Don’t confuse this with story time –
Though I have always loved a good one. But this is not quite dad spinning a good ole tale before bedtime. Mine was the best at it. Mine had his own renditions of classics, such as The Three Bears, and I made an appearance in each. Such belly laughs would ensue, no matter how well I knew what was coming in the telling, that mom would holler a reprimand to settle down.
You can and should enjoy giggles in Sunday School, too.
But explain and remind your children that these are special stories.
- Hold up a Bible. Ask them, “What is this?” An entire conversation may begin with this one question. One Sunday the first correct answer I received was “a chapter book.” And boy is it. It’s likely the largest chapter book that any child will hear.
- Hold up a Picture Book Bible. Why? Because you will probably use one during the Sunday School year. They are not the same. One contains some of the stories from the other. Only some. And, one has pictures. (Please, oh please, use one with good pictures.) “Look at the these pictures. Were they taken with a camera?” Explain that the pictures are someone’s drawings, not the real thing.
- Hold up a child’s story book. You think that any book will do, but be careful. As in, do not hold up a book about Santa or the Easter Bunny – you wouldn’t have those such books in your classroom, would you – because you are about to be sure that they know the difference between true and not true. And, just trust me. You do not want to make this more difficult than it need be. Cinderella or SpongeBob will do just fine and neither will squelch any childhood magic that some parent is trying to maintain. Just be sure that they hear that the stories that you’ll be talking about each week are not made up; they really happened.
You start with some semblance of these reminders every time you meet.
I sometimes use a finger play that goes like this –
I open my bible, (make open book hands)
and listen to God. (cup hand behind ear)
He tells me what I should do. (point finger up, to “heaven/God”)
I know that He loves me. (cross arms over chest like giving a hug)
He hears when I pray. (prayer hands)
And all of his stories are true. (point finger and shake as if giving command)
And then you read or tell a good story, staying true to the text but adding some fun.
What Picture Book Bibles do you use …