Monday, February 29, 2016

Transforming Mission: Christian Education

Children at the African Christian Church and Schools
Sunday School, Thika, Kenya

Spiritual formation begins at an early age as each of us encounter the faith and actions of our family, our friends, and our community. Growing up in a Church family is an essential part of spiritual growth and development for many Kenyans, and for the people of Canadian Baptist Ministries African church partners. One question that we continue to wrestle with is "How can we do this better?"

Teacher Agnus involving children in the Sunday School lesson

It is wonderful to see children's education becoming more interactive and learner-focused. Old styles of rote learning, are becoming complimented with more cooperative and experiential approaches. Too often churches have given children answers to remember rather than problems to solve. Helping Children to experience and own their faith in Christ is a crucial dimension to the ministry of the Church.

This past weekend, members of the CBM She Matters volunteer team participated and observed Sunday School with the African Christian Church and Schools in Thika. It was wonderful to see how captivated the children were through the lesson time, and how they participated in music, discussion and prayer.

Children leading a worship chorus during Sunday Worship

Over this week, members of the Canadian team will continue to learn with Sunday School leaders from the ACC&S as they share experiences, strategies and resources for effective Christian Education. As Canadians, we have a lot to offer and receive from our friends in the African Church.

Rhonda, Beth, Sandra, Mary Ellen, and DJ
Walking with the ACC&S Sunday School Leaders

In Prayer:

Please pray for us all this week as we continue to learn and encourage one another in serving children and their local churches for fruitful ministry.

Please remember the members of the She Matters short term ministries team, as they get over jet lag and jump into the work that they will be a part of this week.