St. Paul’s Bible curriculum follows the sequence below:
Junior Kindergarten: God & the Bible, part 1
Kindergarten: God & the Bible, part 2
1st: Old Testament stories and characters, part 1
2nd: Old Testament stories and characters, part 2
3rd: New Testament stories and characters
4th: The Biblical Story
5th: Jesus the Messiah
6th: Life as a Christ Follower
Students in Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten receive a basic introduction to the God of the Bible and to Scripture itself. The curriculum is very story-based and lessons are built around passages of Scripture which can be easily expressed in a tangible way, and students participate in these stories by acting them out, creating crafts, and memorizing Scripture among many other activities.
Students in grades 1 and 2 “discover the dots” of the Old Testament by becoming familiar with the major characters and stories of the Old Testament. During these years, lessons and memory verses are tailored to the developmental stages of seven and eight year-olds by focusing primarily on objective information in order to build a strong foundation for lifelong understanding of the Bible.
Students in 3rd grade “discover the dots” of the New Testament. Lessons and weekly memory verses provide students with opportunities to consider the ways that God fully expressed his good news through the person of Jesus. Students also consider some of the major stories from the Book of Acts that reveal how the early Christians followed the example of Christ.
Students in 4th grade “connect the dots” in the Old Testament, which means that they revisit Old Testament stories from grades 1 and 2 with the intention of learning themes that reveal the character of God. Lessons highlight the way that God continuously loves, leads, and forgives his people even through mistakes and hardships. Students begin to understand more of how God’s steady and patient love for his people sets the stage for the coming of Christ.
Students in 5th grade “connect the dots” in the New Testament by focusing on the person of Christ – his nature, his character, his teachings, and how we should respond to all of this. Lessons draw entirely from the Gospels and are intended to bring students into an encounter with the living Christ. Students are then encouraged to respond creatively to the lessons through activities such as writing, drawing, and acting.
Students in 6th grade continue to “connect the dots” of the entire biblical story by learning what it means to be a follower of Christ in their day-to-day lives. The curriculum is more topical and helps students grow in spiritual disciplines, such as Scripture study, prayer, worship, and service, while also providing them with opportunities to examine basic Christian theology, such as sin, salvation, sanctification, resurrection, and heaven. Students are also taught their responsibilities as members of the body of Christ, such as loving and serving the Church, growing in community with other believers, and sharing the gospel.