The Anglican Church of Canada

What is The Compendium of the Church Mice?

This is a brand new Sunday school resource. It was developed by Anglicans for Anglicans and it is deeply rooted in our faith and in the Marks of Mission. (see The Story Behind This Resource.) This resource is available online and all its elements can be easily downloaded for your use.

On this website you will find a detailed listing of Lesson Plans for a fully functioning Sunday school, including a party, puppetry music, games, art, theatre, and even “A Simple Nativity.”  In addition to classic children’s crafts that have stood the test of time, you will find some fresh, inspiring ideas to stimulate young imaginations.  There is even a Church Mice colouring book.

Along with the lesson plans, you will find a Key Calendar to help you plan your year. This calendar provides a comprehensive overview of the gospel readings and lesson plans for every Sunday.  There is also a monthly planner to help you plan ahead.

With Children’s Gift Sundays, you can introduce your class to a truly transformative eucharistic experience.  Once a month, the children are invited back up into the sanctuary to take part in a full service.  This resource provides you with tools to help guide the children and the congregation so that everyone participates together.

Besides the week to week planning, there is no shortage of ideas for special events.  You will find a section called Seasonal Big Ideas – which gives you up to three ideas per season to engage and enliven your ministry even further. Both Seasonal Big Ideas and Year Long Challenges are simple yet effective ways to foster community participation with groups large and small.

No matter how wonderful and creative a project is, it also has to be practical and “do-able.”  To help you with that, please see the section called How to Use the Compendium of the Church Mice,” which will give you practical tips to quickly get up to speed with this resource. You might also want to look at Plan a Meeting with Your Sunday School Teachers, the Supplies List, the Standard Lesson Plan and Photo Permission Form.

The element that will make this wonderful initiative grow and thrive is you, and all the dedicated and talented Sunday school teachers across our Anglican Church of Canada.  As you use this resource, you will adapt it and make it your own.  We invite you to share your ideas, stories and thoughts about The Compendium of the Church Mice so that it can truly nurture and inspire our precious children and bring us all closer together in our shared faith and ministry.

A resource for Living the Marks of Mission