This may come as a shock, but improvising only increases stress. It's one thing to prepare and another thing to prepare on the way to the group meeting. That's why your children's ministry leader asks them to read the lesson and understand it in their hearts before they stand up to teach or help with classroom activities. First, talk to the children about the ways in which we show respect for one another.
Discuss with them what a pact is. Then work together to create a poster in ways that everyone will show respect and kindness. Then, find a place in the room to place it. With thorough preparation, you'll feel less anxious and be more present with children.
And they'll respond positively to your sense of calm. First, at the door, before each child enters the classroom, greet them by name and give them a hug, a handshake, or a pat on the back. Then, ask your child if they are ready to enter the classroom. If they are ready, they can enter the classroom.
If not, they don't have to until they are. First and foremost, point out positive behavior. Children want to be recognized and will receive attention in any way they can. Help them seek positive care.
Maintain a clear and consistent routine. Continue each morning at the same pace. The time frame for each part of the class may vary from week to week. However, the portions should be made in the same order.
Establish these principles on the basis of your children's Sunday School ministry and you will stand firm and have an impact on children and families for eternity. Sunday school is an enriching part of the spiritual journey of young parishioners that should not be overlooked. I was just elected as the director of a Sunday school and I didn't know what to do, but I had a passion and vision for children. Here are seven preseason actions a leader can take in the weeks leading up to the start of a new Sunday School class.
As a Sunday school leader, you need to make sure that your ministry has that solid foundation from which everything else can grow. The more work you can assign to others, the more time you'll have to focus on your primary goals of Sunday School teaching. Fortunately, I think most parents are willing to take time to teach Sunday school classes to their children and some others. Hopefully, when parents see what the children learned in Sunday school, spiritual conversations will begin at home.
Core values are the key goals you commit to as a team, what you are passionate about and what guides your Sunday school ministry. Empowering a team of volunteers is critical; show me a thriving Sunday school and I'll show you a thriving team of volunteers.