A Joyful Path, Children’s Curriculum,Year One, Ages 6-10. For In Home and Small Groups.


Progressive Christian Spiritual Curriculum- Year One

Compassionate, Intelligent, Inter-Spiritual, Non-Dogmatic

This package includes:

1) 38 Lessons in a full color teacher’s handbook.

Perfect for use in the home and for small groups!


Topic Based, Behavior over Belief

Guiding children to find their own inner wisdom and the courage to follow it!

This curriculum can be spread out over 2-3 years.

This curriculum teaches bravery, courage, inclusion, stillness, forgiveness, humility, concentration, discovering divine energy, non-greed, service, truthfulness, kindness, gratitude, protection and care for the environment, creativity, letting go, finding god within all, and more.

“The great need in the Christian church is for a Sunday school curriculum for children that does not equate faith with having a pre-modern mind.  The Center for Progressive Christianity has produced just that.  Teachers can now teach children in Sunday school without crossing their fingers.  I endorse it wholeheartedly.”  ~John Shelby Spong (Author, Jesus for the Non-Religious)

“At last, Sunday School lessons for which no apology is necessary.” ~James R. Adams, Author of So You Think You’re Not Religiousand From Literal to Literacy.


Here is a list of our lessons:

The Stories of our Tradition- The Bible and how we use it

A Spiritual Teacher- The Jesus Story

The Nameless One- Who or What is God?

A Pocket Full of Coins- Discovering Divine Energy

A Lion in the Garden- Forgiving and Healing

The Confusing Coat- Learning from Mistakes

The Dangerous Road- Connecting with Kindness

Brother Wolf- Being an Instrument for Blessing

Blind Eyes See- Experiencing God as Light

Are Two Words Enough?- Expressing Gratitude

The Lonely Shepherd- Experiencing God as Joy

The Monkey and the Well- Concentrating Our Energy

Touching the Moon- Practicing Humility

The Greedy Gambler- Non-Greed

Nathan Leaves Home- Remembering God’s Presence

The Christmas Surprise- Experiencing God as Love

Wild Mountain John- Filling Our Minds with Goodness

Monica’s Complicated Quilt- Opening Our Hearts in Prayer

The New Neighborhood- Loving others through Service

The Falling Sky- Asking for Guidance- Discernment

The Magic Potion- Learning Patience

Three Hundred Peanuts- Work Creativity

Rachel Dreams of the Sea- Self-Expansion

Shoe Laces- Sharing

Nothing Fancy- What is Success?

19 Dangerous Trips- Willpower and Courage

Who Is In-Charge?- Self-control

The Brave One- Courage

A Drop of Water- Stillness

New Life- Easter

Standing Tall- Palm Sunday

A Heavy Load- Letting Go

The Changeless Spirit- Security

6,000 Tries!- Perseverance

Do Unto Others- Truthfulness

A Choice- Willingness

One Love- Inclusion

She Is Everywhere- God in Nature




Review & Commentary

12 thoughts on “A Joyful Path, Children’s Curriculum,Year One, Ages 6-10. For In Home and Small Groups.

  1. Wow! I was so excited to see this type of curriculum that focuses on what really matters in the human experience. However, the cost is prohibitive! I homeschool my 3 children and my oldest son is struggling with Christianity because the youth group he’s in are all Young Earth Creationists. I have taught my children differently so you can imagine the increasing tension in the youth group. He asks hard questions, challenges the youth pastor, and has had enough of the youth group AND Christianity. I don’t blame him.

    I was ready to buy this curriculum, which I found on Facebook as a shared link from KissingFish via ProgressiveChristianity.org. You have a “donate to support” button, but why? The curriculum cost should be enough!

    • Hi Peggy,

      The donations are for year 2 of our curriculum series and the further installments of our progressive curricula that we have on the drawing board. Producing these curricula are a costly venture and any donations from the readership of ProgressiveChristianity.org are much appreciated!

      Pedro M. Lopez
      Web Management

  2. I agree, the cost is really a drawback. I would like to know more about what exactly we are getting for the money. It does look like a beautiful program.

  3. Is this children’s curriculum being used in any progressive churches located within 25 miles of Chandler AZ (outside of Phoenix)? Also, is there any chance to purchase 1-5 lessons that could be used at home by parents exploring how they work out with my grandchildren? Thank you. Keep up the good work.

  4. Hello, I am so excited to find a potential help to guide my children when I literally had to throw our old previous curriculum in the bin, but having nowhere else to go! Can you please tell me if this is all digital (we work in a hard-to -access area but digital is easy.) Also, with one of the purchase options, music is included. Is this an option for the in home lessons? Thanks for your help

    • Dear Jane,
      Thank you for your interest in A Joyful Path curriculum!

      We offer digital version of the lessons as well as printed materials. Please take a look at the curriculum info page here.

      The music which is included in the larger packages is also available separately here and here.

  5. Hi,
    I appreciate the lower cost of the downloadable lessons, as I can purchase each as I have the funds to afford them. I noticed that not all the lessons are presented in the downloadable section of your store, though. Are there plans for making the complete year 1 (and 2) as downloadable pdfs?

    • Angelique, we are working on making the entire publication available for download sometime soon. Until then it is only available by individual lessons.

  6. I am interested in your curriculum. I need more info. Does the cost include coping rights? What ages? Is there a sample I can see?

    Thanks, Becca

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