The Children and Youth Sunday school is a great way for the younger members of the Taylor congregation to learn about the Word of God, build solid friendships, and have fun in the process! The group meets during the regular Sunday Service every week, which starts at 10:00 a.m. Once everyone is settled, the teachers announce when it’s time for the children to come with them, and this takes place at 10:30 a.m. They then retire to the nursery and the library for their learning experience.
During Sunday School, children are encouraged to use their God-given creativity to learn and serve by coloring, taking turns reading the Bible, making crafts to take home, or for the church. They are taught to grow in fellowship within a diverse community of attendees. They also help decorate the Fellowship Hall for different events and take field trips. Those are some great benefits for them right there, but there are a few more to consider as well.
Seven Reasons Why Sunday School Is Cool
- Age–targetedTeaching:This is a place where your kids can get Biblical instruction that’s specifically crafted for their age and abilities. Because it’s just the kids, they are in a smaller group. And because they are surrounded by their peers, they will feel freer to ask questions, which is how they learn.
- Establishing Friendships:Your child will build positive friendships with their peers by discovering God’s Word together. Another important aspect of finding friends their age in church, is that it is good for them to have different groups of friends. This is also a great outreach opportunity because, as your child shares with their school friends all the fun they had in church, their other friends will want to come as well.
- It’sfun!Wait, did someone say fun? It may not be Disney Land, but our teachers work hard to teach the Bible in ways that are relevant and fun for kids. Reinforcing the idea that learning is fun can also spill over into other areas of learning and be good for your child’s school performance as well.
- SpiritualMentors: A dedicated teacher can be a Christian role model who supports you and helps inspire the faith of your child.Mentors are important in every area of a child’s life, especially as they grow and become adults.
- Systematic BibleLearning:The Taylor curriculum is designed to establish a broad foundation, so children will understand how all the parts of Scripture point to Christ. One of our practices is to have the kids read from different translations of the Bible, to further broaden their knowledge base.
- PrayingTeachers: Our teachers consistently pray for your child’s faith to grow. Coming to Sunday School gives another opportunityfor God to answer those requests. When you are working toward a goal, it is important to take action toward that goal. Sunday School is a great action to take toward the goal of allowing your child’s spiritual growth.
- Something toTalk About: “What did you do in Sunday School today?” is a great conversation topic that will not intimidate your children and encourage family discussions and bonding experiences. Children may tune out of the “adult” message of the sermon, but Sunday School speaks their language and conveys it in a way that they can understand.
We look forward to fellowshipping with you and your child this Sunday, so come on down!
Using Multiple Types of Print Bibles
For years the children have had their own classroom Common English Bible translation to study scripture. We now also have My Holy Bible for African-American Children and Children of Color Storybook Bible with stories from the International Children’s Bible for them to take home. We asked church members to be sponsors. A sponsor would pay for two books, present them to the child during worship, and then be a Bible buddy with the child forever. The sponsors presented 27 sets of books.
The service during which Pastor Anthony announced every child at Taylor would receive a set of Bibles was one of the most inspiring services we have ever had. It was as though the Holy Spirit descended upon us as it had on Jesus at his baptism. The members praised continuously. After worship we had hot dogs, salad, chips and root beer float feast to celebrate. The entire church participated. Sponsors now check on their “Bible Buddy” and their families. The children are proud to say they have a buddy. Some parents, we learned, never had a Bible in the family before.
Teachers Love Being Part of a Very Dedicated Team
Our phenomenal Sunday School staff constantly brings new ideas and make them a reality. One of our parents requested we teach the children the Lord’s Prayer. Ms. Pernita “Nickie” Brown taught the preschoolers and first graders the prayer. Mrs. Jenny Jenkins taught as her work schedule allowed. Ms. Veronica Wheaton taught the older kids a praise dance of the Lord’s Prayer using the music and prayer from the movie Sarafina. They presented their prayer just before receiving their Bibles. Mrs. Leslie Forestant moderated. Mrs. Valda Southhall, even though injured at that time, made sure we had a photographer. Every staff person was at the altar to make sure every child got a set of books or a Storybook Bible with a stuffed animal. Our youth assistant Trokan Mayson helped everyone do everything.
Teaching the Principles and Relating the Word of God to Our Everyday Lives
Here are the kinds of lessons we teach the children in our Sunday School class:
- The books of the Bible. The Old and New Testaments.
- Mary and Elizabeth
- The birth of Jesus
- Jesus grows up
- John the Baptist
- History of communication: oral history as the main way of communicating, and the changes that followed during the days before cell phones or video games. How writing was long ago, when they made scrolls to record the teachings of God.
- God’s Promises
- Jesus as a teacher, preacher, healer
- Jesus and The Last Supper
- Palm Sunday
- The Crucifixion and the Resurrection
- Praying and tithing are weekly lessons
Here are some of the events and activities that the children really enjoyed:
- All-church Easter Extravaganza. Everybody loved the fellowship, the joy the children showed, the food, games, face-painting, live-plant giveaway, the feeling of happiness as we celebrated Resurrection Sunday.
- During Black History month students presented information about historical and contemporary African-Americans who contribute to making our world a better place and help our people have better lives.
- The Pentecost: the coming of the Holy Spirit. Mrs. Southhall and Ms. “Nickie” were truly prepared when teaching this great event to our young children.
- The study of Moses and the escape from slavery. The children learned The Ten Commandments and win a prize.