Class Christmas Party

Throughout this fall semester, I have been privileged to teach the Basic Life Principles class for second and third graders in our homeschool co-op at Mt. Zion Baptist Church.  I have eight students, and we have surveyed many different character topics from generosity to respect, gratitude to self-control.  With each topic I gave a lesson based on God’s Word, the only TRUE pattern for our lives, along with practical examples.

As a tough teacher, we had homework each class period as well!  What is a class without homework?  I attempted to make these homework assignments and projects very practical so that the children would understand the real-life meaning of each topic.  Every homework page included questions, a practical definition, a key Bible verse, and a “hands-on” project applying the topic to their daily lives.  For example, there is the topic of Gratitude:

1. Definition: Having a heart that is FULL of thanks to God and others.

2. Key verse: Psalm 92:1  It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High:

3. Project: Write a list of fifty things you are thankful for.

So we went on, week after week studying these Biblical character traits.   And each week, upon reciting the verse and definition, and showing proof of having completed the project, the kids received a hole punch in their name card (created for just that purpose).  Those to complete all eight punches in their card were awarded a Christmas Party at my house.  Some struggled, but in the end, all eight students won the party!

Playing Chinese Checkers by the tree

Seven of the eight were able to attend the party, and we had a great time!  We played board games, Christmas games, sang Christmas carols, listened to the Christmas story on a cassette tape, and had the chocolate fountain!   I used white chocolate this time since that is what was on hand.  And boy was it delicious!

The white chocolate fountain with all of us in the background!

Then, those at the party who could say all of the definitions and verses in a row by memory, received a homemade, completely edible gingerbread house!

My chief gingerbread-making assistant! We formed a fantastic construction crew...built three houses in a couple of hours!

(This was my first experience making the little constructions, and it was pretty simple!  They held up real well, and we had a lot of fun doing it!)

Altogether, it was a good end to a good semester!  It is a privilege to serve the Lord teaching children!

One of my students!

Coming Tomorrow: A New Home!

Today was a great day!  We had our first six kids come out on the bus this morning to church, and it seemed like they had a great time.  It was Andrea, myself, and the bus driver who were able to help.  I think that the kids were really excited and will bring out some friends next week–they were even inviting some right when they got home.  Praise the Lord, and we pray the same come next week and even more!

Tonight I also had the opportunity to preach–Isaiah 53: “His Life for Ours.”  I really believed that God worked through His Word, and some came forward and made decisions.  After church, a lot of the teens in church helped us load up for the move tomorrow.  That ended up being a BIG blessing!  We loaded up one vehicle, which we will take tomorrow, and one of the older teens is going to bring his truck in the morning to load that up.  We are starting around 9:00a, and am hoping to be all unloaded around 11:00a.  We are really looking forward to moving in, and will post a few pictures sometime–not tomorrow though!  I don’t think everyone wants to see our big mess that will be there.

We can say that today was truly the Lord’s day today.  He blessed with kids riding the bus to church, a good attendance, a great message this morning about the Table of Shewbread from Pastor; He then blessed with testimonies and preaching in the evening.