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Criminal records bureau checks on Sunday school teachers May 4, 2007

Posted by David in Child protection, Children, Church, Church School, church-kids, Sunday School, Teenage ministry, Youth ministry, Youthwork.
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As part of a church’s work with children and other vulnerable people, it is important that those that deal with children are properly examined to see that they are suitable for the job. And this includes making enquiries with the Criminal Records Bureau.

At our church we have employed an umbrella organisation to aid in the checks for staff as well as helping to make recommendations and assist us in preparing a child protection policy document. The organisation is called ‘The churches’ child protection advisory service‘. (Their page on the CRB website).

The importance of this should not be overlooked, especially in the light of recent news.

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?

    Sunday school new season September 7, 2006

    Posted by David in Church, Church School, church-kids, Sunday School.
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    This Sunday is the new season for our Sunday school. All the children have moved up a year in school. Some are starting important exams and some of the younger kids are ready to try harder things (and fun things I hope).

    I have been trying to call H, my fellow Sunday school teacher, but she is not answering her phone. Looks like only I will be with the kids this Sunday.

    I have been thinking seriously and praying about the coming work this year and I have decided that the children learn and understand the bible stories that are learnt, and as Sunday school teachers, we are now better at helping them to apply what they have learnt to their daily lives at school. But there is a slight lack of continuity over how each of the people in the bible relate to each other. (For example, the Israelites were in Egypt because they had been led there by Joseph and his brothers).

    So this year, the plan is to be more chronological in the approach and to link everything together. Hopefully we can have a basic timeline and add stories to it as they are learnt.