Let’s talk about faith in the classroom. A brand new school year is about to begin (it’s already started in some places), and you might be wondering how to prepare your kids. How can you equip them to bring their faith along with new notebooks and fresh folders? Here are ways to prepare you, your kids, and their parents for a new school year that focuses on Jesus.
Say: We’re going to start today with a pop quiz. But this pop quiz is different from ones you usually have at school. I’ll ask a question. If you can answer “yes” to the question, “pop” onto your feet and then sit down.
Ask: • Have you ever asked God to help you at school?
• Have you ever talked about Jesus with a friend at school?
• Have you ever told a teacher what the Bible says about a subject you• Have you ever explained to a friend at school why you believe in God?
• Have you ever prayed for a friend at school?
• Have you ever tried to see a subject you were studying from God’s perspective?
• Has a teacher ever made you feel uncomfortable because of your faith?
• Do you think it’s hard to be a Christian at school?
Then say: You’ve just taken a pop quiz that shows several ways we can take our faith to school. Today we’re going to take a closer look at what that means.
Have kids form small groups (a group can be one person). Give each group a random prop to work with (can be as simple as a shoe or a book…anything in your meeting room). Tell each group to read Proverbs 3:5-6 and prepare a creative presentation to help others learn these verses. For example, groups might put the words to a familiar tune like the theme song of a television show, make the verses into an opera, or create hand motions to go with the verses. Tell groups to include their props in their presentations. For example, groups might use the items as props, decorations, or microphones. Give everyone two minutes to get ready. After two minutes, have groups make their presentations. When all groups are done, ask:
• What goes through your mind when you think about taking your faith to school? How is that similar to or different from your thoughts during the presentations you just made? Why?
• How can learning the advice of Proverbs 3:5-6 and other Scriptures help you take your faith to school?
• What’s one thing you can do this week to take your faith to school?