The Free Church of Scotland’s Youth Committee has published a report from the denomination’s largest-ever Sunday School survey.
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Entitled ‘Pointing to Jesus’, the committee wants to help Sunday Schools and other youth groups point children to Jesus Christ as their personal Saviour.
The report is intended as a means of equipping teachers with new ideas to connect the never-changing message of the Bible to the ever-changing world in which the children of this generation are growing up.
Every Sunday there are over 1,100 children attending, with numbers virtually the same over the past five years (nominally up).
Most Sunday Schools meet during part of the morning service, with some starting at the beginning of the service in order to join with the rest of the congregation to hear the service.
Mission Board chairman Rev Alasdair Macleod, who wrote the report, said: “Transitioning children from Sunday School attenders to those who are part of the worshipping congregation is absolutely vital.
“The last thing we want is for children to reach the end of their time in Sunday School and have an inability, through lack of exposure, to sitting through church services.”
One of the biggest challenges identified was retaining young people who are making the transition from primary to secondary school.
The committee are also keen to encourage more congregations to use modern teaching resources, such as dvds, apps and other web-based resources.
The Ullapool minister continued: “Where memory work is not in vogue in our current education system it is one essential part of the teaching of our children.
“Why is it so important? It is biblical. Passages like Deuteronomy Chapter 6 verse 7 and Joshua Chapter 4 verse 21 show how important it was to commit to memory the works and words of God.
“A very effective way of memorising scripture is in song, with or without appropriate actions.
“A number of congregations intimated that they have found this to be a very good way of sharing together as a full Sunday School, as well as learning the truth concerned.”
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