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Reading the Bible with Children April 30, 2007

Posted by David in Bible, Children, Childrens bibles, Childrens ministry, Christian, church-kids, Parenting, Sunday School, Youth ministry.
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Christopher at the TaylorWest blog, gives some insights into how he and his wife read the bible with their children:

When we read the Bible together at night with our children, we read from the ESV. Karis, Isaiah, and Gloria all follow along in their Children’s Edition of the ESV. When questions come up about the meaning of the text, I sometimes have to say, “Well, the meaning of the text isn’t that clear. I believe this is what the author meant, but others take it differently. They think it say this.”

It is tempting to interpret a verse for a child, rather than encouraging them to understand it. But they may not understand it at their age in any case, because they will need more life experience. He further explains their position:

I think this demonstration of humility before the text instils greater trust in the text than if I were to simply say, “This is what the text means.” Especially since later on as they grow in their understanding of the text, they may find that my interpretation was not at all what the text said or meant.

Found via: ESV Bible Blog


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Dot to dot pictures for Sunday school April 21, 2007

Posted by David in Bible Games, Children, Childrens ministry, Christian, Church, Faith, Puzzle Creation, Sunday School, Teaching, Youthwork.
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With picturedots.com, you can turn any image into a connect the dots puzzle or just create one from scratch. So, instead of giving the children a picture to colour, you can create a sophisticated join the dots puzzle challenge for them to do.

To find out how to do it, there is a tutorial.


You can also see all the dot puzzles I have created.

That first youthgroup meeting February 24, 2007

Posted by David in Children, Christian, Church, church-kids, Teenage ministry, Youth clubs, Youth ministry, Youthwork.
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Tim Schmoyer has an interesting post on what to do at the very first midweek youth meeting. Whether it be because you have moved to a new area, or because it is your first appointment as a youth pastor.

The best way I’ve found to build trust is to model vulnerability and let them see that you’re a real person who is not afraid to be open and authentic. If they see that you can be that way, they’ll feel safer doing the same with you and will naturally be more trusting.

There are some good suggestions on surviving the first few sessions, and is well worth a read.

Healthy Children’s work February 21, 2007

Posted by David in Bible, Children, Childrens ministry, Christian, Church, Church School, church-kids, Sunday School, Teaching.
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Robin Khoury on the Church Central site writes about three tips for a healthy children’s ministry. Although the points themselves seem straightforward, the way she expands on them is very helpful.

  • 1. Include families
  • Pray for guidance
  • Each ministry is unique
  • Go and read the article so that you can see her points.

    Bible versions for children February 4, 2007

    Posted by David in Bible, Childrens bibles, Christian, Church, Church School, church-kids, Faith, Religion, Sunday School.
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    Which bible version should you choose for your Sunday school class?

    • Should you use the version that the adults use, and explain any difficult terms, no matter how disruptive this may be?
    • Or do you use a junior version, such as a specialist children’s bible?

    At home, my six year old has a special children’s bible that I read from that he knows is his. He is still too young to tackle dense biblical prose as yet so I tend to do the reading, which he enjoys. When I was a little older than him, I had a Good News Bible, which I is still popular for children.

    But for Sunday school, I have been copying and pasting verses from an online bible into self-created worksheets for the kids on Sunday. This way I can change difficult words, and make the typeface or font large enough and spaced out enough to make it easier for the children to read. Also splitting it into chunks, so the children share the reading.

    But someone said to me that I should encourage the children to search and read directly from the bible and this got me thinking, as I can see that this is a valid point.

    What do other people do, or is it really a case of considering the age-group that you work with?