Constructing a Basis on Christ
A house-based membership that may and has been actually life-giving are youngsters’s Bible golf equipment. As these are in a house, youngsters who would discover the church ambiance unusual can calm down and really feel welcome. My dad and mom, the Schaeffers, inspired ladies of their church to have such golf equipment. This meant that in every kind of metropolis neighborhoods, native houses have been opened “for the children’s sake.” All of the levels and excessive salaries on the earth will imply nothing if the soul will not be rooted into the bottom of God’s fact. Probably the most “excellent education” is sort of a home being constructed. Until it has foundations on the Rock that’s Jesus Christ, the particular person has not entered essentially the most important relationship of all, attending to know God, His Phrase, and His works. Listening, trusting, and obeying God’s Phrase brings life.1
It’s good to have a smallish group, though I’ve taught weekly teams of as much as thirty-five or so youngsters who have been smitten by their “Elijah Club.” (I at all times discovered this a extra prepared group than a Sunday college class. Membership members had chosen to return.) We’d have a snack, sing the identical repertoire of songs in order that they’d get to actually know and revel in them. Then utilizing a tiny flannelgraph image for every earlier story in a sequence, they’d inform again (very briefly) a sketch of every story. They may take pleasure in listening to a whole Gospel this fashion, a chapter at a time.
Kids have to know God’s Phrase. It’s best taught by individuals who love and know youngsters and don’t speak all the way down to them or at them.
A Chicken’s-Eye View of the Bible
Different occasions we took a “bird’s-eye” view of the Bible.2 I might illustrate this both with flannelgraph or my very own drawings. They’d sit comfortably and quietly on the ground. The ambiance was orderly however pleasant. I’d attempt to time the story to match their consideration span. Typically they went to tables to attract an image as an example the story afterwards. Many of those have been youngsters who knew little about God besides that that they had heard His identify used as a swear phrase. They requested actually considerate, fascinating questions.
Typically we realized a couple of Bible verses or a psalm by coronary heart for a couple of minutes every week. For memorizing the passage effectively, they received to stay a star on their playing cards. In the summertime, if attainable, they may come to an exercise week the place the mornings have been a bit like a day camp. As soon as once more we had large-group singing and instructing periods, or if there have been too many youngsters, we held such periods in their very own age group. Then got here a snack, adopted by one exercise chosen by the kid for the week. Some selected a craft corresponding to pottery, others swimming, and so forth. One yr they constructed a Saxon hut by the pond; one other yr they constructed a raft and sailed on the pond. Leaders shared their very own pursuits and hobbies.
God’s Phrase Brings Life
Kids have to know God’s Phrase. It’s best taught by individuals who love and know youngsters and don’t speak all the way down to them or at them. The adults ought to have a pure authority that’s agency however pleasant. They need to themselves make sure of the reality of God’s Phrase, know why they consider it’s true, and revel in trusting in God’s love themselves. Ideally, they need to have a present to inform tales effectively to a big group or learn it effectively with a small group. It’s a fantastic, joyous privilege to have roots in life, to be in contact with God, and to take pleasure in forgiveness, goodness, life. These are the perfect issues of all to share! Instructing youngsters shouldn’t be a weary, churned-out enterprise. We do it “for the children’s sake.” Jesus really is “the best way, the reality and the life.”
This text is tailored from When Kids Like to Be taught: A Sensible Utility of Charlotte Mason’s Philosophy for Right this moment edited by Elaine Cooper.
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