Last week I quickly mentioned that my church is currently working on creating and implementing our own childrens ministry program and that I would later explain it in more detail in a later post.
This post will be a quick rundown through the program. It will not cover every little detail, but it will give you a good idea of what the program will be like.
In the coming weeks we hope to create a website where all the material will be uploaded and available to be downloaded for free by any church that wishes to try out the Scripture Explorers program.
Club motto: “Worshipping God By Knowing Him And Making Him Known”
Club Verse: “and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.” 2 Timothy 3:15
Club focus: Teaching children the foundational truths of Gods Word so that they can have a concrete understanding of God Himself and be equipped to share Him with others.
The club will be divided into different age groups.
Age: 3 to 4 years old.
Group verse: “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.” John 10:27
Mascot name: Wool.
The second group are the Bees.
Age: Kindergarten to Second grade.
Group verse: “How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!” Psalm 119:103
Mascot name: Pollen
The third group are the Ants.
Age: Third grade to Sixth grade.
Group verse: “I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.” Psalm 119:11
Mascot name: Harvest.
The last group are the Eagles.
Age: Middle school to High school.
Group verse: “And how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.” 2 Timothy 3:15
Mascot name: Feathers.
Children in each group will first have to complete an entrance booklet before they earn their main book. (Sample)
The entrance booklet serves two purposes:
- It will give kids a sample of what they will be learning in the main book.
- They will learn to get into the practice of memorizing Bible verses.
After they finish the entrance booklet they will earn and work on the main book. (Sample)
The book is divided into different sections with a variety of lessons in each.
Each lesson is divided into 4 sections:
- Biblical Truth- The main teaching of the lesson.
- QandA- The application of the teaching.
- Definitions- An explanation of specific word(s) that help kids understand the Bible verse.
- Memorize- The Bible verse that the kids need to memorize.
Every year the book will cover a specific doctrine.
Book One is The Bible. Kids will learn the answer to questions like: What is the Bible? How did we get the Bible? Why is the Bible important? How can we trust that the Bible is true?
The next books will cover doctrines like: God, Creation, The Fall Of Man, Christ, Justification, Sanctification.
Every group will use the same book, although adapted for their age.
The Bible Lesson
The teaching will be based on the lessons from the book. This way the handbook helps to reinforce the lesson and the lesson helps to reinforce the handbook.
So this was a very quick rundown/outline of the program itself.
When the website goes up we will also include other resources like: clip art, achievement pages, ideas for uniforms, ideas for book-bags, certificates, coloring pages, door hangers and flyers, postcards, forms (registration, weekly point sheets, sign in) and of course the logos.
Ill let you guys know as soon as the website is up and running. So keep your eyes out for that.