Last Spring when we recognized teachers in worship, 56 people stood up. How wonderful that such a large percentage of the church is actively engaged in Christian education. The number who stood that morning could have been even larger, since some teachers were away that day. It takes a lot of us to support the classes and experiences for children, adults and youth that we offer at BPC. You can be one of those people, too.
The main requirement for teaching children is to help them feel loved in this place by the adults around them and by God, not mastery of the Bible or a sense that your own discipleship is inspiring. No one should let such false assumptions get in the way of being with BPC’s wonderful kids. A solid curriculum is already in place; no one needs to come up with lesson plans or material on their own. The curriculum follows the lectionary, so what happens in the classroom is reinforced in worship. Teachers rotate responsibilities, so it is possible to be away if need be.
We are looking for mentors for our confirmands, too. The requirement there is a willingness to spend time with a young person and share how being a person of faith has impacted your life. The confirmands will make faith statements to the Session in the Spring, and it is always moving to hear each mentor introduce the young person they have come to know. This year we’ll be looking for five or six men and women to partner with our Middle Schoolers. PCUSA has an excellent new confirmation curriculum this year that we’ll be using.
The life of faith is all about relationships. What better way to get to know each other and our children than in the classes and gatherings where we pass on our faith? Below is a list of the classes we offer. Please take a look and ask yourself if you have love to share.
Preschool, Grades 1-2, Grades 3-5, Middle School, High School, Confirmation, and Youth Group.
2 Samuel 11:1-15