Treasuring Christ In Sunday School (2016-2017)

Friends,

Last year we unveiled a brand new curriculum for thomas_std_tpreschool through high school, and based on feedback I’ve heard from students and teachers, our Sunday School ministry was a great success.  I’m excited to tell you we’ll be relaunching Sunday School on August 21st, at 9:30am.

The Treasuring Christ Curriculum is a comprehensive, unified curriculum from preschool through High School.  The curriculum’s vision is to spread the fame of God by equipping godly generations to treasure Christ through a Gospel-centered curriculum for the church, the home, and the nations, as children and students learn the narrative of the gospel as it unfolds from Genesis to Revelation.  A few of my favorite things about this curriculum include the following:

  • As opposed to seeing the Bible stories as disconnected tales with little moral lessons, Treasuring Christ helps us to scropped-images7.jpgee the individual parts of Scripture in light of the whole.  The smaller narratives are seen and understood through the larger narrative of God’s plan of redemption through Christ.
  • This is a unified curriculum.  That means every child and student at Harbins will be learning the exact same passage every week.  On the first day of class, we’ll pick up right where we left off last semester.  We finished Exodus in the spring, which means on August 21st our preschoolers, our high schoolers, and everyone in between will begin looking at Leviticus and seeing how this oft-neglected book is connected to Christ.  For parents with multiple children, you’ll know everyone is on the same page, learning the same thing, which makes family group discussions at home a bit easier.
  • Speaking of family discussions, the folks who produced Treasuring Christ are staunch believers that Sunday School should not replace the role that parents have to equip and disciple their own children.  I agree with that. Dads and Moms need to lead the way in teaching their kids, with your Sunday School teachers providing imagessupplementary support.  For this reason, this curriculum has produced a feature I love, called “Connecting Church and Home.” (CCH)  Every week the church will provide parents (through a hardcopy, an email, and a Facebook link) with the weekly CCH resource. This simple tool allows parents and churches to work out of the same playbook to grow Christ-treasurers. It helps parents bridge the gap between what their children will learn the following Sunday at church and how they can instruct their children to begin living out those truths at home right now. I hope the parents at Harbins will take advantage of this resource and find it helpful.  CCH will include discussion ideas, prayer points, and more.

Our class age and teacher breakdown is identical to last year. Here’s what we’re looking at for this semester:

Ages 2-4  (Marietta Pritchett)

Ages 5-8 (Helen Diaz)

Ages 9-12 (Demer Webb)

Ages 13 + (Cary Rosbury)

This is not meant to be overly rigid.  Ultimately I want parents to decide which group would be best for their children to be in.  For example, if you have a 12 year old and you feel that they should be in Cary’s class, then go for it.  The above breakdown is just a general guideline we’re shooting for but parents will know their children best.  Regardless, however, because this curriculum is unified, everyone is going to be learning the same Scriptures at the same time.

What would be a big help is if you can let us know if we should expect your child in class this fall.  If so, please email me at demerwebb@gmail.com and let me know which class your child would be in.

The Bible says that,

“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. (Matthew 13:44)images

I want our church’s young people to grow into greater Christ-Treasurers, don’t you?  Indeed, I want that for myself and for all of us at Harbins.  My prayer is that this fall we’ll grow in this area together.

Learning to Treasure Christ together with you,

Pastor Demer

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