posted Apr 29, 2016, 9:36 AM by Linda Dickinson
updated Jul 1, 2016, 11:33 AM
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.” --
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
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:
Sunday school hour continued to be at 10:30 am.
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.
year’s monthly themes were:
September - Initiative—Seeing what needs to be done and doing
October - Individuality—Discovering who you are meant to be
so you can make a difference.
November - Service—Lending a hand to help someone else.
December - Compassion—Caring enough to do something about
someone else’s need.
Self-control—Choosing to do what you should do, not what you want to do.
February - Cooperation—Working
together to do more than you can do alone.
March - Hope—Believing
that something good can come out of something bad.
April - Perseverance—Refusing to give up when life gets
May - Contentment—Deciding to be happy with what you’ve got.
teachers taught in teams, once a month.
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
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.
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.
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:
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
for the Board of Education as they decide our “what,” “where,” and “when” to do
this year’s summer outreach.
for that outreach.
for that outreach.
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.
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.”
finally, expect great things to happen and for our quiver to be full this fall
at our Sunday school kick-off.