Archive - September, 2014

Making the Most of Your Sunday School “Transition Time”

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“Transition Time” is the time period at the beginning of class when children begin arriving. It is often characterized by children arriving at varying times. Depending on your classroom structure and routine, this time may be only 10 to 15 minutes in length. What happens during this time is important as it often sets the tone for the rest of the class session. Therefore, we would like to encourage you to carefully plan and prepare meaningful, God-centered, faith-nurturing activities. Here are a few suggestions:

Small Group Activities

At the beginning of the year, divide the class into groups of 5-8 children, each assigned to an adult small group leader throughout the course of the study. As soon as the children enter the classroom each week, they immediately go to their assigned group. This option maximizes the time that the children spend with a faith-nurturing adult who comes to know the children in his group on an increasingly familiar basis. The children feel welcomed and have a place to belong, and the setting is ideal for doing the following kinds of activities: (more…)

What Do Our Children Need from Us?

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Consider these words from Dr. Joel Beeke,

The salvation of our children is priceless; their spiritual needs far outweigh their physical needs. They need our prayers—our earnest prayers with hearts aflame, both for their initial repentance and coming to Christ by faith, and for their life of ongoing growth in faith. Matthew Henry rightly declared that it is of far more value for parents who die to leave behind a treasury of prayers for their children than it is to leave behind a treasury of silver and gold.¹

 

¹From Praying for Our Children’s Salvation, ligonier.org

Reading the Bible through the Right Lens

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If you have attended the preconference at one of our Children Desiring God national conferences, you probably remember the teaching emphasis that “the Bible is first and foremost a book about God.” This emphasis can revolutionize the way you teach the Bible to children. But, has it also revolutionized your time with God in the Word?

In her book, Women of the Word, Jen Wilkin talks about “getting things backward” in her reading of the Bible. She states, (more…)

Starting with Prayer

The beginning of a new Sunday school year is always filled with a mix of joyful anticipation and…well, let’s just say chaos! Often there is an assortment of new teachers, rooms, curricula, and students. Careful planning and preparation can help minimize problems, but there are always bumps in the road the first few weeks. One thing I have found most helpful is the importance of praying together as a teaching team before we open the doors and let the children come in. Making it a habit to gather together for 5 – 10 minutes of prayer before class is an invaluable means of crying out to our heavenly Father for His help. For example, we pray that… (more…)

Training Children to Think Hard

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When looking at the CDG scope and sequence and the accompanying lessons, some people question whether or not it’s necessary or wise to provide children and young people with such a rigorous Bible study endeavor. It almost looks like “school,” requires both teachers and students to really exert thoughtful effort, and often leaves little time for additional crafts, games, and “hanging out together.” It is not that we are opposed to the latter in the classroom, it’s simply that we believe in maximizing our time by first focusing on what is most important. Consider these words from John Piper in his article, “A Compelling Reason for Rigorous Training of the Mind”: (more…)

Teaching Children the Meaning of Work

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Do your children cringe at the thought of chores? Do they ever view a certain job as “beneath” them or as not worthy of their diligent effort? Labor Day is a good time to reflect on the true meaning of work and labor—from a distinctly biblical perspective. Here is a very helpful conversation on this topic by Dr. Albert Mohler on his radio program titled “Teaching Our Children the Value of Work.” (This segment of his program begins at the 11:25-minute mark.)

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