Teachers: Do you ever find yourself “bursting at the seams” before you enter the classroom? Are you bursting because your mind and heart have been so excited, moved, and transformed by what you have feasted on through the Word during the week that you just can’t wait to share it with the children?
One of my great joys in teaching children biblical truth is how the Lord uses the time spent in lesson preparation to feed my own soul.
The Bible is a spiritual book intended to touch the soul. The Bible has the power to change hearts.
Though there are other milestones, there is a uniqueness and connection between child dedication and baptism.
The dedication of children anticipates their baptism. Parents dedicate their children in the hope that they will “belong wholly to Jesus Christ forever” as explained in Dedicated to the Lord. One of the promises that parents make is to regularly pray that, by God’s grace, their child “will come to trust Jesus Christ alone for the forgiveness of his/her sins and for the fulfillment of all His promises to him/her, even eternal life and in this faith follow Jesus as Lord and obey His teachings.”
"My child doesn't want to go to church." Sadly, I’ve heard this statement from more than a few parents over the years. Some even say, “My child hates to go to church.” It can turn Sunday mornings into a miserable experience for parents and children alike. I have had some desperate, frazzled parents arrive at the classroom with a young child who is literally kicking and screaming. What’s a parent to do? Here are ten general suggestions that may be helpful. How you apply each may look very different depending on the age of the child—but the basic principles are the same.
Although not usually an ideal situation, many church classrooms consist of children of multiple ages. I currently teach a group of 70-plus students who range in age from kindergarten through sixth grade. To say this is challenging is an understatement, but it is doable and, with some careful foresight and preparation, it can be a wonderful experience for both the teacher and students.
In the month of January, the days are short, and the nights are long and cold (for some of us). The busy holiday season is over, and many of us feel tired and worn down. Additionally, seasonal illnesses are affecting many homes and churches. Hence, the eagerness and energy of the school year’s beginning have diminished. What can parents, children’s ministry leaders, and volunteers do to fight midyear doldrums and discouragements?
We invite you to join us for the month of December in reflecting on this beloved Christmas carol and the eternal joy that is ours in Christ. As brothers and sisters who share an important passion and partnership for passing along the glorious deeds of the Lord to the next generation, we have the privilege of modeling wholehearted worship of the King in a world that is filled with false worship and idolatry.
As we look ahead to a new year, let's strive to equip our children to live in a fallen world with a strong and sure hope and defense: the gospel of Jesus.
This year, in particular, Christmas carols are a source of renewed wonder and hope—'light'—in an especially dreary and weary world. Use the opportunity of singing carols to point your children to the incomparable grandeur of redemptive history, which finds it’s perfect fulfillment in the Person and work of Christ.