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2 How To Develop Christian Character in Children

3 English Jesus loves me, this I know; for the Bible tells me so Little ones to Him belong; they are weak but He is strong Yes, Jesus loves me, Yes, Jesus loves me Yes, Jesus loves me, The Bible tells me so.

4 Shu wa-re wo a-i-su Shu wa tsu-yo-ke-re-ba Wa-re yo-wa-ku-tomo O-so-re wa ara-ji Waga Shu Iesu, Waga Shu Iesu, Waga Shu Iesu Wa-re wo a-i-su Waga tsu-mi no ta-me Sa-ka-e wo su-te-te Ame yo-ri ku-da-ri Ju-ji-ka ni tsu-ke-ri (Refrain)

5 Iesu-sama Ga Ichiban (Jesus is No.1!) Don-na-ni sa-bi-shi-i to-ki-ni-mo Don-na-ni ka-na-shi-I I to-ki-ni-mo Iesu-sama ga Ichiban, Iesu-sama ga Ichiban Ta-to-e so-re-ga don-na-ba-ai-de-mo Iesu-sama ga Ichiban, Iesu-sama ga Ichiban (Na-a-ze?) Dat-te Iesu-sama wa Kami-sama da-mo-no

6 Jesus is No.1!(meaning) Whenever you are sad and lonely, (Remember that ) Jesus is your No.1. No matter what your problem is, ( Remember that ) Jesus is your No.1 all the time. (Why?) Because Jesus is God; Because Jesus is God!

7 Exploring the world…

8 Active & Fun-Loving…

9 Growing strong…

10 Together with friends…

11 Yes! Jesus Loves Children!

12 Let the little children Come to Me. (Mark 10:13)

13 Class One 9:30-12:00 The Theme of the Class One: What are some of the Christian Character this age group should manifest?

14 Class One 9:30-12:00 (modified schedule) 9:30-10:30 Introduction to the Course Bible Reading & Presentation 10:30-10:45 Learn a childrens song in Japanese 10:45-11:45 On Development (Piaget & Erikson) 11:45-12:00 Q & A with sharings (LUNCH TIME)

15 Biblical References Mark 10:13 (let children come to me) Psalm 8:1~2 (praises on the lips of children & infants) Matthew 18:3 (unless you become like little children) Luke 2:11~12 (Savior born as a baby in the manger)

16 Christian Character Formation as the result of Spiritual Growth Spiritual Growth Physical Moral (Moral Values) Social (Relation- ships) Affective Heart) Cognitive (Mind)

17 How a child grows: Dependence on Mother Mother

18 An infant: Start having his/her own world Mother (Care Taker) Baby

19 Separating to be independent (younger child~older child) Mother (Care taker) Child

20 Becoming independent (adult) Mother (Care Taker) Individual

21 Umi To Sora Tsukurareta Shu (Sing to the tune of Its A Small World) U-mi to so-ra tsu-ku-ra-re-ta Shu wa Wa-ta-shi-no Shu a-na-ta-no Kami Tsumi wo yu-ru-shi su-ku-i-ta-mo-oh Min-na-no Shu Iesu wa Shu Ha-re-ru-ya (Hallelujah) Min-na no Shu

22 Piagets Cognitive Development Stage AgeDuring this stage… Sensorinmotor Stage 0-2 years oldLearn thru movements & sensations Preoperational Stage 2-7 yrsAquire language & use symbols (words or pix) to represent objects Concrete Operational Stage 7-11 yrsAble to see things from different pots of view, to imagine events occuring outside their own lives Formal Operational Stage 11 yrs + (Children age 10-12) Able to reason in abstract ways; greater focus on possibilities & ideological issues

23 Stages of Development By Erik Erikson Stage Age CrisisVirtues to be attained 10-1 years Trust VS MistrustHOPE 22-3 yrsAutonomy VS Shame & DoubtWILL 34-6 yrsInitiation VS GuiltPURPOSE yrs (11~12 yrs Preadolescents) Industry VS InferiorityCOMPETENCE yrsIdentity VS Role ConfusionFIDELITY yrsIntimacy VS IsolationLOVE yrsGenerativity VS StagnationCARE 865 +Integrity VS DespairWISDOM

24 Class Two 13:00-14:30 The Theme of the Class Two: How To Build such Christian Character in their Lives?

25 Children in the Bible Samuel (I Kings 3:10) Young David fighting with Goliath (I Kings 17:45) Young servant girl of Naamans wife (II Kings 5:3) 12-year-old girl who was restored to life by Jesus (Mark 4:35-43)

26 Class Two 13:00-14:30 13:00-14:00 Bible Reading & Presentation 14:00-14:15 Q & A 14:15-14:30 Assignments- Act the Bible Stories (in 4-5 groups) (SNACK BREAK)

27 God As the Master Builder

28 I planted, Apollo watered, but God gave the growth. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. The one who plants and the one waters have a common purpose, and will receive wages according to the labor of each. For we are Gods servants, working together; You are Gods field, Gods building. (NRSV, 1 Corinthians 3:6-9)

29 Ages 10-12: Preadolescents Period of rapid physical growth Body changes with sexuality developing Becoming rational, logical, reasonable Peer Group becomes powerful influence Enjoy group activities to create their own projects Becoming critical of adults Having heros/heroines from sports & entertainment fields Sense of responsibility grows (church membership & stewardship) Able to seek Gods guidance in their lives

30 Content Areas for Teaching Older Children Objective 1 :Christian Conversion Objective 2 :Christian Membership Objective 3 :Christian Worship Objective 4 :Christian Knowledge & Understanding Objective 5 : Christian Attitudes & Convictions Objective 6 : Christian Living Objective 7 :Christian Service

31 Objective 1: Christian Conversion Christian Conversion 1) To understand that all people do wrong and that wrongdoing displeases God. 2) To face the fact that the wrong things they do are sins against God. 3) To realize that Christs death for our sins makes possible forgiveness and new life for every person who repents of sin and trust Jesus Christ.

32 Older Children Need… 4) To understand that a person becomes a Christian by trusting Jesus as Savior- not by being baptized and joining the church or simply trying to be good. 5) To realize that they need Gods forgiveness for their own sins. 6) To turn from sin to simply trust in Christ as their personal Savior and Lord when the Holy Spirit has made them ready for such response and commiment.

33 Objective 2: Church Membership Church Membership 1)To form the habit of regular church attendance and of participating with understanding and joy in church services and activities. 2) To understand that a New Testament church is composed of people who have already become Christians and who have been baptized in obedience to Christ.

34 Older Children Need… 3) To understand that a person joins the church only after trusting Jesus as Savior, with a conviction that he/she is a Christian and should be baptized in obedience to Christ.

35 Objective 3: Christian Worship Christian Worship 1) To understand that worship is an experience of reverent communion with God and that people may engage in worship alone, with their families, with friends, and with groups at church. 2) To cultivate the practice of regular private worship, including daily Bible reading and prayer. (private daily worship= devotions)

36 Older Children Need… 3) To do their part to maintain and to participate in family worship. 4) To attend regularly the worship service of their own church and to participate meaningfully and reverently in praying, singing, Bible reading, and listening.

37 Objecitive 4:Christian Knowledge & Understanding To help each child gain such knowledge of the Bible and Christian faith as can be related to his/her daily experiences.

38 Objective 5: Christian Attitudes & Convictions To guide each child in the continuing development of attitudes and appreciations that will encourage persoanl growth.

39 Objective 6: Christian Living To guide each child to develop and use in every day life, habits, and skills that will help him/her grow spiritually.

40 To guide each child to use his/her talent and skills in ways that will help others and serve Gods purpose. Objective 7: Christian Service

41 The Greatest Commandment Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest? He (Jesus) said to him (a Phariee lawyer), You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like itself; You shall love your neighbor as you love yourself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. (Matthew 22:36-40)

42 Love God, Love your neighbors as you love yourself (Matthew 22:36-40) Lord your God Your Neighbors Yourself

43 Class Three 15:00-16:30 The Theme of the Class Three: What should we, as the church, do to minister to them?

44 Class Three 15:00-16:30 15:00-15:45 Act It Out! 15:45- 16:15 Presentation 16:15 -16:30 Q & A

45 Act It Out! *Let each group give a 5-minute presentation of the Bible story given to them. *Do not speak! Just act it out. *The remaining class will see the act and have a guess of what the story is about.

46 FORMATION & BUILDING Galatians 4:19 (Christ being formed in the believer) Colossians 3:16~17 (let the word of Christ dwell in you richly) Ephesians 4:11~17 (growing in love as unity in the Body of Christ)

47 For Christian Character Development… Christian Training Developmental Tasks Character Formation & Spiritual Growth

48 Older Children Need… 1) To recognize that the Bilbe is an inspired message from God and that its teachings are to be accepted and followed in all that we believe and do. 2) To develop an increasing understanding of the origin, structure, and transmission of the Bible. 3) To learn about the customs and geography of the Bible lands in order to understand better many of the teachings of the Bible.

49 Older Children Need… 4) To develop a growing knowledge of basic stories & truths increasing guidance and motivation for daily living. 5) To grow in skill in using the Bible. 6) To memorize appropriate Bible passages.

50 Teaching Children the Bible (outcomes) 1) Become aware of and remember Bible stories & facts. 2) Gain insights into Bible truths. 3) Be able to repeat selected Bible verses & passages. 4) Develop & express attitudes and feelings about Bible material. 5) Make a decision to accept Jesus Christ as his/her own personal Savior. 6) Make application of Bible truths in daily living. 7) Grow as a witness and servant of Jesus Christ.

51 Methods for Teaching Older Children *Storytelling ~ Bible stories, stories of God-motivated heroes/heroines *Dramatics~ story playing, drama, skits, role play, etc. *Questions~ to stimulate interest, test knowledge, help them express their thoughts, etc. *Discussions or guided conversations *Projects~ to do something related to their learning *Creative Activities~ writing, music activities, arts & crafts, mosaics, etc.

52 The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him. (Luke 2:40) And Jesus increased in wisdom and in years, and in divine and human favor. (Luke 2:52)

53 Growing to be a witness of the Lord

54 Charles A. Tidwell, The Educational Ministry of A Church: A Comprehensive Model for Students and Ministers, Revised & Expanded, Bruce P. Powers, ed., Christian Education Handbook: A Revised & Completely Updated Edition, Daryl Eldridge, ed., The Teaching Ministry of the Church:Integrating Biblical Truth with Contemporary Application, *Above 3 books are all from Broadman & Holman Publishers, USA.

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