Archive for September, 2014

09/30/14
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What About Parents? by Robert Edmiston


GCPWe pick up so much at home – everything from little mannerisms to a way of life. This stays with us, often passed on from generation to generation for both good and evil.

Yet schools and the church have often acted as though the home is irrelevant – not so much in theory as practice. Because there is so little instruction with the home, it takes time for a teacher to talk with a parent about a child, each attempting to learn from the other how to more effectively minister.  Even a small thing like asking a caregiver to help a child memorize a verse for a class can seem like an imposition. Yet it can create a bond that will benefit the child – perhaps into eternity. Read the rest of this entry »

09/23/14
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So…You’re a Youth Ministry Volunteer? by Will LaRose


I began my youth ministry experience more than thirty years ago as a volunteer. After fifteen years working as a volunteer I became a “professional” youth worker. Now that I am again volunteering on the local level, I realize that I had forgotten the joys and the disappointments that are unique to volunteers in your ministry.

This may be a good time to refresh my mind and to share with others some of the more important aspects of being a volunteer. Here they are: Read the rest of this entry »

09/16/14
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Teens Teaching Sunday School?


At GCP, we’ve had the distinct pleasure to work with creative and innovative educators from all over the world. One teacher that we’ve worked with for many years is Sue Jakes. She is the Director of Children’s ministry at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Fayetteville, Georgia. Like many educators in the churches we serve, she is constantly striving to help children know Jesus. Read the rest of this entry »

09/02/14
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Children and Music by John Duncan


How important is music in the instruction of children?

When we teach our children the truths of the Christian faith, as set to music, we are obeying an ancient command. God not only commands it but also is pleased when he hears it. God’s people have always sung out loud in the midst of their culture.

Music has always been a principle element in the interaction between God and his people and is vital to our sanctification. From their early years, we should teach children to understand music and handle it carefully. Why? Read the rest of this entry »