August 25, 2013
Thanks so much for entrusting your child to our care on Sunday morning in Fourth Grade Sunday School at the Jersey Baptist Church! We’re looking forward to a terrific year of fun and learning with our new class of fourth graders, as we get to know each other and study the Bible together in lots of interesting ways.
You and your children are invited to a special “Meet and Greet” event at the church on Sunday evening, August 25, at 5:00 p.m. This will be a chance for us to meet you and for our staff to share some of the plans for the new year. Pastor John will be there to encourage us as well.
Our class meets each Sunday at 9:45 in room 5022. We would welcome your stopping by and letting us introduce ourselves to you. Please inform us if there should be any special arrangements for your child when class is over. Normally the children are dismissed from the classroom at the end of the session, but they are welcome to stay until a parent arrives if you prefer.
Fourth graders are at a wonderful age—their reading skills are developing well and they are capable of understanding quite a lot about the Bible and how it relates to their daily lives. Each week we make every effort not only to study the Bible story, but also to relate it to real-life applications that the children can put to practical use in their spiritual journey.
Sunday School affirms the home as the center of biblical guidance. Parents are the most important people in a child’s life, and learning about God starts in the home. Teaching children about God is a seven-day-a-week effort, not something that can be done just an hour or two on Sunday morning. We pledge to do our best to support you in your child’s spiritual education, and stand ready to help you at any time.
This year we are continuing our Gospel Project curriculum from LifeWay. We are beginning the second year of a three-year survey of the entire Bible, Genesis to Revelation, and we’ll be in 1 Kings in September. We will give your child a trading card each week with a picture from the day’s story, plus the “Big Question” that we discussed that day. We encourage you to ask about the trading cards and talk about Sunday School with your child. We will be suggesting some ways you can use the trading cards to play games and reinforce your child’s learning.
From time to time, when appropriate for the lesson or the season, we may have snacks or taste foods related to the story. Please let us know if your child has any allergies or other dietary restrictions. Because of this and out of fairness to other children, we ask that your child not bring food or drink into the classroom.
Some of the things you can do to support the best Sunday School experience for your child are:
Encourage Regular Attendance
Sunday school starts each week at 9:45 a.m. Please help your child to be on time and attend as often as possible. Consistency and continuity are extremely important for your child during these years. To provide the best learning experience, we teach in units of study that build from week to week through the month, and it’s best for the child to be able to experience each week's lesson, if possible. We prepare carefully each week to begin meaningful teaching from the very beginning of the class, and your child's arrival on time helps the whole class to get the most out of the session.
We promise to join you in praying for you and your child. We believe that prayer is an effective and powerful force to help protect your child and help him develop to his highest spiritual potential. We would much appreciate your prayers for us and the class as well.
In addition, we encourage your child to develop the habit of a daily quiet time with God, which will help provide a firm foundation for his future life. We provide Adventure! for your child each month. This is a book of daily devotional thoughts and scripture verses designed for children, along with fun activities and stories to supplement the readings
Bring Bible and Offering
Please encourage your child to bring a Bible and an offering each week. We will actively use the Bible each Sunday in class. The Sunday School offering supports the Jersey general budget, just as the worship service offering does. However, we also use the children's offering to help them develop good habits of stewardship, as we discuss how the money is used to provide services and ministry at our church and support missions around the world.
Support Missions Projects
We intend to engage in several missions and ministry activities during the year. Last year our class prepared gifts for use by our truck stop ministry, and had visits from real live missionaries who shared about their work. From time to time we may invite the children to bring foodstuffs or other items to share with needy families in our community. Our first project will be collecting canned food and staple items for the church-wide Thanksgiving food drive. We will have a fun contest and weigh-in to see which team can bring in the most number of pounds of food.
We will make significant use of computer technology in the classroom to reinforce Bible learning. If you have internet access, a great thing you can help your child to do is to access our own class web page at http://sschool.com/kids/, where you will find some of the learning activities, games, music, and stories we use in class.
Please be sure that we stand ready to help your family at any time. Let us know of any special ministry needs, or other special needs your child may have. We consider it an honor and privilege to be allowed to work with your child over the next year. We much appreciate your support, and we pledge to work with you in the best interests of your child.
Yours and His,
Thomas J. Cook