The Bible writes about a mother named Hannah whose desire was to offer her child, Samuel, for service to God; Eunice was the mother of Timothy and gave him the foundation he needed while he was still young to become a pastor full of ability and love for God; Jochebed was a mother who feared God with all her heart – she raised baby Moses in secret as his wet nurse. She placed in Moses an understanding of God and His mission for him. And of course we have to talk about Mordecai, who by herself raised Esther to become queen – what she was taught about managing a household, outer and inner beauty, eloquence, principles, and the origins of her and her people, prepared Mordecai’s adopted daughter for God’s plan to use her to save her people.
These are stories of guardians, those who are spiritual leaders for their children in the Bible. However, the world we are living in can sometimes make parents worry a lot for their children. What are we to do? It’s not too strong of a reaction to say that the society we live in could swallow up our children at any time. This is not mentioning the conflicts that occur more and more often between children and parents, because the values taught in school and society are very different from the Christian values we want our children to follow. So, with the roles and abilities we have been given, what can we do to keep our children on the path of God? We can see that first God did not use professors or theologists; He wants parents, those who care for their children to raise a faithful generation for Him.
SUVN believes that when God wants to revive the Church, He will start with a revival of the family. For this reason, through this Sunday School curriculum, SU wants to create A BRIDGE BETWEEN FAMILY AND CHURCH through teaching the Word of God to children. The actions needed to create this bridge are laid out in each lesson found in this curriculum. Students will be asked to do interviews, projects, and to meditate on the Bible with their parents – all with the aim of creating time and opportunities among family members to study together, do together, and experience together.
Of course, of surpassing importance over all these methods, study materials, and programs, is a heart that loves God, loves children, and the absolute determination not to lose any of these young ones as we lead them to understand and love God. Just like how Jochebed would not accept losing Moses, this attitude and love will help us place a love for God and His kingdom in the hearts of each of our children. “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6).
Learn more about the work and spirit of the Sunday School programs from the SU Team here: