Learning Through Work: One Girl's Thoughts on Teaching Sunday School

Monday, April 23, 2018

I've been teaching the 4-5 year old Sunday School class at my church now for about a year, so I must know everything there is to know about children's ministry, hence this post, right?

Haha I wish but no. There have been plenty of things I have learned though, and plenty of good lessons I can carry into my everyday life as well.

First off, let me just say that I love kids. God has given me plenty of opportunities to work with kids throughout the years. He gave me seven sometimes wonderful younger siblings, allowed me to be a mother's helper to several different families when I was younger, and provided lots of babysitting opportunities. (And then there's also my childcare job and teaching Sunday School.)

So, it seems to me that God has given me a heart for children and I'm putting it to good use!

Obviously kids can be difficult sometimes, and Sunday School kids (especially 4 and 5 year olds) are no exception. But I can honestly say that it's been a joy being able to teach!

So let's go into some of the things I've been learning...
Kids like attention. Ever wonder why they call your name like 20 times and then just say hi? As adults we often overlook little kids, and that's why they clamor for our attention all the time.

Invest in the kids in your life and see what they like or what they don't like. Ask them questions about their week and just see how they respond. Kids love to talk and they love it when you involve them in something.

During Sunday School, I invest in the kids by involving them. I involve them in prayer time, in snack time and in story time. They get to talk about things and ask and answer questions. It makes them feel like they're helping me out and they listen and respond better.
I think we've all heard this some time or another, but it's especially true for me in teaching Sunday School. Kids look up to adults, especially if you're the one helping teach them, so it's super important to be the person you would want them to be.

I know the saying goes that "parents have eyes in the back of their heads", but you'd be surprised at some of the things kids pick up; all from watching adults do them. Even if we don't think they're paying attention, they are.

The things we teach in Sunday School and learn in church should be the things we're living out in our day to day lives.
Especially for my age group, it's really easy to show up to Sunday School not having looked over the lesson at all, and still teach the story with ease. But that's not always the best idea. 

I'm trying to make time out of my week to purposefully go over the lesson, read the text in the Bible, and pray that the Lord would use my words. I take time to pray for each of my students and get them special things when they're birthday's come around or other fun holiday's happen.

Because my main goal is to say exactly what God would have me to say. I don't want to do this for my glory, but for God's!

Teaching Sunday School takes time. It takes effort. And it takes patience. But I'm grateful that I'm able to serve in that way!
"And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up." ~ Deuteronomy 6:7 KJV

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  1. Great post Ashley! I love it how you want to take care of kids. That is a gift from God.<3

  2. I instantly understand the part about children needing attention. My crazy but relatable sibling that fits her description. And yes, she picked up some bad habits from me, specifically swearing and cussing. : ( I need to be a better influence. Kids are awesome though.

    1. Yes, little kids really do pick up on more than we realize! Well, I'll be praying that you can be a better influence to her Evan :) Thanks for sharing!


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