The Year Long Bible Hero Adventure 52-Week Children's Ministry Curriculum

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A Year Long Journey Through The Lives Of 12 Bible Heroes!

This year-long curriculum examines the lives of 12 heroes of the Bible. Their courage shows us how we can be bold for Jesus. Their faith shows us how to live for Jesus. And their failures show us how Jesus can love anyone and use anyone for God's kingdom.



Heroes of the Bible Children's Ministry Curriculum Lesson Overview:


UNIT 1: Noah

Sin Has a Price

Memory Verse: “Everyone has sinned. No one measures up to God’s glory.” Romans 3:23 (NIRV)



Scripture: Genesis 6:5-22, God Calls Noah & Genesis 7:6-12, The Flood

Sin entered the world through Adam and Eve. As the population grew, so did the sin on the earth. But one man, Noah, stood out as faithful to God.

Objective: Kids will learn “Every one of us has sinned.” 

The Flood

Scripture: Genesis 7:24-8:12, Noah Sends Out Birds 

After 40 days of rain, the earth was covered in water and it was still not safe to come out of the ark. Noah would send birds out to look for signs of hope that the water was receding. Noah had hope because he knew God could be trusted.

Objective: Kids will learn “Even in tough times, God gives me hope.” 

The Promise

Scripture: Genesis 9:8-17, God's Covenant with Noah

When Noah and his family's time on the ark was finally complete, God made a covenant with Noah – giving us the rainbow, and the promise that He would never destroy the whole world with a flood again. 

Objective: Kids will learn “We can trust in God's word.”  

Sin Remains

Scripture: Genesis 11:1-9, The Tower of Babel

The flood had come as a punishment for people's sins. Noah and his family had been saved. It wasn't too long though before people were turning away from God and choosing sin again. This time, they built a tower in order to put themselves in the place of God. 

Objective: Kids will learn “There is only one God, and I'm not Him.” 


UNIT 2: Abraham

God Made A Promise

Memory Verse: “I will make you into a great nation. And I will bless you. I will make your name great. You will be a blessing to others.” Genesis 12:2 (NIRV)


Answering the Call

Scripture: Genesis 12:1-9, The Call of Abram

When God told Abram (who would later become Abraham) that God would bless him with descendants who would grow into a great nation, Abram believed God and obeyed. God wants us to trust that He is in control and that His ways are best. 

Objective: Kids will learn “I can always trust that God is in control.” 

Try It My Way

Scripture: Genesis 16:1-16, Hagar and Ishmael 

God had promised a son to Abraham and Sarah, but they were losing hope. So Abraham and Sarah decided to do things on their own rather than wait on God. They would have been better off waiting and trusting God and doing things His way.

Objective: Kids will learn “I will wait on God's timing.” 

Promise Fulfilled

Scripture: Genesis 18:1-15, Three Visitors, Genesis 21:1-7, Isaac's Birth

When God, speaking through the three visitors, told Abraham that in one year he would finally have a son, Sarah laughed. A year later, Abraham and Sarah saw the promise of God fulfilled with the birth of Isaac and Sarah's laughter of doubt was turned into joyful laughter. 

Objective: Kids will learn “God always fulfills his promises.”  

A Difficult Demand

Scripture: Genesis 22:1-18, Abraham Tested

Abraham was confused. God had promised Abraham a son and now that Isaac was here, God was asking Abraham to sacrifice him. Abraham did not understand, but Abraham continued to trust God.  

Objective: Kids will learn “I will trust God, even when I don't understand.” 

UNIT 3: Joseph

God is Faithful

Memory Verse: “May you look on me with favor. Save me because your love is faithful.” Psalm 31:16 (NIRV)


Joseph, The Dreamer

Scripture: Genesis 37:12-36, Joseph Sold

Joseph's brothers hated him. First, their father Jacob loved Joseph more than them, and then Joseph told them of dreams where his brothers would serve him. Their hatred led them to throw Joseph into a well, and later sell him into slavery. This was just one of many hardships Joseph would face in his life, but through it all, God was working out his plan for Joseph's (and his entire family's) good. 

Objective: Kids will learn “Even in hard times, God is at work for my good.” 

From Bad To Worse

Scripture: Genesis 39:1-21, In Potiphar's Home 

Joseph became a slave working in Potiphar's home. He worked hard and lived a godly life, and he was blessed. Then one day, Potiphar's wife took all of that away. But through it all, God was still with Joseph.

Objective: Kids will learn “Even when bad things happen, God is still with me.” 

Dreams Interpreted

Scripture: Genesis 40:2-23, The Cupbearer and the Baker

In prison, Joseph found favor with the warden and was put in charge of other prisoners. Two of those prisoners – the cupbearer and the baker – each had strange dreams. God gave Joseph the ability to interpret the dreams. Even in a terrible place like prison, God was still using Joseph. 

Objective: Kids will learn “No matter where I’m at, I can always serve God.”  

A Dream Come True

Scripture: Genesis 41:1-16 & Genesis 41:25-40, Pharaoh's Dreams

When Pharaoh had a disturbing dream, the chief cupbearer remembered Joseph. God gave Joseph the words to say to Pharaoh and was not only taken out of prison but was put into a place of honor. Finally, Joseph could see how God had been working out all of the hard times for something good. 

Objective: Kids will learn “God is always working things for good, even when I can’t see it.” 

Eyes Wide Open

Scripture: Genesis 44:11-45:8, Joseph Reunites With His Brothers

When Joseph's brothers came to Egypt for food, they did not recognize their brother. But Joseph recognized them. He tested them before opening their eyes to who he really was. A beautiful reunion followed. Joseph's life had many ups and downs, but through it all, Joseph's eyes were open to the fact that God is good and God is faithful.

Objective: Kids will learn, “At all times, God is good and faithful.” 

UNIT 4: Mary

Celebrate God's Gift (Christmas)

Memory Verse: “God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son. Anyone who believes in him will not die but will have eternal life. ” John 3:16 (NIRV)


The Gift is Announced

Scripture: Luke 1:26-38, An Angel Visits Mary

When the angel announced that Mary would have a baby, she was confused. This was not possible. But when the angel declared the baby would be God's gift, the Messiah Jesus. He was the one God would use to save people from sin that came into the world at the beginning. Mary offered herself willingly as the Lord's servant.  

Objective: Kids will learn “I can celebrate by serving God.” 

The Gift is Celebrated

Scripture: Luke 1:39-49, Mary Visits Elizabeth 

When Mary visited her cousin Elizabeth, the child within Elizabeth leaped for joy. Even before John was born, he recognized that Jesus was sent from God. Then Mary celebrated God with a song. 

Objective: Kids will learn “I can celebrate God’s with my words and my actions.” 

The Gift Arrives

Scripture: Luke 2:1-20, The Birth of Jesus

Jesus arrived on earth to humble beginnings – born in a stable among the animals. Then the angels got the celebration going by announcing Jesus' birth to a group of shepherds. The shepherds went to see the baby and then continued the celebration by telling others about the arrival of God's gift.

Objective: Kids will learn “I can celebrate by telling others about Jesus and inviting them to come and see.”  

The Gift is Priceless

Scripture: Matthew 2:1-12, The Magi

The Magi came to see Mary and the baby with expensive gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. But nothing they could give the newborn king could match the priceless gift that God gave us by sending Jesus to be our King and Savior.

Objective: Kids will learn “I can celebrate that there is no love greater than God’s love for us.” 

UNIT 5: Moses

God Will Save Us

Memory Verse: “Lord, you are the one who saves. May your blessing be on your people.” Psalm 3:8 (NIRV)


God Saves Moses

Scripture: Exodus 2:1-10, The Birth of Moses

Times had changed since Joseph and his family were welcomed in Egypt many years before. The Egyptians made the Israelites their slaves. And now the Pharaoh had commanded that no Israelite boy born could be allowed to live. When Moses was born, his mother devised a plan to make sure her son lived.

Objective: Kids will learn “God watches over me like a loving parent.” 

God Sends Moses

Scripture: Exodus 7:10-8:21, Moses Speaks to Pharaoh & the Plague of Blood 

God sent Moses and his brother Aaron to confront the Pharaoh. The Pharaoh's heart was hardened and he would not grant the Israelites their freedom. This was the beginning of much trouble in Egypt. God would send many plagues to show that his power and might were greater than the Pharaoh's.

Objective: Kids will learn “God leads me to do things I couldn’t do on my own.” 

God Saves His People

Scripture: Exodus 14:10-31, Crossing the Red Sea

Moments after giving the Israelites their freedom, Pharaoh had a change of heart. He and his army pursued God's people to the Red Sea, where God showed that He is mighty to save. 

Objective: Kids will learn “God can always save me, even when I don’t see a way out.”  

God Shows Us the Way

Scripture: Deuteronomy 5:4-22, The Ten Commandments

The Israelites had been saved from the Egyptians, but they were still slaves to their sinfulness. God provided the Law – the Ten Commandments – to show the people how to live God’s way.  The Ten Commandments also helped everyone see that no one was good enough to keep all of God’s laws.  God’s laws show that no one is perfect, and we all need a savior.

Objective: Kids will learn “God is perfect, and we are not.” 

UNIT 6: Joshua

God Can Be Believed

Memory Verse: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Do not depend on your own understanding. In all your ways obey him. Then he will make your paths smooth and straight. ” Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIRV)


Twelve Spies

Scripture: Numbers 13:26-14:10, Exploring Canaan

The Israelites were getting close to the land God had promised to give them. Moses sent out twelve men to explore the land and report back. Ten of these spies returned fearful of the people living there. Only Jacob and Caleb trusted that God would continue to be faithful and give them the land. 

Objective: Kids will learn “I don’t have to be afraid if I know God is on my side.” 

One Leader

Scripture: Joshua 1:1-11, The Lord Commands Joshua 

Moses had been the great leader of God's people for many years. After his death, Joshua became the leader. The Lord spoke to Joshua, giving him the confidence to lead the Israelites. Joshua knew that their one true leader was God himself. 

Objective: Kids will learn “I can have confidence when I let God lead my life.” 

Seven Days

Scripture: Joshua 6:2-20, The Fall of Jericho

The city of Jericho had high walls surrounding the city which could not be penetrated. How would Joshua and his men defeat the city? God gave Joshua an unusual plan so that all the people would know the victory belonged to the Lord.

Objective: Kids will learn “I can have victory because God fights for me.”  

More Than Twenty-Four Hours

Scripture: Joshua 10:1-14, The Sun Stands Still

Five kings united to have their armies battle the army of the Israelites. Joshua and his men were strong, but defeating all five armies could not be done in one day. So God performed a miracle – he stopped the sun from setting. He made sure that Joshua and his men had enough time to win the victory.

Objective: Kids will learn “God will always make a way to accomplish His plan.” 

UNIT 7: Samson

God Can Redeem Our Mistakes

Memory Verse: “All those who lift themselves up will be made humble. And those who make themselves humble will be lifted up.” Luke 14:11 (NIRV)


The Promise

Scripture: Judges 13:6-25, The Birth of Samson

God sent an angel to Manoah's wife to tell her that she would have a son, and that son was born for a special purpose. Samson would have to live a certain way and follow certain rules to be the man and leader that God wanted him to be. 

Objective: Kids will learn “God has a plan and purpose for everyone.” 

The Potential

Scripture: Judges 15:9-20, Samson's Power 

Samson had the potential to be a great leader but had made some poor decisions. His actions led the Philistines to come and take Samson as their prisoner. They did not realize the extent of Samson's power or the love of a God who never gives up on us. 

Objective: Kids will learn “God can still use me, even though I sin.” 

The Problem

Scripture: Judges 16:4-22, Samson and Delilah

God had given Samson great power and put him in a position to lead God's people. The problem is that Samson would often go off and do things his own way. Samson went where he shouldn't and met up with a Philistine woman named Delilah. This mistake would cost him his strength and freedom. 

Objective: Kids will learn “Even though God always loves me, there are still consequences for sin.”  

The Prisoner

Scripture: Judges 16:23-30, The Death of Samson

Samson was a prisoner of the Philistines. The Philistines celebrated by worshiping their false god. Samson asked for strength one last time to show the Philistines that there is only one true God. God came through for Samson just as He had throughout Samson's life.

Objective: Kids will learn “God always comes through for us when we turn back to Him.” 

UNIT 8: Peter

The Savior Is Here (Easter)

Memory Verse: “But here is how God has shown his love for us. While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8 (NIRV)


Calling to Follow

Scripture: Matthew 4:18-22, Calling the First Disciples

Simon (who would later be called Peter) was a simple fisherman. One day, Jesus came and offered Simon a new life as a disciple and follower of him. Simon left everything to follow Jesus. 

Objective: Kids will learn “I am willing to give it all to follow and serve God.” 

Confession of Faith

Scripture: Matthew 16:13-20, Peter's Confession of Faith 

Who is Jesus? Jesus was a preacher unlike any other. He performed miracles and healed the sick, but the people did not understand who Jesus really was. When Jesus asked His disciples the question, only Peter recognized who Jesus really was – the Christ, the Son of the Living God. 

Objective: Kids will learn “I want to know Jesus – the Son of God and my Savior.” 

Collapse of Confidence

Scripture: Mark 14:66-15:72, Peter Disowns Jesus

Peter had always been a bold and confident guy, but when Jesus was arrested, Peter became defensive and afraid. He did not understand that Jesus' arrest and later death were all part of the plan. God was still in control.  

Objective: Kids will learn “I won't be afraid because God is in control.”  

Conqueror of Death

Scripture: Luke 23:44-49, The Death of Jesus & Luke 24:1-12, The Resurrection

Jesus' friends and disciples were devastated when Jesus died on the cross. Three days later, though, they experienced the wonder and joy of his resurrection in power. 

Objective: Kids will learn “I can be saved because Jesus conquered sin and death.” 

UNIT 9: David

God Knows Me

Memory Verse: “You are all around me, behind me and in front of me. You hold me safe in your hand. I’m amazed at how well you know me. It’s more than I can understand.” Psalm 139:5-6 (NIRV)


God's Choice

Scripture: 1 Samuel 16:1-13, David Anointed King

God sent Samuel to the house of Jesse to anoint a new king. Samuel assumed the new king would be Jesse's oldest and strongest son. But God chose David, not because of what was on the outside, but because David had a heart for God. 

Objective: Kids will learn “God cares more about our hearts than how we look.” 

God's Victory

Scripture: 1 Samuel 17:32-49, David and Goliath 

Not one man in Israel's army was willing to face the giant Goliath in battle. When a shepherd boy, David, saw what was happening, he stepped up. He gave Israel the victory with only a sling, five stones, and the Lord on his side. 

Objective: Kids will learn “God knows what we need to be victorious.” 

Godly Friendship

Scripture: 1 Samuel 20:16-42, David and Jonathan

David and Jonathan were the best of friends. Even though the king was his father, when King Saul tried to kill David, Jonathan stepped in to make sure his friend was not harmed. Sometimes God asks us to step up and make bold decisions.

Objective: Kids will learn “God can give me the courage to do what's right.” 

God's Mercy

Scripture: 1 Samuel 24:1-19, David Spares Saul's Life

Saul had once loved David as a son, but his jealousy now drove him to kill David. When Saul unknowingly stepped into a cave where David and his men were hiding, David had the chance to stop Saul once and for all. Instead, David spared his life. 

Objective: Kids will learn “God asks me to show kindness to others, even those who aren’t kind to me.”  

Godly Compassion

Scripture: 2 Samuel 9:1-13, David and Mephibosheth

When David finally became king, he remembered his promise to Jonathan to take care of his family. Jonathan's son, Mephibosheth was crippled in his feet. King David took him in and cared for him the rest of his life. 

Objective: Kids will learn, “God gives us opportunities to show love and kindness.” 

God's Grace

Scripture: 2 Samuel 12:1-14, Nathan Confronts David 

David had sinned, killing Uriah and taking Bathsheba as his wife. God sent Nathan to confront David about his sin. David repented and asked God's forgiveness.

Objective: Kids will learn, “God knows our sin and offers us forgiveness.”

UNIT 10: Elijah

God Hears Me

Memory Verse: “I love the Lord, because he heard my voice. He heard my cry for his help.” Psalm 116:1 (NIRV)


God Hears Our Needs

Scripture: 1 Kings 17:7-16, Elijah and the Widow

The prophet Elijah was in need of a meal and rest. The widow and her son were in need of a miracle. When God brought them together, they all received exactly what they needed. 

Objective: Kids will learn “God provides exactly what I need.” 

God Hears Our Prayers

Scripture: 1 Kings 18:17-39, Elijah Versus the Prophets of Baal 

The people had turned from God and were following the false god, Baal. Elijah needed to show the people that there is only one true God. Elijah called out to God to show his power and might. And God came through. 

Objective: Kids will learn “God hears me when I call out to Him.” 

God Hears Our Pain

Scripture: 1 Kings 19:1-18, God Speaks to Elijah

Elijah was running away for his life. He was sad, scared, and felt all alone. He cried out to God. Once again, God heard Elijah. Elijah's strength was renewed and he was filled with new courage to keep going. 

Objective: Kids will learn “God can give me strength to keep going, I just have to ask.”  

God Hears Our Joy

Scripture: 2 Kings 2:1-15, Chariot of Fire

Elijah had asked God for someone to carry on the work after he was gone. God heard Elijah and provided Elisha. After a life devoted to serving God, the prophet Elijah was taken up into heaven in a chariot of fire. 

Objective: Kids will learn “God has great things in store for those who serve Him.” 

UNIT 11: Esther

God Has A Purpose For Me

Memory Verse: “We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him. He appointed them to be saved in keeping with his purpose.” Romans 8:28 (NIRV)


A New Queen

Scripture: Esther 2:1-18, Esther Becomes King

The king was looking for a queen. Esther was beautiful but she was a foreigner and not someone who “should” have been in that position. But God knew his purpose for her and made sure that Esther was placed in this powerful position – right where God could use her.

Objective: Kids will learn “God will put me in unexpected places when I am willing to serve Him.” 

A Tragedy Averted

Scripture: Esther 2:21-22, Mordecai and Esther Save the King 

There was a plot to overthrow the king. Because of the position in which God had placed Esther, she was able to intervene and save the king's life. This would prove to be only the beginning of Esther living out her God-given purpose.

Objective: Kids will learn “Serving God is always important whether the task is big or small.” 

A Bold Step

Scripture: Esther 4, Mordecai Pleads With Esther

When Mordecai learned of Haman's plot to kill the Jewish people, he pleaded with Esther to go to the king. This was a dangerous thing to do, but as Mordecai understood, God had placed her as queen for such a time as this.

Objective: Kids will learn “When I live my God purpose, God can use me to help others.”  

A Hero Honored

Scripture: Esther 6, Mordecai Honored

Mordecai's role in saving the king had all but been forgotten. But when the king was reminded of it, he threw a great parade in Mordecai's honor. Much to Haman's dismay. While we should not live for praise and recognition, when we serve God, He remembers us. 

Objective: Kids will learn “I live out my God purpose for God's kingdom, not for my own fame.” 

A Purpose Fulfilled

Scripture: Esther 7, Esther Risks It All

Esther took a big risk approaching the king and making a request of him. But she had to do everything she could to save her people. In the end, her bravery was rewarded. 

Objective: Kids will learn, “To live out my God purpose, I must act with courage.” 

UNIT 12: Paul

God's Love Should Be Shared

Memory Verse: “So you must go and make disciples of all nations. Baptize them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” Matthew 28:19 (NIRV)


From Saul to Paul

Scripture: Acts 9:1-22, The Conversion of Saul

Saul had been trying to imprison and kill the people who followed Jesus, until one day when Jesus appeared to him on the road to Damascus. Then Saul went from trying to stop others from sharing about Jesus, to Paul who would dedicate his life to sharing Jesus with others. 

Objective: Kids will learn “God can use anyone to share Jesus. Even me.” 

From Bad to Worse

Scripture: Acts 14:8-20, In Lystra and Derbe 

When Paul and Barnabas performed miracles in Lystra, the people thought they were gods. Despite their insistence that there was only one God and that they served Jesus, most in the crowd would not believe. Though discouraged, Paul and Barnabas continued to share the love of Jesus with others. 

Objective: Kids will learn “There will be times of discouragement, but I will keep sharing Jesus' love.” 

From Town to Town

Scripture: Acts 16:6-15, Lydia's Conversion

Paul went from town to town sharing the Good News of Jesus. When Paul wanted to go share Jesus in Phrygia and Galatia, God led them to Macedonia instead. There, they shared the love of Jesus with Lydia, who immediately put her faith in Jesus and became a great help to Paul and to the church.

Objective: Kids will learn “I will go wherever God sends me to share Jesus.”  

From Prisoner to Free

Scripture: Acts 16:25-34, Paul and Silas in Prison

Paul and Silas were thrown in prison for sharing Jesus and healing in His name. But even being locked up, could not steal their joy and love for others. When the prison guard saw how Paul and Silas were different from the other prisoners, he wanted to know more. Paul and Silas told him about Jesus, and he and his entire family became believers.

Objective: Kids will learn “People see Jesus when they see my love for others.”



  • Perfect for kids ages 6-12
  • 52-weeks
  • Includes large group and small group resources
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  • Make It Stick! Parent Sheet - so you can let mom and dad know what kids are learning each week and look like a rockstar teacher who's thought of everything.
  • Memory Verse - so that you can make sure kids are getting Scripture in their minds and hearts every single week and you can feel like each lesson was a success even when it seems like 90% of your lesson time is spent saying things like "calm down", "let's be quiet", "hands to yourself!"
  • Skit or Puppet Show - so you have a way to easily connect the lesson with your hands-on and visual learners. No drama team? No problem! Just hand the script to the kids. They'll have a blast and think you're the coolest.
  • Craft Activity - so you can give kids a physical reminder of the Bible lesson (and give yourself an activity to keep them busy until mom and dad come back!)
  • Game - so kids don't leave and say church was BORING! Games are so important to help keep kids engaged. Our large group games always include a "What's The Point" section to help you connect the game to the lesson.
  • Large Group Lesson - so you can present the Bible story in a clear and fun way, which means now you can enjoy Saturday nights instead of stressing over putting a lesson together!
  • Small-Group Discussion - so you can find out who was paying attention and who was talking to their neighbor.  Just kidding, this is a great way for you to build deeper relationships with your kiddos after each lesson, which means you're going to care about them so much you'll cry like a baby when they graduate and go to middle school :(
  • More! - Yes, there is even more than all of that so that you can easily put together the perfect lesson for your ministry each weekend, which means no more agonizing over how to adjust complicated lesson plans. 


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