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Christian Education

Tips and Resources

If at anytime you need additional assistance or guidance, please call on any member of the Education Committee or any Church Council Member for help.

Start with Scripture

Within the lessons, youth will be exposed to the Spark Bible's version of the text. Prior to the lesson, feel free to use other translations. while Google can be helpful, Bible Gateway can be a great resource for your translation needs. Typical translations are the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) and the New International Version( NIV).

Use Your Creativity

Branch out from the text to think of themes and key points. The creation Story, for example, could include a craft in which youth draw a picture of what they believe the Garden of Eden looked like. A game based on the Creation Story could be hide and seek which could reinforce the lesson Adam and Eve hid from God after realizing they were naked. Some lessons will be more difficult than others, but utilize the lesson plans and you're soon to get the hang of it!

Create a plan... or Two or Three

Now you need to put all yout thoughts and ideas into some sort of order. Here are a few questions to ask yourself:

  • What is the most logical order in which to complete these tasks?
  • What do I need to say in order to explicity connect crafts and activities to the lessons text?
  • How am I going to shepherd youth from one activity to the next?
  • What happens if...

  • The Music Director is absent?
  • Five new preschoolers show up?
  • Service runs fifteen minutes over?
  • Twenty children show up?
  • Three children show up?
  • Active Activity Tips

    Should you choose to play a game or facilitate an activity, here are a few helpful guidelines.

    The only space at St. Mark to "run around" in are:

  • The Sunday School classrooms
  • The Sanctuary
  • Outdoors
  • When in the Sunday School classrooms, please remember other groups meet in those rooms during the week and they need to picked up after an activity.

    When in the Sanctuary, there are a few rules:

  • No one is allowed near or behind the altar. A good cue is no one "up the step" or "behind the gate".
  • When playing hide and seek, no one is allowed out any doors to hide ensuring that no one goes missing.
  • It is important to emphasize that his time of running around in the Sanctuary is only acceptable when an adult is leading an activity.
  • The Education Committee would like to thank you for showing a dedication to the faith formation of the youth and appreciate all your hard work!

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