Beginning with God (Book 2)
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Beginning with God helps parents with young children to explore the Bible with their child. This book provides a simple way to start your child in a regular habit of reading God’s word and growing to know God, who loves them.
The main course: read today’s true story from the Bible; answer some simple questions; pray together; then stick in today’s colourful picture of the story.
Appetiser: an optional activity to grab your child’s attention before the story.
A snack for the journey: a conversation to have while out and about.
Make it and munch it: optional craft activities to help your child remember today’s true story.
Joint activity and instruction booklet with free stickers. Available from The Good Book Company.
Pre-school aged children, boys and girls.
£4.29-£4.99 per booklet
Very easy to use. Each session covers 2 x A5 sized pages and has an appealing font with a fun, child friendly layout.
Not explicitly stated, however implied by the ‘State the truth' section where children are given a main message from the story.
Very, as this resource has been developed for parents working with their children to know God, the layout and material is very accessible and easy to work through.
Any adult, not necessary to be a trained church children's worker. Answers to the questions asked to children are given.
Good. They are within the same booklet as the instructions and include stickers to accompany each session.
None specifically provided.
As this resource was initially made for parents to do with children, preparation is minimal as it assumes that there is not much time available. Sessions can be extended by inclusion of longer ‘Appetiser' activities and also crafts, but this is down to the parent or leader's discretion. Although this booklet was made for parent - child interactions, it is easily adaptable for short weekly children's group sessions, or Sunday school groups which are small in number and limited in time. Extra materials for crafts and activities are easy to get a hold of, and cheap to buy.
Not encouraged as designed for parent-child study. However easily incorporated with the questions and activities if needed.
Well. Children learn through crafts, answering questions, prayer, listening to Bible stories and conversations with parents/leader's out of sessions too.
As this resource was designed for parent-child interaction, it is necessary to adapt this resource for any other setting. For example Sunday school, after school clubs or lunch clubs. It is best done with small groups of children with a limited time frame. Resources for crafts etc are easy and cheap to buy. There are three books in total so any of the three can be used, neither the booklets nor the sessions need be delivered in chronological order. These sessions do not go in to too much depth due to the young age they are aimed at. However they are very easy to run and can be done in small areas with minimal preparation or need for extra expenditure.
Not a focus as originally developed for parent-child interaction, however the resource does encourage application of material in that setting. Easy to adapt material for group application as the activities and discussion questions are accessible and can be expanded.
40%, the rest of the material is about applying the stories learnt.
Presented in each session by reading the passage to the child/children. This is followed by asking questions about the story, and prayer.
Appropriately for such a young audience. Children pray each session that the story they have heard may affect their lives.
No, open to all. Emphasis on prayer and a regular Bible-reading habit.
Gently by teaching the basic principles of Christianity and what it means to know and love God. This is achieved by teaching about relevant Biblical characters such as Ruth who made good choices and God looked after her. The approach to whole-life discipleship is appropriate for little people.
Achieves this by teaching children about the different qualities of God's character, for example, how powerful He is, how trustworthy He is and how forgiving He is. Children also learn about God's purpose for them and their future which encourages children to trust their lives are bigger with God, than without Him.
By giving examples from the Bible of when God kept His promises to His people. For example, the story of the twelve spies and the provision of Jericho for the Israelites. Vision of God is covered in the New Testament sessions which make up the second half of the resource (15 sessions).
Cautiously so as not to cover topics which may intimidate or scare children. Specific sessions focus on real life issues, for example, children are confronted with the question of death, sin and ‘Who will live in heaven?
Not a main focus.
Indirectly covered in a session on the Good Samaritan.
Touch upon in the session on the Good Samaritan i.e. we need to love all people everywhere.
Not a main focus.