A large group/small group program for elementary students

Engage kids in active learning and explore the Bible in three years with Cross Explorations!

This mixed-style Bible learning experience—similar to a site-rotation program—is perfect for teaching kids and their parents the same Bible story in age-appropriate ways so families can grow in faith together.

Quick Facts:

  • Age levels: Grades 1–6, parents
  • Scope & sequence: 3 years
  • Format: Large group/small group
  • Lesson length: 55+ minutes

How it works

Each Cross Explorations lesson is divided into three steps that reinforce the Bible story using different teaching techniques.

Starter Kit Overview

Step 1: Engage

15+ minutes

Welcome kids and get them excited about learning God's Word through music, worship, prayer and a basic introduction to the Bible story.

Suggested Materials
Materials for the large group opening. Includes suggested activities and music.
Extra leader helps, music, and visuals to actively engage students.

Step 2: Explore

20+ minutes

Dive into God’s Word with Bible story learning, review, and activities. During this time, students and adults break off into small groups for Bible study. Teacher and student leaflets are used to guide groups through the lesson.

Level 1 (Grades 1–3)

Level 1 (Grades 1–3) - Cross Explorations
Suggested Materials
Teacher guide in easy-to-use, 4-page leaflet format.
Includes realistic Bible art, simple retelling of the Bible story, Bible memory words, and take-home activities. Order one per student.
Take-home activities and discussion cues to engage the whole family in faith-talk. Order one set per family.

Level 2 (Grades 4–6)

Level 2 (Grades 4-6) - Cross Explorations
Suggested Materials
Teacher guide in easy-to-use, 4-page leaflet format.
Includes realistic Bible art, discussion questions, and review activities. Order one per student.
Take-home activities and discussion cues to engage the whole family in faith-talk. Order one set per family.

Adult Bible Study

Adult Bible Study - Cross Explorations
Suggested Materials
Parents use study guide to explore the same story as the children.

Step 3: Express

20+ minutes

Take students beyond basic learning with a variety of rotation sites that reinforce the lesson. With crafts, games, music, drama, and more, you have the flexibility to customize each Sunday for what works best for your program.

Express activities are great for large or small groups.

Suggested Materials
A blend of hymns and children’s songs for use at opening and music site.
A short 5-8 minute skit for each week's Bible story.
Perforated craft cards for each lesson show craft, materials list, and suggested teaching direction.
Site activities for science, art, food, music, movement, service projects, and more.
The Cross Explorations Director CD includes a Director Handbook and other planning resources.

Summer Sunday School

Concordia's Summer Sunday School is a topical quarter that contains elements from both Growing in Christ and Cross Explorations, offering the flexibility you want for the busy summer months.

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Quick Facts:

  • Age levels: Early childhood–grade 6
  • Number of lessons: 13
  • Format: Same-age classroom or large/small group
  • Lesson length: 55+ minutes

Get the whole family involved!

Invite parents to join kids for the Engage opening before they begin the adult Bible study that explores the same lessons as the kids.

Plus, our Explore More Cards help parents keep the Bible lessons going throughout the whole week! With great discussion topics and ideas for activities, the whole family can learn about God's Word together. Each card includes a picture of the Bible story on one side and questions for family discussion on the reverse side.