The Story Bible

The church I am serving is currently going through The Story as part of an entire church series. If you are not familiar with it, The Story is most of the NIV Bible rearranged chronologically and divided into 31 chapters to make it more user-friendly. There are age-specific Bibles available to use as well. The church starter kit includes curriculum for Adult and Youth Bible studies and Children's Sunday School, which we are using. However, I also direct a mid-week evening program for the children, and there are no existing materials for it.

I would like to thank the members of this site for helping me to put together my lessons week after week. I borrow ideas from many of the workshops. They have been a lifesaver so far!!!! My question is this, does anyone know of any existing material that goes through the entire Bible in a year? I am only asking because I would like to help the mid-week program become more volunteer-led, and the program is currently very dependent on me to compile the activities for the evening off of lessons found on this site. Ideas?

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Our church has really enjoyed "What's in the Bible?" with a group of 3rd, 4th & 5th graders. It's from the creator, Phil Vischer, of the VeggieTales. Currently it consists of 9 DVD's that cover the complete Old Testament. Our kids think it's a hoot and it's VERY multidimensional -- music, cartoon art, puppets, charts and lots of silliness. But it manages to convey very serious messages in memorable, teachable (the episodes have natural break points for discussion) and theologically sound ways.

The web site says they plan to complete the project for the New Testament in 2013, but I can't see their exact timeline so they may not finish soon enough for you!

They're available from a number of vendors. Check them out at What's in the Bible? You can also get them through Sunday Software with free outlines for teachers at (Neil's outlines only include 8 of the 9 DVD's. The 9th has been very recently released.


Moderator notes:  the series is now complete with 13 DVDs covering all books of the bible, plus a Christmas DVD on Christmas traditions.

What's in the Bible

Anne's suggestion of the What's in the Bible DVDs is right on.
There are 13 in the series.
They are a bit breathless as you might imagine, but Phil Vischer does a good job of hitting the high stories, and teaching the golden thread that runs through each... i.e. God's Plan for Redemption.

That said, plowing through the Bible in a year is a huge task that will leave much behind. Rotation Modelers like myself, have a knee-jerk reaction to that along the lines of "more ends up being less". Practically speaking, half your kids probably won't be there for half your lessons. And the other half will need a minimum of two or three lessons per story just to really REMEMBER them. It's the conundrum the gave birth to the Rotation Model.

So here would be my challenge:
Find and primarily focus on teaching "the golden cord" running through every story you propose to teach in one year. If you focus on story details -changing the story every week, instead of the focusing on the golden cord, half your kids will never hear or remember these details anyway.

Re: The golden cord.... Here's how I would put it: "What has God done for us, and what can we expect from God? And what are we like, and what does God expect from us?"

Jesus was once asked a similar question and he said "Love God, Love your neighbor". For our teaching purposes, to each of his phrases I would simply add, "why" and "how".

Please let us know how you do with this!

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My suggestion is use the videos above along with this book:

"Route 66: A Trip Through 66 Books of the Bible", by Christin Ditchfield, Carson-Dellosa Publisher, (192 pages), 2008, 9781600225222.

For grades 2 - 5. Work your way right through all 66 books of the bible. Has a neat road map you can enlarge and you can mark each week where along the road (which book) you are currently at. Small-group activities, arts and crafts, puzzle worksheets, etc. Broken down by bible book.

It also suggest you do a scrapbook with the kids and they have a copy of the map, add there sheets, and I think it give suggestions of things to add to the scrapbook, besides just the puzzle sheets for each story. Which would help with those kids who don't come ever week.

Also, recommend you allow the kids to sign out the videos after you've shown them so kids can catch up on ones they've missed.

Great book! I bought this to use with the above DVDs (thinking a summer program) but have not used them yet.

Another Idea:
"My Bible Journal", By: Mary J. Davis (Journals Just for Kids Series), Legacy Press, 1999, 9781885358707. Nice journal - that works it's way through the major stories in the bible in order through Old Testament then New Testament. Starts with What is the Bible?
Headings: Where Are We? What is the Big Picture? Who are the Main Players? Digging In: Questions to answer. Digging Deeper: Additional Scriptures to read. Plant God's Word: Scripture verse for the day.


Thank you all so much for your input and ideas! I had looked into the "Through the Bible" DVD series, but as you have already stated, they are not done making them yet. It is exciting, though, and I will use them in the future! Thank you also for the Route 66 book idea. This is more along the lines of what I was looking for.

Believe me, I understand the frustration about trying to go through the entire Bible in a year. There is just too much to do. I have been focusing on a "golden cord" - namely, where is Jesus in the story (because I believe He is present even in the Old Testament!), and where is Jesus in our similar stories today? For example, in the Adam and Eve story, I told the children how God promised to destroy the serpent - and how many thousands of years later, Jesus did! Thank you all again for your help! After we finish this series, I plan on using these rotation models in full to focus on different particular stories. Thank you for the introduction to this style of teaching!

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