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Biblical Literacy  and Children Deb Hetherington Resource Developer Augsburg Fortress © Augsburg Fortress, 2010
Session Goals <ul><li>Define biblical literacy </li></ul><ul><li>Examine age-appropriateness </li></ul><ul><li>Top 10 ways...
 
  “ A cow milk gives” It should have been the other way around: “ Gives a cow milk!”   And I am sitting, starring at my no...
Biblical Literacy <ul><li>What does it mean to be literate? </li></ul><ul><li>What does it mean to be biblically literate?...
Biblical Literacy <ul><li>Being able to speak, understand, and/or discuss the message of the Bible </li></ul>
<ul><li>Psalm 23 </li></ul><ul><li>  1 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.  </li></ul><ul><li>  2 He maketh me to l...
 
 
Age Appropriate <ul><li>To be most effective in building biblical literacy with children, we need to help children encount...
<ul><li>Age 2-3:  Present age-appropriate, interactive ways for kids to  become familiar with Bible story  and understand ...
Biblical Literacy Goals <ul><li>What do biblical literacy goals look like for your congregation? </li></ul><ul><li>How hav...
10 Ways to Build Biblical Literacy with Children <ul><li>1. Give the gift of God’s Word </li></ul>
10 Ways to Build Biblical Literacy with Children <ul><li>2. Equip parents </li></ul>
10 Ways to Build Biblical Literacy with Children <ul><li>3. Read the Bible in Public </li></ul>
10 Ways to Build Biblical Literacy with Children <ul><li>4. Tell Bible Stories </li></ul>
10 Ways to Build Biblical Literacy with Children <ul><li>5. Equip the Church Library </li></ul>
10 Ways to Build Biblical Literacy with Children <ul><li>6. Bibles in the sanctuary </li></ul>
10 Ways to Build Biblical Literacy with Children <ul><li>7. Equip the Nursery </li></ul>
10 Ways to Build Biblical Literacy with Children <ul><li>8. Use Songs to Teach Stories </li></ul>
10 Ways to Build Biblical Literacy with Children <ul><li>9. Find the Stories in your Sanctuary </li></ul>
10 Ways to Build Biblical Literacy with Children <ul><li>10. Evaluate your faith formation curriculum </li></ul>
Other ideas to share?
Personal Goals <ul><li>What are two things you can do  within the next six months  to impact the biblical literacy of the ...
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Biblical Literacy and Children

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What does it mean for children to be biblically literate? Join the conversation as we explore this question, and examine some basic principles for effectively engaging children with the Bible in age-appropriate ways. Let's explore biblical literacy together and look at ten practical ways to encourage biblical literacy!

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Biblical Literacy and Children

  1. 1. Biblical Literacy and Children Deb Hetherington Resource Developer Augsburg Fortress © Augsburg Fortress, 2010
  2. 2. Session Goals <ul><li>Define biblical literacy </li></ul><ul><li>Examine age-appropriateness </li></ul><ul><li>Top 10 ways to build literacy </li></ul>
  3. 4.   “ A cow milk gives” It should have been the other way around: “ Gives a cow milk!”   And I am sitting, starring at my notebook, Drawing letter by letter: “ Gives a cow milk.”   Oh well, it’s not easy to become a scientist.
  4. 5. Biblical Literacy <ul><li>What does it mean to be literate? </li></ul><ul><li>What does it mean to be biblically literate? </li></ul>
  5. 6. Biblical Literacy <ul><li>Being able to speak, understand, and/or discuss the message of the Bible </li></ul>
  6. 7. <ul><li>Psalm 23 </li></ul><ul><li>  1 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. </li></ul><ul><li>  2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. </li></ul><ul><li>  3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. </li></ul>
  7. 10. Age Appropriate <ul><li>To be most effective in building biblical literacy with children, we need to help children encounter scripture in age-appropriate ways. </li></ul>
  8. 11. <ul><li>Age 2-3: Present age-appropriate, interactive ways for kids to become familiar with Bible story and understand basic meaning. </li></ul><ul><li>PreK-K: Present age-appropriate, interactive ways for kids to relate with Bible characters and put themselves in the Bible story. </li></ul><ul><li>Grades 1-2: Present age-appropriate, interactive ways for kids to comprehend stories, identify with characters, and be able to apply an action they can take in their own lives. </li></ul><ul><li>Grades 3-4: Present age-appropriate, interactive ways for kids to understand the structure of the Bible , and be able to navigate within the Bible to find stories they know or want to explore. </li></ul><ul><li>Grades 5-6: Present age-appropriate, interactive ways for kids to know the Bible well enough to dig further into the stories, to interpret and determine ways to apply and compare Bible text to their own lives . </li></ul>
  9. 12. Biblical Literacy Goals <ul><li>What do biblical literacy goals look like for your congregation? </li></ul><ul><li>How have the goals changed over the last decade? </li></ul><ul><li>What obstacles prevent you from reaching those goals? </li></ul>
  10. 13. 10 Ways to Build Biblical Literacy with Children <ul><li>1. Give the gift of God’s Word </li></ul>
  11. 14. 10 Ways to Build Biblical Literacy with Children <ul><li>2. Equip parents </li></ul>
  12. 15. 10 Ways to Build Biblical Literacy with Children <ul><li>3. Read the Bible in Public </li></ul>
  13. 16. 10 Ways to Build Biblical Literacy with Children <ul><li>4. Tell Bible Stories </li></ul>
  14. 17. 10 Ways to Build Biblical Literacy with Children <ul><li>5. Equip the Church Library </li></ul>
  15. 18. 10 Ways to Build Biblical Literacy with Children <ul><li>6. Bibles in the sanctuary </li></ul>
  16. 19. 10 Ways to Build Biblical Literacy with Children <ul><li>7. Equip the Nursery </li></ul>
  17. 20. 10 Ways to Build Biblical Literacy with Children <ul><li>8. Use Songs to Teach Stories </li></ul>
  18. 21. 10 Ways to Build Biblical Literacy with Children <ul><li>9. Find the Stories in your Sanctuary </li></ul>
  19. 22. 10 Ways to Build Biblical Literacy with Children <ul><li>10. Evaluate your faith formation curriculum </li></ul>
  20. 23. Other ideas to share?
  21. 24. Personal Goals <ul><li>What are two things you can do within the next six months to impact the biblical literacy of the children you minister to? </li></ul>
  22. 25. Thank you!

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