5 results for tag: Released Time


4 Things I Learned at Released Time

By Katlyn Carney 1. I love teaching children.  For as long as I can remember, I’ve always loved teaching. I used to play school with my younger sister, complete with homemade lessons and tests, grades, stickers for her successes and, of course, going to the treasure box! As I got older, I was able to help out and teach in Children’s Church. I worked with ages from the babies in the nursery all the way to fifth grade. I’m not sure what my favorite ages would be, but my favorite attributes of children are their energy, vulnerability, and sense of humor. I also like that they are very honest because, if we are being honest with ...

The Fruit of the Spirit: A Children’s Bible Lesson

By Kimberly Perkins Galatians 5:22-23 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” Have you ever wondered why the fruit of the Spirit is singular instead of plural?  With a list of nine different qualities, shouldn’t they be the “fruits of the Spirit?”  I recently read a book by Christopher J. H. Wright entitled Cultivating the Fruit of the Spirit. Wright describes the fruit of the Spirit, not as a bunch of grapes but as an orange. An orange has different slices that together make one fruit.  If one ...

An Easter Bible Lesson

By Joanna McFarland The Bible is God’s Word. In it we learn so much about Him and His plan for the whole world. The Bible is split into 2 parts: The Old Testament and the New Testament. In the Old Testament, we learn that, from the beginning of time (creation), God was there. He made mankind and, even though they broke His commandments and deserved to die, He still loved them and desired to provide a substitution. Sacrificing a lamb was the only way this substitution would work. God tells us that the punishment for sin is death (Romans 6:23). It was not until the New Testament that God revealed Himself in a human body. He called Himself ...

12 Ways to Help You Capture Your Student’s Attention

Written by Todd Witters Let’s face it﹘keeping kids focused on the Bible lesson you are teaching can be a difficult task, especially given the short attention span of today’s students.  It can be a challenge to keep them engaged, even for a short lesson. Grabbing their attention and eliminating distractions both contribute towards the overall objective of planting the seed of God’s Word in their hearts.  Here are a few tricks to add to your toolbox that I have used and I hope you might find helpful as well. ATTENTION GRABBERS 1. Try something you’ve never done before. Kids get bored with the same thing every week. ...

4 Ways to Control a Classroom

By Dr. Mark Redka 4 Ways to Control a Classroom When I was 17, I was asked to teach the 5th grade boys’ Sunday School class. I was handed a lesson manual but got no instruction.   I’m not sure what happened to the last teacher but, after a week or two, I suspected either a nervous breakdown or the boys had killed him off.  I tried everything to gain control but it was a battle every week. That continued even when I taught Junior Church while in Bible school. “Okay Billy, take your chair and sit in the hallway.”  Billy was once again disturbing the class. He just had no respect, and he was a deacon’s son!&n...