This is a picture of the Sunday School class showing their tee shirts they made about environmental issues and mission; especially the shortage of water in some countries like parts of Africa.
Christian Education in the Church Today
The world is a global community and the church needs to prepare present and future generations for living, relating and succeeding in it.
Too many children emerge from local church Sunday school programs either bored or afraid for their lives. Our purpose is to motivate, excite and turn students on to the wonder of life and the mystery and awe of God.
Christian education must take up this challenge as an all inclusive understanding of its role in the world. We must prepare our children and adults to not just articulate and understand the Christian faith but live the very best of that faith in the broader context of the entire inter-faith community. This understanding leads us to articulate the following theological statement of our Christian education program:
God is seeking us out in love and joy, begging us to be like Jesus and play and create in the world personal vital encounters of dynamic harmony. (keith 1993 dissertation)
This then leads us to this definition:
Christian education is defined as a community interaction of students joyously involved in learning and participating in the stories of Jesus, God and faith:
Revealing our own identity causing us to pulsate as relational compassionate beings, and helping us to live and respond as gospel children in the global community. (keith 1993, dissertation)
Our curriculum and program here at the Norris Religious Fellowship is teacher guided and directed. We work on what we call the module system, 4-6 weeks of intensive study of a Biblical story. Occasionally we will change this format and study another culture or focus on a mission project or study another faith. We learn the story through a variety of interest groups that motivate and challenge each and every student on a personal level.
Our particular task is to PUT THE JOY BACK INTO SUNDAY SCHOOL