Wednesday, October 31, 2007

The Riot in Ephesus -- Acts 19

I had a question about my last post. The questions asked about how long the class is, how do I cover so much material in the class and how do I handle disruptive children.

My Sunday AM class is just 25-30 minutes long. We do have at least 10 minutes between class and worship, so we don't always leave right when the bell rings. I tell them to take their time and finish what they're doing. I could really use another 10 or 15 minutes. Wednesday evening we have about 40 minutes. That's much better, but there is no time between class and meeting together in the auditorium. We have to be ready to go pretty quick.

I do tend to cover a lot of material during the classes. Sunday's class was especially packed with information. I want the kids to really learn the journeys, so we're taking them pretty slow. Adding the letters in when they are written is something I'm doing as we have time. I don't go in depth with the letters. I just want to point out one or two passages or verses that they are going to hear fairly frequently or that I think we need to discuss in class. I'm hoping they will leave the class feeling like the New Testament is something they can learn more about and that is very important to study.

I don't have a whole lot of trouble with disruptive children. We are so busy and there are so many things to do, there is no time for disruptions. The regular visitors we've been having are not used to being in a Bible class that actually teaches instead of entertaining and serving snacks. They were a little restless when they first started coming, but they're better now. Of course, Wednesday PM is the hardest. They are all tired from school. Tonight I'm going to have to really be on my toes. I'm sure some of them have been trick or treating.

The key to keeping control in the class is to keep the class moving. If they are ever given the chance to let their minds wander, they will start doing something other than what they should be doing. I always plan more than what we can do so this won't be a problem. I don't have any problem calling a child down bluntly and in a matter of fact manner. My 11 year old once said (after being with a different teacher in VBS) that the other teacher says things like, "Timothy, why don't you turn around and open your Bible". He said that I say things like, "Timothy, turn around and open your Bible!" Different teachers have different styles, but it works for me. The kids keep coming back with a smile on their face, so I guess they don't mind.

Tonight we'll study about the riot in Ephesus. It is thought that Paul wrote both the Corinthian letters from Ephesus. We'll talk briefly about them. We're already going over 1 Corinthians 13 every Wednesday night and they are memorizing it at one of the stations, so that will be what we talk about for 1 Corinthians. We'll be talking about being a cheerful giver from 2 Corinthians 9:7

My lesson plan:

Time at Stations: Spend about 10 minutes at the beginning of class.

Acts cards -- Review all of the Acts cards we've used up until now. Introduce Acts 19 card. I was supposed to do this Sunday, but we ran out of time. Since we'll finish it up tonight, I'll make sure to show them the card tonight.

Today's lesson: Give a brief review (or preview) of the goddess Diana. She was a daughter of Zeus (Jupiter) and a twin sister of Apollos. She was considered a goddess of childbirth and hunting among other things. Review the events in the 3rd journey so far. Tell the story of the riot in Ephesus and then read it as the students follow along. Discuss the letters to Corinthians -- 1 Corinthians 13 (see below) and 2 Corinthians 9:7 (cheerful giver)

Project Folders: We didn't get to go over the Roll Call of Faith on Sunday AM. We'll make sure to at least read it together tonight. We want to make sure and read 1 Corinthians 13 and check to make sure the students are doing their copywork of it in their project folders.