Trading Teaching Tools
Having trouble coming up with class materials for your Sunday morning and Wednesday night kids? Can't afford to buy new? It can be a big problem.
Kent and Robin Kassinger, Pastors at Bernie First Assembly, have a very unique solution they would like to share with us.
"Kent is currently a bi-vo pastor who drives a school bus for an area school district," says Robin. "He became acquainted with a counselor at Bernie High School, who is also a children's pastor at an area church, and they got to talking about church, kids, curriculum, etc. In that conversation he found out that a few churches associated with this counselor's church all go in together and split the cost of a video-based curriculum and rotate it between them. Kent asked how it all worked, who wrote the curriculum, and if other churches could buy in. She shared with him all the information we needed and let him try an 8-week pack. We then bought into this group for an amount averaging $200 annually, and have full access to a $12-$1400-per-year curriculum. Our local high school counselor's office houses these curriculum packs for us, and each church may "switch out" their packs every 8 weeks. We are in a small town, so the school district is not opposed. You may try the library, a larger church with office hours, or maybe a business owner from your church if your school is not an option.
The curriculum that we use on Sunday morning for Children's church is Elevate Kids from Ed Young Jr. and is not Assemblies of God, but is Biblically-sound teaching of solid fundamentals of Christian living. It is high energy, video-based, (which attracts and retains the kids' attention), and is extremely easy for any teacher. We find it is extremely easy to add in our own teachings about the Holy Spirit. We use High Voltage from Rural Compassion for our Wednesday night kids’ program. They are DVD packs which we project to a wall screen using our BGMC projector (provided our 2nd year at Bernie).
We have had much feedback from our church parents created by the use of this resource for educating our kids. We have had many stories from kids talking to their parents about wanting to tithe on the money they get to playground evangelism, along with many, many questions sparked from the seeds these lessons are planting in the minds of our kids. It isn't stopping at the dismissal of class, but going into their homes and being talked about all week. That's a resource we have found to be priceless!"
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