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posted Apr 29, 2016, 9:36 AM by Linda Dickinson   [ updated Jul 1, 2016, 11:33 AM ]

By Denise Rene Hannah, Sunday School Superintendent

Train up a child in the way he should go: and even when he is old he will not depart from it.” -- Proverbs 22:6

This verse is a mandate from the Lord with His promise.  The goal of Elmwood Sunday School is to train our children to know Jesus personally and to follow Him as godly disciples. Each month, our  Sunday School curriculum theme emphasizes one of  the character traits of Christ.  We then, as it were, play ‘Follow the Leader’!

I want to thank the Board of Ed, all of our teachers, and the Elmwood congregation for their flexibility, creativity and servant attitude this year.  Remember: we are all teachers & role models for Elmwood’s children.  Please keep our children in your prayers & encourage them at every chance you get. 

Just to review:

  • Our Sunday school hour continued to be at 10:30 am.

  • We used the 252 Basics Curriculum by Orange.  The curriculum is based on Luke 2:52, “And Jesus kept increasing in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.” We had a monthly verse with a theme. Each week had lessons reflective of that theme, but each lesson was self-contained. We did this so that if children visited they would not be behind or lost if that was the only week they came that month. 

           This year’s monthly themes were:

    1. September - Initiative—Seeing what needs to be done and doing it.

    2. October - Individuality—Discovering who you are meant to be so you can make a difference.

    3. November - Service—Lending a hand to help someone else.

    4. December - Compassion—Caring enough to do something about someone else’s need.

    5. January - Self-control—Choosing to do what you should do, not what you want to do.

    6. February - Cooperation—Working together to do more than you can do alone.

    7. March - Hope—Believing that something good can come out of something bad.

    8. April - Perseverance—Refusing to give up when life gets hard.

    9. May - Contentment—Deciding to be happy with what you’ve got.

  • Our teachers taught in teams, once a month.

  • Adults got to participate in our lessons this year.  Most Sundays  during the worship service we also showed a short video clip about that month’s theme to encourage the entire congregation to participate in the theme and to encourage the children.

  • On December 13, 2015, we held an All-Church Christmas Event with a guest reprisal appearance of Gloria the Chicken.  Gloria was part of a puppet show centered around our December theme: Compassion!  We had a live nativity, interspersed with Christmas carols, and a self-serving travel agent, Trip Daily, trying to sell Joseph a trip to Egypt!  The program was followed by a Fellowship Meal enjoyed by the whole congregation.

  • Our outreach event for Easter 2016 was a Children’s Movie Night.  We showed two animated movies geared toward children which shared the events of Holy Week, the death of Christ and the Resurrection!  In addition to viewing the movies, the children participated in a craft time constructing a wreath depicting the events of Holy Week, had a Passover demonstration, and enjoyed a snack.

  • The Board of Education opted not to do an Outreach Event during the summer of 2015.  This was due to the neighborhood street construction and the fact that other venues we explored in light of the construction did not work out.  We helped host a community End-of-Construction Celebration bar-b-que in September 2015.

Throughout this year people have served, prayed, and encouraged with a gracious, sweet spirit.

Sunday, May 22, is the traditional “end” of our Sunday School season, but I want to challenge us all to think of it as our call to action for the wonderful things and changes that will happen in the coming months. It is time for us to take back our ground, and what has been stolen from our communities and churches. That ground is our communities’ future: OUR CHILDREN!  

Again, I want to repeat what we all know the Word of God says, “Train up a child in the way he should go, and eveb when he is old he will not depart from it.  Children in our community need to be trained in the Word of God, not the word and ways of current culture that does not follow our Lord. If their parents are not teaching them the truth, we need to stand in the gap and be their teachers and mentors. It is our responsibility to make disciples and to mentor the next generation.

Again, this year, I want to challenge Elmwood.   Here are some things I am asking each of us to personally do:

  • Invite at least one family, child or adult to our Sunday School Picnic on May 22.  It can even be a family from one of our partner congregationsJ

  • Pray for the Board of Education as they decide our “what,” “where,” and “when” to do this year’s summer outreach.

  • Pray for that outreach.

  • Volunteer for that outreach.

  • Pray weekly for at least one unchurched child in our community to accept Christ.  If you don’t know any unchurched children, pick up our community newspaper and pick a child out of a dance, music, or sports team picture.

  • Believe that the words of Psalm 78:5-8 will reign true in our community.
    “For he issued his decree to Jacob; he gave his law to Israel.  He commanded our ancestors to teach them to their children, so the next generation might know them- even the children not yet born- that they in turn might teach their children.  So each generation can set its hope anew on God, remembering his glorious miracles and obeying his commands.  Then they will not be like their ancestors- stubborn, rebellious, and unfaithful refusing to give their hearts to God.”

  • And finally, expect great things to happen and for our quiver to be full this fall at our Sunday school kick-off.

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