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Rethinking Decorating Bible Classes for Kids and Teens

Rethinking Decorating Bible Classes for Kids and Teens - Teach One Reach One

 

Walk into a children’s or teen Bible class and you will notice two basic types of classes:

  1. Eye Centric: These classrooms are bright and cheery. It often seems every inch of wall space is somehow covered. These classrooms are definitely eye-catching.
  2. Non-Traditional: These classrooms are often bare or the decorations don’t seem appropriate for the children’s or teen Bible class meeting there. The walls may or may not be colorful and the decorations that are displayed may be faded and look as if they have been in place for many years.

Often non-traditional classrooms go undecorated because it is a shared space and the teacher doesn’t have permission to decorate in age appropriate or Christian ways. These rooms are also often the result of a volunteer group with a lot of turnover. The teachers only teach periodically and don’t see the need for spending the time and money to decorate the room. Still others believe they have no artistic talent and that any decorations they made would look worse than what is currently there.

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Signs Your Ministry to Children or Teens Is Drifting

Signs Your Ministry to Children or Teens Is Drifting - Teach One Reach OneWhen Christians start a Children’s or Youth Ministry or community outreach program for youth, they usually have the best of intentions. There is talk of raising up the next generation to be strong Christians. There are goals of conversions or lives being changed by learning about and following God.

Yet, when you examine many of these programs a few months or at best a couple of years later – they are virtually indistinguishable from secular programs. Oh, a Bible story is still probably told, but the emphasis has totally shifted. Instead of their original goals, they are now trying to merely entertain or provide secular education or housing or clothing or a safe place to hang out with friends.

Don’t misunderstand. None of those things are wrong. It’s just that when your focus switches from the spiritual to the secular, you are no longer meeting the entire standard God set for us. In scripture, there is definitely talk of social justice. It is always, however, in the framework of caring for those who are already God’s people or for pointing the unchurched to God so they can follow Him.

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Autism in Bible Classes

Special Needs In Bible Classes - Teach One Reach OneWith 1 in 42 boys and 1 in 62 children in general diagnosed with autism, chances are you will have one or more students on the spectrum in your class. If you haven’t had much training or experience working with kids with special needs, the thought of teaching a child with autism or any other special need may be intimidating.

There is one truth though you need to understand. Every single child in your class has special needs. God created each one of them to be slightly different from the others – even identical twins. That’s what makes the whole concept of the church as a body with all of its parts working together is so beautiful.

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Are You Using All of Our Free Teach One Reach One Resources?

Are You Using All of Our Free Teach One Reach One Resources? - Teach One Reach OneDo you teach children or teens the Bible? Are you a Sunday school or Bible class teacher? Do you mentor young people? Are you part of a faith-based tutoring ministry? Does your church have a community outreach program for kids, teens or parents?

If you answered “yes” to any of those questions, Teach One Reach One has free resources that can help you be more effective in your ministry. We would love for you to explore our primary Teach One Reach One website. Once you are there, here’s a list of some of the many free resources you can find:

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Why We Need to Change How We Teach Kids and Teens About Christmas

Why We Need to Change How We Teach Kids and Teens About Christmas - Teach One Reach OneChristmas is a beautiful time. Everything is decorated. The air is often filled with the smell of hot cider and cookies baking. Everywhere you go beautiful music is playing. It even provides a great opportunity to teach kids and teens about Jesus.

The problem comes when we as teachers editorialize the birth of Jesus to make it fit the way it has evolved in our cultures over the last two thousand plus years. Satan can, and often will, use those additions and changes to the story to try and convince young people they are being fed a bunch of lies about everything at church.

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