1 copy is included in the Coordinator's Kit.)

This guide, His Praiseworthy Deeds: A Philosophy and Curriculum for Older Toddler Ministry, is for teachers and caregivers who work with older toddlers (ages 18-36 or 24-36 months).

His Praiseworthy Deeds introduces a philosophy for toddler ministry along with providing 13 Bible lessons (including the four Young Toddler lessons) to be repeated throughout the year, activities (finger plays and songs), coloring pages, Growing in Faith Together: Parent and Child Resource Pages, and monthly memory verses.

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A Sure Foundation: Older Toddler Story Pictures Volume 1

Order 1 set for each older toddler nursery (ages 24-36 months).

The Older Toddler Story Pictures, Volume 1 packet includes 53 story pictures designed for use with the 13 Bible stories included in the Older Toddler Teacher's Guide, Volume 1, titled His Praiseworthy Deeds: A Philosophy and Curriculum for Young Toddler Ministry. Pictures are printed in full-color on cardstock. (56 pages)

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A Sure Foundation: Additional Older Toddler Volume 2 Teacher's Guide

Order 1 guide for each regular teacher or caregiver.

This guide, Set Their Hope in God: A Philosophy and Curriculum for Older Toddler Ministry, is for teachers and caregivers who work with older toddlers (ages 36 months and up).

Set Their Hope in God introduces a philosophy for toddler ministry along with providing 16 Bible lessons (repeated throughout the year), activities (finger plays and songs), coloring pages, Growing in Faith Together: Parent and Child Resource Pages, and a memory verse to accompany each lesson.

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A Sure Foundation: Older Toddler Story Pictures Volume 2

Order 1 set for each older toddler nursery (ages 36+ months).

The Older Toddler Story Pictures, Volume 2 packet includes 82 story pictures designed for use with the 16 Bible stories included in the Older Toddler Teacher's Guide, Volume 2, titled Set Their Hope in God: A Philosophy and Curriculum for Young Toddler Ministry. Pictures are printed in full-color on cardstock. (85 pages)

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