Children's Ministry

Children’s Ministries 

As followers of Messiah, Marion Bible Fellowship places special emphasis on the spiritual growth of children.  While others may design church programs that specialize in entertainment for children, we understand the Scriptures to teach that children must be diligently nurtured in the ways of the Lord.  Only with such training will they emerge from childhood as responsible and happy young adults in service to the Lord.  We therefore put Biblical training and knowledge at the top of our list in designing programs for even our youngest children’s program.  Such training is not just by helping our children know what is right, but we also guide the children to behave properly and respectfully with one another while at church as well.  Children are encouraged to be polite and self-controlled, to listen to the teacher.  Times of organized and free play are offered and overseen as well.

 

Nursery through Kindergarten Ages – The Whole Bible in Story Form

Everything we do at Marion Bible Fellowship is considered in light of how it nurtures young or old to follow the Lord Jesus more closely and live by the commandments of Torah.  To this end, you will find our children’s Bible study hour on Saturday to have the goal of teaching even our youngest attenders the truths of Scripture.  While the method of teaching may include activities to hold their attention and get such a message across to them, the entertainment of the activity is not the primary goal.  The Saturday Bible study hour is one of our children’s few opportunities to learn the truths of Scripture in a group setting, and we do not want to waste that time on simple recreation.  There is plenty of time for that in the fellowship hour after worship and outside of this important time of learning.  Instead, we have our teachers come with the intention of delivering a message in story form that is memorable and helpful to the children.  We intend to partner with parents in building a strong foundation for their children’s future walk with the Lord.

A unique aspect of Marion Bible’s curriculum in all age groups is that topics truly span the entire Bible.  Many ministries concentrate solely on the stories of the Gospels and other Apostolic Scriptures (“New Testament” and Jesus).  While these are certainly included in what we present to children, we equally include the major and minor stories of the Hebrew Scriptures (“Old Testament”).  To some, an “Old Testament” may seem outdated and unnecessary.  To us, it contains ancient wisdom that has stood the test of time.  So, even though kindergarten aged children are young, they will become familiar with all the sorties of the Bible and learn truths of Scripture every Christian should know.

 

Elementary Ages – Knowing Jesus Personally and Applying Biblical Stories to Our Behavior

Our intention in the elementary grades is based on the assumption that children of this age can understand and love God and others.  Belief can be personal and God becomes more deeply known during the elementary years.  A fixed rotation of teachers presents the Gospel frequently to the kids.  As well, there is a progression through the stories of the Bible with role playing and games that teach the lessons contained in bible stories an show how those lessons are applied in family and public life.  Each child is encouraged to make these applications so they know what is expected of a Christian.

The elementary years are quite important and transitional.  During earlier years, teaching was based on storytelling of events.  Following the elementary years, middle and high school lessons are taught by reading the Scriptures completely a six-year period (Grades 7-12).  Therefore, these elementary years are key to teaching children to not only listen and learn the Scriptures as they do in the kindergarten years, but to apply them to life and become prepared to use the Scriptures personally to know the Lord better and to understand that the messages and commands in Scripture and the life of Messiah are to be walked out as a Christian.

 

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