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Open to the public: The Writing Team's Jesus is Born lesson set is open to all visitors and members 

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From 2015 to early 2018 we revised or replaced every single Writing Team lesson set written over the past 15 years. Our goal was simple: do our best instead of rest. The revised sets feature all new lessons, new resources, new techniques, and a higher level of creativity and helpful detail. And now, we have begun writing new sets for new stories as well. Want to join our Writing Team for a set or two? Email Neil at webmaster.rotation@gmail.com.

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New Testament Writing Team (WT) Lesson Sets:

Advent: Isaiah Promised, Jesus Fulfilled

  • Isaiah 7:14, Isaiah 9:6-7, Matthew 1:20-24

    An Advent Lesson set that looks at Isaiah's Old Testament's hope for a Messiah, and the kind of King that was coming to save God's people -- Jesus!

Advent: Mary Accepts, Magnifies, and Ponders  

  • Gabriel visits Mary (Luke 1:26-38)
    Mary's Song of Joy (Luke 1: 46-55)
    Mary Treasures and Ponders what the Shepherds say (Luke 2:8-20)

    Who is this young girl chosen by God to give birth to and raise our Lord? Learn how her servant spirit and overflowing heart sets the tone for our servant spirit and Christmas celebration.

Jesus-is-Born-SpecialAdvent: Jesus is Born! 

  • Matthew 1:18-25, the angel's announcement to Joseph and Luke 2:1-7, Journey to Bethlehem and Birth in the Manger. 

     This set is open to everyone!   

    It's a great example of the creativity and level of detail you'll find in other Team Lesson Sets. Free registration required if you are not already a Registered or Supporting Member.

Angels and Shepherds ...coming summer 2019

The Magi

  • Matthew 2:1-12
    What does it mean to "bow down and worship" him? How are you like a camel? Where is this "east" Matthew talks about? These six workshops feature many creative teaching methods and insights into this famililar story.

Jesus the Boy in the Temple

  • Luke 2:41-52
    Be like Jesus in Sunday School and in Worship!

The Temptation of Jesus in the Wilderness

  • Matthew 4:1-11; Mark 1:12-13; Luke 4:1-13
    7 creative workshop-style lessons exploring the temptations Jesus faced, and how he may have prepared himself during his time in the wilderness to resist temptation and commit to God's plan.

Jesus Calls the Disciples

  • Luke 5:1-11
    Jesus tells the Disciples to let out their nets and become fishers of people. How are you called? and What are you called to do?

The Beatitudes

  • Matthew 5:1-12
    Jesus teaches us the kind of attitudes we need to see and serve him in his Kingdom.  

Jesus and Nicodemus: How to "See" the Kingdom

  • John 3:1-10
    Being "born from above" means seeing from God's point of view, that's how you see and enter the Kingdom, according to Jesus.  

Jesus Feeds the 5000  ...coming March 2019

Peter Sinks. Jesus Saves! 

the story of Peter trying to walk on water 

  • Matthew 14:22-33
    We try to walk on water, but we sink. Thank God Jesus is there to catch us. It's a humbling experience, and maybe that's the point.

Kingdom Parables (Mustard Seed, Leaven, Treasure, Pearl)

  • Matthew 13:31-33, 44-46 and Luke 13:18
    What is the kingdom of God like? Where is the Kingdom? And how are we part of it? 

The Good Samaritan ...coming early 2020

The Prodigal Son ...coming summer 2021

Man Let Down through the Roof ...coming late 2021

Jesus Heals the Ten Lepers

  • Luke 17:11-19
    Grace and Gratitude

The Lord's Prayer, praying ...coming late fall 2019

Jesus Raises Lazarus (Jesus Raises Us)

  • John 11:1-44
    In one of the most important stories of the New Testament, we learn that Jesus has the power over death and wants to give us life.

Palm Sunday ~ Jesus is the One! 

  • Matthew 21:1-11, Mark 11:1-10, Luke 19:28-44, John 12:12-19
    Hosanna Hey! The story which begins the events of Holy Week.

Jesus' Last Supper

  • Primary Bible Story: Matthew 26:17-30
    Additional Scriptures Referenced by some lessons in this set:  Exodus 12:1-42 The Passover, Mark 14:12-26,  Luke 22:7-20, John 13:1-30  Jesus washes the disciple's feet, 1 Corinthians 11:23-26  Paul repeats Jesus' "words of institution." 

Jesus in Gethsemane

  • Mark 14:32-42
    "Struggle" is an important part of this story - Jesus’ struggles to accept God’s plan, the disciples struggle to stay awake, and we struggle to follow Jesus. God's love is bigger and stronger than whatever you fear. 

Jesus Goes to the Cross  ~ New in 2019

  • Mark 15:1-47
    This super-creative set of lessons tackles a long but important story with some creative and kid-friendly techniques.  Among its many great ideas, it includes a Cross Seder Cooking Workshop, and a "Reflection Stations" Workshop that incorporates traditional and contemporary Christian songs.

Jesus and Zaccheus ...coming early 2020

Lost Coin, Lost Sheep ...coming summer 2020

Mary Magdalene: Meeting Jesus at the Empty Tomb

  • John 20:1-18
    Learn about the woman who was the first witness to Jesus' resurrection and what the Empty Tomb means for us today.

Meeting Jesus on the Road to Emmaus

  • Luke 24:13-35
    Jesus reveals his presence, which gives us the faith and confidence to share the good news with others.

Peter, do you love me? (feed my sheep!)

  • John 21:1-17
    A rich post-resurrection story featuring the "restoration" of Peter who leaps from his boat to be with Jesus, and then Jesus commands him, "Peter if you love me, feed my sheep!"

Great Commission and Ascension of Jesus

  • Matthew 28:16-20, Luke 24:36-53; Acts 1:1-11
    Six terrific lesson plans, including a Music-Drama lesson, "Road Signs" Art Workshop, and an honest review of a dozen Jesus films which depict these stories -with our two video recommendations.

Pentecost: Wind, Fire, Faith!

  • Acts 2:1-8, 12-18, 36-47
    A super-creative set of workshops focused on the story and meaning of the Holy Spirit's advent on Pentecost. Includes a blacklight Movement & Music Workshop, a Spirit-powered model rocket launch, and leaf-blower inspired Bible Skills & Games Workshop.

Paul and the Bright Light

  • Acts 9:1-22
    Saul's life and faith were dramatically changed by his encounter with Jesus on the Road to Damascus, and ours can be too!  

Fruits of the Spirit ..coming late 2020


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Why hasn't the Writing Team written lesson sets for other popular New Testament stories?

2 Answers

  1. We do plan on writing more sets!

  2. The Team has initially chosen to write sets for those stories which do not already have a lot of good material in the public forums.  Eventually, however, we'll create special "WT" sets for all the major stories which Sunday Schools agree are great for children to learn.

What about "other" Bible stories?

In the Rotation Model, we believe in teaching the "major" stories of the OT and NT for at least four weeks in a row through various workshops. Because we don't change the story every week, we move much more slowly through the Bible than traditional Sunday Schools do. This means we have to PRIORITIZE which stories are important for children to learn, and which are better left for older students and other times and place. 

A typical Rotation Model Sunday School will teach between 8 and 12 Bible stories a year. That means over 5 years, our elementary students will learn around 50 stories (because some stories repeat, like Advent), and they will learn them in greater depth.

How do we decide which stories to teach in the Rotation Model?  

Among educators, there is a general consensus about the top 40 or so Bible stories to teach to children, --if you are taking four to five week at a time for each. Jesus stories are obviously a top priority, as are the major stories and characters of the Old Testament. 

The Writing Team follows this consensus list (often called a "Scope and Sequence"), and then writes sets on those stories only if the public forums don't provide enough great ideas and lessons on that story.

Related Links: 

Old Testament Writing Team Lesson Sets

Become a Supporting Member  | About the Writing Team and its Lesson

Learn more about the consensus "Scope and Sequence" of major stories a Rotation Sunday School will teach, and how those stories are picked.

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