Compendium of the Church Mice
A Free, Homegrown, National Curriculum
In August 2011, General Synod launched a church school contest, calling for teachers to submit curriculum ideas that integrated the Marks of Mission.
Four winners—Kate Saunders of Richmond, N.B.; Janet Cress and Nancy Wilcox of Binbrook, Ont.; and Kate Newman of Vancouver, B.C.—gathered for a weekend workshop in Toronto in November 2011. The workshop facilitator was Susan Graham Walker, a strategic planner, educator and co-author of God, Kids & Us (ABC Publishing, Anglican Book Centre).
Over the course of an intense weekend, the group created an outline for a year long curriculum that would showcase the Marks of Mission and engage different age groups.
Kate Newman, a workshop participant, was hired by General Synod to develop the curriculum in detail. Kate, who has wide experience in theatre, film and puppetry, has served extensively in children's and youth ministry in the Diocese of New Westminster at Christ Church Cathedral, St John's, Shaughnessy and St Helen's, West Point Grey. She holds a Masters of Education degree from the University of British Columbia and a Masters of Theological Studies from Vancouver School of Theology. She currently works at Christ Church Cathedral, Victoria as the Coordinator of Children's, Youth and Family Ministries.
The Compendium of the Church Mice was released in June 2012, with the support of staff from the Communications and Information Resources department. It is available to download for free from the national church website. This is a curriculum that connects us to the Anglican Communion, through the Marks of Mission and to Anglican churches across Canada, but which was developed by a minister who knows children's ministry in the Diocese very well. It is the most accessible curriculum available to parishes since it is both available online and available for free.