Archive - June, 2016

Your FAQs and Our Answers

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Did you know that we have a “Frequently Asked Questions” link on our website? It is found here and provides answers to common questions in the following categories:

  • placing an order
  • changing/returning orders
  • electronic resources
  • curriculum
  • policies
  • translations (ESV)

For example, here are commonly asked questions in the “curriculum” category:

Q: Where can I find sample lessons?

Q: What is the sequence of the CDG curricula?

Q: How long does it take for a teacher to prepare to teach this curriculum?

Q: How much time is required to teach the lesson in a Sunday school class?

Q: How are the student workbooks used?

Q: How can I use these curricula in a home or Christian school setting?

Q: Do you have a missions curriculum?

Q: Why are the elementary-aged curricula 40 weeks in length?

Q: Why are illustrations (object lessons) used at the beginning of most lessons?

Q: What is distinctive about the midweek curricula?

Q: What are your plans for junior high and senior high curricula?

Click on each, and you’ll find an answer. What if that answer doesn’t fully address your question or concern? Or, what if your question isn’t one of our FAQ? Give us a call. Our customer service ladies will be happy to talk with you! Who knows, it might be that your question will become the next FAQ to add to our list.

(Image courtesy of Stuart Miles at FreeDigitalPhotos.net.)

How Can We Help You?

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We are soon to enter one of the busiest seasons at CDG—summer. It’s the time when churches and parents are gearing up for the fall, which often means curriculum decisions. This brings to mind at least three things I really love about our “customer service” staff.

  • They fully embrace our vision and mission, and our curriculum philosophy and distinctions. So, when they answer your questions, it comes from a genuine longing to see Christ exalted and treasured in churches and homes.
  • They have a vast knowledge of our resources, and they often have experience with those resources in the classroom setting.
  • They have servant hearts that love to serve churches, parents, missionaries, and others in a myriad of ways that go beyond simply providing information about our resources.

Who are these ladies you will hear at the other end of the phone?

Holly

  • was one of the pilot teachers of the CDG Preschool curricula
  • taught and/or was a team leader in elementary Sunday school classes using CDG curriculum
  • has filled in as a small group leader and worship leader as needed
  • “My parenting was deeply influenced by the CDG vision and curriculum. My kids grew up with the CDG curricula and, assuming I have grandchildren someday, it’s my hope that they would be able to do this also.”

Lori

  • nursery caregiver, Sunday school teacher, team leader, worship leader, and substitute while using CDG materials
  • worked as an assistant Sunday school superintendent
  • worked with all age groups from birth through high school

Suzy

  • served at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis for 10 years doing administration for Sunday school, along with the occasional role as small group leader or teacher
  • now ministers as an auntie to eight nieces and nephews

 

Here are a few examples of the types of issues and questions they address when a customer calls:

  • budget constraints
  • getting leadership/teachers on board with the vision
  • lack of regular volunteers
  • addressing year-round Sunday school
  • having Sunday school during church service so teachers can’t attend church
  • determining curriculum with a range of children’s ages (a frequent question)
  • understanding curriculum licensing (another frequent question)
  • implementing a church-wide Bible memory program
  • using the Fighter Verses app
  • finding solutions for internationals
  • translated materials
  • many questions about preschool materials
  • training (people want to be able to train their volunteers, but don’t know how)
  • what to order as a new customer (e.g., Classroom Kit versus Teacher’s Guide, etc.)

In response, they will take time to…

  • explain answers to any questions
  • brainstorm solutions
  • walk through how the material might work in your particular situation
  • point to other resources available, such as the blog, and free audio and video training
  • when appropriate, pray for customers carrying heavy burdens
  • offer personal encouragement when ministry is hard

If you would like to reach our customer service staff at CDG, please feel free to give us a call (1.877.400.1414), or send us an email (info@childrendesiringGod.org).

Our phones are answered from 9 a.m.  to 3 p.m. (Central Time) from October through June, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Central Time) from July through September.

 

Fill Your Backyard with Good News this Summer

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Summer is a wonderful time for children. School is out, and there is plenty of warmth, sunshine, fresh air, and playing outside with friends and neighbors during the long summer days. Many backyards will be filled with the noisy sounds of happy children. But those happy children may also be desperately poor and needy…in their hearts and souls. And no amount of play or games or special activities will satisfy the sinful condition of their hearts. They need Jesus! They need the good news of the Gospel.

The children of your neighborhood may have never heard Gospel truth they so urgently need. Their parents may never think of stepping through the doors of a Bible-believing church. But they may be willing to let their children come to your backyard for a Backyard Bible Club. Just think, your own backyard, no matter how big or small, can be a means of proclaiming and demonstrating God’s sovereign grace to the children in your neighborhood. What an opportunity!

Does this sound exciting but a bit overwhelming? Not sure what a Backyard Bible Club (BYBC) is all about? Here is a description by Sally Michael:

Every member of your family can take part in the wonderful ministry of a Backyard Bible Club—whether it be extending invitations, teaching a lesson, leading singing, supervising a craft or game, or just loving the children who come.

Here’s how the clubs work. Most meet for five sessions, usually five mornings or afternoons of the same week. Invite the children of your neighbors, coworkers, or relatives. Invite your children’s classmates or any children you know. Hold the club in your backyard…or front porch…or garage. Though an hour and a half is recommended, you could meet for as little as an hour or as much as three hours. Any size group will work as long as you have sufficient help for the number of children. Any age group from kindergarten to sixth grade can be included.

The main element of the club is a Bible teaching time, but singing, games, crafts, snacks, and worksheets can all be included. There is a handout for the parents each time, which gives you an opportunity to influence them as well as their children with the Gospel.

Sometimes families or small groups partner to have a club. Sometimes a family will volunteer their yard and invite the children, and the church will provide a teacher. Some groups hold a program during the last club meeting or in the evening of the last day, inviting the parents to come. Others have shown the Jesus video and invited the families of the children to attend.

Does this peak your interest? Check out our BYBC page for curriculum options and other helpful features. Also, check out this short video about how a church in Amarillo, Texas used our Backyard Bible Club curricula.

(Image courtesy of photostock at FreeDigitalPhotos.net.)

 

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