Winter can cause all sorts of cancellations of children’s bible classes. Snow and ice, holidays, flu season – you name it – it seems like every other week for several months you either don’t have class or most of your students are missing.
The time you have with your students is limited enough without losing weeks of valuable class time. There probably isn’t much you can do about the weather or holidays. You can however do some things to encourage your students’ parents to spend some time with their kids teaching them about God.
Often parents don’t do much Bible teaching at home, because they have this mistaken belief it’s too hard. Or costs a lot of money. Or requires them to have a degree in Bible.
In reality, there are lots of simple things they can do. By giving them suggestions, sending them links to things online or even issuing some sort of Bible challenge to the families of your students, they are much more likely to try and teach their kids about God.
In general, the more details you can give them about what they can do, the better. You don’t want to appear rigid, but it will really help those who are fearful of somehow making a mistake and “ruining everything”. Reassure them, the most important thing is to spend time together as a family learning about what God wants from them and for them.
Spend some time now, before those cancellations start, thinking of ideas to suggest. Collect email addresses or phone numbers for texts. Set up a private class space on the internet parents and students can access with some sort of permission from you (to keep it safe for students). If you need some ideas for activities to suggest, I will publish a few of my favorites next week!