December will be an exciting month for our Sunday school classes! The preschoolers will study the birth of Jesus and why that event is important in their lives. The elementary class, while continuing the year’s theme of getting a good foundation of Bible events from beginning to end, will spend the month with the book of Isaiah, learning about the prophesies of Christ. Pat Olson will continue to work with the preschool and elementary classes, teaching the children Christmas songs and working with them on memorizing the books of the Bible.
In mid-November, the youth class invited adults to join them as they use videos from The Work of the People to launch discussions that often go along with Pastor Brian’s sermon texts. The class meets in the upstairs kitchen.
The adult class will use The Cradle, Cross, and Crown by Billy Graham. Upon taking a peek into the Foreword of the book, we note that “The real Christmas message…heralds the entrance of God into human history. It is heaven descending to earth. It is as though a trumpeter had taken his stand upon the turrets of time and announced to a despairing, hopeless, and frustrated world the coming of the Prince of Peace…. The Christmas message is relevant, revolutionary, and reassuring to us today. I believe it can be summed up in three words: a cradle, a Cross, and a crown.” Continue reading “Christian Education Update”
Our Sunday school continues to be comprised of four classes: preschool, elementary, youth, and adult.
In November, the preschool class will continue studying stories of Jesus as well as other Bible stories. The elementary class will continue working with the theme started earlier, that of getting a good foundation of stories in the Bible from beginning to end.
Pat Olson continues to work twice monthly with the preschool and elementary classes in singing and in memorizing the names of the books of the Bible.
The Youth Class will continue with Beth Moore’s James: Mercy Triumphs.
In November, the adult class will continue the study started the last Sunday in October: The Fear of God, by T. M. Moore. (This fear is more than simple awe, although it includes that.) Themes for November are: “The Pleasure of the Lord”, “Delighting in God’s Law”, “Hating Sin”, “Living by Courageous Faith”, and “Reasons to Fear God”. Continue reading “Christian Education Update”
Our 2014-15 Sunday school season is off to a great start!
In October, the preschool class will continue using various stories of Jesus and guiding the children in exploring ways they can respond to his teachings about love.
The elementary class, in continuing the process of learning the books of the Bible and the basic stories they contain, is doing a survey of the books of the Bible. This will help them to understand that everything in the Bible—from beginning to end—is about God’s plan to redeem people and build a family for eternity, and it all began with Jesus!
The youth class will continue Beth Moore’s James: Mercy Triumphs.
In October, the adult class will continue the study on dealing with sin. The themes for the four Sundays of the month are: Repent, Respond I, Respond II, and Restore. That will complete the study.
We are still in need of two or three people to provide snacks once a month for the children’s and youth classes. If this is a way you’d like to be involved with our educational ministry, please let me know. Thanks! Continue reading “Christian Education Update”
Sunday school classes are about to resume! The first day of our 2014-15 season will be September 7.
The preschool class, taught by Elena Fryer and Caroline Overzet, will focus on various stories of Jesus and other stories we read in the Bible. The elementary class, taught by Jean Schneider and Laurel McKee, will continue the process (this study was started in May) of learning the books of the Bible and the basic stories they contain. For these two classes, Pat Olson will again do the music and work on memory verses. She will also work with helping the children learn the books of the Bible. She will join us for these activities at the beginning of the sessions on the second and fourth Sundays of each month.
The youth class, taught by Gabrielle Hastings, will study James, using Beth Moore’s “James: Mercy Triumphs”.
The adult class will begin the season with a seven-lesson study on dealing with sin. The titles for the four Sundays in September are: Rethink, Recognize, Reflect, and Repent. This class will again be led by John Overzet.
We look forward to seeing those who have been in our classes, as well as welcoming new people. So, if you have not been involved in Sunday school, now would be a great time for you to start! How about also inviting a friend?
Children’s Church, under the direction of Jennifer Hobbs, is also a vital part of our education ministry and will also resume September 7.
We ask your prayer support for all phases of our education ministry. Please pray that all classes will get off to a great start and that all involved will begin a season of great spiritual growth! Thank you!
Education Ministry Team Leader
The only one of our Sunday school classes meeting throughout the summer is the adult class. That group is now on the final lesson, “The Promise Finalized,” in the study of the book The Promises of God: Deepening Life Together. Following completion, class members and others are invited to join Orin and Carol Mueller in a study of hymns.
Please pray for the members of all the classes this summer that each one will be able to continue the faith development process through prayer, Bible study, and the reading of faith-based books and articles.
Although nursery care will be provided as needed for the very young, Children’s Church is not meeting during the summer.
Also please pray for the Sunday school staff and those involved in Children’s Church and Nursery for guidance in choosing curriculum materials for the 2014-15 year and as well as for making other decisions that will enhance our Christian education process. Thank you!
Education Ministry Team Leader
Although the adult Sunday school class plans to continue meeting for at least part of the summer, the children’s and youth classes completed their season on Sunday, May 18. We thank everyone who helped make the 2013-14 season successful! Teachers were John Overzet, Gabrielle Hastings, Kathy Bonde, Jean Schneider, Laurel McKee, Elena Fryer, and Caroline Overzet. Pat Olson worked with music and memory verses with the children’s classes; Mary Hobbs provided snacks monthly. Denise Tyner and Pat Olson served as substitutes. We thank Pastor Brian for his on-going help and support. We also thank Pastor Brian and others who helped with the Christmas Eve service which involved the children’s and youth classes. Continue reading “Christian Education Update”
We are approaching the end of the 2013-14 Sunday school season, and it has been a great one! We will meet for the first three weeks in May (4th, 11th, and 18th), then close down for the summer.
The preschool class will finish the study of We Are Baptists by Jeffrey Jones and Debra Sutton. Topics for the month will be “A Special Way to Live”, “God Loves All Kinds of People”, and “Sharing Jesus Here and There”. The elementary class will work with a curriculum by Gospel Light, entitled SonCanyon River Adventure. In this set of lessons, children will learn about Solomon, David and Jonathan, David and Saul, Abigail and David, and Peter.
The memory verse for May for the preschool and elementary classes will be: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart” (Proverbs 3:5).
In continuing the use of Talk Sheets, the youth class will explore what the Bible has to say about topics relative to life. Continue reading “Christian Education Update”
In the current study of We Are Baptists by Jeffrey Jones and Debra Sutton, the topics for use in April for the preschool class will be “Doing What’s Right” and “A Special Way to Live.” The elementary class will complete the book with the lesson “Sharing the Good News Here, There, and Everywhere.” Part of the month for both of these classes will be devoted to the study of Palm Sunday and Easter. The memory verse for the month will be Luke 24:6a, “He is not here; He has risen!”
The youth class will continue using Talk Sheets. In using this material, the students will explore what the Bible has to say about topics relative to life.
The adult class will continue the study of Promises of God. Themes for April include: “The Promise Individualized: The Davidic Covenant” and “The Promise Incarnated: The Arrival of the Messiah.” The companion DVD will also be used. Continue reading “Christian Education Update”
In the current study of We Are Baptists by Jeffrey Jones and Debra Sutton, which is being used by our preschool and elementary Sunday school classes, the topics for use in March for the preschool class will be: “Me, a Minister?” “We’re Free to Come to Church”; “My Church, Our Church”; “I Can Help”; and “Growing Like Jesus”. The elementary class will work on these topics: “I Can Share Jesus with Others”; “Worship: Going to a Party”; “Speaking God’s Word”; “Being God’s People”; and “Together, Even Though We’re Different”. The memory verse for the month will be: “Come, let us bow down and worship him; let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!” (Psalm 95:6, TEV)
The youth class will continue using Talk Sheets.
The adult class will continue the study of Promises of God, of which Lesson 1, “The Promise Initiated”, was started in February. Topics for the rest of March include “The Promise Demonstrated: The Abrahamic Covenant” and “The Promise Individualized: The Davidic Covenant”. The DVD will enhance the use of the Study Guide. Continue reading “Christian Education Update”
The preschool and elementary classes will continue use We Are Baptists by Jeffrey Jones and Debra Sutton, designed to help children learn more about Baptist identity and beliefs. In February we will explore topics such as “Free to be Baptists!”, “My Church!”, “Our Church!”, “I’ve Got a Gift to Share!” and “Growing Like Jesus”.
The memory verse for February will be, “We must obey God rather than any human authority” (Acts 5:29).
The youth class will continue Talk Sheets.
The adult class will continue the study of Acts with the book Deepening Life Together. The final topic is “To Rome and Beyond: The Gospel to the Ends of the Earth”. Upon completion of that in mid-February, the group will begin the studying Promises of God, with a DVD and study guide. Continue reading “Christian Education Update”