It is such a blessing to live in a country where we can have a Sunday School class openly. That being said, I also appreciate my class and how supportive and encouraging we all are to each other. Everyone has good and bad- some very bad- things happening concurrently and we pray each other through, lend a listening ear, empathize, support with Scripture and lead towards Jesus, always towards Jesus. The more we focus on Him, the more important He is and the less important our things are, as they should be. This is God’s plan. Focus on Him, pray, read our Bible, encourage each other, worship together. All that cannot be done apart from church. Size does not matter but participating does. And I am blessed to go, as are all of us. What a great day! 😄 ❤
They may say they want to sleep in. They may say that they don’t want to go. But I can testify that children of all ages still love Sunday School. People are not getting up and going and taking their children quite often. Most of the time they skip it, not finding it worth their time and energy. Christians thinking this way are more wordly than Godly. That is not judgmental but truthful. Kids and adults all need as much truth pumped into us as possible. We need fellowship. We need to meet together. We need to wake up and put God first. We need Jesus more now than ever. He is coming back soon and will remove His true church to keep them from having to go through immense, unleashed evil in this world during the tribulation. We need to be ready. We need to be awake and prepared. Sunday School is part of that. Being together with our church should be a priority. And as parents, we have a responsibility to our kids to take them. They are worth it and God is worth it. Stop the worldly bent. Think Godly. And n if that is hard at first, practice and pray and read your Bible as much as possible. Get passionate about Jesus who was and is so passionate about you. Don’t turn your back on His love, embrace it. Kids love it.❤
With my preteens (4th and 5th grade kids), I went off script. I realized these kids had grown up in church with knowing all the words but not usually getting the meaning behind them. So dig deep and find out if they really get it or just the lingo. So I took the tiny word “joy” and did a search and we explored that word in the old teatament, in worship of Psalms, in wisdom of Proverbs, in the Holy Spirit and the new testament. And the kids had fun and learned so much! And now when people throw out the “joy” word, they gets its true meaning and that is priceless. To see actual joy in preteens is something very precious!😄 Don’t be afraid to go off script with preteens. They love it.❤
My Sunday School 4th and 5th grade class more than doubled this week. We talked about heaven. And here is what I have discovered in working with tweens, and I hope it helps you and grows your class also or just help you with tweens/preteens.
1. Do not major on the minors. They already do that on their own. Little comments, ignore unless you want more of them. Pass them by and keep talking. They are listening. They get it and read between your lines. They are uncertain often, rude now and then, disruptive maybe often, but always they are aware of everything and are listening. If they are doodling, they are still listening. If they tap on the table, they are still listening. This is a misconception that they don’t listen. The truth is they listen to genuine truth, conviction, what you know and are passionate about. They will ignore anything you are passive or insecure about. They are insecure enough to deal with your insecurity. Don’t open your mouth unless you know what you are talking about.
2. The rules are the rules but minimize that. I have a few rules everyone has to abide by but very few. The main one is that no one can insult or disrespect anyone. And that one, I will call out. Otherwise, let’s talk. You are free to be loved and supported here, free to learn and express, ask questions. That is the focus. If you want perfect quiet citizens with no problems or doubts, get away from tweens. Loosen up. Yes, with the few rules that really matter, adhere to everyone the same, but let other things slide for the purpose of encouragement and training.
3. Treat them like young adults because they are. Do not dumb down the truth or the lessons. Be practical and assume they know more than they should about the world and life. They get it. They see far too much and need truth for navigating it all. Involve them in the discussion. Treat them with respect.
4. Be real. Tweens can see though a fake in a hot honey running second. Clean up your act before trying to teach a tween truth. They will pick up on fake and reject it. In many ways, they need presentations of genuine truth. They are learning whether to accept or reject the truth now and need that genuine truth presented. Always be genuine.
5. Show love. Tweens are often unlovable. They change moods with their tidal hormone shifts and range from amazingly cuddly to revolting in the same hour! But they always, always, always need love. Love them. Do not withhold love ever. See past the stupid and see them as Jesus sees them, needing love. Love them.❤
So, I have a few, mostly female, 4th and 5th graders I teach Sunday School for. And we have this cheesy lesson plan that is as helpful as a box of rocks because they come in with a sister who is bipolar and tries to kill herself and another girl whose uncle is in jail for molesting a minor. And of course there is the girl scared of her dad and the family has a restraining order against them. And here I am, thinking that instead of a normal city crowd I accidentally stumbled on an inner city crime scene club. And I wonder where the kids I grew up with are. We’re we this oppressed and didn’t realize it? Or has evil upped it’s game? And why are the “good kids”, the kids that are “normal” not in Sunday School? None of my kids have their original parents together. None of my kids know days through school where someone wasn’t really hatefully mean to them. And here I am teaching them with a garbage lesson plan that is not relevant to their lives. So I put it down and we read about spiritual warfare from the Bible and talked about it in great depth. They need to know why. They need to get how it works and the great importance of God and the Bible and Sunday School and prayer. They need to see what deep unconditional love looks like. They need to be saved and empowered by Jesus. They need to know their Maker. Never follow a textbook or lesson plan when a kid really needs love. Follow love and the Holy Spirit will guide you and work out the details. Kids are valuable. Treat them well and teach them what they need for this world here. Be there for them and for heaven’s sake, take them to Sunday School. ❤
Where are the children
I have seen so many near.
But when the Sunday School bell rings
They are so very far.
If they’re here, they come with scowls
Or rolling eyes and tired minds
And boring is the Word of God
For their parents make it no priority.
So I sing the Sunday School Blues
For a community spiritually starving
For they have time for video games
But no time for their Creator.
Children more than anyone
Need the roots of God’s great Word
And parents need to bring them in
To study it and sing with friends
And Sunday will be bliss again.❤