Sparkhouse, which makes curricula for mainline Protestants of all ages, is a fellow imprint of Augsburg Fortress' parent company, 1517 Media. During these unusual times, Sparkhouse is offering some additional support in order to help you do Sunday school remotely.
From March 15 through July 31, 2020, Sparkhouse allowed temporary expanded licensing for resources, including the duplication and digital distribution of print resources not generally allowed under our permission terms. They granted this temporary permission expansion to assist churches in completing the curriculum year during the initial fast-moving stages of the COVID-19 pandemic. Hopefully this expanded permission allowed your faith community to adjust and continue to minister during the outbreak's early phase. Beginning August 1, Sparkhouse asks that any duplications of physical resources such as DVDs, leaflets, and print leader guides be recycled or discarded, since the temporarily expanded permissions are expired. View this Sparkhouse blog post for more information and this page for an FAQ.
For the next curriculum year, Sparkhouse has created How-tos for Creating Remote Sunday School Experiences to help Christian educators adapt every Sparkhouse Sunday school curriculum, at every age level, for remote learning. The distribution of Bibles and learner resources provides a meaningful touchpoint for the families in your congregation and allows kids to interact with resources made explicitly for their developmental levels. Therefore, Sparkhouse encourages the distribution of these resources should you continue remote instruction in your community this fall.
Sparkhouse Digital is an especially useful tool during this time. A subscription to Sparkhouse Digital gives you full access to all the leader resources for all curriculum brands within the age group you subscribe to. And you can add an unlimited number of users to your account, meaning that you can add all your leaders, allowing them access from their homes to view, stream, and download videos and leader resources. Your subscription also includes the ability to download coloring pages and activities to email to families.. Sparkhouse Digital is full of bonus resources only available to subscribers, including 30 new at-home devotions and activities for families found in Sparkhouse Digital Children. If you do not yet subscribe to Sparkhouse Digital, we are offering an introductory 3-month subscription with the same unlimited access as a regular year-long subscription. Find out more about this offer here.