By: Jeanelle Grace Lorilla
Sunday School teachers of Jireh Evangel Church Planting in the Philippines (JECPP) attend the Teachers’ Enhancement Seminar on January 25-26, 2019 in EFC-Kidapawan, Kidapawan City. It aims to reach out the unsaved children in the community.
The event was graced with Pastora Cecille T. Gacasan, a pastoral staff of EFC-Davao and a well-trained Sunday School Teacher as the guest speaker who enriched the 18 participants from different churches of the Davao del Sur Section with three sessions discussing meaningful topics and activities. She delivered Biblical truths and strategies about teaching Sunday School.
The said seminar highlights the basic steps in teaching the children. First and foremost is prayer. Teachers should pray for the children whom God entrusted to his/her care. Second, teach the children to study God’s word. It is the role of the teachers to help the children become students of the Word. Third, teachers should see to it that faith in God is strengthened. Fourth, teachers should consider the children in planning the lesson and lastly, to involve and engage children in prayer.
The two-days equipping thoroughly includes learning new action songs, planning the activity of the learners, as well as arts and crafts. There was also a short teaching demonstration of the participants showing their methods on how to deliver a class for appropriate age level. The end of the session emphasized on making each child a disciple of Jesus. It is not just about how well a teacher delivered the lesson but most importantly touching the lives of the kids to become doers of God’s words.
The participants went home with a brand-new vision of children living the verse from Proverbs 22:6 which says “Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” As the church opens its gates to the world, the church would become a refuge and home of God’s children.