They can find answers!
The faith of young people matters. When they are given meaningful Bible lessons they experience deep thinking. Answers should lead to questions that lead to answers that lead to questions. Their need to know is very important to God. Its the start of a vibrant faith. God is not afraid of questions and we shouldn't be either. We don't have all the answers but if we teach them how to give God a chance to answer them, He will do just that. God has answers. They want to learn to navigate through scripture to find the answers they want to know. We want the Bible to be welcoming, not intimidating to them. The more they know about the Bible, the more welcoming it will be to them.
Fifth grade leadership:
Fifth Grade Devotionals.
Read the instructions on how to help them to use the devotionals
Giving them the response for their own faith: We are just laying foundations that will hopefully ignite a self maintained pursuit. Encourage them to share the personal meaningfulness of what they read in the devotionals in the prayer circle and occasionally with the whole meeting.
Ask them questions to stir their curiosity and be approving of their questions. Let them Know God wants to answer their questions in prayer, Bible study and sometimes even other people. Kids want to know important things and can be charged with the responsibility of those important matters.
These are things that defend the Gospel. 11-12 year old students begin to have questions if left neglected they can turn into doubt.
We want to lead:
5th Graders love stretching their leadership wings. We need to help them learn how to do so by leading using encouragements. Leading by asking politely for Cooperation. Leading with an attitude that wants to help and serve the ones they are given the privilege to lead.
Volunteering to Pray & Serve
Give everyone the chance to serve in a variety of tasks. Aggressive willing leaders can outshine willing but shy more members. Help them each one become comfortable with praying aloud in the prayer circle by requiring that all participate. Offer them simple phrases they can pray like “Good morning Father”, “Thank You for today”, “Bless my parents and or teacher today”.
5th Grade Testimonies:
At the end of the year the very last meeting the 5th graders stand across the front and tell the rest something that is meaningful about their time in Kid’s for Christ. Like a favorite lesson of something the Lord showed them. Maybe how their faith grew or changed.
When they take it home & to heart
When they have an active faith and are reading the bible for themselves you are succeeding. You may have questions from parents who want to know what you intended to teach. Remember you are here to support their efforts not undermine or challenge them. We must remain neutral in our doctrine. There is more than enough that we all agree upon.
Remember to think about what they hear.
Give opportunities for feed back like having them repeat phrases. This helps you check if they are hearing what you say correctly. You want to be sure they are not getting the words jumbled up. Like the child who thought the old song was "deep and fried” instead of “deep & wide”.
Keep it short, sweet & simple but never watered down
You will not have time to develop very complex ideas but you don’t need to water them down either. You can build on the lessons each week by reminding them of the previous weeks lessons then add to it.
Tie in the visuals to the meaning
We want them to be delighted with the handout gifts. But we want the gifts to help them remember the lesson. When their friends, siblings or parents ask about them it should remind them of the message they heard. Tell them what the item should remind them of, ask them to repeat it and say that's right and tell them again. Then connect it again when you hand out the item to them. Say things like, if your friend ask you what is that, what are you going to tell them? Answer with them what you have already taught them about the object.
Keep the order.
Worried kids don't learn well. They need to feel secure in an enviroment that is safe. Helping them be attentive and well mannered blesses everyone. Be sure they are going to breakfast first. Hungry kids worry about being hungry.
Student Leaders ORIENTATION 1. What is Kids for Christ? It’s a Bible club where we learn about God. Cover how to Honor and respect God and how to love others, about the Bible, being a Christian, questions you may have about God, the 10 Commandments, your character and how to have a strong faith.
2. What does a 5th grade Officer-Helper do? Before & After Kids Arrive
Listen to the song and demonstrate the hand motion/sign language with them.
Prep Time Before · Starts at 7:15 for 5th Grade Student/Leaders
o Eat breakfast 1st (at home if possible on Thurs so you can come early)
o Join Prayer Circle
o Listen to devotion or Bible Study Lesson Get Assignment for next week
o Share last Week Bible Study
o Volunteer for Leader Tasks
2. Arrival Time Leader’s Task 7:25
3. During Meeting 7:30 1. Open in prayer
Tips to help students stay focused:
1. Make eye contact and point to teacher. Use Only the shush sign
(put your finger over your mouth do not make the hush sound)
2. Touch the students shoulder and point to teacher If the Teacher says:
"Kids for Christ SAY?"
5th graders help lead them when you say the answer with them.
"Amen and Amen"
5th Graders Inviting Guest Speakers
If there is a Pastor or a person that you would like to come and speak at Kids for Christ you can invite them to come. You can also invite other 5th graders to join the club even after sign up is over, they might not be able to get a T-shirt but they can still sign up
Personally Responsible To Know About God
Help them understand their faith is their responsibility now. They should be letting their curiosity about God have first place in their lives.
1. Your faith in God matters!! · You have questions, Ever wonder, “Why you were made? or What you are supposed to be? Ever wonder how we know God is real? Why bad things happen?”
· God made you so that to have questions because
· He wants to answer your questions
· He will answer them as you read the Bible, hear teaching and in your heart.
· He does not answer all your questions right away, but He will answer.
· Some people don’t believe God talks. But he gave you a mouth and ears so He can talk with you.
· You should ask God your questions. It will build your faith as He answers them.
2. Read your Bible (You may choose to reward those who read often and/or share with the group.) · We are going to help you to be able to read your Bible. We will give you passages to read at home or during recess, until we come back to Bible Club the next week. Sometimes someone may be given permission to share with the whole group. They may share what they read in the Bible or their devotional and what it meant to them.
3. Be an example · Younger students want to be you!!! They look up to you.
· Do your best to behave the way Jesus wants you to.
· If you find you mess up, pray and ask for God forgive you.
o God is working on you to make you what you ought to be. \
“He who started a GOOD work in me will be FAITHFUL to complete it!!!!
4. Do the Devotional
5th Grade Student devotionals:
http://cefpress.com/Book-1-What-a-God-NIV-1-55976-11801.html This attractive, affordable daily devotional book answers kids' questions about God the Father and God the Son and gets them started on a daily quiet time. The book contains two months of devotionals, prayer starters, memory verses and activity pages. They can be purchased in bulk through Child Evangelism Fellowship website