Explaining the God and Me Program
Edward W. Hammitt (ehammitt@IX.NETCOM.COM)
Mon, 1 Sep 1997 23:25:20 -0400
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Explaining the God and Me Program
The God and Me Program is designed for children in grades 1 through 3.
Children at this age level do not understand many abstract terms and
symbols. They can understand that the Bible helps people to know about
God, but their understanding of Bible stories is quite literal. Children
are also forming an image of themselves as capable or inadequate,
attractive or unattractive. The God and Me curriculum is sensitive to both
issues and introduces a God who is both gracious and loving. Children who
participate in this program are encouraged to recognize the importance and
uniqueness of their lives, and they are asked to express their views of God
in their own ways.
There are three sections to the God and Me Program (Each section has a
lesson centered around scripture passages and reinforced by a service
project selected by the child):
1. Me: The Story of My Life
2. God: The Story of Jesus' Life
3. God and Me: The Story of Jesus and Me Together
The first section is the story of the child's life. Children are made to
feel special; special attention is given to those who have supported them,
loved them, and helped them grow. Children tell where they were born,
where they live, places they have been, where they go to school, and where
they go to learn about and celebrate God's love.
The second section is the story of Jesus. Jesus comes alive as a very real
person as direct parallels are drawn to where Jesus was born, where be
lived, places be had been, where he went to school, etc. Children are
encouraged to think about Jesus' life and teachings as they study his
birth, life, ministry, death, and resurrection.
The third section encourages children to understand how God is present in
their lives. Children learn that God is forgiving when they make mistakes,
and that God is with them even when they are alone. Children are helped to
recognize that God's Son shows us the very nature of God as loving,
self-sacrificing, and forgiving.
After each of the sections, the children are required to complete a
project. Some of the sample projects might include making picture displays
of photographs showing the important people and events in their own lives;
touring the churches in the community to see the stained glass windows and
bow they depict different events in the life of Jesus; and choosing two or
more jobs to do around the home to show what they have learned about being
helpful to their friends and family.
Special arrangements should be made if classes are held with first graders:
these children will need help recording their answers in their books. It
may be helpful to have extra adult leaders to help the younger children, or
you may want to ask the parents if they would like to be enrolled in the
God and Me Adult Mentor program. In this program, the parent is an active
learning participant alongside the child. The parent would have lessons
and projects to complete in the Mentor Workbook just like the child, and
then both parent and child would work on the student curriculum together.
The mentor program is designed to provide the adult with additional
opportunities to model his or her Christian faith and to help a young child
talk about his or her belief in God.
A typical schedule for completing the God and Me curriculum might include 8
different sessions: an introductory class, three classes to complete each
section of the workbook, three classes to complete each of the projects,
and a concluding session to review all the work and plan a recognition
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City