FLYTE – An Exciting New Bible Study Series for Preteens

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Flyte, the new preteen curriculum from Lifeway is described by Lifeway’s Jeff Land on their website as “a curriculum to call their (preteens) own. If you ask them, preteens would tell you they’re not “in between” anything. They are facing puberty, drugs, sex, acceptance, and self-esteem issues every day. They do not need a “sophisticized” children’s curriculum, nor do they need a simplified teen curriculum.

Flyte is a curriculum that’s all theirs, one that speaks to what they’re dealing with right now-not what’s past or in their future. Preteen experts-namely, preteens themselves-weighed in on the energy, movement, and excitement of Flyte during its development so that key biblical concepts are not only grasped, but applied, to issues like eating disorders, puberty, sex, bullying, emotions, family relationships, and more.”

Having been sent by Lifeway a sample lesson of the curriculum, I thought I would try it out on my own “experts” – the 4th, 5th, and 6th grade critics I teach every week.

But first, a brief outline of the curriculum. Lifeway’s website explains “Each session of Flyte is centered on a particular question. The full 2 year scope and sequence can be found on the website, but the following from the website lays out the map well.

During the faith. portion of the session, preteens will learn GOD’S ANSWER to the question through a blblically-rich study. Preteens are encouraged to dig deep into God’s Word to discover His answer.

During the life. portion of the session, preteens will learn the WORLD’S ANSWER to the session question. It became clear to the preteen team that most of the time in church, we tell preteens God’s answers, but never tell them that most of the world is going to disagree. This section will help preteens learn about how the world views a particular question or topic.

During the together. portion of the session, preteens will develop their OWN ANSWER to the session question based on the God’s Word. Hopefully, now, not only will they know God’s answer, they will OWN it and DO it. They will be prepared to respond to the world about the session topic with several simple, easy-to-remember statements. Prayerfully, over the course of two years, preteens will develop their own biblical worldview based on God’s unchanging word!

This was very impressive to me. They really seem to be empowering these kids to think and understand and own their faith. I am very impressed with the idea that kids will be equipped with responses to the world about the topic! Way to cover them in the armor of God!

The class is set up well and easy to follow. The topics are unified from week to week, but can be used as a stand alone unit. Each session begins with an overview and bible study for teachers that includes the memory verse. The “Getting Started” section starts with a countdown, intro video, and game followed by an activity to introduce the question. The Faith. section has the bible study and the memory verse, both using the learner magazine. The lessons seem to go back and forth between activities and the magazine, keeping the magazine edgy and exciting for them. The life. section involves activities, discussion, and usage of the magazine to discover the world’s view. The together. section then challenges them to discover their personal response to the question. Finally, giving them the statements needed to support their position on the topic. There is a column on the side of each page that tells you exactly what you need to have prepared for the class everything is included in the kit, no searching high and low for props.

The video and graphics are awesome. There is plenty of “cool” teen like stuff and some “silly” kid like stuff. A good balance for kids this age who vacillate between being a kid and being a teen. One video is a rock song to scripture and looks like a graphic novel. Another, is a stop motion about a family of rocks and a family of cell phones, a mixture of pop culture, and silliness. There are plenty of videos as well, 35 total for the 13 sessions!

The leader kit is $89.95 and includes the leader guide, a learner magazine, the CD-ROM and the DVD. This could be a little pricey for some churches. The learner magazine is $4.95 per student. Again, with 4 quarters a year this could be pricey for some churches. Additional leader guides sell for $9.95, but there is a free app for the leaders guides for ipad and iphones — huge bonus!

Finally, here it is some comments from our experts.

“The cover of the magazine is “awesome.”

“The video was really “awesome.”

The lesson was “fun” and “awesome.”

I guess I will have to listen to the experts and say this curriculum is “awesome”. To read between the lines, I watched them as they engaged in the relative questions, and worked through the lesson coming away confident in their conclusion. They laughed and got silly, had a good time working together, and seemed to really enjoy the videos as well as the magazines. Seems most preteen curriculum doesn’t give ownership to the kids. But Flyte truly allows them to understand God’s answer, the world’s view and their response – their OWN response, to the question. What more could we ask for than to have our preteens OWN their faith!

You can learn more about FLYTE on LifeWay’s website.


Comments

  1. says

    Thanks to everyone for their feedback. I know the sponsor will appreciate your comments and encouragement.

    I just ran the drawing and the winner is Keri Claiborne from comment #11 above. I am notifying her by e-mail right now.

  2. Terrie Burland says

    So interested in the support of this age group hovering between kids and grown ups !

  3. says

    This sounds like a really great relevant curriculum! Our mid-week program minsters to children from low-income broken-families. These lessons would be great for them to understand and enjoy!

  4. Jeanette Nelsen says

    This curriculum seems to be what I have been looking for. I have searched through many different types curriculum, but none that were for preteens. My 5th/6th grade teacher and I have tried to simply teen curriculum and that did not work. We tried to advance our kids curriculum and that also failed. This seems to be a answer to our prayers.

  5. Allison Moore says

    It would be so awesome to have a curriculum like this. I have been looking for something for the older kids in Children’s Church. They feel so out of place because all of the children’s ministry material seems to be directed to the younger ones.

  6. says

    I am super excited about this new curriculum. Jeff Land has been talking about it for the past 16 months and I have been anxiously waiting to see what it was going to be. Moreover, it could not have launched at a better time as we are launching an intentional Preteen Ministry this fall! Go GOD!

  7. Paula Kraker says

    The preteen is an age that I have been drawn to, and realize that there is not much curriculum out there for them that is not too babyish or over their heads. This sounds like the answer to my prayers!

  8. says

    I would love to explore how this curriculum would work within our inner-city ministry in the Bronx. The great majority of our students are in this age-range.

  9. Jeff says

    This sounds like an “awesome” curriculum and something that would benefit our preteens greatly. We have struggled with keeping the interest of this age group, but this curriculum looks like it might be exactly what we need. Thanks!

  10. regina says

    HI… HELP!. I am a sunday school teacher of 4th,5th and 6th graders.I have had 2 teenagers and in the midst of a 17 yr old now and know that these kids hate the “BABY” lessons and hate the “BIG” church lessons too.I think parents are stuck in the clouds too, so I need to be careful not to go too far with the lesson yet I know all the ugly is out there and these kids need to be taught the biblical ways to tackle the world. It needs to be delivered in a fun and exciting way/ I would love to win your new series! thx Regina

  11. says

    We are a new church plant (1 year old this month) in the inner city of Providence, RI. As the Ministry Leader for our new church, I have been looking for really relevant curriculum to reach the kids of this area, and after reviewing the sample lesson, magazines and video, I believe this is IT!!
    We are in a tough area and the kids here really need to know the love of Christ, but it also needs to be relevant to them in their world. FLYTE would be such a blessing to our kids and their parents. Thank you for putting together a curriculum that does not forget how hard it is to be a kid moving into teen years in todays world!

  12. says

    I am a leader in my church’s childrens program. We are a small church (approx. 300 people attend on Sundays) and are struggling to reach our pre-teen kids on a “real” level. This curriculum looks like it might really do just that. I like that it brings in God’s answers to their questions first and compares/contrasts what the world will say. However, we are struggling financially, as most other churches are right now, due to lost jobs and cuts in pay that result in lower tithes. Having a new curriculum would be a great blessing!

    I am enjoying your website as it has made some great additions to our toddler & preschool curriculum. Thanks for making it available!

  13. Susan Duncan says

    Our church has just developed a youth group and I have been asked to be the youth director. I have been looking for some lessons that will keep the 11-year-olds interested as well as the 18-year-olds (and all ages in between)! We are a small church and do not have many youth, but they are all eager to learn about God and do his Will. This curriculum appears to be just what I’m looking for! Thanks for introducing it!!

    God’s Peace and Easter Blessings…

  14. Samantha Y says

    I think this would be awesome for whoever wins. Our youth group is really growing we started a bus ministry that has started picking up 20-30 kids with the most of them in this age group. They are excited to learn about the Lord as well as we are so excited to tell them the GOOD news!
    May God Bless you.

  15. says

    I have been searching for a new curriculum to use with our preteens. They need something that exciting and relevant to where they are in their lives today not ten years ago. I saw this advertised in the latest edition of Children’s Magazine and thought it would be an interesting try.

  16. Michael Whisenant says

    I am just starting a new preteen group. Dividing our Childrens church. My preteens have so many deep questions. This looks like a very good program. I would like to try it.

    Mike

  17. Peggy says

    I’m anxious to actually see the material after hearing about it for months. We had gone back to adapting LifeWay’s Everything You Need to Know to Be a Teenager and now look forward to seeing the new curriculum!

  18. Marsha Watson says

    Well, as a parent of an 11 year old girl, I may not want to accept that the topics that this study will cover are actually what my “baby” will be or is already encountering. BUT, in reality, I want her to learn how to deal with the world being thrown at her in a solid, Christian way. That’s why I think that all of the pre-teens at our church would benefit IMMENSELY from this curriculum. I think the thing that grabbed at me the most was the very last sentence. “If you don’t reach us, someone else will.” I can’t stand off to the side anymore and simply fight off the world. Instead, I must equip my daughter with the repellent!

  19. Dawn Taylor says

    Anytime these young people get a chance to have their age specific issues addressed rather than dishing material too mature or too babyish for them, it is wonderful and we would be so blessed to win this package as our budget is so small already. Thank you for the opportunity to be blessed

  20. Carol Steward says

    I love the idea of not tellling this age group what to think, but rather giving them the resources to back up what they believe. Our preteen group is small, but growing and this would be a great help.

  21. Mildred says

    Hi! I’m from the Philippines (I don’t know if that would disqualify me) but we are focusing on caring for our church’s junior youth (ages 9-12) members and newly joined individuals from our recent vacation bible school (held April 4-9, 2011) because the older teens and youth are almost non-existent so we thought it would be best to help these junior youth grow spiritually and later on be the highschool, college-aged and even young professional-aged youth of our church in the future. So I think having the FLYTE curriculum available for them to learn from is going to be AWESOME! :-)

  22. Susan Davis says

    As a mom of a pre-teen and a sunday school teacher, I’m excited for material that they can relate to and consequently, learn from. As we all know, kids grow up faster than they parents did, so these crucial topics need to be discussed NOW. Thanks for recognizing this need and giving many teachers the tools they need to help these “kids” grow closer to God in their faith and obedience to Him. WOOT!

  23. Jerry Travis says

    I am always looking for good curriculum, for the youth dept. We are an inner city youth ministry, that deal with youth from broken families, blended families, drug families, abused families and a host of other situations. I feel that this curriculum would be good and relevant for our youth department. We are a small congregation in the heart of a very high crime zip code. This would be very good for our preteens.

  24. says

    This sounds like a wonderful teaching resource for this age group who is growing up without the spiritual “basics” to pull strength from and who have so many questions concerning LIFE. Having worked with teens and children for 30+ years it is not just a challenge to find suitable material that the kids will respond to but also the teachers need new refreshing material. The message stays the same but the presentation needs lots of change. It’s especially hard to find material for Wednesday night 4-6 grade level, so it is VERY exciting to see new material for this age group that they can have fun learning about the greatest adventure in life – having a relationship with our Creator and soon coming King…

  25. Penny Reedy says

    I am excited to see curriculum for this age group that doesn’t talk down to them but addresses what they can relate to Lifeway always puts out quality material.

  26. Sandi Sill says

    Watched intro video to the new preteen material called Flyte. I would love to have this for our preteen group. Our congregation is located in a rural low income area and we struggle with competing with worldly influences. I feel sure that this material would engage our young people.

  27. Vanessa says

    I have been thinking a lot lately about preteen ministry and would love to find an effective way to minister to the preteens at our church. I would really like to try this curriculum! It sounds really good.

  28. Susan Gonzales says

    I am from a very small church in Wyoming. We are currently trying to build a church in the country. I have always taught all the age groups together, but PRAISE GOD!!! We now have enough kids to split into 2 groups! I now have the preteen group it is so exciting that there are newage lessons out there to speak to this group. They feel as though they are just there and not as important as the other groups in the church. Wow I can’t wait to try this lesson plan on our kids. God Bless! Susan

  29. Maria Falin says

    Our church is struggling to keep the small number of preteens we have coming to church. A curriculum like this, I believe, would certainly spark a new fire in these impressionable young people!

  30. says

    We have always recognized the importance of sharing the Gospel with those under 15 years of age. We see more and more that if the preteens aren’t grounded we lose them as they transition into Jr High. I am the director of a Christian Recreation center in the inner city. Our children and youth do not have parents supporting them for school let alone making sure they go to church. This is just what we have been looking for to incorporate into our preteen class.

  31. says

    This appears to be exactly what we’ve been praying for! We were considering writing our own curriculum that would enable us to talk with the youth about the relevant issues they are facing. What does God’s Word say? What does the world say? Let them formulate their own answers. They’re coming into their own relationship with Jesus – no longer just accepting what their parents have taught them. They must be confident and know why they believe what they believe! They need to have a safe place to “practice” having dialogues with kids and adults that believe differently than they do. This curriculum will help give them the tools they need to do that!

  32. Pastor Doug Mitchell says

    As a pastor of a small church, this curriculum would be great. On an average Wed. night, we run 50 kids minimun, with most of them bused in and from unchurched families. They face things such as cutting, sexual promiscuity, bullying, parental problems, you name we have heard it all. Our budget does not allow us to buy curriculum this year because funds are very low, so what a blessing it would be to WIN this for our youth leaders….
    thank you, Bro. Doug Mitchell

  33. Felicia Horne says

    We are always looking for ways to help the preteens in out Sunday School class understand how to really LIVE the Christian life, not just talk about it on Sunday mornings for few minutes. This sounds like a curriculum that could help tremendously with that goal!

  34. Michele says

    This sounds really “awesome”! I would love for my pre teen sunday school class to use this. I am always looking for new ways to teach about their faith.

  35. Stephanie Pack says

    I think it’s wonderful to have something just for the preteens and not something that’s too ‘baby’ for them or dealing with issues that are too old. I look forward to seeing this.

  36. Christy says

    I would love to have this curriculum for the kids at church as well as my own. I have 2 boys who have already hit the teen years and they struggled during the 5th & 6th grade years. I now have a 5th grade daughter and see the struggle between being a kid and a pre-teen at the same time. Glad to see a curriculum just for them!!

  37. Sharon says

    Looks like just the thing for the pre-teens. I think they will LOVE it. And if they love it, the teacher will too.