The current COVID-19 Pandemic has created many challenges and requires some creative solutions in the way we do things. At this point, there will be some time before we are able to resume our usual in-person children’s Sunday school classes.
For now, we are providing Christian education resources for families to use at home on Sunday mornings or whenever is most convenient. These lessons are designed to be used with minimal parent preparation and maximum flexibility in scheduling and completion.
Resources for this unit include songs (available online or flash drive) and hard copies of lesson plans with scripture references, discussion questions, and suggested activities and crafts.
Here is a general format for presenting each lesson, but feel free to personalize to fit you and your family:
• Pray for God’s presence to help each person hear and respond to the lesson.
• Use the video (available on a flash drive or as online links) to review the unit and lesson themes, key verses, and songs. (Use both the Introduction and Lesson 1 videos prior to the first lesson. There will just be one video for the other three lessons.)
• Read the bible story for the day using the appropriate version for your child’s age.
• Use the discussion questions that match each story. Adults and children should all have good ideas and applications to share!
• Complete the activity and/or craft that goes with the lesson.
• Close with a prayer of thanks for the time together and any prayer requests that arise.
Some additional suggestions are listed on the back of this letter. Thank you for taking the time and energy to help your family grow close to God and become more like Jesus Christ despite the challenges we face each day! Praise God that He accomplishes His purposes in us as we seek to please Him!
Judy Grove and the Christian Education folks at Cross Roads UMC
Here are some general suggestions:
• Assemble listed resources and complete any necessary preparation prior to beginning your class time.
• For younger children, The Beginner’s Bible: Timeless Children’s Stories is recommended. Read the story for the day to your children or take turns reading with them, depending on their age and reading ability. Use the illustrations to highlight key points.
• For older children, use a favorite Bible translation (or two) to read the selected scripture either silently or aloud. Encourage readers to pause several times during longer passages to summarize key points.
• When a passage includes conversation, assign parts. Each person reads their part within quotation marks. Choose a narrator to read all the parts outside of quotes.
• Some stories lend themselves well to acting out.
• As you begin, pray for the Holy Spirit to teach each participant.
• Find ways for the children to participate as both teachers and learners.
• Look for opportunities through the week to speak the verses, sing the songs, retell the stories, and share insights learned.
• Expect growth, not perfection in your lessons!
• Trust God to bless your time together and help you apply what you learn to your lives.
Genesis: God Begins His Story
Theme Verse: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1)
The B-I-B-L-E The B-I-B-L-E Yes, that's the book for me
I stand alone on the Word of God The B-I-B-L-E
Did You Know?
The Bible looks like one book, but it is really a library made of 66 books.
The Bible is divided into two parts called testaments.
Testaments are statements about what someone believes.
The Old Testament consists of 39 books and the New Testament has 27 books.
Together these teach about God and his plan for all of his creation and especially for people.
The Old Testament tells how God worked through the family of Abraham.
Today we call Abraham’s descendants the Hebrew or Jewish people.
The New Testament tells how Jesus worked in the family of Christians who formed the church.