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What Every Child Should Experience

What Every Child Should Experience

What Every Child Should Experience – A Guide for Leaders and Teachers in United Methodist Congregations is a resource developed by Melanie C. Gordon through Discipleship Ministries of The United Methodist Church to assist leaders and teachers of children in United Methodist Congregations in the area of faith formation. You will find this guide useful in choosing and studying scripture, selecting and writing curriculum, offering parents and guardians useful developmental information, and addressing issues facing today’s children.

Section 1

A comprehensive guide to scripture significant for children as they develop cognitively and theologically.

Section 2

Comprehensive charts that address the needs of children and the concepts they can understand at different stages of development around the beliefs and concepts of God, Worship, The Bible, Home and Family, Everyday Life, Community and Methodist Heritage.

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Permission is granted to make copies for use in churches, districts, annual conferences, and in camp and retreat settings of The United Methodist Church. For any other use, please contact Melanie C. Gordon.


Wesley and the People Called Methodists – Richard Heitzenrater
Recapturing the Wesley’s Vision – Paul Wesley Chilcote
Faith Development and Pastoral Care – James W. Fowler
Developmentally Appropriate Practice – Carol Copple and Sue Bredekamp
Mind in the Making – Ellen Galinsky
The Child in Christian Thought – Marcia J. Bunge, Editor
The Spiritual Life of Children – Robert Coles
Young Children and Worship – Jerome Berryman and Sonja Stewart
The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church 2012

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