A few months ago I presented a proposal to the elders of our small church congregation. Because we have so few children in our Bible class program, I felt they were missing out on the opportunity to be together in a larger group for a time of fellowship, singing, memorizing Bible verses, and learning Bible facts. I wanted them to feel a sense of belonging to a cohesive group. What this turned into was a Sunday morning pre-session (before our regular Bible classes) that we've called The Bible Bees. I originally proposed it for all children, age two through fifth grade, but it was finally approved only through second grade.
I asked for help in the planning phase from all of the Bible class teachers, and got a very good response. Our kick-off will be this coming Sunday, June 1.
The room where we'll be meeting had not been used in a long time and had evolved into a messy storage room, so getting it cleaned up and decorated was a big task. Some of the men helped move the heavier things. A couple of us vacuumed and steam-cleaned the carpet. And several of the teachers on my team came and decorated the walls. I couldn't have been ready by June 1 if it had not been for these good people because I've been preoccupied with Dan's surgery and hospital stay the past couple weeks. I spent this morning, along with my friend, Wynn, finishing up. I think the space turned out very cute.
The children will sit on carpet squares, on the floor. We have come up with an incentive program, involving tokens and dog-tags. Every eight tokens earned = another dog-tag, to be worn around their neck on a metal chain. We have also ordered Bible Bees T-shirts, which will be awarded to children as soon as they have attended eight times. The other teachers and I are excited about the program, and hope we can stir up an equal or greater excitement among our precious children as they learn Bible verses and facts. Nothing would make us happier than to have more children attracted to our Bible classes through the Bible Bees.
Thanks for any prayers as we launch the program this Sunday.