Last week the children in my Sunday school class were unusually rambunctious. As soon as they arrived the morning started going downhill. By the time class was over I was worn out and wondered if I should even be teaching.
We have had the experience of getting close to a ministry only to find things we didn’t want. But that has not been the case with Child Evangelism Fellowship®. It keeps getting better.
Have you ever heard someone refer to a person as being very religious? What does that term bring to mind? Someone who is very conscientious? Someone who is diligent in their religious practices? Someone whose faith is obvious in his daily activities?
Our culture works hard at diverting kids from the real meaning of life. Busy schedules and fractured families have left our children worn out and stressed. This was so true for the community of families in Ridgewood, New Jersey that they decided to halt all activities city-wide for a 24-hour period.
During the summer Patti, the local director for the Greater Chattanooga chapter of Child Evangelism Fellowship® organizes teams to run 5-Day Club® in community centers in the inner city. Then the opportunity opened for the Chattanooga chapter to start Good News Clubs in 17 of these community centers.
The word Christ had a long and interesting history! In the Old Testament, the Jewish people looked forward to the day when God would send a King He chose to rule the entire world. The Hebrew word for this king was Messiah and means “the anointed (chosen) one.” Later, in the New Testament the word Messiah was translated into the Greek word, Christos. The English word Christ comes from this Greek word.
Enjoying the scenery on a recent vacation became a challenge as the traffic increased. “My goal is to be there by 3 p.m.,” my husband declared as he whizzed by another car. “And we’re going to do it one car at a time!” Goals can be important on vacation but they’re even more critical in the classroom. What goals do you have for your teaching? And how will you know when you’ve reached them?
Although Charles Haddon Spurgeon died 45 years prior to the birth of Child Evangelism Fellowship®, his sermons played an integral role in the life of our founder, Jesse Irvin Overholtzer. Overholtzer was reading one of Spurgeon’s sermons and came across a portion which said, “A child of five if properly instructed can as easily understand and believe the Gospel as an adult.”
Zak loved playing basketball at recess. It was his favorite game and he couldn’t wait to get out on the court with his friends. But this tear there was a bully named Josh on the playground. Josh tried to pick a fight with everyone he could. He was bigger than the other boys and he knew it.
We may assume children are made to feel important at home. But parents are often caught up in the shuffle of life and fail to recognize this need. Your students feel important when you remember their names.