Northwestern Publishing House is pleased to introduce
a remote learning component to our popular Christ-Light for Sunday Schools!

This new program provides a timely approach to teaching Sunday school as congregations are evaluating the best way to share God’s Word with children. Some of the benefits of the new Christ-Light program include:

  • Provides a solution for churches to maintain a Sunday school ministry during times of restricted gathering opportunities.
  • Adds value to the current curriculum without adding costs.
  • Engages parents in the learning and faith building process with their children.
  • May expand ministry by attracting parents that may not have taken their children to Sunday school in the past.

WHAT IS CHRIST LIGHT REMOTE LEARNING?

The Christ Light Remote Learning program is a complete curriculum that combines teacher led lessons and engages parents in reinforcing the lessons in tangible ways with their children. Here are some specifics:

  • NPH is producing Christ-Light Lesson Videos for grades PreK-K, 1-2, 3-4, and 5-6. The lessons are recorded and taught by experienced WELS teachers and available via YouTube prior to each Sunday. The engaging and age-appropriate video-based lessons are free with no required password for access.
  • Lesson Videos will include a brief introduction for parents along with the lesson’s aim, the truth that is being shared, and a relevant application for the child, followed by the Bible lesson for the week.
  • Printed Christ-Light Sunday School Student Lessons will be used by parents to help facilitate learning with their child.
  • Following the Lesson Video, parents will be encouraged to complete an activity related to the lesson with their child and to reinforce the Memory Treasure.
  • Printed Student Lessons are available for each grade level as noted above. They are shrink-wrapped in packs of 13 lessons for each student. The current cycle is Year 2. Spring is currently underway (see the entire Spring 13-lesson schedule below)

HOW CAN MY CHURCH PARTICIPATE?

  1. Getting started is easy. Download free announcement copy here to include in emails to your members, or post on your website or Facebook page to make your members aware of the program.
  2. Next, order printed Student Lesson packs for your students. There are two easy options for doing this:
    • Order the Student Lesson packs and have them shipped to your church (as you do now) for distribution to your parents. To order this option, click here or call 800-662-6022 -OR-
    • Order the Student Lesson packs and NPH will ship them directly to parents. Note: There is no additional shipping charge for this service. To order this option, fill out this form or call 800-662-6022. When filling out the form, please note in the message area a good to time for us to call you back.
  3. Encourage your parents to use the program each week with their children. This can be through a mention during announcements or perhaps a tie in to your message. Download a sample announcement. Also, direct them to nph.net/ss-at-home for helpful information and links to the free Lesson Videos.

HOW MUCH DOES THE PROGRAM COST?

The costs are the same as a congregation’s Christ Light Sunday school classroom program. The pack of 13 student lessons is priced at $6.25 for PreK&K through grades 3-4 and $6.75 for grades 5-6.

Shipping cost for printed Student Lessons is based on size of order. There is no additional shipping cost for NPH shipping directly to parents.

Access to all Christ Light Lesson Videos is free.

MEET THE TEACHERS

Jennifer Wolfgramm

PreK-K

Mrs. Jennifer Wolfgramm is currently teaching 5K part-time at Good Shepherd's in West Allis, Wisconsin, as well as serving as a church organist and the Junior Choir director. Jennifer graduated from Martin Luther College in 2006 and lives in New Berlin with her husband, Paul, and their two young children. Jennifer enjoys the privilege of teaching Jesus' little lambs, spending time with her family, camping, visiting the library, playing piano, and rooting for the Brewers!

Mrs. Julia Hatzung

Grades 1 & 2

Mrs. Julia Hatzung currently teaches part-time Kindergarten at Christ the Lord Lutheran School, in Brookfield, WI. Julia graduated from MLC in 2001 with an Early Childhood Degree and has had the privilege to teach both Preschool and K at Christ the Lord, and Preschool at Christ, Pewaukee. She also currently helps at Little Lambs of Pilgrim, Menomonee Falls. Julia is very excited for the opportunity to be able to share Jesus with children virtually. Julia lives in Waukesha with her husband, Brian, and their four children. She enjoys participating in vocal and brass music at Christ the Lord and she and her husband enjoy spending time watching sports and music events in which their children are involved; her children are students at both Christ the Lord Lutheran Grade school and Wisconsin Lutheran High School.

Melissa Pittenger

Grades 3 & 4

Melissa Pittenger is married to ELS Pastor Tony Pittenger where she’s taught Sunday School at Bethany Lutheran in Port Orchard, WA for 25 years. They have five children, two grandchildren, and have been blessed to host international students from the CELC congregation in Seoul. Melissa graduated from MLC in 1997. She is the coordinator for “READY! for Kindergarten,” a parenting program in South Kitsap School District. She’s director and co-creator of Bethany Lutheran Preschool Power-Hour, a program for parents and preschoolers together, used by several congregations in the ELS & WELS. Melissa is a Recruitment & Community Engagement Coordinator and Infant Toddler Coach at Olympic Educational Service District’s Early Learning Department and is delighted to share Jesus with children and their families virtually!

Mrs. Tanya Gerbing

Grades 5 & 6

Tanya Gerbing has been teaching Sunday School for over 18 years. The wife of a WELS pastor, she first started teaching while living on the mission field in Zambia; and today teaches at Christ Ev. Lutheran in Pewaukee, WI. During the day she works as a merchandise buyer for Northwestern Publishing House. She loves spending time with her 5 grown children and grandson. In her free time she cooks, gardens, and plays tennis.

CAN I SEE SAMPLES?

Click here to see a sample of the first week’s printed Student Lessons for each grade level.

Visit the NPH YouTube page to see previous Lesson Videos for each grade level.

Each Friday beginning September 11, NPH will post the Lesson Videos for grades PreK-K, 1-2, 3-4, and 5-6 for the coming Sunday’s lesson on its YouTube page.

HOW CAN I COMMUNICATE THE PROGRAM TO MY CHURCH?

In addition to downloading the announcement material, come back to this page for links to the Lesson Videos.

Learn what WELS Director of Discipleship, Donn Dobberstein has to say about the Christ-Light remote learning program in this video. Share the link with your congregation to provide them with an overview.

HOW CAN I REINFORCE THE IMPORTANT ROLE PARENTS PLAY?

NPH is making available at no charge, the popular five-lesson Bible study, Share the Promise with your Children: How to Lay the Foundation for a Strong Christian Home. Authored by Richard Gurgel, this Bible study equips and enables parents to share the promise of salvation with their children by first involving them in studying and reading Scripture. Share the Promise with your Children is available as a downloadable PDF. It can be distributed to parents for group online Bible study.

WHAT ELSE DO I NEED TO KNOW?

We will keep you posted with additional information as it is available. Click here to subscribe to update emails from NPH.

What about Sunday school for grades 7, 8? Pre-recorded video lessons prove challenging for these young teens. Their education and spiritual needs are more real-time and interactive than those of younger students. Many congregations choose a small group Bible study format over a traditional classroom setting for grades 7, 8 Sunday school. Even the Christ-Light curriculum is designed topically for grades 7, 8, recognizing that this age group has progressed to more extensive discussion about the application of our faith. To that end, we encourage congregations desiring remote learning for grades 7, 8 to make use of the Christ-Light topical materials via Zoom or other online video conferencing platform, so that discussion—sometimes of sensitive and challenging issues—can occur in real-time with a known and trusted instructor.

SPRING LESSON SCHEDULE & VIDEO ARCHIVE

LessonWeekStoryReferenceVideo Link
6March 21Palm SundayMatthew 21:1-11; Mark 11:1-10; Luke 19:28-40; John 12:12-19PreK-K
1-2
3-4
5-6
or 9March 21Jesus before PilateMatthew 27: 1,2,11-31; Mark 15:1-20; Luke 23:1-5,13-25; John 18:28–19:16PreK-K
1-2
3-4
5-6
10March 28Jesus Dies on the CrossMatthew 27:32-56; Mark 15:21-41; Luke 23:26-49; John 19:16-37PreK-K
1-2
3-4
5-6
11Apr. 4Jesus’ Enemies Deny His ResurrectionMatthew 27:62-66;28:2-4,11-15PreK-K
1-2
3-4
5-6
12Apr. 11Jesus Appears to Mary MagdaleneJohn 20:11-18PreK-K
1-2
3-4
5-6
1Apr. 18The Pharisee and the Tax CollectorLuke 18:9-14PreK-K
1-2
3-4
5-6
2Apr. 25The Parable of the Rich Man and Poor LazarusLuke 16:19-31PreK-K
1-2
3-4
5-6
3May 2Jesus Raises LazarusJohn 11:1-45PreK-K
1-2
3-4
5-6
4May 9ZacchaeusLuke 19:1-10PreK-K
1-2
3-4
5-6
7May 16The Parable of the Bags of GoldMatthew 25:14-30PreK-K
1-2
3-4
5-6
or 5May 16Mary Annoints JesusMatthew 26:6-13; Mark 14:3-9; John 12:18PreK-K
1-2
3-4
5-6
13May 23The Gift of the Holy Spirit (Pentecost)Acts 2:1-21PreK-K
1-2
3-4
5-6
8May 30Paying Taxes to CaesarMatthew 22:15-22PreK-K
1-2
3-4
5-6

*Sequence adjusted so lessons coincide with the Church Year. Lesson 5, Mary Anoints Jesus, and Lesson 9, Jesus before Pilate, are omitted. For planning purposes, the Spring quarter will conclude on Memorial Day weekend 2021.

View Fall and Winter Lesson Schedules & Video Archive

Questions?

If you have any questions, please contact customer service at orders@nph.wels.net or call us at 800-662-6022 Monday-Thursday: 8:30am-5pm, or Friday: 8:30am-4pm central time.