Adventures in Sunday School

How do we practice Hospitality?

Do we practice hospitality only with our friends and family members or do we practice hospitality on a daily basis? How many times have we opened our homes to complete strangers? Let me rephrase this question (I realize that safety concerns may have led you to answer my question with a resounding “Never”.)

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Thanksgiving Reflection – More than puppets.

If one were to spend 24 hours a day, everyday of the year, thanking God, it would not be enough. Thanksgiving provides an official, nationwide day to thank God for His bounty, grace, mercy, love and care. One can easily find a thousand reasons to be grateful. Today, I would like to reflect on a sentence I heard during a thanksgiving exercise. As everyone took a turn to express their gratitude, the following words hit a cord:   "Thank you, God, for not treating us like puppets."   It was said by a second grader, in my Sunday School class....

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Teaching children about proper church etiquette

Good day friends, This week's Sunday School lesson was about the proper manners for attending church. It is a topic where a delicate balance must be achieved. On the one hand, the children must understand the Holiness of the Church and how to respect visiting the home of the King of Kings. On the other hand, the children must not feel intimidated about going to Church and must be reminded that our Lord's greatest pleasure is to see His children at church. How to explain to children, in an easy to understand manner, that their behavior at Church must be...

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Coptic New Year- Blessed Feast of the Nayruz and a new Sunday School year begins!

Good day friends, A New Sunday School year begins: Yesterday, we celebrated the start of the Coptic New Year (The Feast of the Nayruz) which also signals the start of a new Sunday School year. It was difficult to bid farewell to my beloved Sunday School angels but I was blessed to meet my new class and my co-servants. I will be serving Grade 1 and 2 this year. To set a warm welcome tone for the little ones, I decorated the entrance with colorful helium balloons and greeted the children as they entered the class. Small gestures that had...

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Tower of Pride- Also known as Babel

Hello friends! I hope that you had a wonderful weekend. I had the blessing of teaching a lesson about the Tower of Babel. I must admit, I thought that this lesson would be rather "simple" to prepare and deliver. After all, most of the students in my class ( grade three) must have heard this story at least once , if not more, before. Lesson plan: I decided to start the lesson with a little game of "broken telephone" just to illustrate how communication can be difficult sometimes. After a few rounds full of giggles, one of the students automatically...

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