Vol. 1 No. 2

About the Children's Department

resources for effective children's ministry

Table of Contents


LYNDA'S CORNER

    In this issue we will be focusing on Sunday School curriculum and teacher training resources. The summer is a great time to reevaluate your curriculum and to provide training for your teachers to help them be ready to start with the new school year in the Fall. I hope the following evaluations and comparisons will serve to assist you as you select those resources that will enable you to be as effective as possible.

    It is extremely important that we are effective in our children's ministry and to do that we need the tools that will help us teach God's Word and how it applies to our day-in-day-out living. There is however; a trend in Children's Ministry that I am very concerned about, and that is the move toward "over simplifying". By this I mean the idea that we are going to look for and use resources that allow us to need only a few teachers and then tell those teachers that they do not need to spend hardly any time in preparation - - - "it is so easy!" Don't get me wrong, I do believe that Children's Ministry should NOT be complicated and teaching resources should be "teacher friendly", but if we are going to be effective in Children's Ministry, we must have enough teachers and they do need to know what they are teaching. I understand that sometimes it can be difficult to recruit enough teachers, but the answer is not to compromise on the number or quality of teachers, rather to help our church members understand what a joy it is to serve and then to train, support and encourage them in their ministry. To be effective we must have consistent teachers as one of the foundations our ministry is built on. So, in looking for resources to utilize in your ministry, look for those that will aid you in being effective - not easy.

    I hope you will find useful and helpful information and ideas in this edition of "About The Children's Department". I would love to hear from you so please feel free to contact me at: dfreemansr@earthlink.net

Lynda Freeman

Table of Contents


SEASONAL IDEA

    As we look at our Children's Ministry everything we do needs to be evaluated by the standard - does this help us be truly effective in:
  1. leading children to put their faith in Christ?
  2. helping children learn how to apply what they know to their day-in-day-out living of their faith,
  3. providing children the opportunity to show their faith by discovering what their gifts, talents and abilities are by developing these areas for service in their church for God's glory.

If we are doing these things we will have an effective ministry that truly impacts the lives of our kids!

    Traditional Children's Ministry generally consists of Sunday School on Sunday Mornings and a mid-week club program during the school year. Some churches are very successful at being effective teaching in these traditional ways, but many are not. I would like to look at different ways to offer children's ministry and would encourage you to consider trying some in your church. Remember, as long as our MESSAGE does not change, our METHODS can!

Sunday Evening Service Ministry
    Children learn 10% by listening and 90% by hands-on-Bible-learning, but in most of our churches we tend to expect children to sit and listen 90% of the time and only allow for 10% hands-on-learning opportunities. Since God created children to learn by doing, I believe He intends for us to teach them by allowing them to do! Don't get me wrong, I believe there is value in children being in a church service, but if we truly want children to learn and apply Gods Word, we need to provide opportunities for them to learn the ways they learn best.

    Keeping all this in mind, consider taking the summer to develop a Sunday evening Service Ministry with the emphasis on learning to serve. All children who have placed their faith in Christ have at least one gift from him. We need to help them discover what that gift is and provide opportunities for them to develop those gifts for a life of service for God's glory. We all grow by serving and that includes our kids. This would not be another Sunday School program - the role of Sunday School is to help children learn what the Bible is all about and how it applies to their lives. The role of Sunday Evening Service Ministry would be to help children discover and develop their gifts to serve and glorify God. What a fabulous thing to be able to watch children learn to glorify God with their service - this will be a very exciting ministry for your church!

    The following steps should help you as you develop this exciting ministry!

  • Ministry Goals
    • Aid children who have placed their faith in Jesus in discovering their gifts.
    • Provide opportunities for children to learn to develop their gifts.
    • Expose the community to the ministry of your church.

  • Needs
    • Prayer!
    • Coordinators in Music, Drama, Art, Support, and Teaching

  • The Plan
    • Involve the parents by having them help their children choose which areas to serve in from September - December, and then sign their children up for that area.
    • The theme for this session could be a community outreach like the Preschool Christmas Outreach on page 91 of the "5th & 6th Grade Smart Pages", by Gospel Light Publishing. This great idea was sent to Gospel Light by Cindy Taylor, Northwest Hills Baptist Church, Corvallis, Oregon. On a Saturday morning in December, children ages 4 - 2nd grade would be invited to your church to "Come to the Manger".
    • Children serving through music would prepare and present the Angel Choir where they would sing and teach songs to the younger children.
    • Children serving through drama would prepare and present the Christmas story.
    • Children serving through teaching would present each center and help prepare the following learning centers:
      • Bethlehem's Babies
      • Candy Cane Witness
      • Make a Nativity

    • Children serving through art would prepare the following learning centers:
      • The Best Gift
      • Cuddle Baby Jesus
      • Make a Star
      • Cookie Decorating

    • Children serving through support would cover sound and lighting, build the backdrop for "Come to the Manger", take the pictures for "Come to the Manger", and assist with Joseph's Carpenter Shop and Bethlehems Barnyard.

    All of the kids would help to promote the event to the children in the community. All of the non-teaching kids would serve as the "Guardian Angels" and take small groups of children around to each of the learning centers throughout the day. This service project would take four months to plan, prepare and then present and would give your kids a genuine opportunity to serve others with the gifts and abilities God has given them.

  • Coordinators Responsibilities
    • Pray for their kids faithfully.
    • Organize and present their area of service to children.
    • Commit to being effective.
    • Build relationships with the kids.

  • Children's Responsibilities
    • Be faithful in attendance.
    • Commit to truly learn about discovering and developing gifts for God's glory.

  • Church's Responsibilities
    • Pray!
    • Be willing to get involved.
    • Help provide resources and supplies.
    • Encourage kids to discover and develop their gifts to serve for God's glory.
    • Follow-up on visitors to outreach opportunities.

    This would be an excellent ministry for children grades 3 through 6, and even the Jr. and Sr. High if their Youth Pastor would like to involve them in it. At the end of December the children and their parents would decide which area of service they would like to learn about for the following semester, January - May.

    I believe it is vitally important to provide opportunities for our kids to develop and utilize their gifts, so I will provide additional ideas for other semester themes in future editions. If you have a ministry like this in your church and would be willing to share some of the themes you have utilized, please e-mail them to me. Thank you! I would also love to hear from you if you try this as to how it went at your church.

Table of Contents


RESOURCE REVIEW

Sunday School Curriculum

    In looking at Sunday School curriculum there are several things that really matter.

  • First of all, does it teach the Bible accurately from the Bible? Children need to know the facts of what the Bible teaches - and they need to see it taught and read it from the Bible, not a teachers book or a student paper that often look like a comic book.

  • Is application a focus of the lesson? Children need to know the facts, but they must also know how they apply to their day-in-day-out living.

  • Does it provide hands-on-Bible-learning activities? Children learn by doing and for effective teaching we have to allow them to learn by doing.

  • Are the materials closely age-graded? There are significant differences between 1st and 3rd grade as well as 4th and 6th grade. To be genuinely effective we must be able to teach the children in our classes without losing or boring them.

  • Does the curriculum take the children on a set scope and sequence through the Bible from age 2 through 6th grade? The goal of Sunday School is the help children understand what the Bible is about and how it applies and that can best be accomplished by a comprehensive through the Bible plan.

There are many other features to look for in curriculum, but these are the foundational components a solid curriculum is built on.


Publisher:    Gospel Light
Available by calling 1-800-GOSPEL or from your local Christian Book Store

    Favorite Features:

    • Non-dated resources - this allows for reuse of materials
    • Strong emphasis on salvation application each quarter for each age
    • Strong emphasis on Bible application for Christian children
    • Closely age grades resources
    • Teacher devotions
    • Music that coordinates with the lessons
    • Reproducible music
    • Hands-on-Bible -Learning Activities
    • An abundance of options for teachers each week
      • 2's & 3's and 4's & 5's have four Bible Learning Activities to choose from each week
      • 1st - 6th grade each have three Bible Learning Activities to choose from each week
    • Solid Bible teaching
    • Colorful resources
    • 1st & 2nd grade resources do not depend on the children being able to read
    • Includes information on how to lead a child to Christ
    • Consultants available to provide free teacher training
    • Bible tuck-in's with each week's lesson to allow the teachers to teach from the Bible, not the teacher's book
    • Weekly Bible reading resource for children and families to utilize
    • Teacher friendly teacher book
    • Scope and Sequence available
    • Curriculum takes children through the Bible four times

    Gospel Light Living Word Curriculum does just what it says - brings the Word to life with solid teaching and an abundance of hands-on-Bible-learning activities all appropriately age graded. The Primary and Junior curriculum has recently been rewritten with excellent results. (The Middler curriculum rewrite is due out in Sept. of 1998) This is an excellent curriculum designed to provide your teachers with the resources needed to be effective. It is firmly grounded in God's Word with the Early Childhood focus on laying a foundation in the truth of God's Word and the 1st through 6th grade focus on helping children learn to build on that foundation by applying it to their life.

    Gospel Light curriculum is extremely well suited for Sunday School as it will take your kids through the Bible four times and will help them understand what the Bible is all about and how it applies to their lives today. Gospel Light has local consultants available to provide free training and to answer your questions by calling 1-800-235-3415 ex. 199. Free samples are available at your local Christian Book Store or by calling the 800 number.


Publisher:    Standard Publishing
Available by calling 1-800-543-1301 or at your local Christian Book Store

    Favorite Features:

    • Closely age graded resources
    • Teacher devotions
    • Hands-on-Bible-learning Activities
    • Solid Bible teaching
    • Colorful resources
    • Consultants available to provide training
    • Reproducible outline to help teachers teach from the Bible, not a teacher's book
    • Teacher friendly resources
    • Weekly Bible reading activities for children and families to utilize
    • Music that coordinates with each lesson
    • 2nd hour resources in the Early Childhood materials
    • An abundance of options for the teachers each week
    • Scope and Sequence available
    • Curriculum takes the children through the Bible four times

    Standard Publishing's True-to-the-Bible curriculum is just that. This is an very good curriculum that will provide your teachers with the resources that will enable them to be effective. The 4's & 5's, 1st & 2nd grade, and 5th & 6th grade resources will be new in the Fall and the improvements will add to their effectiveness. I like the 2nd hour materials provided in the Early Childhood curriculum. This curriculum would work very well for Sunday School as it will take the children through the Bible four times to help your kids learn what the Bible is all about and how it applies to their lives today. Standard has consultants available to answer questions and to provide training - call 1-800-543-1301 and ask for the Education Services Department for additional information. Free samples are available at your local Christian Book Store or by calling the 800 number.


Publisher:    David C. Cook Publishing
Available by calling 1-800-323-7543 or at your local Christian Book Store

    Favorite Features:

    • Teacher friendly resources
    • Teacher devotions
    • "Link to last week" in each lesson
    • Hands-on-Bible-Learning Activities
    • Closely age graded
    • Includes information on how to lead a child to Christ
    • Music that coordinates with the lesson
    • Abundance of options for each weekÕs lessons
    • Colorful resources
    • Solid Bible teaching
    • Non-dated resources
    • Consultants available for training
    • Weekly Bible reading activities for children and families
    • Scope and Sequence available
    • Takes elementary age children through the Bible two times

    David C. Cook Bible in Life curriculum provides sound teaching with hands-on-Bible-learning activities designed to help children see how the Bible applies to life. This curriculum has just been revised and the improvements will aid it in being used effectively. Cook Publishing has consultants available to answer questions and to provide training by calling 1-800-323-7543. Free sample curriculum is also available by calling the 800 number.


Publisher:    Group Publishing
Available by calling 1-800-635-0404 or at your local Christian Book Store

    Favorite Features:

    • Hands-on-Bible-Learning Activities
    • Closely age graded resources
    • Teacher devotions
    • Music to coordinate with each lesson
    • Reproducible resources
    • Colorful resources
    • Weekly Bible reading activities for children and families to utilize
    • Teacher friendly resources
    • Scope and Sequence available
    • Solid Bible teaching
    • Consultants or coaches available to provide training

    Group's Hands-on-Bible curriculum is exactly that as it is built around having the children learn by actively participating in hands on learning activities. The teacher books are well laid out and they focus each lesson around one key idea. I especially like this curriculum as a mid-week resource with it's Core Bible Stories. Group has Hands on Bible Curriculum Coaches and consultants available to answer questions and provide training by calling 1-800-635-0404 ex. 4212 for additional information.


Publisher:    Scripture Press
Available by calling 1-800-3239409 or at your local Christian Book Store

    Favorite Features:

    • Teacher Devotions
    • Hands-on-Bible-Learning Activities
    • Closely age graded resources
    • Music to coordinate with each lesson
    • Weekly Bible reading activities for children and families to utilize
    • Colorful resources
    • Solid Bible teaching
    • Scope and Sequence available
    • Consultants available for training
    • Curriculum takes elementary age children through the Bible two times

    Scripture Press curriculum is solidly grounded in God's Word and will provide the teachers with the resources needed to be effective in their classes. Consultants are available to answer questions and provide training by calling 1-800-323-9409. Scripture Press Early Childhood curriculum covers Bible facts and characters and grades 1 through 6 will cover the Bible two times during that time. Samples are available by calling the 800 number or at your local Christian Book Store.


Publisher:    Accent
Available by calling 1-800-525-5550 or at your local Christian Book Store

    Favorite Features:

    • Some ages have teacher devotions
    • Some hands-on-Bible-learning activities
    • Colorful resources
    • Non-dated resources
    • Consultants available for training
    • Salvation Emphasis
    • Closely Age graded resources
    • Solid Bible teaching

    Accent curriculum is solidly grounded in the Bible with the Early Childhood focus on Bible Characters and Events and will take your older children through the Bible one time. Consultants are available to answer questions and provide training by calling the 800 number. Samples are available at your local Bookstore or by calling the 800 number.


    I hope the preceding reviews will prove helpful to you as you consider which curriculum to utilize in your children's ministry. You will find below a comparison chart to help you see what each publisher has to offer. In my reviews I looked for specific things that I believe combine to provide effective resources. All of the curriculum is Biblically sound, I wouldn't include materials in my resource that were not, but each offers a slightly different approach in producing their resources. I included the following areas in my comparison chart for these reasons:

    • Salvation emphasis - I believe it is important to have curriculum that provides the teachers with the tools to help children learn what it means to put their faith in Jesus. I like it when publishers include information on how to lead a child to Christ in their materials.

    • Non-dated resources - these allow churches to reuse materials and therefore get more for their money. I always like that!

    • Teacher Devotions - teachers need to be challenged to grow and apply so I like resources that do that.

    • Application - along with application for salvation, we must have resources designed to help Christian kids apply scripture to their lives today.

    • Three or more hands-on-Bible-learning activity options - your teachers know their students the best so curriculum that provides options allows the teachers to tailor their lesson to their kids.

    • Teacher friendly resources - we are busy people so our teacher resources should not take a degree to be able to decipher them.

    • Reproducible music - I like reproducible resources, but it is important to remember that reproducible does not always mean money saved as running copies costs money, too. When it comes to Sunday School activity and take home papers, publishers produce them for a little over $2.00 per student for 13 weeks. We will spend at least that much running copies on our copy machines. I do however think that reproducible music is an excellent resource for our Sunday Schools.

    • Colorful resources - color is important as it visually captures kid's attention.

    • Take home papers - many of us opt to not purchase these resources, but papers that can involve the entire family in learning together are a very worthwhile resource.

    • Consultants - many publishers have consultants available to answer questions and even provide training. Check with yours to see if they do.

    • Through the Bible - I believe it is vital to have a thorough and comphrensive Bible curriculum for ages 2 through 6th grade. We are here to study the Bible so I like curriculum that takes the kids through the Bible as well as one that gets kids into their Bible themselves . . . rather than reading from a student book.


Curriculum Comparison Chart
Y=Yes
N=No
Gospel
Light
Publishing
David C.
Cook
Standard
Publishing
Group
Publishing
Scripture
Press
Accent
Biblically Sound Y Y Y Y Y Y
Lead a child
to Christ info
Y Y N N Couldn't tell
from samples
Y
Non Dated
resources
Y Y N N N Y
Teacher
Devotion
Y Y Y Y Y Y
Emphasis on
Application
Y Y Y Y Y N
3 or more
Hands On
Options
Y Y Y Y N N
Teacher
Friendly
Resources
Y Y Y Y Y N
Reproducible
Music
Y N N N N N
Colorful
Resources
Y Y Y Visuals Visuals Some
Take home
papers w/Family
Activities
Y Y Y Y N N
Consultants Y Y Y Y (coachs) Y Y
Times
through
the Bible
4 2 4 - 2 1

   The best way for you to see what curriculum will best fit your needs is to actually try a curriculum for at least one quarter. I am including a comparison chart to help you as you decide which resources will best aid you in being the most effective.

Curriculum Comparision Worksheet

Table of Contents


RESOURCE REVIEW

Teacher Training Tapes

    The summer is a perfect time to offer training for your teachers, so they are ready to begin in the Fall. Check with the publisher of your curriculum to see if they have consultants available to provide some training for you or plan t utilize some of the excellent training resources that are available. Offer your training on two dates during the summer so all you teachers should be able to make on of the training sessions.

How to Teach Young children about God
Publisher:    Gospel Light
Good Stuff to Know Teacher Training Videos
10 videos in the series - Price: $19.99 each

  • Favorite features:
    1. Reproducible outline
    2. Session leader's guide
      • great information of preparing for session and purpose of training
      • lists all materials needed for session
    3. Allows for teachers to be involved in active learning
    This is an excellent training video to help your teachers be more effective in their teaching. Gospel Light interviewed 4 and 5 year olds about who God is and what He does and their answers will give you clear insight into the way a child thinks and how to teach effectively. The reproducible session outlines provides activities designed to help your teachers truly learn how to teach young children about God.

How to teach Preschoolers about God - Video #4
Publisher:    Group Publishing
Preschool Teacher Training Video Training Series
Set of four videos - Price: $149.00

  • Favorite features:
    1. Hands on learning for teachers
    2. Reproducible outline
    3. Hot tip list
    This video works through their Hot Tip list and discusses each point with a panel of "experts". They include clips from actual class settings with ideas about ways to be more effective in that teaching setting. There are many great tips, but I would suggest utilizing this video in segments over several trainings to remember the most about the tips or to stop between each topic to review before proceeding.

Young Children
Publisher:    Standard Publishing
Author: Wes Haystead
Design for Teaching Training Series Six videos in the series - Price: $19.99 each

  • Favorite features:
    1. Reproducible Resources
    2. Leader's guide has great information on promoting, preparing and presenting the session
    3. Great warm up ideas
    This video does a great job of taking a teacher through a class session, by observing two class rooms and how the teachers effectively teach their students. The course is well laid out and has a format that is easy to understand and follow with worksheets to help remember the important points.

Young Children Ages 2 thru 5 - Tape series 1
Publisher:    Gospel Light
15 Minute Teacher Training Reproducible Audio Tapes for Sunday School Teachers
Two sets in series - Price: $14.99 each

  • Favorite features:
    1. Reproducible tapes & outlines
    2. Four 15 minute training tapes
    This is an excellent resource for your Children's Ministry as it allows you to make copies for each teacher that they can take home to listen to. If you have a difficult time getting teachers to attend trainings, these tapes provide information on essential skills for effective teaching any teacher or potential teacher could listen to. Topics covered are: Salvation, Understanding Children, Discipline, and Communication.

Table of Contents


BRIGHT IDEA!

    This "Bright Idea!" for a bulletin board to help with recruiting by showing your staffing needs to your church, came from Sandy Sieber, Director of Children's Ministries at Thornapple Evangelical Covenant Church in Grand Rapids, MI.

  • You will need the following items:
    1. A bulletin board in a highly visible location - Sandy used one in the narthdex of her church.
    2. White paper background
    3. Brown markers to draw the trunk and branches of a tree on the white paper
    4. Green construction paper
      • cut one leaf shape to represent each teaching and helping position in your Children's Ministry
      • write each position on a leaf - one position to a leaf
      • attach leaves to the branches of your tree
    5. Pink tissue paper
      • make small tissue paper flowers - one for each position in your Children's Ministry - and place in a basket next to your bulletin board
    6. Write "Children's Ministry - Come Join Us" across the top of the bulletin board
    7. Draw grass and flowers at the bottom of the tree
    8. Ask the people of your church to pray about being involved in the Children's Ministry this coming year and invite them to stop by the tree to write their name on the leaf with the position they would enjoy serving in on it. Then they may attach a flower from the basket to the tree to help the Children's Ministry "bloom"!

    I really like this idea and think it is a great way to visualize your needs to your church. Sandy had one of the teens in her church put the bulletin board together for her. Be sure to remind the people of your church to continue to pray about being involved and to watch your Children's Ministry bloom!


   If you have an idea that has helped you to be more effective in your children's ministry and would like to share it with us, send your idea to: Bright Idea! at dfreemansr@earthlink.net

or send snail mail to:

About the Children's Department - Bright Idea!
6618 Vinton Ave. N.W.
Comstock Park, MI 49321

I will include as many as I am able to in future editions of About the Children's Department. Thank you for your help!

Table of Contents


HELP LINE

    This portion of our resource is for you. If you have a question or problem you would like some help with, e-mail them to me and we will find some answers for you.

Send your question to: Help Line at dfreemansr@earthlink.net

or send snail mail to:

About the Children's Department - Help Line
6618 Vinton Ave. N.W.
Comstock Park, MI 49321

I will include as many as I am able to in future editions of About the Children's Department.    

Table of Contents


TEAM-UP...PARENTS & YOU

    The idea of implementing a "Parent of the Week Ministry" in your Early Childhood Department is not a new one, but it is one that certainly merits mentioning again. If you are already doing this, I'm sure you have found it to be an effective way to expose the parents in your church to all that is happening in their child's class. If not, the ideas below should help you begin this ministry in your church.

  1. First of all, Pray!
  2. Decide what you will call this ministry.
    • I like to focus on the child rather than the parent, i.e. "Student of the Week" rather than "Parent of the Week", as this can help it be better received by the parents. Consider having a special bulletin board in each class for the Student of the Week. Each week select a different child to be the Student of the Week the following week. Send home a reminder to the parents asking them to send the following items with their child the next Sunday:
      • family pictures
      • a favorite toy
      • a treat to share - no gum!
      • a short video - optional
      • their parents!
      Then at the beginning of class, the Student of the Week gets a special tag to wear, may show all the things they brought, put their pictures on the bulletin board and introduce their parents. The remainder of the morning the Student of the Week is the special helper and the parents stay and help as well.

    This is a great way to expose the parents to what is happening in their child's class, provides additional adult helpers, and shows the children that Sunday School is important to their parents as well. A good way to decide which child is the Student of the Week is to make a list, by their last names. When you've gone through the list, go back to the beginning and start again.

    * It is helpful for the parents if you composed a letter at the beginning of the year, explaining the ministry and that all parents will be given the opportunity to help in their child's class throughout the year when their child is the Student of the Week and provide them with a tentative schedule so they can plan ahead and know what is happening when they receive their reminder note.

Table of Contents


TEACHER SUPPORT & ENCOURAGEMENT IDEAS

    In this issue we add a new area for ideas about ways to support and encourage your teachers. Teachers are a gift from God, but in too many of our churches we tend to take advantage of our teachers, over use them, fail to support or even thank them, and find them burning out and quitting. God has placed in each of our churches the people we need to be effective in our children's ministries. These people have been blessed with the gifts, talents, and abilities to serve effectively for God's glory and when they do so they will experience joy! God does not gift us to be a burden, but to bring Him glory and us joy and if we support and encourage our teachers that will free them to serve and experience that joy!

    In this section we will provide ideas on ways to support and encourage your teachers. If you have ideas that you have utilized with your teachers we would love to hear them! Please e-mail them to me at Thank you!

    In this issue, as we look at getting ready for the Fall with curriculum and teacher training, our support idea is on developing an "Adopt a Teacher" ministry in your church. This can be one of the best ways to support your teachers - it was on of the ways we supported our teachers that they appreciated the most.

* Ministry Goal

  • To provide each teacher with an adoptive person or couple from the adult class they would attend if they were not teaching the kids.
  • Adoptive person or couples responsibilities
    1. Pray faithfully for their teacher and his/her class.
    2. Take notes from their adult class each week to give to their teacher so they may follow along with what the adult class is studying.
    3. Communicate prayer requests from the teacher to the class.
    4. Communicate class prayer requests to the teacher.
    5. Let the teacher know about any get togethers the adult class is planning so he/she may join in.
    6. Encourage the teacher in their ministry to their class.

    If this sounds like something you would like to develop in your church the following information should help you do so.

  1. Finalize your list of teachers and helpers, so you know who they all are.
  2. Find out what adult class each teacher would attend if they were not involved with the children's ministry.
  3. Make a form for each teacher with the following information:
    • Teacher's name & phone number
    • age/grade teaching
    • number of students
    • Number of years teaching experience
    • adult class they would attend
  4. Visit each adult class with a sign up list and an information form for each teacher who would otherwise be in that adult class, to explain the ministry and have people sign up to "adopt" a teacher. Be sure they know what their responsibilities are if they "adopt" a teacher and that they time commitment is for the teaching year. Provide each "adoptive" person/couple with the information form on their teacher.
    Remember from time to time to encourage your "adoptive" people to keep up with their support and encouragement for their teacher - consider providing outline sheets for them to use and planing opportunities for them to get together for fellowship from time to time.

Table of Contents


About The Children's Department - Volumn 1, Edition 2
Copyright © Lynda Freeman
Last Updated May 24, 1997
Web Page by Lynda Freeman
Send an e-mail to Lynda at lynda@roundaboutthechurch.com

Back to Home Page


kidz Connection

kidz Connection