Monday, October 12, 2009

Milestone Ministry: Third Grade Bibles

Every child in Children’s Ministry has a yearly opportunity to come with their parents to church and have a milestone class especially for them. These Milestone classes are meant to feed both the parent and child and establish new ways to talk about faith at home as well.*

On Saturday morning, our third graders and their parents joined us here at church for our annual 3rd grade Bible class. It is always a challenge to schedule these classes but they are always the highlight of my week when I have the opportunity to teach them.  Why?  It is simple, I love to give parents and children an hour or two of focused time to talk about God.  It is an opportunity to educate both kids and parents alike and open the door for further discussion.

This Sunday the parents also participated in a blessing for them and their third graders and gave their own children the Bible.  It is so important to us here at St. Luke's that this be a gift from the church but also from the parents.  We take seriously the idea that in baptism parents are called to "place into their child's hands the Holy Scriptures."

I hope that these classes are enjoyable for both parents and kids.  We try to make them interactive and enjoyable as well as teaching real knowledge of God and God's Word. 

In the interest of encouraging all families to open the Bible I'm including one of our take home activities here: Bible Bars.  These yummy treats are to help you child practice looking things up in the Bible all while making a yummy treat.  Try them out and let me know how the turned out!  (I've place the key in the comments for you in case there are Bible translations variations).

Bible Bars Recipe
COOK 1 Cup 1 Samuel 30:12 in Amos 4:8. Drain. Save ¾ Cup of the liquid to use later.

½ Cup Leviticus 3:9
1 Cup Jeremiah 6:20
1 Isaiah 10:14

2 Cups Exodus 29:2
1 Teaspoon Exodus 13:7
1 Teaspoon 2 Chronicles 9:9
1 Teaspoon 1 Kings 10:10
1 Teaspoon Luke 23:56
½ Teaspoon Exodus 13:3
½ Teaspoon Leviticus 2:13
1 Cup Numbers 17:8

ADD the 1 Samuel 30:12 you cooked earlier and the ¾ Cup liquid you saved.
BAKE 20 minutes in greased jelly roll pan at 350 Degrees.
FROST, if desired

* If you are curious about your child's milestone class please check the church calendar for details about the upcoming class for your family.

1 comment:

  1. Bible Bars
    1 cup I Samuel 30:12 (raisins)
    Amos 4:8 (water)
    1/2 cup Leviticus 3:9 (shortening)
    1 cup Jeremiah 6:20 (granulated sugar)
    1 Isaiah 10:14 (egg)
    2 cups Exodus 29:2 (flour)
    1 teaspoon Exodus 13:7 (baking powder)
    1 teaspoon II Chronicles 9:9 (cinnamon)
    1 teaspoon I Kings 10:10 (nutmeg)
    1 teaspoon Luke 23:56 (allspice)
    1/2 teaspoon Exodus 13:3 (baking soda)
    1/2 teaspoon Leviticus 2:13 (salt)
    1 cup Numbers 17:8, chopped (almonds)
    Cook raisins in water; drain, saving 3/4 cup of liquid for later use.
    Mix together shortening, sugar and egg.
    Combine remaining ingredients and add the raisins and the 3/4 cup of reserved liquid. Follow the directions in Jeremiah 7:18.
    Bake 20 minutes in a greased jellyroll pan at 350 degrees F. Frost if desired.