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tips for youth workersSEPTEMBER 2015


Summer is always a great time to do housekeeping, sorting and recycling.  We were able to take advantage of a couple quiet days in the office and did some cleaning.  As we sorted through some of our files here in the Children and Youth Ministries Department we found some old gems: teachings, training, and articles that have been used to help prepare workers for ministry over the years.  This article is one of those timeless gems.  Unfortunately we don’t know where these 10 Reasons for Attending Sunday School came from or who wrote them, but we felt they still had something to say to us about the important role Sunday school can play in our lives.  Remember Sunday school is for everyone from 0 to 99 years of age!
  1. From the Standpoint of Godliness:  It teaches the Bible – which is the basis of our faith in God and leads to Christ as our personal Saviour and Lord.
  2. From the Standpoint of Education:  It trains your mind and heart along the lines of things eternal.
  3. From the Social Standpoint:  It enables you to enjoy the friendship and fellowship of genuine Christians.
  4. From the Standpoint of The Personality:  It helps to develop the Christian character necessary to face life problems victoriously.
  5. From the Standpoint of Character:  It is the chief aim of the Sunday school to teach us to be examples of the believer in word and deed.
  6. From the Standpoint of Interest:  It presents interesting programs for your delight and culture.
  7. From the Standpoint of The Family:  It has a class for every age, and the whole family can go together and profit by its teaching.
  8. From the Standpoint of Service:  It affords ample opportunity to serve God and the corps in activities that are not open elsewhere.
  9. From the Standpoint of Immortality:  It turns our eyes heavenward and makes us realize that we must prepare for a life beyond the mortal grave.
  10. From the Practical Standpoint:  The hour or so spent in Sunday school each Sunday could not be expended more profitably.
We’d suggest that you read these reasons again.  Do you see the importance or place each of these reasons has in Sunday school ministry?  Could they change the way you view, run or develop your local Sunday school?  Have you considered how one hour a week can play an important role in shaping, developing and raising up disciples for Jesus?  Is your Sunday school helping its members grow and develop into the people God is calling them to be?
Sunday School:  is it a priority ministry in your corps?
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  1. Comment from Laura Hickman, May 5, 2014 12:15pm

    I recently discovered the "CHAT Prayer Plan" and thought it could be useful with older children.
    C- Cheer God on for who He is (what about God makes you glad? Example: God You are an awesome God)
    H- Humble Yourself (If Jesus were to tour your heart or journey with you for a day, what would he find? Asking forgiveness for times we've made mistakes)
    A- Appreciate what God has done (expressing thanks to God)
    T- Tell God your needs

    This can be found at: