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


Progressive Christian Spiritual Curriculum

Compassionate, Intelligent, Inter-Spiritual, Non-Dogmatic


Are you searching for a way to connect children with an authentic spiritual experience that is inter-spiritual, creative and multi-layered?  A Joyful Path is truly progressive Christian curriculum that is inclusive, joy-full, compassionate, and intelligent.



A Joyful Path- The Inner Wisdom Series


Spiritual Curriculum for Young Hearts and Minds


This behavior-over-belief curriculum connects children with their own inner wisdom.  It teaches interdependence, self awareness, respect for nature, stillness, forgiveness, prayer, meditation, and integrity.  Using the Bible and other wisdom stories, A Joyful Path helps children learn how to follow the path of Jesus in today’s world.


“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


“One of the major challenges for Progressive Christians in the years to come is paying more attention to “equipping the saints.” The dictionary meaning for “equipping” is “to supply with intellectual, emotional, or spiritual essentials.” It is derived from an old French term which means “to put to sea, to embark.”


ProgressiveChristianity.org has picked up this challenge and provided congregations and parents with two years of relevant and imaginative curriculums for the 21st century. They have taken the lead in reframing Sunday school teachings and made them into invaluable resources for “equipping the saints” as they head out on the sea of our culture. Whether you are a parent, a Sunday School teacher, a preacher, a spiritual seeker, or just someone who likes to look at ideas from a child’s point of view, this one’s for you.” ~Mary Ann and Frederic Brussat, Spirituality and Practice



Using This Curriculum


This spiritual curriculum is intended for 6 to 10 year olds but may be adapted for children slightly older or younger. The lessons are written for a classroom setting and are also appropriate for use at home.


A unique and important aspect of this curriculum is that the lessons are both heart-centered and experiential. Through stories and activities, children’s bodies and feelings are engaged as well as their minds. Giving children experiences that are real and meaningful helps them integrate and apply the ideals of Progressive Christianity to lives right now. Experiential learning also helps to create a solid foundation for a child’s life-long spiritual journey.


*NOTE: We are happy if you blend your curriculum resources together — you don’t have to abandon your own denominational curriculum in order to enjoy A Joyful Path. We get emails from churches all the time about using more than one curriculum and how A Joyful Path blends well with almost any denominational curriculum out there.



What is included in A Joyful Path?


This curriculum is designed for teaching in-home and in small groups.


The full year has 38 lessons which include:

  • A Teacher Introduction

  • A Teacher Reflection or Meditation

  • Bible Verses

  • Wisdom Quotations

  • Fun and Creative Activities- Art, Crafts, Music, Movements, Meditations

  • Spiritual Affirmations with a Full Page Affirmation Art

  • An Original Story with Story Art

  • Discussion Questions

Plus Teacher Introductory Pages which include Classroom Management Tips, Bringing Nature into the Curriculum, Using the Affirmations, and Using this Curriculum



What Is A Joyful Path Year One Like?


In A Joyful Path, Year One, we focus on behavior over belief. Focusing on the teachings of Jesus, Year One is all about supporting children to find their own inner wisdom and to connect to the Spirit and God Within All.


Topics Covered are:


The body


Heart nature

The Will

The Intellect

God Within All

Letting Go

The Universe


The Bible

The Life of Jesus

Christian Holidays



This curriculum can be spread out over 2-3 years but also can be done in one year. (click here for suggested supplemental materials)

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.

“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
Click here to see A Joyful Path Year Two

Review & Commentary

  • Peggy Markham

    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!

    • Pedro M. Lopez

      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

  • Tammy

    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.

  • Joan Lemire

    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.

  • Jane Wilson

    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

    • A

      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.

  • Jane Wilson

    Thank you, will check it out now 🙂

  • Angelique Sipos

    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?

    • Timothy Andrew

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

  • becca hughes

    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

  • RevLois

    This curriculum claims to be inclusive, but all of the classrooms actually shown only show Caucasian teachers and children. Inclusion goes beyond what you teach. It needs to be modeled.

    • Blissful Seeker

      Hi RevLois,
      In our video production, we were limited in what classrooms we could use. However, the curriculum is indeed very inclusive. The art includes all different shades of skin color, there are full lessons on inclusion, the heroes and heroines are mixed ethnically, and we have an entire unit on inclusion in Year Two. Please look at samples online and email us with any questions: admin@progressivechristianity.org

      • RevLois

        I have no doubt in the quality and inclusiveness of the curriculum itself. You are trustworthy. I was merely pointing out the need for your marketing to pace with the claims of your curriculum. Living the inclusiveness that is taught is not only important, but necessary. 🙂