Helping Children Embrace Bible Study Conference Plan
Helping Kids Embrace Bible Study<br />Preparation: <br />Gather:<br />Kitchen Timer<br />Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary for Kids<br />VBS 2011 Theme Tablecloth<br />VBS Sampler <br />CD from Administrative Guide for Directors<br />Club VBS Starter Kit<br />Visual Bible: Matthew<br />Make Copies” <br />Handout: “Helping Kids Embrace Bible Study”<br />Handout: “20 Ways to Present Bible Stories”<br />Handout: Template for Bible Study<br />Focal Wall:<br />Mount several items from each age group leader pack<br />Room Setup Description<br />Place a six foot table in front of the focal wall. Cover with a VBS tablecloth. Display the VBS Sampler and the Club VBS Starter Kit. Cover the table with items from the sampler and starter kid.<br />Procedures:<br />Slide 1: Welcome folks to Helping Kids Embrace Bible Study <br />Slide 2: Introduce yourself and say: The goal for this session is to help you discover fun and practical ways to involve children in Bible study activities during VBS and beyond.<br />Slide 3: During VBS this year we’re going to be helping children “Make the Connection” between the Bible and their lives. Slide 4: What is our VBS Motto this year? (Hear It! Believe It! Connect It!). This is what we want to happen every time boys and girls come to church. But for our purposes right now, we want it to happen in VBS 2011. <br />Like almost everything we do with children, helping them embrace Bible study means embracing it for ourselves first. Let’s begin there. (Give out Helping Kids Embrace Bible Study Handout.)<br />Slides 5-6: Pray!<br />Pray for the VBS at your church. Every year of VBS is a year of spiritual warfare. Items don’t work, people are sick, teams have difficulty. All of this points to Satan trying to keep VBS from happening. If Satan can’t keep it from happening, he’ll try to keep churches from doing it well. There will issues with volunteers, schedules, money, teams, power struggles, technology, and with what happens in Bible study.<br />Pray for the teacher who will be working with you. Pray that God will make you into a team; pray that everyone will give 100% to Bible study. Pray that God will speak to their hearts.<br />Pray for the boys and girls who will be in your Bible study. Pray that they will be open to God’s Word. Pray that the Holy Spirit will work in your Bible study times and open the minds and hearts of the children to Him.<br />Pray for yourself. Ask God to teach you through Bible study so that you may guide His children in the study of His Word. <br /> Pray together for VBS 2011.<br />Slides 7-8: Study God’s Word!<br />Slide 9: Let’s start our study with Romans 10:17. <br />If we want kids to connect with this verse, we need to connect with it. <br />Let’s see what the word faith means. (Give marked dictionary to one person to read definition of faith, p. 58.)<br />Take one minute to tell a friend what this verse says to you. (timer)<br />Take two minutes to work with your friend to write out a paraphrase this verse in language children could understand. (timer)<br /> Take one minute to talk about how you can help a child apply this verse to his life. (timer)<br />Call on folks to respond. Stress the importance of kids hearing the verse, knowing what the verse means, and being able to apply the verse to their lives.<br />We need to connect with five Bible stories<br />One way your teachers who work with all rotations is to use the devotional Bible studies for each day. You can find them on the CD in the Administrative Guide for Directors, or on the CD that’s in the each leader pack. Let’s listen to the first one. (Play Day 1 Devotional.)<br />Slides 10-14: Let’s take a look at the five Bible stories in Big Apple Adventure and see how we connect with them.<br />Go over the information for Day 1. Then ask, “How do you connect with this story of faith? Take a moment to complete the statement on your handout. <br />Leader: Take two minutes to tell a story of your own connection with faith. <br />Slides 15-20: Do this same exercise four more times. Look at the Bible stories for Days 2-5. We’ve got to make a connection with the Bible if we expect the kids to connect with it and embrace it. (Give out Bible Study Template.) Walk through the template. List the Bible story title and reference. Then find the memory verse in your Bible and write it out. List the life application and read the Bible story from your Bible and jot down a quick summary of it. Then answer the question, “How do I connect with this story? Think about your connection and then write it out. <br />Slide 22: Our connection with Scripture and our prayer for the children and for VBS will open our hearts to the Holy Spirit who will guide us as we teach.<br /><ul><li>Plan!
Slide 22: Planning for Bible study is more important than decorating.
Slides 23-24: This one comes with a warning. When teachers don’t plan, Bible study is not as effective. Children don’t engage. Teachers feel at loose ends. Kids act out.
Make sure the best communicator is the one who leads the Bible study.
Ask the Holy Spirit to guide your words and actions.
Connect with Kids: Slide 25: Making a connection with kids during Bible study gives hands and feet to each story. In order for kids to embrace Bible study they need to feel accepted and loved. They need to know that someone is listening to them and hearing what they’re saying. If we really want to connect with kids. We need to really listen to them, to their questions, to the answers, and to their hearts. Then they will hear us and will accept our love and hear the story from God’s Word.
Engage & Embrace: Slide 26: There are multiple resources and activities you can use to engage kids in Bible study so that they will embrace it. (Call attention to Super Duper Books, the Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary for Kids, Maps for Children, and Visual Bible: Gospel of Matthew.
This conference promised you would “discover fun and practical ways to involve children in Bible study activities during VBS.” (Give out 20 Ways to Present Bible Stories.) We found the activities in the leader guide, but we also discovered that teachers need to pray, study, plan, and connect if they are going to involve children in Bible study. I challenge you to make Bible study more important than decorating the room in which the Bible study takes place. God will bless you when you do.