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Grab a rucksack, a passport and let the adventure begin. Need creative ideas for making Sabbath special? How about of them? For parents and caregivers who want their children to treasure our Sabbath heritage, yet struggle with the challenges of modern living, this book is a cause for rejoicing! The most important gift we can give our children is the desire to love God and to follow and serve Him.
The challenge facing parents today—as never before—is carving out time for daily family worship. For busy, tired, and overstretched parents everywhere who long to share God creatively with their families, this book is heaven-sent. Karen Holford, draws from years of experience and oodles of ingenuity to help kids delight in God's Word.
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Family Worship Table Talk Table Talk has been written to help your family talk naturally at the table about spiritual things and to give you quality time connecting with each other. Daily Bites K. We believe that prayer is such an essential part of spiritual development in our children. This is why we are pleased to announce that the Prayer Journal and Calendar is printed and ready to go. This is a fantastic resource for kids aged Use it as a way to start a conversation with your kids about prayer.
Discuss requests, share answers to prayer and help them discover what prayer means to them as they develop lifelong faith. Contact us to order. The Family Ministries Planbook is an annual resource organised by the General Conference Family Ministries department with input from the world field to supply local churches around the world with resources for the special family emphases weeks and Sabbaths. This resource can be downloaded from the General Conference Family Ministries website by clicking here.
Table Talk Table Talk has been written to help your family talk naturally at the table about spiritual things and to give you quality time connecting with each other. Growing Disciples - Reaching Families for Jesus The Family Ministries Planbook is an annual resource organised by the General Conference Family Ministries department with input from the world field to supply local churches around the world with resources for the special family emphases weeks and Sabbaths.
StoryBag StoryBag is a resource developed to provide families with hands on practical ways to share the messages of God with their children ages years. Means of grace are things we do that bring us into contact with God and open the possibility for us to grow closer to God. John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist movement, felt that each Christian especially leaders should be involved in these practices. The means of grace include but are not limited to.
As teachers and leaders we should be thinking about how we are personally involved in these means of grace and how we can help our students learn to practice them. The very act of teaching can be a means of grace. Dig Deeper: Personal Exercises 1. Reread and reflect on the Scriptures mentioned above. Use them in a devotional setting--let the words seep into your heart; look for the word of God to you. What do these stories and promises hold for you? Do you have experience of God in ways suggested by those passages?
How is God calling you? Look through The United Methodist Hymnal or other hymnal used by your congregation. List the hymns that include the word grace. How is the word used? For Further Study and Reflection 1. Gather with other teachers and small group leaders to share your stories and questions about how God has called you.
What do you think God wants of each of you? What gifts do you see in yourself? Call forth and name the gifts and strengths you see in each other. Are any of those gifts complementary? How might you work together in different ways to enhance the teaching ministry? Commit with other teachers to form a covenant group for several weeks, at least to study and consider prayerfully Three Simple Rules: A Wesleyan Way of Living , by Rueben P. Job Nashville: Abingdon Press, ; available through Cokesbury.
The third section specifically addresses the means of grace, but don't skip the prior sections. A Cloud of Witnesses Some of our best teachers are not immediately present. Who are some of the people who have been witnesses to the Christian faith? Who modeled or taught you what it means to be a follower of Christ? Thank God for their witness! Hebrews 12 begins with the words, "Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses.
People like Abraham, Sarah, Moses, Esther, David, Mary, Paul, and many others not called by name— these people have gone before us and sought to be faithful to God. You can add other names to this list: people who are important in the history of your local congregation, pastors who guided you, parents who taught you the faith, Sunday school teachers who helped you grow.
You are "surrounded" by these people when you seek to lead a group or teach a lesson. You can almost imagine them sitting in a balcony of your classroom cheering you on! Class Members Whether you teach three-year-old children or older adults, whether your group has two members or two hundred, you can know that the Holy Spirit is present.
Jesus said, "For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them" Matthew A teacher learns quickly that students and group members quite often "teach" the teacher. Group members come with a wealth of experience, knowledge, and backgrounds that one leader cannot provide. Often a student will share an insight that the leader has never thought about.
Even the youngest learners can teach by the questions they ask and the different perspectives they bring to the subject at hand. Teaching is a mutual process where all share together in the experience of teaching and learning.
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The older the student or group member, the more they bring and the more they expect to be allowed to bring. The Congregation You have been asked to teach on behalf of your congregation. Hopefully the congregation is supporting you by providing the space, study materials, and supplies you need to be effective. Other ways congregations can support teachers include. If you would like to be supported in any of these ways, ask! The United Methodist Connection United Methodist congregations are connected to one another in a special way.
Local churches are joined together into districts; districts are joined into annual conferences; annual conferences are joined into jurisdictions; and jurisdictions are joined together with conferences outside the United States to make up the entire United Methodist denomination.
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The general agencies help support all of these different parts. Just as local congregations share their resources of money and service with these larger bodies, so the districts, conferences, and general agencies share their knowledge, resources, and skills with local congregations. Ask your pastor or Sunday school superintendent about training events and resources that might be available in your area. A district or conference staff person may be available to help provide training for teachers and leaders in your church.
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Perhaps several congregations located near one another could sponsor a joint learning event. General agencies provide written and internet-based resources that can be helpful. Think more deeply about your own "cloud of witnesses. Dig more deeply than, "She cared about me" to what it was that she did to demonstrate care or further than "the lessons were good" to what sort of preparation made them good. By delving more specifically into your reflections you can identify the success factors that you may be able to adopt and adapt.
What have you learned that you can make your own? Consider also the members of your class or group. What does each of them bring to the session? How might their knowledge and experience augment your own? What contributions have you missed so far that could add value to the rest of the group? Invite members of the congregation who are not currently in a class or group to meet together to share what inspiration, experience, gifts, strengths, or ideas they might contribute, on occasion, to the education ministry.
Observers and past participants may have a perspective and gifts that need to be considered. Friends of the education ministry may be willing to be partners in some fashion, even if they are not present in a group each time it meets. Call your conference office or go online to the conference web page to see what sort of helps are available. He or she seemed to have a deep knowledge of a subject, effortlessly knew what method to use, and was able to inspire others to learn.
Many of us may never claim the title of gifted teacher, but all of us fill a teaching role at some point. Anytime we encourage, share information, guide, support, challenge, parent, or tell another about how God has acted in our lives, we are filling a teaching role. One resource states it this way:. In a real sense, every person in the congregation participates in the teaching ministry. We teach through worship, through service, through engagement in the administrative tasks of the church.
Everyone in the congregation is both teacher and learner. One of the characteristics of a good teacher is being a good learner and a good listener. Teachers model for their students the value of learning. We can never learn all there is to know about teaching, nor will we ever have all the answers.
Trust, value, and seek the wisdom of your class or group members.
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Listen to the questions and reflections of their hearts, knowledge, and experience. Who do you consider the best teacher you ever experienced? What did he or she do that was so memorable or effective? It may be helpful to think of the following three words to describe your role as a teacher:.
Model A teacher is one who models the Christian faith, hopefully to the best of his or her ability. What we do is more powerful than what we say; how we live is stronger than how we claim we should live.