There is nothing quite like the uplifting moment when you open a door to a church and let a flood of eager children pour into it for Sunday School. Sunday School is an 1-hour opportunity to fill those children with the word of God and to allow them to come to know Him.
In African neighborhoods especially, Sunday School attendance can be astounding by our western standards, especially considering that many children do not come with parents. Children wake up on a Sunday and choose to not spend their mornings playing on the street like the other kids but rather to walk to church -sometimes very far- to learn about God.
I’ve taught 60 children at one time. It was something I probably never thought I could do before I tried. It was also something I found simple once I did it, probably because I have a teaching background. I can imagine if I didn’t have a teaching background I wouldn’t have known where to start.
What I’ve discovered is that there are many, many eager Sunday School students but there are not so many eager Sunday School teachers. In my experience, often Sunday School will not happen even when there are plenty of qualified adults available to teach because they’ve never had experience teaching, don’t believe they can teach or were never asked to teach. It is sad for me to think about the many lost 1-hour opportunities.
To solve the problem, I wrote a book. I wanted to empower, enable and encourage anyone, and I mean ANYONE to be able to teach Sunday School. No excuses. No worries. No Saturdays filled with stressful planning. No Sunday mornings filled with running around gathering up expensive supplies. I designed and wrote an every-person, every-church, every-child Sunday School program.
I call it “Welcome to Sunday School. A 2-year Bible lesson plan with easy-to-follow instructions”
The goal of the book is to have no church go one Sunday without Sunday School. If there are children there, they will learn about God. They are the soil, ready to hear about God. If there is one baptized adult there, they will teach. They need to sow in order to get a harvest to reap.
The idea I want to get across from the book is that teaching children is simple. Don’t let those super Sunday School teachers with their rolling suitcases full of glitter glue, sugar snacks and colorful plastic prizes fool you. The Bible has everything you need to bring a child to know about God. It’s simple. Anyone can teach, just add Bible and, if you need some help, some structure and ideas from the “Welcome to Sunday School” book.
I designed the book by taking how I teach any given Sunday School lesson and breaking it down into components. I created a formula for any lesson: an introduction + review from last week + an exciting bible story + a spiritual application + some fun activities + a memory verse + a farewell. Then I chose those components to make each unique lesson.
I made sure the language I used was clear and I wrote in very concise sentences, using simple language for people who don’t use english as their first language. To make it easy to follow I designed the pages to be highly visual, rather than a book with scrolls of text that one could get lost in.
I used 100 kid-friendly bible stories from Genesis to Revelation and added 4 special “Fun Reviews.” If a church uses the lessons every week they would teach the whole Bible in 2 years. (104 lessons/52 weeks in a year=2 years)
This book has been a culmination of my experiences living in South Africa for 4 years and by being funded by WCF to serve for 2 of those years so our family was able to dedicate our time to preaching.
Our family took a road trip around Africa and we were able to give the books to churches and give an in-person tutorial on how to use the book. We are hopeful that this small contribution will, by the grace of God, introduce many more children to know God and His promises to them and give confidence to brothers and sisters in their roles as teachers.
We’re offering the PDF version of the book to all Christadelphians who wish to use it in their church. If you would like the file to print yourself, send me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org