Rio is a new family-friendly digital curriculum that helps churches and families foster a deeper relationship with God and a life of faith that is rich and full. Kids learn how to experience God, discern His voice, and know the Spirit’s powerful work in their lives.
Philosophy: Rio believes that our faith is a relational one, and that the best way to grow people in the faith is to help them deepen their relationship with God and others. We strive to engage relationships at all levels within your children's ministry—leader to child, child to child, child to parent, parent to leader—all within the context of a relationship with God.
This focus on knowing God will produce in children a desire to obey God—not obedience through their own power, but obedience through the power provided by the Holy Spirit. By keeping the focus on God and responding to Him, Rio strives to produce a transformational faith that will reproduce itself for generations to come.
The Story for Kids Curriculum (skits)
The children’s curriculum for The Story is a complete program for three age ranges of children, suitable for use in Sunday school, children’s church, midweek program, with combined large groups or graded small groups, or in centers. It has also been used successfully in Christian schools and home school settings.
Drawing on collective wisdom from experts all over the world, David C Cook developed a program of small group therapy that kids regard as “a fun club.” The “Jesus Fun Club” is their nickname for these sessions that meet at least three times each week. The purpose is different for each day, though the sessions weave together.
One day centers on Character Building. Here’s what that means. Everyone needs values. Without internal reference points, it is impossible to understand where you are headed, or even where you are. An example of this kind of issue is trust. Orphans typically go to one extreme or the other. They trust everyone and are exploited, or trust no one and suffer isolation. Healthy, wise people find a balance. They can tell who can and cannot be trusted. The character-building portion of this program helps abandoned children learn healthy trust and develop other essential values.
The core of this program is Spiritual Formation. To the kids, these are enjoyable Bible Stories. These lessons, though, go far deeper than typical Sunday school. These are life-giving stories. The kids identify with stories like Hagar, who found that God notices and intervenes when you are kicked out of your home. The story of Samuel reveals that God talks to children. Most orphans we serve come from non-Christian backgrounds, so it is vital for them to learn there is a good God who has their well-being in mind.
The third session each week covers Life Skills. Orphans have never lived in normal families, so it is hard for us to imagine what they don’t know about the most ordinary aspects of life. For instance, they are enthusiastic about washing their hands because, until a lesson on germs, they never knew what made them sick. Now they love having the power to kill those germs.
Buck Denver Asks . . . What’s in the Bible? is the 13-DVD series from VeggieTales® creator Phil Vischer. In his first new project since VeggieTales, Vischer has set out to teach kids (and parents!) the story of the Bible–God’s great rescue plan! We know the stories of Moses, Noah, David, and Jesus, but in this groundbreaking new Bible DVD series, we learn how they all fit together to tell one big, redemptive story. Vischer’s signature wit shines through with his all-new cast of characters, fast-paced flash animation, and catchy tunes. This is one journey through the Bible you won’t want to miss!