1. What is Tru Fire?Tru Fire is a digital curriculum to equip kidmin leaders to help children and their families connect to God, find their place in His big story, and respond to Him through the power of the Holy Spirit.
2. What age levels are available for Tru Fire?
- Tru Fire Blessings: 3 year olds (1-year Scope & Sequence)
- Tru Fire Wonder: Pre-K and Kinder (3-year Scope & Sequence)
- Tru Fire Story: 1st through 5th grade (3-year Scope & Sequence)
- Tru Fire Identity: Middle school (8 and 5-week modules based on books of the Bible (53 weeks total) *Note: Tru Fire Identity can also be used with high school students with small adjustments. See more info below.
3. What format is Tru Fire written in?
Tru Fire is written for large group/small group settings. The lesson begins in small groups, moves to a larger group setting for storytelling, and finally moves back to small groups for discussion, response, and a blessing.
1. Where can I find a Scope & Sequence for a certain age level?
Current yearly Scope & Sequences for each age level may be accessed at MyHealthyChurch.com/TruFire.
2. Why don’t all the age levels cover the same Scripture?
In Tru Fire, the different age levels progress through the Bible in chronological order, briefly pausing for lessons on Christmas and Easter. We’ve intentionally chosen not to have all ages learning the same passages so they can focus on age-appropriate biblical content (a fifth grader is at a different stage than a preschooler).
The Tru Fire Wonder Scope & Sequence was recently revamped to be chronological so the ages would at least be in similar places in the Bible during the quarters.
A benefit to giving kids a broad scope—if they begin with Tru Fire Blessings and progress all the way through Tru Fire Story (or even through Tru Fire Identity in middle school)—is that they will have learned similar but not exactly the same passages as they move through the age levels.
3. Why does it seem like the same content is covered from year to year?
Tru Fire focuses on revealing the character of God through exploring The Big God Story (God’s Word). Each age level goes through the Bible chronologically every year, covering stories—some the same, some different—each with a slightly different emphasis.
Because Tru Fire chronologically tells God’s story, every year the Scope and Sequence will feature some of the same important highlights that are part of telling the whole grand redemptive narrative of Scripture. For example, each year begins with Genesis (which covers Creation and Abraham).
Additionally, we will always feature a Christmas unit near the beginning of Winter Quarter. We’ve developed Tru Fire year after year with practitioner input and testing, and consistently heard positive feedback for having several Christmas lessons in a row to lead in December. Although these stories may seem the same at first, the lens through which they’re examined are different each time. For younger children especially, this familiarity helps them remember the main points of the lessons.
By touching on important passages of Scripture multiple times as students mature, Tru Fire takes advantage of a simple teaching philosophy known as Spiral Progression: looping back to familiar concepts or stories over and over, adding details each time. For instance, the creation story found in Genesis is taught in every age level of Tru Fire. By teaching toddlers the basic facts of this Bible story, as we do in Tru Fire Blessings, they’re able to begin learning about God’s love for them in a developmentally appropriate way. As children grow and their ability to process expands, the same crucial stories will be revisited but more details will be added. In this way, as a child grows they’ll hear the same part of The Big God Story but in different layers. Continuing the example of Genesis, Tru Fire Wonder will emphasize God as Creator, Tru Fire Story will emphasize the eternal nature of God, and Tru Fire Identity will explore how God takes us in all our brokenness.
4. Does Tru Fire offer special lessons on topics such as Communion, Mother’s Day, etc.?
Tru Fire is not a topical curriculum because we focus on The Big God Story—the grand redemptive narrative in Scripture. Many topics are naturally covered in context, such as water baptism, communion, tithing, outreach, family relationships, etc.
Because Tru Fire is intended for use by Spirit-filled teachers in churches that desire the work of the Holy Spirit, we provide specific notes to focus on the role of the Holy Spirit in the Big God Story and in lives today.
If you’re looking for ways to incorporate other topics your ministry is wanting to highlight, take advantage of the customizable feature of the Tru Fire lessons. There are often ways to weave in concepts you’re wanting to cover with your families (taking our cue from Deuteronomy 6).
5. How long is the Scope & Sequence for each age level?
- Tru Fire Blessings: 1-year Scope & Sequence
- Tru Fire Wonder: 3-year Scope & Sequence
- Tru Fire Story: 3-year Scope & Sequence
- Tru Fire Identity: Middle school (8 and 5-week modules based on books of the Bible (53 weeks total) *Note: Tru Fire Identity can also be used with high school students with small adjustments.
6. Are there plans to expand Tru Fire Blessings beyond a one-year Scope and Sequence?
Beginning with the Fall 2016 quarter, all the Tru Fire age levels underwent revisions for better consistency and ease of use, including adding descriptions before each activity. As with all our content, we test with church practitioners for many years, seeking feedback and making revisions before it ever reaches our customers. Experience tells us that churches receive a new group of three year olds each year with Blessings, so the experiences are all new for these children.
1. What is the purpose of the At Home Weekly?
This resource is designed to serve as a bridge between families and the church. This weekly can equip parents to not only know what their children are learning at church, but helps them to become their kids’ primary spiritual leaders. No matter what their own faith background is, parents are able to pre-teach the biblical content and lead discussions at home with their family. The ATW has brief information for families about what was taught that day, as well as what’s ahead in the coming week. The weekly is provided in a fully customizable format so you can add details about your specific ministry or tailor it however you wish.
2. What are some ways to get the At Home Weekly to my families?
There are many ways to provide this helpful resource.
- Print it and send it home with kids after the blessing
- Save as a PDF and e-mail it to parents
- Print copies and place them at your children’s area entrance
- Print copies as bulletin inserts
1. What’s available for training and equipping my teachers?
Go to MyHealthyChurch.com/TruFire and select “Resources” to access a training powerpoint – Understanding the Path of Every Tru Fire Lesson.
2. How can teachers prepare for each week?
Every lesson includes a “Leader Prep” section. Each week you’ll find encouraging articles that help leaders prepare their heart to present the lesson.
- The Inspire article shares personal stories from fellow ministry leaders about how God has worked in their lives.
- The Equip article offers perspective and context to the lesson’s Bible passage.
- The Support article provides reflection and assessment through encouragement, prayer, and time in God’s Word.
1. How do the storytelling videos integrate with the lessons?
Storytelling videos are provided as a creative and engaging way to present The Big God Story (or introduce ENCOUNTER for Identity). They supplement the Ponder Point (God Statement) and help kids better understand who God is in a way that appeals to their age group.
- Both Tru Fire Wonder and Tru Fire Story feature two or three storytelling videos each quarter, averaging about one per month.
- Tru Fire Identity provides one video with every lesson. When a video accompanies a lesson, there are several ways to incorporate it, depending on your available time and the needs of your ministry:
- Use in place of live storytelling
- Use along with your own storytelling
- Use for second service
- Show the video and then follow up with questions
2. What kind of media is included in my subscription?
Information coming soon!
1. How can we adapt Tru Fire for the special needs children in our ministry?
Although it is not specifically certified for special needs, some churches have had success using Tru Fire Blessings with their special needs classes (feels more accessible and still keeps everyone immersed in the same philosophy).
1. What does the lesson path look like for Tru Fire Identity?
Leader Prep: Each week you’ll find encouraging articles that help leaders prepare their heart to present the lesson.
¥ The Inspire article shares personal stories from fellow ministry leaders about how God has worked in their lives.
¥ The Equip article offers perspective and context to the lesson’s Bible passage.
¥ The Support article provides reflection and assessment through encouragement, prayer, and time in God’s Word.
Step 1 Connect:
Each session begins with compelling activities, discussion questions, and worship song suggestions to provide reflection and assessment through encouragement, prayer, and time in God’s Word.
Step 2 Encounter:
With the Holy Spirit as Teacher, students encounter God and learn more about His character and work through His Word, videos, God-centered teaching, and sharing of personal stories.
- God’s Word
- Lesson Commentary
- Lesson Outline
Step 3 Respond:
As a large group, students are invited to meet with the living God and engage in a variety of reflective worship responses.
- Worship as Response
Small Group (optional)
Step 4 Bless:
Leaders send students out with scriptural truth and blessing so they can in turn be a blessing to their families and others.
All resources below are supplied within each lesson:
- Storytelling Images
- Discussion Questions
- Supplemental Activities
Each lesson is created in a customizable Word document so you can adapt the lessons to fit your ministry needs.
At Home Weekly:
A pre-teaching tool for parents to use with their families during the week. They will not only find out what their child learned this week but they will also be able to introduce their child to the Bible story and Ponder Point/God Statement for the next week.
Tru Fire Wonder and Tru Fire Story have two or three Storytelling videos per quarter. Tru Fire Identity has one video per lesson.
2. Is there a high school curriculum in development?
There are no current plans to develop a high school curriculum, but several student ministries have had success with using Tru Fire Identity, our middle school curriculum, for their older students. Because the modules provide a customizable commentary and outline for youth pastors to adapt for their teaching, there are many ways to make it work for your students. Here are some specific ways to adapt the lesson content:1.) CONNECT: Replace the game if it seems too “young.”
2.) ENCOUNTER: The Lesson Commentary and Lesson Outline are written to support the Scripture passage. Pastors can take in this information as helpful context and then scale back what they share with their middle schoolers. Youth often come together for worship and then stay together as middle/high school for the teaching. They could stay together for the teaching or divide out at this point.
3.) RESPOND: (large group): The worship response stations are easily adaptable for older students. The questions asked, time allotted, and journaling are all pieces that could be extended or deepened for students with longer attention spans. This could include time in prayer on their own or for each other.
4.) RESPOND: (small group): These questions would be the best place to make adaptations for older students, making them deeper and more developmentally stretching. These questions are cut or simplified for middle school students.
Also, how you divide the students into small groups will change the discussions. The level, depth, and topics explored and resulting discussion will all vary depending on where students are. High schoolers are at a different place with different concerns than middle schoolers, but many of the same questions will apply.