Teacher training - structure and tools for your volunteers - will set the stage for the care and nurture of the children and all people in your church. Together, your ministry will bear fruit for years to come.
Please let’s stop encouraging the notion that louder is better. I’ve seen weeks of work to empower children to sing freely vanish in one rehearsal where some director says “Louder!” to the children. They cannot share what they’ve worked on and there is no accomplishment in yelling.
Your church should develop policies to manage food allergies appropriately, including information on handling medical emergencies, and taking preventative measures to avoid a child’s exposure to a known food allergen.
The child from one’s own present cultural reality begins to see oneself as a collaborator with God in the unfolding drama of salvation history – and contemplates the question - “What is my place in it?”
Write short profiles of each leader for your church newsletter: Here's a suggested format: Name - birthplace - favorite quote - favorite charity - favorite book - some way the congregation could contribute to the leader's group.
The rhythm of the sessions reflects that of the Atrium which is also that of study and prayer, but one that helps the catechist create an atmosphere for the child that is more of a retreat like setting than a classroom.
Call and commitment is the bottom line for the catechist and the parish. When one is called there are no obstacles – so often in recruitment everything can be seen as an obstacle.
Our aim is not a set of polished pieces of writing. Our aim is a community of Christians drawing more deeply on their experiences and imagination as they engage with scripture and one another.
As an adult leader or mentor of tweens, your role is to help participants try to solve their "issues" on their own. Jump in to help only if you are really needed.
A Church School Teacher is a person who rocks our babies while we attend worship; who is willing to sleep in a sleeping bag on the church dining room floor with 30 teenagers in the confirmation class.
Students with hidden disabilities can be a handful. Fellow students dislike them. Teachers are wary. But these students need not be lost in the shuffle or ostracized. Educators, parents and the students themselves can-working together-change the attitudes and behaviors causing so much trouble.
It is difficult to admit—even to ourselves—that there are students we don’t like. It’s embarrassing: Aren’t we supposed to have good feelings for all of our students? Ideally, yes, we would like all of our students. But we are real people, dealing in the real world with some very difficult students.
Actively engages in and is knowledgeable of the denominationʼs expressions of basic history, identity, and ethos, including justice, global, interfaith, and ecumenical perspectives, and is able to relate them across age levels, life stages, and individual faith history.
The primary thing that is learned during early childhood is to love the materials and to seriously engage in the wondering with the other children about what the presentations mean. Whey young children learn, mostly by example, how to love the language of the Christian People, then, a good foundation is laid.
Without volunteers, our churches - especially in the educational arena - would be a shell of what they are. After all - it is the people who make the church!
Now, the world needs opportunities for new leaders and new ideas. Kids need opportunities to lead and succeed. Are you ready to make the match? Because the world's problems shouldn't be the human family's heirloom.
For over 2,000 years, Christians have learned the poetry of their faith from gospel stories, stained glass windows, the paintings of El Greco, the sculpture of Bernini and the music of Beethoven.
Make sure, whatever your activities, that kids will respond to the traditional question "What did you do in class today?" with a glowing smile and excited report, instead of a bored "I don't remember," or worse, "Nothing much."
Our reading of the gospels is expanded when we can see that Jesus is teaching in a particular way within a particular context.
Tips for using a position description for recruiting church school teachers. Includes a sample description.