1) Struggling Sunday School . . . Reaching Children
It is important to not treat a class of unchurched
children the same as those who are churched. I am a children's minister in a
church in a low-income area. Most of our kids are unchurched, either
walking or riding our van. Try to get into their world. Listen
to what they say is going on at school, at home and in the neighborhood.
This will let them know that you care for them. Make yourselves known.
We have a partnership with our local elementary school to host a book fair
in the spring and a back to school bash complete with school supplies, hair
cuts, crafts and hot dogs. We also have a chili supper with carnival
games and door prizes in the fall. Make sure you have short, positive rules
that are followed-up on. Be sensitive--some of these kids come from
various backgrounds that cause them to "lash-out." What may
look on the surface as just blatant defiance, could have deeper roots: a
defense mechanism,. learned behavior, or survival technique. Talk to
the parents/family and get to know them. Even if they don't come to
church themselves, let them know that they are your "extended church
family" and that you are there to partner with them. Hope this
helps and God bless.
Gary in Missouri