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Are You Preparing Your Children?

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Are you preparing and teaching your children to read and spend time in God’s Word on a regular basis when they reach adulthood?

Think about it: We teach our preschoolers good hygiene habits (brushing their teeth and washing their hands), good eating habits (meat, veggies, fruit, and milk), and praying before meals (“God is great”). We also want to teach our children good habits about spending time reading God’s Word on a regular basis. Habits developed when they are young will last a lifetime. You may be asking yourself, How do you do that with preschoolers since they don’t even read yet? Well, we do that by reading a Bible story to them every day and praying with them.

One of the exciting things about the GCP curriculum called Show Me Jesus is that we have a connection for church and home so that parents can be training their children of all ages to be in God’s Word on a regular basis. Here’s how it works with each age group.

  • Toddler (2- and 3-year olds) has a take-home paper with the picture of the Bible story on the front and a short read-aloud story on the back.
  • Preschool (4- and 5-year olds) has a take-home paper with the picture of the Bible story and a read-aloud story on the front, as well as other things to do with your children in family worship to reinforce the Sunday teaching.
  • Younger Elementary (grades 1 and 2) has a take-home paper with several ways on the back of each paper to get your family into God’s Word together. Again this reinforces the Sunday teaching.
  • Middle Elementary (grades 3 and 4) has a take-home paper that includes a special section called “Daily Soul Food.” Since children this age can read the Bible on their own, they are given verses to look up and questions to answer.
  • G2R (Genesis to Revelation) for grades 5-7 has a “Devo” to take-home each week that has 5 days of Bible reading and questions for students to answer relating to the Sunday teaching.

While many curricula may have take-home papers, our Show Me Jesus papers are intentionally designed to get your children in the Word of God on a consistent and regular basis and reinforce the teaching from Sunday.

 
I want the children in my church to know the Bible so that when they reach teenage and adult years they have the truths of Scripture firmly planted in their hearts and are not swayed by the cultural trends of the day. John 14:6— “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’” I want the children of my church to stand firm in these words of Jesus and all of the great truths of God’s Word.

Visit Great Commission Publications website for a free download of curriculum samples for all ages or call one of their curriculum specialists at 877-300-8884.

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About the Author

B. A. has more than 20 years’ experience as a children’s director in churches ranging in size from 200 to 4,000 but finds her passion is the same no matter how many children she’s serving. Show the children Jesus. Teach the kids all of the Bible so they see that the stories from the Old Testament point to Jesus and that the New Testament shows how Jesus fulfilled God’s promises—yesterday, today, and forever. B. A. began her formal ministry as a children’s director and consultant in 1993, but she has taught and led music for children since she was in junior high school. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Tennessee and taught college until the Lord called her to seminary and full-time ministry. She graduated with a master’s degree in Christian Education from Columbia International University. Speaking at conferences, consulting with leadership, and training teachers brought her to Great Commission Publications (www.gcp.org) in 2014 as the Children’s Ministry Consultant and Marketing Coordinator.