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Free sample sessions of Gather ’Round curriculum posted online



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Two images from a Gather ’Round memory verse poster for use with Fall 2006 materials depict children signing the words for “love” and “heart.” Children will learn American Sign Language words as they memorize Deuteronomy 6:4-9.


January 6, 2006
-by Cynthia Linscheid

Newton, Kan. – Preparations for a new denominational Sunday school curriculum are bearing fruit as trainers are being selected and sample sessions are added to the Web site. Gather ’Round: Hearing and Sharing God’s Good News is a curriculum for children, youth and parents in the Church of the Brethren, Mennonite Church Canada and Mennonite Church USA.

Free sample sessions of teacher and student materials are now posted online at The Web site also includes a price list, Bible outlines and other basic information. Customers without Internet access may call 1-800-245-7894 for assistance. Sample kits will be available for purchase in February, and congregational use will begin next fall.

In addition to quarterly teacher and student books, Gather ’Round will offer quarterly classroom packs that include such items as teaching pictures and posters. One resource, for example, is a memory verse poster with photographs of children depicting American Sign Language words to represent the memory text, Deuteronomy 6:4-9.

A key emphasis in the curriculum is strengthening the connection between home and church. One way Gather ’Round works at this is through the quarterly “Talkabout,” an item to use at the family dinner table. The Talkabout will help families extend the Sunday school experience through short scripture readings, prayers and ideas for service and learning. Each quarter’s Talkabout is different.

A major training event will be Feb. 10 through 12, 2006, at Gilmary Retreat Center near Pittsburgh, Pa. Each Mennonite area conference and Church of the Brethren district has been invited to send representatives to this event. Those trained in February will facilitate training in their own regions.

Gather ’Round offers materials for seven levels: Preschool, ages 3 to 4 (with tips for 2 year olds); Primary, grades K through 2; Middler, grades 3 through 5; Junior Youth, grades 6 through 8; Youth, grades 9 through 12; Multiage, grades K through 6, with tips for older students; Parent/Caregiver, designed for adult class or individual study.

Gather ’Round is a joint project of Brethren Press (Church of the Brethren) and Mennonite Publishing Network (Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Church Canada). It follows Jubilee: God’s Good News, which has been used in Mennonite and Brethren congregations since 1994

Contact: Cynthia Linscheid, (316) 283-5155 Ext. 282;