This fall, there is no “one size fits all” regarding programming and resources for churches and homes. Some churches will be offering in-person classes, though many will be in a modified format. Some will have their teachers video lesson presentations for viewing in the home. Some churches will provide parents with resources to use at home. Some will use elements of each of these scenarios or come up with other creative solutions.How can you best disciple children within the specific challenges and restrictions where your church is? Find your scenario based on this decision tree and then see the recommendations for that scenario below.
Some churches are planning for Sunday school and midweek programs to resume as normal in age-appointed classes using curricula that follow the regular scope and sequence plan. However, some churches need to offer a hybrid model. Here is what a hybrid may look like:
If you are considering offering a hybrid model, Truth78 has resources to help you. Here are some recommendations:
Whether teaching in person as usual or using a hybrid model, if at all possible make a video recording of the teaching session that can be sent to those who are not able to participate in class. Additionally, you can find more support for intergenerational teaching in this free training seminar: “Intergenerational Teaching: Why and How."
The Lord's Prayer has much to teach us about our great and glorious God as well as about prayer. Lord, Teach Us to Pray is an intergenerational curriculum about the Lord's Prayer for children and adults. Curriculum Sample
New Resource! The Lord, Teach Us to Pray Family Kit has been created for families to use along with teaching from the Teacher's Kit. Discussion questions, prayer cards, and activity cards aid families in their study on prayer. Family Kit Sample
If at all possible, during this very disruptive time, it is preferable to provide children with teaching that is age-appropriate and continues the scope and sequence in a seamless manner. This will help ensure that you stay on course in proclaiming the breadth and depth of the whole counsel of God. What would this option entail?
If it is not feasible to do remote teaching for every grade level included in your regular scope and sequence, consider using one curriculum or resource to span the entire family. Here are some recommendations:
The Glorious God, Glorious Gospel devotional includes 15 lessons for family discipleship designed to ground children in the essential and glorious truths of the gospel.Also available:• Notebook — Help students stay engaged and apply the lessons.• Coloring Book — Engage the littlest minds by keeping their fingers busy.
Some churches have determined that is it not yet feasible to meet in person or provide remote teaching. But the church can and should do whatever possible to encourage and equip parents to diligently disciple their children at home. In this scenario, it’s important for the church to follow up with parents on a regular basis to see how it’s going and address any problems. Truth78 has a variety of resources designed for use in the home. Churches can recommend and even provide these resources for families.
The Making HIM Known series was written to give parents an opportunity to present solid truth to their children, and to encourage real-life application of the truth. Because the books in the series are based on Truth78 curricula, they can provide families with an at-home companion when classes are able to meet and when classes are not able to meet, they can provide a means for children to continue growing at home in learning the whole counsel of God.
Find out more about the Making HIM Known series including how each book corresponds to Truth78 curriculum at Truth78.org/making-him-known-books.
Discount pricing is available by the case for the Making HIM Known series.God's Gospel has 50 books per case. For more information, contact us.