Sweet releases missions course, to drop FaithWeaver
In late March Sweet released an innovative 13-week children’s missions curriculum, Journeys Around the World, by church educator Joyce Hardin and her daughter Danna Willis.
Yet a month later, New’s April release said Sweet is shifting focus and will stop publishing the FaithWeaver curriculum, Restoration edition, this fall. Sweet won’t replace it with another quarterly series.
“Rest assured — Sweet Publishing is not going anywhere,” New said. “In addition to continuing our other product lines, including Journeys Around the World missions curriculum, we have other new, exciting church resources on the horizon.”
New said the company recommends that churches continue buying FaithWeaver from Group Publishing and edit the content as needed. “We apologize for any inconvenience this unexpected change will cause,” he said.
A series of books on church and personal stewardship, “Take God at His Word” by Kregg Hood, is among projects the company is undertaking, said Becky King, Sweet’s Christian education consultant.
And Sweet is positive about the potential for Hardin and Willis’s new curriculum, King said.
Hardin, formerly a missionary to Korea, recently retired as Dean of the College of Education, Lubbock Christian University.
The project, first suggested by the Missions Resource Network, Abilene, Texas, introduces students to 12 cultures that are “different, yet the same,” King said, but which need the help and teaching of Christians.
The curriculum, designed for ages 3-12, is adaptable and activity driven, she said. Lessons can be used individually, for summer or other one-quarter use, for VBS, for once-monthly use or for special programs.
Each lesson introduces a different country through four activity centers: one on a country’s food, a country’s customs, a craft, and a game or activity.
Children begin the study by making a passport with their photo and add stamps of each country in their journey.