Each week at churches all over the world, in some form, our children are taught. Call it "Kids club", "Awana", the more traditional "Sunday School" or anything else, but essentially it's the same. I personally think it's great- I went to Sunday School when I was young, and have wonderful memories of my teachers, and still remember key concepts that I learnt there.
In the last few weeks I've taken on teaching one of the kids classes at Living Springs, and whilst I've learnt a lot, I feel I can sum up my learnings in 2 points. Firstly, kids are amazing. They see things totally differently, and are totally unencumbered by presumptions. They are certainly ensuring I have to be totally prepared. Secondly, and this is the key point: The learning cannot stop in class.
Let me expand on this more. There are so few curriculums that actually teach from the word directly. And when you find one that does, you realise it's too much to cover once a week. And so it becomes pivotal for parents to continue the learning at home.
Thankfully, a good curriculum caters for this. Living Springs uses John Macarthur's "Generations Of Grace" program, and each week it provides a quick rundown for parents to use with their children, based on the learnings from that week.
Here's an example of week 1:
Title: God Creates the Heavens and the Earth
Passage: Genesis 1:1–2:3
Principle: Everything God made was good.
Praise: “Trust and Obey”
Prompt: Ask your child these questions:
• Who created the heavens and the earth?
• What did God say about everything He had made?
Practice: Help your child apply these truths in the following ways:
• By thanking God for making the heavens and the earth.
• By praising God because He is wise and good.
This Week: As a family, read Genesis 1:1–2:3.
Next Week: Genesis 1:26–29; 2:7, 18–24
Pretty straightforward, right? Realistically, it only takes a half hour to go through. My suggestion- after dinner. As you're sitting around the table it's a great opportunity to start a discussion.
I think you'll agree with me that it is of the utmost importance to ensure we are teaching our kids the Word of God. Let's ensure we're taking charge of that, and not leaving the teaching till once a week.