Welcome to the New Year of 2013
Happy New Year to you and your families. We here at Children's Ministries pray you had a lovely festive season and that 2013 will be a wonderful year for you and your children.
Just remember to download the new GraceLink@Home sheets for your children to do along with their weekly lessons. Our resources are listed down the side of this page under the age appropriate section for you. There are heaps of free downloads there for you and your family to use to aid you in your daily Bible study with your kids.
If you want to know any other information please always feel welcome to contact us.
God bless you all as you care for your children and their spirituality in 2013.
New to Children's Ministries
Beginner Flip Charts
Now available for your local churches for your Beginner Sabbath School room. These flip charts follow the GraceLink Sabbath School Lessons and are a valuable learning tool for every Sabbath School room. They are now being sent to all Adventist Book Centres in Australia.
Safe Place Services
Here is a new link we would recommend you take a look at. It is all about Safe Place Services - Safeguarding Churches and our Children. There has been a lot of work done recently on this topic, and the information you will find on this site is top quality. Please take the time to have a look.
Children's Ministries Articles:
Have a read of some articles which have been written for you by our South Pacific Division Children's Ministry Directors. Please just click on the link below to read.
Message from the Children
A lovely you tube clip with a beautiful message for anyone who works with or has children in their lives. Click on the link and take a look. Very inspiring. Praise God for our children.
Table Talk Tins
A new and exciting way to share meal times as a family. Each day you sit down for your night meal together you open your tin to find a new card for that day. They are great conversation starters for family time together.The topics follow along with the GraceLink Sabbath School lesson pamphlets: Grace, Community, Service and Worship.
“The magic that happens at family dinners isn’t the food on the table, but the conversations and family engagement around the table.”
Purchase our new Table Talk Tin today and see how it can make a real difference in the lives of you and your children.These can be purchased at your local Adventist Book Centre or bulk orders taken at the Division Office.
Jack Gives Back
Stewardship Jack Series 1
Jack is a dog. And like other dogs, he doesn't know much about history or science. But he has figured out tithe. In fact, he understands the principle of tithing better than many humans - especially very young humans, who often resent having to give up some of their birthday money when the offering plate comes by. In his first book Jack explains, in a way any child can understand, the importance of giving back to God. The simple words and charming photos will help you pass on to your children the same principles of stewardship that you've learned to live by.
Tell a Child Tell the World. Reach Up, Reach Out, Reach Across (2010-2015)
|Tell a Child Tell the World (2005-2010)|
Tell the World has been the broad vision for the Seventh-day Adventist Church this past quinquennium 2005-2010. The ultimate goal of Tell the World is to provide every person on earth with the chance to know Jesus Christ.
For the Children’s Ministries Department, our slogan for this initiative is Tell a Child, Tell the World. This means that every child needs to hear the good news of Jesus and His love and to be given an opportunity to accept Him. We believe that when you tell one child about the good news, pretty soon the child’s friends, family, school, and community will know about the good news. He or she can’t wait to share.
For this quinquennium 2010-2015, the Tell the World initiative has expanded to increase other aspects of spiritual growth in the life of the members through Reach Up, Reach Out, Reach Across. We believe that if all children are helped to reach up to God in daily prayer and study of God’s Word, and reach out to serve others, they will grow as disciples of Jesus.
So the challenge for us is to Tell a Child at home, at school, on the streets, or in organized programs and help them Reach Up, Reach Out, and Reach Across. Jesus wants us to be busy at this task of making disciples of all children regardless of race, language, socioeconomic status, or religion. There is work for us to do.
How can we accomplish this initiative?
I. REACH UP to God through Bible study, prayer and reading of the Spirit of Prophecy writings results in revival and faithfulness; returning a faithful tithe and supporting local and mission offerings; and being involved in the witness of the church.
Teachers and parents can encourage children to spend time in studying the Bible, the Sabbath School lesson and praying by setting good examples themselves. For the younger children, parents can read Bible stories together with them and pray together daily. For the older children, be sure they have their own Bibles and Sabbath School lessons, and also provide them with the children’s version of Ellen G. White’s books to read. Take time to interact with them about what they have studied and ask them questions on how they can apply what they have read in their lives.
Children’s leaders can also nurture this personal devotional lifestyle through the organization of stewardship camps, mission camps, and other activities to involve children in growing their love for Jesus. Children also need further Bible studies beyond the GraceLink Sabbath School lessons. Weekly Bible studies can be organized in the form of small groups at church or it can be done by parents with their children in the home, or as a program at church. Resources that can be used are:
II. REACH OUT to others as a friendly church that puts Christ’s mission first, invites all peoples to fellowship, and makes a difference daily in the community.
It is important that children’s leaders, teachers, and parents involve children in service to others in the community so they can put what they have learned into practice. Organizing monthly or regular service projects to get children involved in helping the poor, encouraging and comforting the needy and elderly provide them the opportunity to develop love, concern, and compassion for those around them. Leaders can collaborate with ADRA for a special community project that children can participate.
Reaching out also includes challenge each child to witness and win one friend to Jesus. This involves teaching children how to share Jesus with their friends and family members, using simple devices like the Wordless Book, Flipper Flapper, Salvation Bag, and Sharing Jesus Bookmarks can yield good results. Each child is challenged to reach out to at least one person for Jesus this quinquennium.
Children with the special gift of preaching can be trained to preach and hold evangelistic meetings. They participate in winning other children through public evangelism and visitation. Children who have the love for intercessory prayer can be trained to be prayer warriors or leaders in leading children’s prayer groups at camp meetings, children’s programs, and evangelistic meetings.
III. REACH ACROSS the barriers that threaten to divide us as a family, endeavoring to disciple, nurture, and involve every individual in the life and mission of the church.
It is God’s plan that parents be the primary teachers of their children (Deuteronomy 6). The church should not take over this important responsibility, but instead provide opportunity and training to equip parents on how they can be more effective spiritual leaders at home. Parents need to recognize that sending children off to Sabbath School or, Adventurers Club once a week is not sufficient. They need to walk and talk and pray alongside their children as they disciple them to be a follower of Jesus. The church can set up “Kids in Discipleship” program to teach parents to disciple their children.
Children and teens will stay in the church if we involve them in the life of the faith community. Leaders and teachers need to work with pastors in the churches to involve them in the worship service assisting with singing, testimony sharing, teaching, and preaching. Older children can help with running the PA system, or be greeters each Sabbath morning. Celebrate Children’s Sabbath so that children are given an opportunity to use their gifts and talents for Jesus. Provide resources using media to nurture the children. Resources that can be used are:
• Children’s Sabbath package, from NAD Children’s Ministries.
Kids in Discipleship: Training event for churches AUC and NZPUC. For more indepth information go into our Resources page and read more and go onto the K.I.D. website. indiscipleship.org
Kids Preach Book Launch
Fun animations,music and links:General Conference Children'sMinistries web page
Children's Ministries Newsletter
Ten Promises for
The "Ten Promises for Our Children" packs are now available from the Children's Ministries Department of the South Pacific Division.
There are only limited numbers left, and at only $10 each they won't last long.