What do you do with old curriculum? Recycle? Donate? Store?

What does your church do with old curriculum? The former ministry director left me with years worth of curriculum that is technically re-usable, but that I have no interest in utilizing. It's not bad curriculum or in poor condition, it just doesn't work with my preferred format and ministry philosophy. 

Do you recycle it? Donate it? Store it? Other ideas? 

Thanks!

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Do you by chance have Lava Lava Island from Group Publishing?  Or Serengeti Trek or Polar Expedition?  I am looking for various parts of these.  As you can tell, I re-use curriculum, but in a very specific way.  The ones I like the most I hang onto, then after the youngest kids who would have been at that VBS graduate out of elementary, I might use it again.  Or, I might use it for a midweek series or a weekend event.  In this case, I did Lava Lava Island at my old church back in 2004.  The church that I'm currently at has never done that one and it was always one of my faves, so this year we're off to the island, mon! 

Hi Joy,

I have the music CDs, but I don't think I have any of the actual curriculum. There's a VBS closet with boxes of old supplies, so if I find any Lava Lava or Serengeti Trek curriculum in there, I'll let you know! I think it's mostly supplies/posters and not actual curriculum though, sorry! 

I usually save any pictures that can be re-used or games.  The rest I recycle.  Unless I know of a church that is in need of the material.  I usually check with our association to see if there are any new church plants in the area or churches that have very small budgets, then contact them to see if they need or want any of it before recycling.

If you have years worth of stuff, I'd go through it and keep the newest of it to ask your association or area churches about and recycle the oldest stuff just to get it out of your way fast.  Cleaning up and clearing out is a hard thing for churches to do.  We all try to be good stewards of the materials we buy, but sometimes you just gotta get rid of stuff.  Hope that helps.

Hi Robin. I've heard of several churches facing this same issue. I'm not sure there is a really good option unless you donate it to a local ministry with a need.

If you would be open to sending it to me then I could help distribute it through CMConnect Global. We are building a system to serve under resourced ministries and this could be a way for us to connect. If that works, email me: michael@cmconnect.org. We would give it away to churches in need.

Let me know, thanks... hope you are doing great!

Joy- I just unearthed some Serengeti Trek material this morning. What do you need? I also have Lava Lava Island, Fiesta, Kingdom Rock, and Avalanche Ranch. Any interest? 

Joy Feemster said:

Do you by chance have Lava Lava Island from Group Publishing?  Or Serengeti Trek or Polar Expedition?  I am looking for various parts of these.  As you can tell, I re-use curriculum, but in a very specific way.  The ones I like the most I hang onto, then after the youngest kids who would have been at that VBS graduate out of elementary, I might use it again.  Or, I might use it for a midweek series or a weekend event.  In this case, I did Lava Lava Island at my old church back in 2004.  The church that I'm currently at has never done that one and it was always one of my faves, so this year we're off to the island, mon! 

Hi Robin,

Our local Christian Book Store works with an organization that ships used curriculum all over the world. We are able to drop off our curriculum at the book store and they take care of it from there. It's great, fast and helps others!

Robin,

We had the same issue several years back and I contacted our mission teams to ask if they knew of any orphanages or ministry that we could bless with curriculum. If you don't have a budget to mail the curriculum overseas, you could take up an offering in Children's Ministry by promoting through email and from adult services. Also, I always get a great response from Craig's List under the Free section.

Have a blessed week,

Pam Flanery

Michael, I might be able to send you some old curriculum.  Let me know how I can get it to you.

Michael Chanley said:

Hi Robin. I've heard of several churches facing this same issue. I'm not sure there is a really good option unless you donate it to a local ministry with a need.

If you would be open to sending it to me then I could help distribute it through CMConnect Global. We are building a system to serve under resourced ministries and this could be a way for us to connect. If that works, email me: michael@cmconnect.org. We would give it away to churches in need.

Let me know, thanks... hope you are doing great!

Some curriculum is not supposed to even be *given* to another ministry.  I don't know how closely people follow that.  I was surprised to learn that a few years ago when I was done with some of our stuff.



Michael Chanley said:

If you are serious, I have several years of Group's Faithweaver Friends, HandsOn and some miscellaneous.  I would be happy to send them to you.  Please give me the appropriate address.  Thanks!

Nan Felt

Grace Community Covenant Church, Olympia, WA

Hi Robin. I've heard of several churches facing this same issue. I'm not sure there is a really good option unless you donate it to a local ministry with a need.

If you would be open to sending it to me then I could help distribute it through CMConnect Global. We are building a system to serve under resourced ministries and this could be a way for us to connect. If that works, email me: michael@cmconnect.org. We would give it away to churches in need.

Let me know, thanks... hope you are doing great!

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